Food is the new rock, and if you needed any confirmation of that, the recently-concluded Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, Calif., serves up plenty of proof.
The food and drink selections are one of the things that most clearly (and wonderfully) set Outside Lands apart from festivals like Coachella, Treasure Island, or Lollapalooza.
Biggest mistake of the weekend: Seeing Kanye West over Arctic Monkeys.
Outside Lands in it's seventh installment has completed it's transformation from a traditional rock and roll festival to a Coachella of Northern California. What used to drive Outside Lands were bands like Pearl Jam, Muse, Furthur, and Radiohead. Today, the headliners can be some of the quietest parts of the night.
The artists I saw at Outside Lands this year were impressive across the board, but today all I want to do is listen to the entire Kanye West setlist on repeat.
For three days every year, two famous vintage wooden windmills and 180,000 people turn San Francisco's Golden Gate Park into a veritable musical epicenter.
Over-50s should be the wise, tolerant concert etiquette gurus at every festival. Teach them that getting up on your boyfriend's shoulders may be fun for them, but it is super annoying to stand behind someone with their butt crack in your face.
Arcade Fire brought their notorious rock-and-roll style to Coachella, where they fired off a series of snide remarks critiquing the festival's VIP policy. Their unwillingness to participate in unspoken etiquette rules is refreshingly honest.
Today marks the big day for San Francisco festival goers: Outside Lands' full lineup has been announced.
Pick a fest in America: Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Wakarusa, Ultra, All Good, Suwannee, even Burning Man, and none compare to what just transpired in Golden Gate Park.
If you had asked me two weeks ago to name Japan's three greatest gifts to the rest of the world, I would have said sushi, Zen and all of Japanese cinema except the 1989 film Tetsuo: The Iron Man. I would not have said saké.
Just as a music festival is a feast for your ears, it's also a feast for your eyes. One of the biggest considerations prepping for a fest is how you're going to dress.
The California Academy of Sciences served as a gorgeous backdrop for one of the three Outside Lands kick-off shows on Thursday. Here's a tip: Get there early if you don't want to watch from behind the glass.
While we are impressed with the selection of scrumptious snacks available inside the festival, we're taking you outside Outside Lands so you can try some quintessential SF eats.
It's August. One more month of freedom -- if that -- before all levels of schools begin again. One more month for jobs to give way to a precious week or two, or even a long weekend, of summertime. What live music shows will make you think summertime?
Many things will change during your time here but the one thing that will remain constant is that at no point will anyone ask you 'how old are you?' but rather 'how long have you lived here?'