Yeah Yeah Yeahs At Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival 2013

Yeah Yeah Yeahs At Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival 2013

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By Mylea Gacutan
San Francisco

Day two of the Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival, which took place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Aug. 9‒11, was just as spectacular as the first. After seeing Paul McCartney close out the main stage on day one, I knew the weekend would be nothing short of amazing.

Not only does the Outside Lands Festival offer a dreamy venue, it also provides a host of other entertainment, including one of my favorites: the food. There are sections of the festival dedicated to specific cuisine such as Cheese Lands, Choco Lands and Outside Lambs, and a variety of food trucks.

Just after stopping by Outside Lambs to enjoy a delicious lamb slider, I made my way to the Lands Ends stage to catch the three-time GRAMMY-nominated pop/rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

On a day that would feature acts as varied as Sri Lankan folk singer Bhi Bhiman, neo bluesman Gary Clark Jr., "Harlem Shake" phenom Baauer, and headliners Nine Inch Nails and Phoenix, I was happy to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs energetic set.

I've always wanted to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and knew their performance would be great, but I had no idea what I was in for. Frontwoman Karen O arrived onstage sporting a lavender coat and metallic hat. With a quick introduction of her bandmates, Karen O kicked off the set with "Sacrilege," from the band's new album, Mosquito. The song began with Karen O's isolated vocals beckoning fans to the stage. As the guitar riffs build, the drums kick in adding just the right amount of foundation to carry the music to an anxious audience. Once the crowd began moving and with their blood pumping, the band began to play "Gold Lion." It was obvious the Yeah Yeah Yeahs planned a set that would increasingly build the mood. As "Gold Lion" got going, Karen O's vocals rose and became more aggressive, prepping the audience for the next heavy hitter.

The next song, "Art Star," demonstrated the sheer versatility of this female vocalist. Karen O paraded the stage as if leading the audience into an experience. As tension was building, she dropped to the ground to belt out some brutal vocals, tough enough for the heaviest of metal fans. The hard-hitting track was a perfect way to get the audience moving. With the fast aggressive drumming of Brian Chase and shredding guitar of Nick Zinner the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had the crowd rocking.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs put on a perfect performance and gave the audience a sublime mix of new and old songs for longtime fans. And Karen O's raw rock-star performance left nothing to be desired.

Set List:

"Gold Lion"
"Art Star"
"Under The Earth"
"Heads Will Roll"
"Soft Shock"
"Cheated Hearts"
"Date With The Night"

(Mylea Gacutan is the Chapter Assistant for The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter.)

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