Outside Lands Music Festival Day 3 Photos & Top 3

Words by: Kayceman | Images by: Dave Vann

Outside Lands Music Festival :: Day 3 :: 08.30.09 :: Golden Gate Park :: San Francisco, CA

As temperatures dropped severely throughout the weekend, by the final day of Outside Lands it was chilly, foggy and windy. Those who call The Bay home were barely fazed with layers of clothing coming out of backpacks, but there were clearly some out-of-towners caught in t-shirts and shorts. With the Beastie Boys having to cancel their headlining slot, Tenacious D filled in somewhat admirably with a funny, shtick-heavy set that also included some rather impressive shredding from Kyle Gass, Jack Black and the impressive support cast of unknown rockers. In lieu of a proper, big name headliner, the rest of the bands on Sunday upped the ante with powerful sets across the board. The Top 3 that follows could have come in any order with no one band clearly sticking out and each rising to the occasion.

Kayceman's Top 3 From Sunday

1. Alison Mosshart/The Dead Weather - I went to see Jack White and fell in love with Alison. Listen to The Kills and you know this chick can rock, but put her with Jackie White on a big stage and let the sticky sex drip all over you. Somehow balancing on the speaker monitors, Mosshart was a writhing beast, grinding and twisting as she channeled the primal rock gods in a mid-tempo Zeppelin manner. Jack proved plenty talented on the drums but really wowed the crowd when he took center stage on guitar to sing into one mic with Mosshart. This was stadium sized rock, all big, fuzzy and unforgiving. It's a good thing the sun stayed away; this was The Dead Weather for sure.

2. Ween - Never a hard core fan, this set made me wonder what I've been missing. From popular hits like "Bananas and Blow" and "Roses Are Free" to bust outs like "Touch My Tooter" and "The Final Alarm" to a very drugged-out "Zoloft" and a wickedly dark, psychedelic "Buckingham Green," this set had it all. But even more than Deaner's (Mickey Melchiondo) inspired guitar work that proved about as impressive as any guitarist all weekend (save for Omar Rodriguez Lopez), it was the tight arrangements and near perfect execution of the songs that really drove it home. When these freaks are on, clearly it is on! I won't miss my next chance to get effed by Ween.

3. Band of Horses - Considering how heartwarming and feel good BoH was, it's a testament to Ween and The Dead Weather that this set is down at the number three slot. Songs like "Is There A Ghost," "Marry Song" and "Our Swords" poured off the stage, Ben Bridwell's reverb-laced voice washing over the packed meadow like a warm breeze. "General Specific" was a foot-stomping good time and Gram Parson's "A Song For You" was simply gorgeous. But it was the emotionally-saturated combo of "The Funeral" and "Ode to LRC" that received the biggest crowd response, Bridwell's exposed delivery drawing a few tears to the surface. Another striking set from a band that has truly found their country-rock indie-Americana sound.

Big Light
Big Light
Robert Randolph
The Avett Brothers
Heartless Bastards
Heartless Bastards
DJ Morale
DJ Morale
Yard Dogs Road Show
M.I.A.
M.I.A.
M.I.A.
The Dead Weather
The Dead Weather
The Dead Weather
Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse
Ween
Ween
Ween
Band of Horses
Band of Horses
Tenacious D
Tenacious D
Tenacious D
Tenacious D

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[Published on: 8/31/09]

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