Outside Lands Journal: Day 2, 8/12/17

August 17, 2017

METALLICA! And nothing else matters… Day 2 of any festival is a little rough. Your energy is a little bit zapped from the day before. You can’t seem to drink enough water or coffee. Your legs are sore. So when you finally get there, you need something to kick yourself into gear. And I managed […]

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Outside Lands Journal: Day 1, 8/11/17

August 15, 2017

Celebrating 10 years of walking through the park My 10th Outside Lands began by listening to Hundred Waters close out their set on the Lands End stage. For a set at noon on Friday, the crowd was massive. They were warm and bright, perfect for getting warmed up for a day of music. These folks […]

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Spinning Platters Weekly Guide to Bay Area Concerts: 2017-08-11 – 2017-08-13

August 11, 2017

Do you know what today is? It’s been a long time, and I’ll tell you why: it’s August 11. The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar began on August 11 in 3114 BC. Been a long time. And it feels like it’s been that long that we’ve been waiting for the Bay Area’s own Jawbreaker to get […]

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Film Review: The Only Living Boy in New York

August 11, 2017
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Let your honesty shine, shine, shine… Except when it doesn’t, like in this phony, affected picture    The word “serviceable’ gets bandied about quite a bit in director Marc Webb’s new film about a young writer, which is ironic, since The Only Living Boy in New York is anything but. In fact, serviceable is actually […]

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Film Review: Brigsby Bear

August 4, 2017
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Mooney’s funny and poignant film Bears witness to the restorative power of art  If you watch Saturday Night Live regularly, you know that cast member Kyle Mooney seems like the kind of smart-but-nerdy guy who probably spent his middle school years making goofy action-figure based short films with his friends. Fast forward some 20 years […]

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Outside Lands 2017: Top 10 Acts from The Bottom Half of The Poster

August 3, 2017
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The best thing about a festival is tripping over your new favorite band, not hearing The Who do “My Generation” for the 4,000th time. So, I present to you here are your ten new favorite acts… all pulled from the bottom half of the Outside Lands poster. Still haven’t bought tickets? Well, there’s still time. […]

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SFJFF37 Spotlights: The Boy Downstairs / Mr. Predictable / A Classy Broad / Bombshell

July 30, 2017

The 37th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, showcasing over 60 films from more than a dozen countries, opened on July 20th, and runs until next Sunday, August 6th. This year, the Festival boasts over 15 West Coast premiers, and more than 40% of its films are directed by women, including both its opening and closing […]

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Film Review: Atomic Blonde

July 28, 2017
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Theron heats up a cold city Take a world nearing collapse, a main character with oodles of bitchy beauty, add some cold-war cloak and dagger spycraft, throw in some “fluid sexuality,” lots of fight scenes, and just a pinch of back story. Good so far? Not so fast. Take away the script. Take away the […]

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Film Review: Detroit

July 28, 2017
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Bigelow’s intense, harrowing film remains fiercely relevant “It’s hard to believe this could happen in America,” a character says in Detroit, director Kathryn Bigelow’s grim but brilliantly effective new film about the 1967 Detroit riots and their aftermath. But for those of us watching exactly 50 years later, such believing is all too easy — […]

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10 Years of Outside Lands: A Look Back

July 26, 2017

This year marks the 10th year of the Outside Lands Music Festival. It feels like the first one was just yesterday, and it also feels like it’s been happening since the beginning of time. It’s been a fantastic August tradition that I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy nearly every year. (I did miss the one […]

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