Outsidelands 2012: The Music

I did in fact tear my attention away from the fried food long enough to enjoy some music at Oustidelands.  Clearly, my favorite was Steve Wonder {we're not worthy!}, but I also really enjoyed many other acts, some well-known, some not so much. Here are my favorites from Outsidelands 2012:

Beck - duh.  He played all of his best songs, sounded great live, and everyone in the audience was jamming out and having a really good time.  Leslie and I had a really memorable people-watching moment with a couple in front of us that was seriously boogie-ing down Woodstock-style (see Dave Chapelle's White People Can't Dance).

Norah Jones  - she is one classy lady.  Her voice was just as beautiful singing live, and I forgot how many of her songs I absolutely love!

Fitz and the Tantrums - Moneygrabber has been on repeat in my car for two weeks.  I really love their retro Motown-esque sound.  The lead vocalists voices blend perfectly.  See also: "Breakin' the Chains of Love" and "Pickin' Up the Pieces"

Fun.  I only saw the last couple songs, but they totally lived up to their name in live performance - they packed the lawn on the biggest stage, and the entire audience was having a blast.

Rebelution - ahem, I think my Santa Cruz is showing.

Jon was totally pumped after seeing Die Antwoord.  Leslie and I stood WAY in the back and caught the last song and I will admit, the crowd looked like they were having the time of their lives. The mass of people all pulsing to the music, pumping their arms in the air in unison.  It was quite a sight to behold.  My overall impression is that Die Antwoord is really, really weird (see video below), but they are also strangely entertaining.  Until recently, I thought Lady Gaga was weird.  But Die Antwoord makes her look like Mary Poppins.

Two Gallants - I was SO impressed with these guys.  They're just a guitarist and drummer, but they filled that huge stage and worked it.  They're both from San Francisco, so it was really cool for them to share they had won their 8th grade soccer championship on the very field which they were now playing for thousands of people.

Explosions in the Sky - I've this as a Pandora station on my computer at work because they're really great background music without putting me to sleep.  I was sort of scared they wouldn't translate to live performance, but they were really great live!