Outside Lands Festival 2015: Band of the Day picks

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Less than one week to go until we’re grooving in the groves at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Fest! To help you navigate the lineup, I’ve put together a list of all of the bands that were ever featured in Band of the Day app, and playlists for each day.

FRIDAY 8/7 (click here to listen to the Spotify playlist)

Amon Tobin – A legendary electronic music pioneer explores otherworldly sounds and melodies

Iration – Spreading feel-good waves of reggae infused with sunny rays of pop and rock

Alvvays – Starlit indie pop that glitters like sea glass, from a Canadian group inspired by jangly Britpop

The Family Crest – Communal creators of audacious Baroque/orchestral pop

The Revivalists – Zealous roots rock spirited by the funky essence of New Orleans

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Ranger Dave

SATURDAY 8/8 (click here to listen to the Spotify playlist)

Tame Impala – Arena-ready rock steeped in 1960s psychedelia and tied together with a tight pop sensibility

Milky Chance – Elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals

Angus & Julia Stone – Gruffly majestic country-folk

Classixx – Coastal summer anthems with impossibly sunny dance grooves

UMO – Gloriously psychedelic lo-fi funk over warped hip hop beats

Misterwives -Join a trio of New Yorkers on a vivacious excursion through turnpikes of soul, dance, and pop

Langhorne Slim – Rollicking folk-rock gems from a true American troubadour

Twin Peaks – Nods to godfathers of guitar-guided pop, but fueled by gallons of garage rock

Fantastic Negrito – Channeling his Blues forefathers to tell the story of a life rebuilt after destruction

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Can’t wait to bask in the glory of Ranger Dave’s crotch

SUNDAY 8/9 (click here to listen to the Spotify playlist)

Slightly Stoopid – Catch a whiff of feel-good vibes from one of the defining bands of California’s reggae/rock scene

Hot Chip – The U.K.’s brainiest dance group injects some joyful house into their quirky electro-pop sound

The Devil Makes Three – Raw and raucous trio inspired by both old n’ new timey barn-burners

ODESZA – An electronic wonderland of glitched-out vocals and visceral pop hooks

James Bay – Stark, elegant acoustic strumming powerfully delivered by a 22 year-old singer-songwriter

Allah-Las – Californian surf rock for bumming around in a 60s-style beach bungalow

Shakey Graves – Powerful and mesmerizing lo-fi folk/blues from a true Texas gentleman

Givers – Louisiana’s jubilant musical altruists combine indie pop with Afro-beats

Kidnap Kid – Expressive, emotionally-charged house music from one of the UK’s rising producers

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D’oh! ‘Simpsons’ Creator Curates Music Festival

The cartoon world and the music industry have come together in an odd twist on convergence. Matt Groening, creator of “The Simpsons”, will be curating the next ATP music festival.

While browsing ThisIsFakeDIY, I came across this unusual piece of music news.

ATP, which stands for All Tomorrow’s Parties, is a London-based group that promotes concerts. Most of the big music festivals that happen every year are usually sponsored by huge corporations.

For Harry Hipster or Sally Scenester, this means paying exorbitant prices for tickets, being subjected to corporate branding at every turn, and line-ups based on everything but the music itself.

One thing that sets the ATP festival apart from other festivals, however, is that it’s always curated by important people in the music industry. 2009 was curated by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

So why was Matt Groening, not exactly known as a key player in the music industry, chosen to curate a day in 2010?

The Simpsons has always featured various acts from the music industry.

One iconic episode that stands out in my mind is when Lollapalooza came to Springfield. The Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers were among a few of the 90s alt-rock bands to be featured in the episode.

The show has always incorporated special appearances from artists spanning all genres of music. Perhaps its impact on pop culture, and how music has been incorporated, is a reason why Groening was chosen.

No matter what the reason Groening was chosen as a curator, it’s nice to see two of my favorite forms of media coming together.