San Francisco’s premier music event, Outside Lands, is finally here! Even if you won’t be enjoying the 3-day festival, you can still attend one (or more!) of these Night Shows from some of the best artists in the lineup. Official Outside Lands Night Shows kick off tonight, so get your tickets now and go out and enjoy a fabulous night of music in the Golden Gate City.
Thursday, August 6
Waters with GRMLN (21+)
6:00PM @ California Academy of Sciences
Pop-rock outfit WATERS was formed in 2011 in the Norwegian capital of Oslo by guitarist/vocalist Van Pierszalowski, who later moved to San Francisco to recruit what is now the group’s current lineup. The five-piece band is comprised of frontman Pierszalowski, guitarist Brian DaMert, bassist Greg Sellin, drummer Andrew Wales, and keyboardist Sara DaMert. They garnered some buzz early on with their 2011 debut album, particularly for the catchy single “Got to My Head.” WATERS’ sophomore record, What’s Real, is out this spring on Vagrant Records.
The Notorious Wilco Brothers with Vetiver
8:00PM @ The Independent – Outside Lands ticketholders only
Wilco formed from the remaining members of the alt country band Uncle Tupelo after the group’s disbandment in 1994. Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Jeff Tweedy, Wilco released their debut album A.M., a collection of country-rock songs reminiscent of the music of Uncle Tupelo, in 1995. From then on, the band’s sound took on more of an experimental edge. Their new, more eclectic sound earned them plenty of critical acclaim, particularly for their 2002 effort Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which topped several year-end lists and was designated one of the best albums of the 2000s by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and many more. Wilco recently dropped a surprise free album called Star Wars.
Strand of Oaks with The Sam Chase
8:00PM @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Strand of Oaks is the rock project of producer and songwriter Timothy Showalter. He has released several albums as Strand of Oaks since 2009, each showcasing his unique sound that blends indie Americana with anthemic rock. His most recent album came out in 2014 and is called HEAL.
DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire)
9:00PM @ Rickshaw Stop – TICKETS
DJ Windows 98 is the DJ alter ego of Win Butler, the frontman of the Grammy-winning rock band Arcade Fire. Any big fan of the band won’t want to miss his set. He’ll be playing at Rickshaw Stop along with DJ Aaron Axelsen.
Friday, August 7
Leon Bridges with Langhorne Slim & The Law
10:00PM @ The Independent – TICKETS
Texas native Leon Bridges is a singer/songwriter who blends Southern soul and gospel. His sound has been compared to that of ’60s-era crooners like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Bridges built up a local following in his hometown of Fort Worth before signing with Columbia Records in December of last year. Having just played at Sundance and SXSW, Leon Bridges has made himself known as an up-and-coming artist. His debut album Coming Home came out in June.
METZ & Speedy Ortiz
10:00PM @ Rickshaw Stop – TICKETS
METZ is a Toronto-based punk trio formed in 2008. Influenced by bands like the Jesus Lizard, Public Image Ltd. and the Pixies, their sound is reminiscent of ’90s grunge mixed with noise rock. METZ signed with Sub Pop to release their self-titled debut in 2012, and followed that up this year with a sophomore album called METZ II, which came out on May 5.
Indie rock band Speedy Ortiz formed in 2012 in Northampton, Massachusetts. They released their debut full-length, Major Arcana, on Carpark Records in 2013, which earned them critical acclaim and a designation as Pitchfork’s Best New Music. Speedy Ortiz just released their sophomore album, titled Foil Deer, in April.
The Drums with Wild Ones
10:00PM @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall – TICKETS
Laid-back beach rockers The Drums formed in 2008 out of the childhood friendship between frontman Jonny Pierce and keyboardist Jacob Graham. After moving to New York City from Florida, the band began earning buzz for their live shows and their catchy single “Let’s Go Surfing.” After releasing their debut EP Summertime! in 2009, The Drums released their eponymous debut studio album the following year. They followed that up with their 2011 album Portamento, and released a third record titled Encyclopedia last fall.
Saturday, August 8
8:00PM @ The Greek Theatre – TICKETS
Violinist and performance artist Lindsey Stirling got her start as a YouTube star, with a series of popular choreographed performance videos that garnered millions of views. In addition to her YouTube fame, she gained further recognition as a finalist on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent in 2010. Her unique music style combines classical violin with genres such as hip hop and EDM. Stirling released her self-titled debut album in 2012, followed by her sophomore record, Shatter Me, in 2014.
Twin Peaks & DMA’s
10:00PM @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Twin Peaks is an indie garage rock band that formed in Chicago in 2009. The group consists of vocalist/guitarist Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan, and drummer Connor Brodner, who started the band when they were all still in high school. Twin Peaks released their debut album, Sunken, in 2013, followed by their sophomore record Wild Onion the next year.
Sydney, Australia’s DMA’s is a band on the rise, both in their home country and overseas. The trio formed in 2012 and developed a sound that evokes the early-90s style of iconic Britpop bands like Oasis, Blur, and The Stone Roses. They gained a lot of recognition with the release of their successful debut single “Delete,” which has earned them critical praise and an ever-growing fan base.