August 12, 2012

OUTSIDE LANDS DAY 2 WRAP: Metallica, Sigur Ros, The Kills, Big Boi, Michael Kiwanuka, Alabama Shakes, Portugal. The Man

YEAHHH. The Hetfield “YEAHH” and “HUGGHH” count was high as cartoon band Metallica closed the main stage on Saturday with a two hour set of the band’s classic material.

The swells of fog and mist provided a dreamlike backdrop for Icelandic vets Sigur Ros’s stunning set.

The Kills’ Allison Mosshart gets an A+ for effort (and flailing) for trying to get the semi-disinterested crew of front-of-the-main-stage-assembeled Metallica fans engaged in their set.

Big Boi made good on a MacArthurian promise to return after “technical difficulties” killed off his set last year. The Atlanta MC blew through a commensurable mix of Outkast staples and newer solo material.

Michael Kiwanuka is a star. The soul songwriter filed away another top level performance at the Panhandle Stage.

The scene around Alabama Shakes 4 PM set was one of absolute and total chaos. Drawing a crowd that could compete with many of the headlining acts, Brittany and her lot sounded great even from great distances.

P. The Man brought the Bowie, the big guitars, and vastly improved performance chops to their hour long main stage set.

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