As many of you probably know, the weather took a turn for the San Franciscan on Sunday and Golden Gate Park remained socked in all day. But that did not deter fans from coming out to Outside Lands to see their beloved M.I.A. (who made a single shout-out to the Beasties and sang a two-song cover medley, and also had two slightly creepy twin redhead backup dancers), Modest Mouse and of course, Tenacious D. Whatever you may say about them not being real musicians, they certainly are entertainers, and from the flat screen TVs in the Winehaven wine tent their set sure did look fun. Band of Horses' late set in Lindley Meadow was mesmerizing and mellow, and Calexico also did a bang-up job with six or seven horns on stage to boot. But the best performance of the day, if we had to choose, came from recently re-issued soul singer Bettye LaVette, who sang a doozy of a number called "Let Me Down Easy" and also covered Sam Cooke's "Change is Gonna Come," which she sang at President Obama's inauguration. See some pics here, also including Slug of Atmosphere fame, the hippie-hunky Avett Brothers, the "brothers" Gene and Dean Ween who constitute Ween, and those joyful and boisterous kids from Brooklyn, Matt & Kim.
See pics from Day 1 here and Day 2 here and a few extras on photographer and music editor Moses Namkung's Flickr stream.