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What to do this weekend while everyone else is at Outside Lands

By Ivy McNally

Not headed to Outside Lands this year? No worries! There's still a ton of fun (less crowded) things to do in the city this weekend.    


Sleigh Bells

Mixing bubblegum-snapping, cheerleader aesthetics and AC/DC hard-rawk brashness, this bombastic noise punk duo sounds like no one else. Expect to hear new singles from the recently released, Jessica Rabbit, including the spacey, subdued synth ballad "Hyper Dark." Bay Area grown Jel (producer Jeffrey Logan) opens the show with his brand of fractured hip hop.  


Celebrate and commiserate life's most cringeworthy moments at Mortified, a live storytelling extravaganza—a show-and-tell, if you will, of people's most embarrassing, awkward, and often seminal moments.  The event is all ages at DNA Lounge, but you can still expect drinks and inappropriate tales all around.    

Inside-Out Lands

If the thought of schlepping to Outside Lands is simply too much, consider an easier jaunt to Fort Mason for a special edition of Off the Grid. Enjoy food and drink on par with what the kids are paying too much for in Golden Gate Park, and catch the house band delivering eclectic covers inspired by classic performances from the festival’s ten year history. Less crowded, less dusty, equally Instagrammable.      

James Murphy DJ Set

This year, we hail the return of LCD Soundsystem; whet your appetite with a DJ set from James Murphy himself, DFA Records founder and frontman to the hallowed, fresh-out-of-retirement band. DJs Eug and Groovewell join the fun along with many more at this late-night party.      


Lady Gaga

The self-proclaimed queen of art pop supports last year's country-tinged Joanne with a set of stadium shows. Coming off her Super Bowl halftime performance, you can expect ecstatic dancing, on-point singing (and sing-alongs) and plenty of fireworks, literally. Joanne may not deliver the sort of borrowed dance pop shock and awe that her army of monsters have come to expect, but she still knows how to put on a show.  

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