A few OSL acts worth investigating

A few tips for those still determining who to see among the bountiful Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2016 lineup.


Foals (3:50 p.m., Sutro)
The eclectic English “math rock” band, a festival favorite, is led by Yannis Philippakis, who is known for jumping off balconies and crowd surfing.

Beach House (7:50 p.m., Sutro)
The dream-pop duo has been busy on the festival circuit following a tour and the release of two albums in 2015, “Thank Your Lucky Stars” and “Depression Cherry.” Fans of electronic indie music may have a tough time choosing between this outfit and LCD Soundsystem, due to intersecting set times.

Duran Duran (6:15 p.m., Lands End)
Can Simon Le Bon still inspire fans to throw their lacey underthings onstage? It’s been three decades since “The Wild Boys” felt “The Reflex” in “Rio,” but the British rockers’ latest album, the warmly reviewed “Paper Gods,” managed to hit the Billboard top 10 last year.

LCD Soundsystem (8:10 p.m., Lands End)
Frontman James Murphy returns after saying goodbye to fans at Madison Square Garden in 2011. Almost 15 years ago, the Brooklyn-based act set out to make danceable rock, and, as those who’ve heard them know, they’ve succeeded. We just hope Murphy hasn’t lost his edge.


Big Freedia (1:30 p.m., Gastromagic)
The rapper — queen diva of New Orleans bounce music — is unleashing booty-shaking rhythms at the third annual “Beignets & Bounce Brunch.” Fans can work their twerk to earn some Brenda’s Soul Food beignets.

The Last Shadow Puppets (5:15 p.m., Sutro)
Alex Turner takes a break from the Arctic Monkeys with this English rock side project. The band released a new album in March following 2008’s “The Age of the Understatement,” which sounded like it could soundtrack a Tarantino Western.

Sufjan Stevens (6:35 p.m., Sutro)
Many are hoping the multi-instrumentalist will take to the stage and smash his banjo to “Seven Swans.” Known for his 2005 nostalgic love song “Chicago,” the musician switches between electronic pop and singer-songwriter folk. Last year’s “Carrie & Lowell” — an album about his dysfunctional mother’s relationship with his stepfather — exemplified the latter genre.

Radiohead (7:55 p.m., Lands End)
Headliners at the first Outside Lands in 2008, the adored British experimental indie rockers return; songs from the group’s latest album, “A Moon Shaped Pool,” were a highlight of an intense, atmospheric set at last week’s Lollapalooza festival (yes, that’s still a thing).


Brandi Carlile (3:44 p.m., Sutro)
The classy country folk singer songwriter, who has cited Patsy Cline as a major influence, got nominated for a Best Americana album Grammy for her 2015 full-length release, “The Firewatcher’s Daughter.”

Kehlani (3:30 p.m., Twin Peaks)
The R&B singer — the pride of Oakland School for the Arts (East Bay, represent!), earned a Grammy nomination for her 2015 mixtape, “You Should Be Here.”

DIIV (4:20 p.m., Panhandle)
First known as Dive, the indie band changed its name in 2012 when releasing “Oshin,” a critically acclaimed recording with spacey vocals and distorted guitars that made it onto Pitchfork’s top albums of the year list. The group’s new album, “Is the Is Are,” includes a Sky Ferreira collaboration that sounds like Sonic Youth.

Lionel Richie (8:05 p.m., Lands End)
There might not be a lot of “Dancing on the Ceiling,” but there better be a lot of frolicking in the fog for the pop icon. Before he was making DirecTV commercials with Peyton Manning, he minted hits from “Brick House” with the Commodores to the Oscar-winning “Say You, Say Me.”

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