PREVIEW The poop on surviving and thriving at Outside Lands: After you bike or find parking on the avenues around 36th Street, trek into Golden Gate Park toward Polo Field, being careful not to kick any of those adorable pop-up gophers in the head. Don't lug a cooler: believe it or not, you're not camping, the grub is fairly affordable, foodie-oriented (Three Twins Ice Cream! Hog Island Oysters! Dosa!), and diverse, and you don't wanna be lugging crappage around. Do bring sunblock, a hat, a blanket to sit or lie on, reading material or something, anything, for the dull acts, and yup, the SF mantra layers, layers, layers. Now relax and scan the schedule. Here's how your humble princess of the pen would negotiate Outside Lands.
Friday: I'd start slow with shoegaze Autolux, then pick up the hippie-hipster steam at Akron/Family. Then I'd be torn, Solomon-style, between Built to Spill, Zap Mama, and Los Campesinos! Off to the Dodos, though I'm interested in checking out Zee Avi before Silversun Pickups. I'll feel divided at 5 p.m.-ish, thanks to the National and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. Maybe an ear cleansing Q-Tip, but otherwise I'm calling it an early Friday. Yawn.
Saturday: Starting it with Zion I and the Dirtbombs. Wanna see Extra Golden, then maybe Raphael Saadiq and definitely Boots Riley and Tom Morello's Street Sweeper Social Club. I'll check out comedians Brent Weinbach (soon with a new CD), Sherry Strof, and Kevin Camia, playing daily at the Barbary tent along with gypsies like Yard Dogs Road Show. Mastodon will be good for a pleasant ear bleed before Bat for Lashes and Os Mutantes knock their pretty heads. TV on the Radio next, then I'll see how I feel starkly art-rockin' (Deerhunter) or electric-folk-friendly (Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band). The Mars Volta wipes it all up at the end.
Sunday: Breakfast with Darondo with Nino Moschella, then Bettye LaVette. The rest of the day at the Lands End stage looks solid: Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Modest Mouse, M.I.A., and Tenacious D. But Dead Weather, Morning Benders, Matt and Kim, Heartless Bastards, John Vanderslice, Calexico, and Band of Horses tempt me to stray. Still, as Sunday rolls in with the fog, whatever's left of me just may park it in one grassy spot.
OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL Fri/28, 12:40 p.m.9:50 p.m.; Sat/29, noon10 p.m.; Sun/30, noon9:20 p.m., $89.50$225.50. Golden Gate Park, SF. www.sfoutsidelands.com