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Outside Lands 2015: 5 Must-See Artists On Day 1 Including St. Vincent, RL Grimes, Mumford & Sons And More


Outside Lands Festival 2015
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Outside Lands Festival, held in San Francisco, kicks off this Friday, Aug. 7, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 9, featuring over 70 artists on six stages, including Elton John, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and more.

With so much amazing talent going on in one place, it can be overwhelming to figure out who you should see and when. So If you are headed to Golden Gate Park this Friday and need some help narrowing down your options, check out our picks for the five must-see artists on day one of Outside Lands.

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St. Vincent

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. @ Lands End Stage

No wonder Cara Delevingne is so in love. The supermodel's girlfriend aka. Annie Clark's work has received consistent praise for its distinct musical style, which blends soft rock, jazz, and cabaret influences. St. Vincent released her debut album "Marry Me" in 2007, followed by "Actor" in 2009. In 2011, she released her third album "Strange Mercy," which was called "one of the year's best" by the New York Times. The record cemented her status as one of her generation's most fearsome and inventive guitarists, earned her the covers of SPIN, Paper, and Under the Radar and a year-long, sold-out tour of her biggest venues to date around the world. She also appeared on the hit IFC series "Portlandia," graced the pages of Vogue's coveted September issue and had two songs featured on the soundtracks for "The Twilight Saga" films. Her new self-titled album is out now.

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Wolf Alice


4:30p.m. - 5:10 p.m. @ Panhandle Stage

The four-piece '90s inspired alternative rock band from North London includes the uber cool frontwoman Ellie Rowsell along with Joff Oddie, Theo Ellis and Joel Amey. Across the pond they were named Best Breakthrough Artists at the U.K. Festival Awards, landed on the coveted "long list" for BBC Sound of 2015 and bagged no. 4 Most Blogged Artist on Hype Machine. Their debut album "My Love Is Cool" was released back in June, and they produced the singles "Giant Peach," which Rowsell appropriately described as "a song to lose your s-t to," and "Moaning Lisa Smile," which charted within the top 10 of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, peaking at no. 9.

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RL Grime

 5:15 p.m. - 6:05 p.m. @ Twin Peaks Stage


Twenty-two-year-old Henry Steinway aka RL Grime has risen the ranks to the forefront of what is a new generation genre-fusing artists, setting eyes on exploring the uncharted and reshaping modern music with every new track he makes. Releasing his debut EP "Grapes" in April of 2012 on LA's WEDIDIT imprint, RL took little time in making a name for himself, garnering early support from some of the biggest DJs in the world, including Diplo, A-Trak, Skrillex and Just Blaze. In 2013, he released his sophomore EP High Beams on Fools Gold Records, debuting at no. 8 on Billboard's electronic charts. RL Grime's work as a remixer has also been met with great acclaim, clocking in official remixes for Benny Benassi, Chief Keef, Jamie Lidell, and Shlohmo — as well as a bootleg of "Mercy" by Kanye West, which has since received over 3 million plays on SoundCloud.

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 7:50 p.m. - 8:35 p.m. @ Panhandle Stage


"We're all about luv" is the band's motto. Their deep-rooted reggae influence is fused with elements of rock and pop to create smooth original sounds that keep listeners' feet moving, hands swaying and hearts beating. All members — Joseph Dickens (Drums), Joseph King (Engineer), Cayson Peterson (Keyboard/Synth), Micah Pueschel (Guitar/ Vocals), and Adam Taylor (Bass) — et while growing up in Hawaii but formed Iration after reconnecting in Isla Vista, CA during college. They have since released three full-length albums and their 2010 effort "Time Bomb" remains in the top 20 on Billboard's Reggae Album Chart to this day. The alternative rockers are performing at Outside Lands ahead of the Aug 28 digital release of their new album "Hotting Up."


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Mumford & Sons


7:55 p.m. - 9:55 p.m. @ Lands End Stage


Certainly one of the most highly anticipated bands of the entire weekend is Marcus Mumford and crew. Inspired by folk, rock, country, and bluegrass, the London-based, platinum-selling group started playing together in 2007 and in the summer of 2009, the single "Little Lion Man" became the band's first taste of fame as it was named Hottest Record in the World This Week by BBC 1 Radio DJ Zane Lowe. Their debut album, "Sigh No More" sold over a million copies in the U.S. and U.K. and their second studio album "Babel" also became a commercial hit, topping the Billboard charts before going platinum and receiving a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Their most current effort "Wilder Mind" was released in May.

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