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Outside Lands 2015 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

on August 10, 2015, 6:30pm
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Photo by Amanda Koellner

Despite the fog and light rain, I felt transported to a beach during Heartwatch’s set. On a new song, Eric Silverman plucked his guitar in a way that resembled more a tropical steel drum than it did an axe. And the crowd roared with approval. The enthusiasm peaked when, halfway through the set, the 40 or so members of the crowd who carried sunflowers with them to the show threw their dozens of bouquets onto the stage. Several of these bouquets pelted the lead singer Claire. She dodged the sunflowers that she could but accepted the pelts of the rest, laughed, and continued to hit each note. This was Heartwatch’s — a local favorite formerly known as the Tropics — first set at Outside Lands, and I doubt it will be their last. There are few rock bands that can get a crowd to dance without explicitly asking; Heartwatch managed to do just that. –Mike Anderson

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