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Outside Lands’ 2017 Lineup: Two Days Later

on April 06, 2017, 5:01pm
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Surprises

The Who

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Photo by Nathan Dainty/VeryCreative

Whoa, who saw that one coming? “Not I,” said the bear, “and neither did we,” said Consequence of Sound. Seeing The Who at the top of this year’s lineup is another one of those “Oh, Duh!” Moments that come every so often while covering this business, making you wonder why this hasn’t happened already. One reason may be Pete Townshend’s ensuing battle with hearing loss, though another may be a simple matter of preference. The Who do well in arenas, they’re used to arenas, and they traditionally headline sprawling tours that conquer arenas in every town from London to Lancaster. Seeing how they just performed Tommy in its entirety for the first time in ages, one has to wonder what surprises they’ll have in store for Golden Gate Park. Whatever the case, we’ll gladly throw on some tight jeans, don a striped shirt, and sing our hearts out to “Baba O’Riley”. –Michael Roffman
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Queens of the Stone Age

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Things are getting busy for Queens of the Stone Age. We’re only four months into 2017 and already they’ve stamped their name on a number of key lineups across the globe, from Japan’s Fuji Rock to Australia’s Splendour in the Grass to Canada’s Montebello. With Outside Lands, Josh Homme and co. are making their proper return stateside, and they’ll likely have an arsenal of new jams in tow. If you recall, the band teased a new studio album for this year — a follow-up to 2013’s …Like Clockwork — and it wasn’t too long after that when photographic evidence confirmed longtime pal Dave Grohl’s been in the studio with them. That’s always good news for this camp, and their booking here suggests that good news will likely keep coming in the months ahead. Whatever you do, though, please don’t hound them for an autograph. It’s just tacky. –Michael Roffman
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Belle & Sebastian

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Photo by Autumn Andel

We’re gonna be two and a half years past Belle & Sebastian’s last album when they play at Outside Lands this year. That’s a long enough gap to make it surprising that they’re still popping up on lineups and also just long enough to make their scattered appearances still feel fresh. They are also a band that will fit in perfectly at the San Francisco festival. It’s a city they’ve been tied to since writing the song “Piazza, New York Catcher”, and OSL will give them a prime Sutro stage spot to play to their strengths. –Philip Cosores
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Dr. Octagon

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Photo by Philip Cosores

For those of you not in the know, Dr. Octagon is one of the personas of Kool Keith. In this case, he portrays an extraterrestrial, time-traveling gynecologist and surgeon from the planet Jupiter. The appearance is pretty left field and a relative rarity, being that the last we heard from the doctor was a guest verse on the last Yeah Yeah Yeahs album in 2013. The billing is a nod to the Bay Area’s long relationship with classic hip-hop and should please the rap-heads who also get stars like A Tribe Called Quest and ScHoolboy Q to enjoy.–Philip Cosores

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