Even though it was Grizzly Bear’s first time playing the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco, it seemed like this band was meant for the bill.
The Brooklyn collective ran through a list of hits from their extensive catalog, plying their folky indie-rock wares to an enthusiastic audience.
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When Band of Horses took to the Lands’ End Stage at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Friday around 3:30 p.m., the atmosphere was slightly subdued, having been rocked to chill-mode by Surfer Blood.
But Band of Horses awoke the masses with their bombastic set that included a mix of hits from years past and several head-nodding numbers from their latest album Mirage Rock.
Early on in their set, Band of Horses pulled out one of their most popular songs, “Is There a Ghost,” relying on a constantly-building guitar crescendo and frontman Ben Bridwell’s unforgettable voice.
That was followed by “Electric Music,” a traveling song that really revved up the proceedings and seemed to be faster paced than the album version.
Proving to be one of the must-see shows on this summer’s festival circuit, the quintet knows how to switch things up while still honoring their original trackings.
Perhaps it’s a break of hearing it live, but “No One’s Gonna Love You” seemed to be even more haunting than it is on their record. That didn’t stop the building audience from singing along, but it did cause many to put an arm around a significant other and sway in hypnotizing agreement.
That was broken, however, for “Knock Knock,” the racing rambler that leads off Mirage Rock.
As they laid into the driving beat that moves the refrain along, the growing crowd clapped in unison.
Clap-clap, clap! Clap-clap, clap!
It was the perfect refresher to get things revved up for the rest of the festival.
Playing in front of a large audience from the Lake Shore Stage at Lollapalooza on Saturday night, the Lumineers made every attempt to bring fans closer to the action.
Tactics like playing toy pianos, acoustic guitars, or using a single kick drum helped keep things intimate without feeling small.
But frontman Wesley Schultz went several steps further — several steps into the crowd. In the middle of the Lumineers’ set, Schultz parted the seas and marched several yards into the mass of humanity and stood on a chair with a microphone stand to perform two bonus tracks that will come off the upcoming deluxe release of their self-titled debut album (Aug. 20).
After he strummed through “Darlene,” which actually featured percussionist Jeremiah Fraites on a xylophone solo, and “Eloise,” Schultz made his way back up to the stage seemingly unscathed.
Those were hardly the only high spots of the show, however.
The Lumineers came out of the gates strong, playing the ubiquitous “Hey Ho” a few moments into their setlist. Aided by the vocals of multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek, “Hey Ho” had the entire crowd singing along, as did the summer anthem “Stubborn Love.”
Schultz also tabbed his inner Bob Dylan when he played the troubadour’s classic “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”
As the sun went down in Chicago, the Lumineers verbally expressed their gratitude for those who gathered to watch them play. But it was really obvious by the way they went about pulling everyone they could into their performance.
Denver-based folk rock band the Lumineers were recently featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they played their latest single “Stubborn Love” and a cover of the Talking Heads’ ”This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody).”
Watch both performances below and visit their official website for a full list of 2013 tour dates.