Nine Can’t Miss Outside Lands 2018 Undercard Acts

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Outside Lands 2018 closes out strong with performances from Janet Jackson, James Blake, Portugal. The Man, Tash Sultana, Janelle Monae, and The Internet. But squash Saturday’s hangover and get in the gates early for these three acts below!


Durand Jones & The Indications

12:45 to 1:30 PM at Lands End

There aren’t many bands out there who can rise to the occasion of an afternoon main stage slot, but I can guarantee you that this band will. I’ve seen them a half-dozen times at festivals already (including BottleRock Napa a few months ago) and they always bring amazing energy. Durand Jones is the spiritual brother of Charles Bradley, bringing the same kind of emotion and heart to his performance that the late soul singer did. Drummer Aaron Frazier also provides a sweet vocal falsetto when he takes lead vocals on a song or two. This is as can’t miss as they come on Sunday.

T Sisters

12 to 12:45 PM at Sutro Stage

Outside Lands has always been great at booking local up-and-coming acts and the trio of Tietjen sisters (Erika, Rachel, and Chloe) living in Oakland is another good case of this. They were a late addition to the lineup and will make the most of their time on stage. The folk trio hasn’t dropped an album since 2016 but have become live favorites in the Bay. Their harmonies are to die for, you’ll dig if you like First Aid Kit and banjo. They mesh pop and folk influences effortlessly.

Hot Flash Heat Wave

1:20 to 2:00 PM at Panhandle Stage

There’s a lot of different sounds floating around in this SF-based act’s repertoire. There’s a dash of  the groove of Glass Animals, a little bit of the lo-fi lushness of fellow Bay native Day Wave, and some ’70s beach pop. The way they trade off lead vocals on their songs is pretty cool, and this amounts to quite a hometown show for the band. On a Sunday of a three-day festival, there’s no better thing to catch once you get in the gates than something chill. And this passes the chill test with flying colors.