The summer is nearly done, which means that the festival season is also nearing its end. That's why we're going out with a bang, as MTV News will bring you updates from the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend. Starting tomorrow, Pearl Jam, the Black Eyed Peas, Dave Matthews Band, Tenacious D, Jason Mraz, M.I.A. and, uh, Tom Jones will be covering the park with hot tracks, and we'll be there to take it all in, talk to the stars and deliver late-breaking news.
Obviously, the headliners will pack a punch, but here are the five acts on the undercard who may not have giant audiences or multi-platinum sales but who always manage to deliver at festivals.
Their driving, spacey brand of rock marries prog to Britpop. It's the perfect appetizer for the Mars Volta and just the right dose of adrenaline to kickstart Friday afternoon.
A lot of small bands get lost on festival stages, but for some reason, the Duke Spirit's brand of gutter-garage feels much more alive in the middle of nature.
Natasha Khan channels a few of pop music's most eccentric stars (including Bjork, Fiona Apple and Stevie Nicks). But despite her penchant for musical experiments and liberal use of zithers, she always rises to the occasion at high-profile shows.
The Dirtbombs have a scuzzy sound that sounds infinitely filthier in the midday sun. You know when you cure a hangover with a little hair of the dog? This set will purify what ails you.
Sunday afternoon at a festival is always tough, as people are tired, sunburned and trying to keep themselves upright for a few more hours. Bettye LaVette's brand of R&B, funk and soul delivers just the right amount of get-you-pumping adrenaline and no-need-to-worry smoothness.