SAN FRANCISCO — British art rock quintet Radiohead mixed new material with old favorites in a two-hour set Saturday in Golden Gate Park for the Outside Lands Music Festival.
Six tracks from A Moon Shaped Pool, released in May, were on display Saturday, including three in a row to start the night. The last of them, “Ful Stop,” was where the show kicked in, starting a three-song suite of rockers along with “2+2=5” and “Bodysnatchers.”
The band gave snapshots of its abilities or eras — a pair of two-song glimpses of OK Computer, a turbo-charged coupling of tracks from 2011’s The King of Limbs, a torrid closing trio of “Everything in its Right Place,” “Idioteque” and “There There.” The band closed the show with the second of its two-song Computer snapshots, doubling down with a thunderous “Paranoid Android” as well as “Karma Police.”
The day’s biggest surprise was Julien Baker, who started the day on the Sutro Stage. The 20-year-old singer and guitarist was arresting with her gentle, minimal playing style and versatile voice. Since many of her songs are downers, she joked, “The great thing about starting off your day with all these bummer jams is it can only go up from here.” She built multiple tracks into intense moments, including “Vessels” and “Rejoice.”
New York-based art pop and folk singer Sufjan Stevens brought the downright bizarre, from his evolving costumes to encouraging the crowd to chant the “We’re all gonna die” refrain from “Fourth of July” with glee. He brought his kaleidoscope of colors to bear, beefing up his off-beat brand of sometimes wispy songs with deeper instrumentation or new arrangements to make them fit for festival-sized crowds.
Long Beach rapper Vince Staples and Los Angeles-based electronic dance musician Jauz brought big crowds and lots of fun to the Twin Peaks Stage in the Hellman’s Hollow section of the park. Both packed the field, getting hands waving and bodies dancing.
While Staples relied on hits, including “Norf Norf” and “Señorita,” Jauz showed off his rock chops, working the likes of Drowning Pool’s “Bodies” and Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” into party sensations.
Other notes from day two:
• The Knocks — The New York synthpop duo kicked off Saturday’s Twin Peaks trend of getting people dancing, including “Brightside” and a guest appearance from St. Lucia on their “Modern Hearts” collaboration.
• Kevin Morby — The Los Angeles-based folk rocker showed off his chops, including several cuts from this year’s standout LP Singing Saw.
• Fantastic Negrito — Oakland’s own and NPR contest Tiny Desk Concert contest winner made up for last year’s day-of show cancellation with a brisk 45-minute set early in the day, mixing in crowd favorites such as “Lost in the Crowd” and “Rant Rushmore” as well as a rendition of Lead Belly’s “In the Pines.”
• Declan McKenna — The 17-year-old British indie rocker showed promise during a stop on the Panhandle Stage, including a stripped down solo reading of his song "Basic" as well as "Paracetamol," which offers a human look on the difficulties transgender teens face.