Ice cream, Kanye and more at Outside Lands day one 

click to enlarge Sara, of Tegan and Sara, entertained Friday's Outside Lands crowd from the Twin Peaks stage. - JESSICA CHRISTIAN/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • JESSICA CHRISTIAN/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Sara, of Tegan and Sara, entertained Friday's Outside Lands crowd from the Twin Peaks stage.
On the first day of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival on Friday, even the ice cream choices were overwhelming.

Anybody wanting a scoop on the pleasantly cool Golden Gate Park afternoon was confronted with Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, Three Twins Ice Cream, Leslie's Dessert Werks and dozens of food stalls begging for attention.

Picking which of the seven stages and dozens of artists to visit at the 7-year-old festival was even tougher.

Electro-pop-funk group Chromeo on the main Lands End stage gave fans a workout in the late afternoon, commanding the crowd to dance to 1980s-synth-infused sparklers like "Night by Night."

Country music rebel Kacey Musgraves sang soulfully at Sutro stage, lending new urgency to standards like "These Boots Are Made for Walking" as well as her Grammy-winning "Merry Go Round" and its tale of trailer-park desperation.

An entirely different flavor rocked the Barbary Coast comedy stage, which evoked its name in a well-appointed tent lined with red fabric, saloon mirrors and its own bar.

Garfunkel and Oates, soon to be seen on their own IFC comedy show, sang hilariously bawdy songs about smug pregnant women, weed cards and why "my self-esteem is not low enough to date you."

On the Twin Peaks stage, indie pop duo Tegan and Sara were obviously feeling the love for their latest album, "Heartthrob," playing several songs from their highest-charting album to date.

And the audience gave the love back, dancing to the upbeat heartbreak of "Drove Me Wild" and high-fiving strangers during the effervescent hit "Closer."

The twins are a natural comedy act, with Tegan pouncing on Sara's musings about their outdoor show and Jimi Hendrix's iconic performance at Woodstock.

"CANADIAN POP DUO COMPARES THEMSELVES TO JIMI HENDRIX," Tegan said, encouraging the audience to tweet it out as Sara back-peddled vigorously.

The walk back the headliner's stage was a mere 20 minute walk past food trucks and art displays, but it might as well have been 20 miles.

Kanye West comes out hard with "Black Skinhead," giant red screens pulsing red as he raps, "I'm getting my scream on."

Lacking dancers or even a band, West seemed a bit lost under a jeweled face mask on a minimalist stage.

But he immediately snatched the audience up in a call-and-response, anointing them as members of his clique before launching into "Clique," which alludes to his reality star paramour, Kim Kardashian, who was in the audience.

"This is my baby mama's first show since we got married!" West announced.

He called out people who aren't part of his clique: the media.

"People don't like me or something," West lamented, and he should know, since he gets the Google Alerts to prove it.

A few missteps aside -- including scolding the audience for not "making circles" for mosh pits in front of the stage during "Blood on the Leaves," a song he abandoned and later reprised in a short encore that finished abruptly -- West left his clique satisfied.

"Stronger," "Jesus Walk," and "Bound 2" led into a warm buzz of nostalgia with 2007's easygoing "Good Life" and its shout-out to "San Fran."

The media might not be buying West's "mad truthful s---," but tens of thousands of fans lapped it up like ice cream.

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Giselle Velazquez

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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