The seventh annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival came to a close on Sunday, but not before bringing Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Killers, Kanye West and dozens of other acts to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Here are my 12 favorite musical moments from the sold-out three-day affair:

1. Kacey Musgraves charming the crowd with her contemporary take on classic country on Friday. This was the single finest set I witnessed over the weekend.

2. The Killers adding plenty of Bay Area flavor to its show on Sunday, covering Creedence Clearwater Revival and performing a nice version of the Otis Redding anthem "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." The Killers were the best of the three main-stage headliners -- topping West's offering on Friday and Petty's set on Saturday. And, no, I didn't see that coming.

3. Jenny Lewis delivering arguably the best 3 ½ minutes of the festival as she crooned through the Rilo Kiley cut "Silver Lining" on Sunday.

4. Haim further establishing itself as one of the top young rock bands in the business. Its thoroughly entertaining set on Saturday was highlighted by a gigantic version of Fleetwood Mac's early "Oh Well" as well as Danielle Haim's guitar heroics.

5. Imelda May taking another step toward mainstream success in the U.S. during her performance on Sunday. The rockabilly-blues-jazz vocalist is already a major star in her native Ireland, where she's won the Meteor Award (the Irish equivalent of the Grammy) for best female artist.

6. Atmosphere rocketing through a fine set of hip-hop tunes, which had a huge crowd bouncing on Saturday.


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7. Run the Jewels rocking the microphones in epic fashion on Friday. The duo, which consists of rappers El-P and Killer Mike, delivered the best hip-hop set of the festival, easily outdistancing what Kanye West would offer up later that same day.

8. Mike Campbell illustrating precisely why he's one of the greatest guitarists in rock 'n' roll during the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers show on Saturday. The solo at the end of "Runnin' Down a Dream" is one for the ages.

9. Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers connecting with the ghosts of Golden Gate Park as the Bay Area Americana/alt-country band performed a strong cover of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love."

10. Brooklyn's Lucius making a case that it's one of the most interesting young acts in indie-rock. Who knew the group had such incredible range?

11. Cut Copy doing a good impersonation of Depeche Mode -- and an even stronger one of Howard Jones -- during its enjoyable synth-pop show on Sunday.

12. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis taking fans on a trip to the "Thrift Shop" on Saturday.

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