Treasure Island Music Festival preview
The Treasure Island music festival hits San Francisco next weekend on October 17th and 18th. The two day festival takes place on the man made island between Oakland and SF, which the Festival is named after. The lineup includes an eclectic mix ranging from hip-hop (Murs) to electronic (MSTRKRFT) to the Flaming Lips. Other headliners include MGMT, Girl Talk, The Decemberists, Beirut and Grizzly Bear. Tickets are $65 for single day passes, or $115 for double day passes. You can purchase them here
Check out some of the featured bands:
MGMT: The Brooklyn based Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden’s psych-pop project has rocketed to acclaim since Oracular Spectacular dropped. Rolling Stone put them in their “10 Artists to Watch” list. SPIN raved at “their current brand of shape-shifting psychedelic pop.” They were named 9th in the BBC’s Sound of 2008 list. Since then, they’ve collaborated with KiD CuDi and the Flaming Lips. Enough said, we are thrilled to see them.
“Pursuit of Happiness” Kid CuDi & MGMT
02 Pursuit of Happiness
MSTRKRFT: The DJ duo of JFK (Jesse F. Keeler) and Al-P (Alex Puodziukas) have been remixing everything from Bloc Party to Wolf Mother to Justice to the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s since their 2005 debut. Look for another stellar live set from the Macbook Pro & Serato wielders.
“Bounce” NOREFelix Cartal Remix
Girl Talk: By now, there isn’t much more to say about Gregg Gillis’ party-esque live show extravanganzas. But we’ll be looking forward to an assuredly awesome set by the mash-up artist who’s inspired a whole sub-genre of Mac mixers, perhaps single handedly.
“Knife” Grizzly Bear remix by Girl Talk
Passion Pit: The Cambridge, Massachusetts alternative electronica gang turned heads this year with “Sleepyhead” and their Manners LP. Look out for an energetic and entertaining set from the guys who gave us the creative gem of a music video for their hit–check it out here.
The Flaming Lips: The spacey, psychedelic legends will be debuting their new album Embryonic. Wayne Coyne and the gang will be headlining Sunday night. Hopefully the past antics of balloons, costumes, puppets and video projects will fill the show
“Yoshimi Battles the Robots part 1”
The Decemberists: Colin Meloy’s Portland, Oregon folk, baroque pop gang released their fifth album Hazards of Love this March. Their live shows have gained attention for dynamic stage theatrics–like evil sea captains and whale’s on set for The Mariner’s Revenge Song
“The Soldiering Life”
Beirut: Zach Condon’s solo project has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenom. Since their 2006 debut Gulag Orkestar, Beirut’s blend of Balkan Folk and Western Pop have captured attention and acclaim. On August 30th, Braziliians declared a Beirut Appreciation Day with dozens of bands in cities across Brazil covering Beirut songs.
“Postcards from Italy”
Grizzly Bear: If GB’s 2006’s Yellow House didn’t register on your radar, most hopefully this year’s Veckatimist did. The beautiful album crosses genres from chamber melodies to psyche pop to folk, while pushing the bands musicial abilities with complex instrumentation. It’s a wonderful listen, and the live equivalent is just as satisfying.
Thao & the Get Down: Thao Nguyen and her bandmates Frank Stewart and Adam & Willis Thompson churned out a up-tempo, charming, alternative pop record with 2008’s We Brave Bee Stings and All. The band’s new album Know Better Learn Fast drops in the states on Oct. 20th.
“Know Better Learn Faster”
The Official Treasure Island Website