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Seek the Booty: 10 Artists to See at Treasure Island 

Wednesday, Oct 12 2011

The Treasure Island Music Festival is one of the Bay Area's best live music events, and to celebrate its fifth anniversary, this year's lineup is a doozy — a collection of some of the greatest artists working in the worlds of electronica and indie rock. Here are some of the acts we're especially looking forward to.


Geographer: What a beautiful way to start the day. This San Francisco-based trio makes low-key but gorgeous, emotionally driven songs that somehow always have a sense of urgency in the background (check out the Animal Shapes EP if you don't believe us). If you have an overwhelming desire to hear a synthesizer and a cello at the same time, or if you're having a personal crisis you need to dance your way through, don't miss these up-and-comers. Noon, Bridge stage

YACHT: We've been in love with YACHT since that hilarious video for "Summer Song" emerged in 2008, but expect hip kids in neon-bright clothing to show up en masse for the band's camp electro-pop set . The duo — the delightfully off-the-wall Jona Bechtolt and Clare L. Evans — consistently manages to be both '80s-inspired and ultra-modern at the same time — this year's album, Shangri-La, was a triumph. Expect artsy visuals (their website features an "Exploded View of Yacht Semiotics" chart), and music critics falling over fashion students to get to the front. Guaranteed fun. 2:15 p.m., Tunnel stage

Dizzee Rascal: This champion of East London's grime scene and charismatic writer of hard-edged, super-danceable garage tunes is a must-see this weekend. It'll be worth checking out his raucous set just to hear his bangin' breakthrough hit "Fix Up, Look Sharp" and the feel-good "Bonkers" — but be sure to brush up on your British street slang (last time we saw him live, we got totally lost in it, bruv). 4:35 p.m., Bridge stage

Flying Lotus: If you're looking to decompress on Saturday evening, don't miss the Thom Yorke-endorsed, high-flying, mind-melting Flying Lotus. Even if you're unfamiliar with his records (three albums and seven EPs so far), you've no doubt heard his music blocks between cartoons on Adult Swim. Yes, it's trippy; just relax into it and let your brain do all the work (but only if you haven't taken any hallucinogens — your brain might explode in the expanse of it all). 7:05 p.m., Tunnel stage

Empire of the Sun: Headlining after fellow Australian indie-tronica quartet Cut Copy, EOTS is part of a down-under takeover Saturday night. EOTS is best described as simply "out there;" budding costume designers in the vicinity would be fools to miss this show, which promises to be both epic, elaborate (like Kylie Minogue on acid), and eccentric. If frontman Luke Steele isn't wearing something ridiculous on his head, we'll eat our own shoes. 9:35 p.m., Bridge stage


Weekend: It's going to be weird to watch this Bay Area trio in the daylight, given that Weekend's music should soundtrack zoned-out 4 a.m. blackness. This is basement rock in all its glory — all deep distortions, walls of noise, and gorgeous Jesus & Mary Chain-esque monotone vocals. If you're looking for a low-key, gothy way to start your day, this is it. We're excited to see if the band can pull it off in this midday setting (but we're pretty sure it'll manage). 12:40 p.m., Tunnel stage

St. Vincent: Beautiful, eclectic, and unpredictable, Annie Clark's expansive sound is even more compelling in a live setting, so we're looking forward to hearing the strange depths of the new material from her latest release, Strange Mercy, onstage (play "Champagne Year," Annie!). If you haven't heard her, think Bjork minus the yelling and the pixie dust, with a sprinkling of noir mystery thrown in for good measure. 2:50 p.m., Bridge stage

Beach House: Dreamy and exquisite, subtle and soothing — spending some time in the company of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally is the ideal way to calm the hell down, cool the hell off, and take a minute (or 50) to drift away on their delicious melodies, ethereal vocals, and overall vibe of magic and wonderment. Not that it'll happen, but we'd like very much to hear last year's Teen Dream in its entirety, please and thanks. 6 p.m., Bridge stage

Friendly Fires: Oh, come on. You should already know why you need to see this. These English boys just don't do it like anyone else. Is it dance? Is it pop? Is it indie rock? Is it a pulsating, swirling exercise in adrenaline-rush energy? All of the above, yes. Don't let the dapper clothes fool you — if anyone's going to make you feel positively tribal tonight, it's these three fellas. Get ready to swoon and stomp. 6:50 p.m., Tunnel stage

The Hold Steady: Few artists today can weave tales and paint stories like Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. Accompanying his gritty but ultimately optimistic tales are punk rock hooks dressed up like Elvis Costello classics, presented with a modern edge. This will probably be the loudest thing you hear all day and it will probably make you jump higher and faster than you were expecting. This quartet is always un-missable. 8:30 p.m., Tunnel stage

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