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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Treasure Island Music Festival 2015 Lineup Is Here

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 9:59 AM

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Ahhh ... Treasure Island Festival lineup day is here! It's like Christmas morning of sorts for Bay Area music junkies. The beauty of TI Fest lies in it's simple two-stage set-up. It's one of the only festivals where you don't have to miss a single note. When an act ends on the Bridge Stage, the next one comes on promptly on the Tunnel Stage and this beautiful musical see-saw continues all day. Gone are the days of making difficult decisions about which acts to see over others. Gone are the days of "compromising" with your festival friends on which set to see. Cause fuck compromising! Amiright?

There's just something special about seeing top-notch bands while watching the day become night on an island with spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline. With that, Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment have put together another fine slate of buzz bands, classic acts, and well thought out indie rock, hip-hop, and electronic artists this year.

Here's our highlights and a few questions to ponder:


Run The Jewels

Yes! Yes and yes and yes times 1,000,000. This is a solid get for TI and it's the perfect hip-hop act for this fest. Where other acts in the past like Public Enemy and Dizzee Rascal had kind of a niche core audience, RTJ is hip-hop by the people and for the people. Best in the game right now. Run tell dat!

Super Eclectic Electronica 

Someone was really thinking with this slate of EDM and crossover electronic acts. Deadmau5 is gonna light the island on fire, the universe might explode when Hudson Mohawke drops "Chimes," Cashmere Cat is one of the hottest producers in electro pop right now, and a live Gorgon City set?! You can even discover some up and coming names in Viceroy and Skylar Spence (formerly known as Saint Pepsi). The force is strong with these ones. 

A Lineup Tailor-Made For Many Subcultures

This is certainly the most all-encompassing line up I've seen from TI. There are big indie rock names in The War on Drugs, Chvrches, The National, and Father John Misty. You got indie hip-hop with RTJ and the flashier Azealia Banks. STS9 and Bob Moses resonate strongly with the transformational fest aficionados and you just read my thoughts on the electronica slate.

Dance Pop, Dance Pop, Dance Pop! 

I hope you like to dance cause Robyn is in the business of making you and this'll be the only North American appearance of the year for her La Bagatelle Magique project (which I tried to Google translate and "Bagatelle" means "Bagatelle." Go figure). Also, Shamir is just a gem. His new album, Ratchet, is filled with disco-pop bangers. 


Bradford Cox is a creative genius who needs to be seen live. He's one of the most underrated guitar players today and his unpredictable chattiness is juicy blog fodder. "Nothing Ever Happened" is still one of my all-time favorite song to hear live. 

Panda Bear

Go ahead and file my request for Animal Collective's Panda Bear to play the sunset time slot on the Tunnel Stage. Exhibit A:

Questions, Questions, Questions

Where Have I Seen These Headliners Before?

Welp ... The National and Deadmau5 were both one slot below the headliners for the 2011 Fest. So if you're the type of festival-goer who always wants to see fresh faces at your favorite local music fest, then you can gripe. To be honest though, I thought The National was the best act of 2011 (yes, I know LCD Soundsystem was there too, but Matt Berninger coming into the crowd for "Mr. November" was solid gold) and that Deadmau5 set was a haven for not giving any fucks and just crushing the island life. So I say BRING IT!

I Hope You Like Pitchfork?

Cause this lineup reads like a roster of PF's infamous "Best New Music" honorees. In 2015 alone: Panda Bear, Shamir, Viet Cong (badass), Father John Misty, and another handful plus of past year's honorees. But this is the ultimate #FirstWorldProblem to complain about. So if you're one of those people who likes to moan about how "Pitchfork is such bullshit, yada, yada, yada...," stay home. 

Where Are the Local Rock Bands?

There's two local acts on the bill. DJ/producer Viceroy and STS9. The latter is from Santa Cruz. Michael Cronin's had SF-garage rock ties, but he doesn't count because he's in L.A. Last year saw Cathedrals and Painted Palms opening each day of the festival and that was money. Those are two bands that are a fabric of the current local music landscape and it'd be great to see another one added to the mix this year. Perhaps a band from Oakland? 

Why Have You Never Gone to Treasure Island Festival?

You know who you are. Maybe you don't like festivals? Maybe you don't like paying $300+ for a festival ticket? Welp, Treasure Island isn't as imposing as the Coachellas and Outside Lands' of the world. It's really pretty damn accessible in every way. And tickets are right around $150 for both days. Buy 'em here starting Thursday at 10 a.m. 

See you on the island!

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