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Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Observations From Treasure Island 2014

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Outkast - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • Outkast

Just across the bay from the Embarcadero, with lush views of the SF skyline and Bay Bridge, the Treasure Island Music Festival's slightly crusty, Ferris wheeled, seaside setting feels like the perfect spot to scarf down some funnel cake and catch a John Mellencamp show with your old man. However, TIMF's smattering of paella stands, bacon-themed food trucks, and Patagonia-clad SFsters making their way from St. Lucia to Outkast feels right at home in post-Guardian 2014

In its 8th year as Another Planet's alternative to its own Outside Lands' rock-dominant lineup, Treasure Island's democratic grab-bag of electronica, soul, indie pop, and all the PBR&B between the cracks, (aided in part by Noise Pop's curatorial muscle) spoiled Ray Banned festival-goers with a generous range of musical dynamics, and a handful of shows one might never catch outside a festival environment.

Our feet are exhausted, and the lines for charter buses back to the city were harrowingly long, but we made it. Here are some standout moments and lasting observations from yet another year at Treasure Island. 

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Treasure Island 2012 Review: Good Bands Versus Great Weather

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 8:41 AM

The xx at Treasure Island Sunday night. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • The xx at Treasure Island Sunday night.

Treasure Island Music Festival

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, 2012

Treasure Island, San Francisco

Better than: Getting an October sunburn anywhere else this weekend.

It was around sunset on Sunday evening when Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino sang what everyone at Treasure Island Music Festival right then must have been thinking -- and captured the prevailing vibe of the weekend in the process.

"Why would you live anywhere else?" Cosentino sang, as a fiery orange glow slowly appeared in the skies over San Francisco. "This is the only place for me."

See also:

* Slideshow: Scenes From Treasure Island 2012

* Slideshow: The People of Treasure Island Festival 2012

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Treasure Island Festival Shuttle Stop Moved to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM

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Due to the unexpectedly awesome San Francisco Giants, there's been a slight change in plans for those heading to Treasure Island Music Festival this weekend: Instead of picking up festivalgoers at the AT&T Park parking lots, shuttles will instead leave from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in S.F.'s Civic Center.

See also:

* 10 Artists To See at Treasure Island Music Festival

* Treasure Island Festival 2012 Schedule: Five Things to Know

* The xx Return to Headline Treasure Island

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Watch: The Coup's "Guillotine" Is A Funky Agitprop Masterpiece

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Riley on Oakland's yellow brick road
  • Riley on Oakland's yellow brick road

With the election only weeks away, it's a perfect time for a new video from the Coup, the radical Oakland hip-hop group whose leader, Boots Riley, was one of the loudest agitators in the city's Occupy movement. The group is back with a new album, Sorry to Bother You, on Oct. 30, and the first taste is a funky, hip-hop hybrid that anchors itself pretty much immediately in your ears.

The group's new clip for "Guillotine" also doesn't bother with much subtlety in its indictment of the 1 percent: Riley and crew come as characters from an Oakland version of Wizard of Oz -- with Riley as the scarecrow -- and head to the money-grubbing wizard's inner sanctum to take their revenge on the top-hatted banker. What does that revenge entail? We bet you can guess.

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* The Coup's Boots Riley on His Next Record, Hip-Hop for White Kids, and Loving Battlestar Galactica

* 10 Artists To See at Treasure Island Music Festival

* The Coup's Boots Riley Will Perform for the Occupy Oakland Crowd This Evening

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

10 Artists To See at Treasure Island Music Festival

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Wanna know who to catch at Treasure Island 2012? We've got you covered. - JOSEPH SCHELL
  • Joseph Schell
  • Wanna know who to catch at Treasure Island 2012? We've got you covered.

The Treasure Island Music Festival will be taking over that flat spot of land in the middle of San Francisco Bay this weekend. And even though this great, boutique festival boasts no conflicts between the main two stages, we'd like to offer a little guidance. Aside from the headliners like Girl Talk and the xx -- which you'd only miss if you're tired, crazy, or stupid -- here are 10 artists to make sure you see at Treasure Island 2012.

See also:

* Treasure Island Festival 2012 Schedule: Five Things to Know

* Treasure Island Festival Announces Night Shows with The Presets, Jamie XX, and More

* Treasure Island Fest Adds Rare Joanna Newsom Performance to Lineup

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Treasure Island Festival 2012 Schedule: Five Things to Know

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Twilight at Treasure Island. - JOSEPH SCHELL
  • Joseph Schell
  • Twilight at Treasure Island.

The schedule for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival is out -- and with it, a better idea of just how Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, will go. With artists like The xx, Best Coast, M83, Ty Segall, Porter Robinson, and Public Enemy set to play, scheduling makes a big difference on the festival experience. Here then are the top five things to know about this year's Treasure Island schedule.

See also:

* Treasure Island Festival Announces Night Shows with The Presets, Jamie XX, and More

* Treasure Island Fest Adds Rare Joanna Newsom Performance to Lineup

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Treasure Island Fest Adds Rare Joanna Newsom Performance to Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Joanna Newsom - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • Joanna Newsom

If you find this this year's Treasure Island lineup a little light on pedal harps, oddly high-pitched voices, and Northern California female songwriters who are also models, we've got good news: Joanna Newsom was just added to the bill!

The 30-year-old Nevada City native is set to play the festival's second day, Sunday, Oct. 14, along with The XX, M83, Best Coast, and many others. As a quick scan of her Drag City page confirms, Newsom isn't exactly a regular on the tour circuit. So if you missed her incredible performance with Phillip Glass at last month's benefit for the Henry Miller Memorial Library, this may be your next best bet to catch her in the top half of her native state.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Treasure Island 2012 Lineup: The XX, Girl Talk, M83, Best Coast, Gossip, Public Enemy, and More

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The crowd at Treasure Island last year. - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • The crowd at Treasure Island last year.

Whoa! The lineup for the 2012 Treasure Island Music Festival was just announced! Performers include The XX, Girl Talk, M83, Best Coast, The Presets, Gossip, Grimes, Ty Segall, Matthew Dear, Youth Lagoon, Public Enemy, Toro Y Moi, and more. The festival takes place this October 13 and 14. Check out the full lineup after the jump.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Treasure Island 2011 Lineup: Death Cab, Empire of the Sun to Headline

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 10:20 AM

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This year's Treasure Island music festival will be headlined by Empire of the Sun on Oct. 15 and Death Cab for Cutie on Oct. 16. As the headliners suggest, the first day will lean more heavily toward electronica, while the second will be more indie-rockish. This year will be the festival's fifth.

Hit the jump for the rest of the lineup, plus information on tickets and parking -- it was all announced this morning and the site has (predictably) totally crashed.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Treasure Island Music Fest Announces Night Shows

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Night Moves: These Are Powers - MICHAEL FLACK
  • Michael Flack
  • Night Moves: These Are Powers

We've almost reached the end of festival season. After this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, there's just one more big outdoor event looming on the horizon: the Treasure Island Music Festival. This year's lineup, which veers from the mainstream/frat-rock tinge of Outside Lands into more underground/indie/electronic/urban territories, looks promising.

And just like with Outside Lands, TIMF promoters have announced several "night shows" which keep the music going well into the evening hours. Appearing at the Independent are Pretty Lights and DJ Rootz on Thursday, October 15; A Place to Bury Strangers, These Are Powers, All the Saints and geographer Saturday, October 17; and Mike Posner with Big Sean Sunday, October 18. Also on Sunday, Mezzanine hosts Dan Deacon, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, BLK JKS, Future Islands, Teeth Mountain, Nuclear Power Pants, and DJ sets by Bob Mould and Aaron Axelsen. Tickets for the festival are available here . And night show tix can be had here and here .

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