This weekend, the Treasure Island Music Festival takes over the Bay Area. It is with out question one of my favorite events of the year. There’s just nothing like watching a great line up in the middle of the Bay. Literally, you are in the middle of the Bay! The beautiful city of San Francisco surrounds you as every note from every band can be seen (artists don’t overlap at Treasure Island.) How cool is that? Saturday is typically the electronic/dance night while the wonderful genre of indie-rock takes over on Sunday. Here’s are my top 5 can’t miss acts for day #2.
Please note, I love every artist on this year’s bill. Making a top 5 is near impossible, but I did the best I could. You really should see everyone. (click here for my Saturday list)
Stephen Malkmus is the lead singer of Pavement. Pavement. Yes, the band that pretty much inspired every band on the bill. Watching him with The Jicks is a must this weekend.
For all of you who wishes Bloc Party continued to make albums on par with Silent Alarm, please say hello to Friendly Fires. Their second album Para came out in May, and it’s one of the year’s best.
Seeing Beach House perform live is like witnessing first hand what a fantasy ’80s prom would look and sound like, slow dancing the night away with an orchestra of synth tones and dream pop melodies. Especially so, on their 2010 release, Teen Dream
, where Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand left behind the slow and subtle atmospherics of their previous two albums for a more concentrated, and hook oriented sound. Written through a period of intense seclusion, and recorded in a church-turned-studio in Upstate New York, the result is an album bursting with dance-worthy rhythms and vocal melodies placed confidently in the forefront of their songs. While decidedly more accessible than the slowly building melodies of records past, Beach House do not wander far from the fuzzy tones and mellow nuances that have captivated patient listeners since their debut in 2006. It is through Teen Dream, that we are able to view the graduation of two artists from demure freshmen into the extroverted musicians that they were meant to be. ANNE OSTROWSKI (treasureislandfestival.com
I caught this new indie-folk-pop band a few months back at Bottom of the Hill
. They were excellent, one of my favorite club shows of 2011 so far. I’m really excited to see them on a big stage in front of the SF Bay this weekend. Their Sub-Pop released self-titled debut is worth your time.
Our indie-rock superstars from Seattle top my Sunday list, which should come as no surprise. Death Cab For Cutie’s seventh studio album, Codes and Keys is great. To me, this band perfectly embodies what the Treasure Island Music Festival is.