The only hip-hop act on the ticket, Aesop Rock did his genre proud. Joined on stage by DJ Big Wiz and Rob Sonic, the East Coast MC, who relocated to SF three years ago, laid down beats and rhymes spanning a decade of his influential hip hop. Along with last year's hit "None Shall Pass" and "Daylight" from the 2002 EP, the show featured some seriously impressive "turntabilism" from DJ Big Wiz. "This is gonna make your skulls come out of your head," said Aesop. "This is a pretty nice DJ." Yeah.
TV on the Radio has a truly arresting presence on stage - mostly because there's so many of them. When the horns are going, they're a bit reminiscent of a high school marching band, but when they break into songs like "Wolf Like Me," all the order descends into beautiful mayhem and you can't help but get swept away. The New York-based group proclaimed that they had "a lot to celebrate." Not only did their much-anticipated album Dear Science hit iTunes last Tuesday, it was bassist Gerard Smith's birthday. They treated with a few from their new album, including the catchy "Golden Age," which is more funk and pop than anything they've done before - and is complete with their signature horns. In fact, perhaps as a homage to the SF fog, the grou
Hot Chip, the electropop band from across the pond, electrified things yesterday. Serious, intent and with a lot of jogging in place, the blazer-clad Brits (complimented, in lead singer Alexis Taylor's case, by some neon orange gollashes) steadily pumped the crowd with percussion, driving keyboards and pitch perfect vocals.
The general reaction to the Goldfrapp show was, "were they real?" Dressed in flowing, ethereal outfits (lead vocalist Alison Goldfrapp wore neon streamers, a nice compliment to the hipster color du jour), and moving about a stage draped in vines, flowers (along with owls and crows perched on the keyboards) and harps, the British group looked a bit like angelic pirates blowing in the wind of the Treasure Island afternoon. The show moved from ambient and operatic to sassy, starting with songs from 2000's Felt Mountain and then moving on to more poppy hits "Ooh La La," "Strict Machine" and "Number 1."
With the last gasps of summer upon us, the Treasure Island Music Festival promises to close out the season with a bang. The festival's sure to draw out hipsters near and far with its legendary ferris wheel (the tallest in California), breathtaking bay views and out-of-this world lineup. And the weatherman says no fog.
We’ve got an office debate raging about which day is better. Help us settle the score. And check back over the weekend for our live video coverage of the festival.
There were four in all, by my count, along Valencia, including, of course, a pirate ship you know where:
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