Music + Nightlife
The Walkmen don't look like they'd pack much punch. Dressed in muted dark colors (with a collared shirt or two represented), the New York group is pretty unassuming on stage. But then Hamilton Leithauser starts singing and the horns start blowing and..whoah. Leithauser's voice has an intensity and range that's virtually unmatched. They absolutely rocked out "The Rat" and "In the New Year" and even treated the crowd (as well as a flock of pelicans who were flying above the stage) to some material from their new album, which is notably lighter than their normal fare. Check out "in the New Year" below.
We were excited to see Vetiver both because they’re local and because their brand of indie folk is just, well, lovely. And they definitely didn’t disappoint, treating a shivering crowd to favorites like “Rolling Sea” and “Everyday.” Simple and sweet, they gave everyone a great excuse to huddle a little closer for warmth.
Seconds before Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis entered the stage in his requisite oversized sweat suit, the audience went wild screaming his name and jumping up and down. Mosh pit mayhem ensued—overzealous teens and twenty-somethings thrashing around to a mashup of Radiohead, Michael Jackson, Beyonce, etc. We never prayed so hard for our safety. As usual, Gregg was down to pants-only by the end of his set, getting wild with his onstage posse. Surely the rowdiest act of the day, but we can't say the best. One thing's for sure—next time we're watching from afar.
Three albums down and one baby later, Brazilian Girls are back on the scene, bringing their eclectic Big Apple flavor to Treasure Island. Clad in a lace/mesh bodysuit with a big bulls-eye heart plastered on her chest, sexy European songstress Sabina Sciubba seduced the eagerly awaiting crowd with her trippy chants. "Good Time" set the tone of tonight's set followed by favorites like "Don't Stop" and "Sexy Asshole." Sabina beckoned, "Come on, come on" as bandmates pulled audience members onstage just in time for the closing "Pussy pussy pussy marijuana." Now those are some lyrics we won't soon forget.
Just as expected, Thao charmed the mellow crowd with her sweet voice and silly witticisms, calling us "friends" and apologizing for not wearing a dress to this special occasion. She and The Get Down Stay Down played a handful of tracks from their second album, just released last week, including the title track "Know Better Learn Faster," "Cool Yourself" and "Good Bye Good Luck."
Catch a glimpse of Thao's playful stage personality in the clip below.
MGMT, the headliner for Saturday, had a tough act to follow - they played immediately after Girl Talk, whose show induced an island-wide dance freak-out and culminated with fireworks over the Tunnel Stage. As MGMT started their set, there was literally a frenzied skip/dance/run to the Bridge Stage. It was stampede material. An arms-flailing, high-on-life (and other things) kind of stampede.
MGMT's gotten a bad rap for being not-so-awesome live, but the Brooklyn group rose to their headliner occasion quite well and did what they had to do: played "Electric Feel" and "Kids" to close out a day of dancing on the island. Check out "Time to Pretend" below.
Playing to a jovial sea of gyrating neon, Passion Pit brought the happy this afternoon to the Treasure Island Music Festival with their pitch-perfect (high-pitched, that is) brand of electopop. The group, who hails from Massachusetts, was one of the most hotly anticipated acts of the festival and set a celebratory tone for the weekend with favorites like “The Reeling” and “Sleepyhead.”
Check out the opening of their set below, as well as some inspired dance moves from some chicks at stage right.