Music + Nightlife
Critically acclaimed beatmaker revolutionaries Hercules & Love Affair, who’ve been heralded as “a compelling new voice in American dance music,” are set to play this Friday at the YBCA Artists Ball. We caught up with the now local Hercules lead Andy Butler, who shared his thoughts on Obama, costumes and San Francisco.
What brought you out West?
The Treasure Island Music Festival featured some of the best talent on the planet, but headliners, the Raconteurs, blew things out of the water. If you heard them from across the Bay (which was very possible, given the decibel level), you were lucky - they absolutely rocked it. With truly astonishing musicianship, Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler rocked through "Rich Kid Blues," "Hold Up," "Steady as She Goes" and "Broken Boy Soldier." General reaction? Holy S---. Check out "Level" below.
When Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes starts singing, you feel like the only appropriate place to be is atop of some mountain in the Alps. Their Treasure Island performance, like most of their shows, was a meditative experience - enhanced by the absolute silence from the crowd, the breeze blowing off the Bay and as drummer J. Tillman put it, "the purple mountains of majesty" in the background (which would be Marin Headlines, just to the right of the Golden Gate Bridge). Though they're more suited for smaller, enclosed venues where their impressive vocals can carry, the Fleet Foxes entranced the crowd with songs from their self-titled debut and their Sun Giant EP.
College campus favorites Vampire Weekend got things bopping yesterday at the Treasure Island Music festival, treating the crowd with favorites from this year's acclaimed, self-titled release as well as some new material. Check out "Campus" below.
The nautical backdrop was appropriate for Bay Area locals Port O'Brien, who split their time between Oakland and commercial fishing boats in Kodiak, Alaska. The band lived up to its comparisons to Arcade Fire, playing "I Woke Up Today" with a similar vocal exuberance. Check out the beginning of their set below.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that there was not a soul standing stationary on Treasure Island during the Justice performance. From behind their signature glowing cross, the headlining French electronic duo gave the crowd just what they crossed the bridge for - an all-out dance party that for some, seemed to border on a religious experience. If you weren't D.A.N.C.E-ing, it was forced upon you by your jumping/girating neighbors - listening to their swelling, layered beats was like taking off...in the coolest spaceship ever. Over and over again. "We Are Your Friends," got the crowd into a chanting frenzy, which was halted abruptly when Xavier De Rosnay walked in front of the set and robotically flicked his cigarette across the stage. He stood frozen and silent for a good
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