Treasure Island 2013: Day 2 Review

10/23/2013

Festival-goers were far more aware of the harsh conditions of Treasure Island so jackets and pants, were incorporated into everyone’s wardrobes. Day two also had more instrumental bands rather than DJs, so there was definitely more energy as the concert progressed. I suppose if questioned on the matter, I admit not a fan of all the laptops that took the stage. Not to say electronic music isn’t the future (it is the language of robot love, after all), I will always prefer guitar and singing to computers. Just don’t blame me when Skynet gains sentiency.

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The opening act at the Tunnel Stage was Io Echo, it was my first time hearing them and I am a fan! Ioanna Gika has an incredible singing voice and made a cover of the Beatles’ “I Want You/ She’s So Heavy” truly their own. If you haven’t heard of them, check them out and name your first child after me as a “thank you.”


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Haim was a band that I had read about, but never seen live. I was mesmerized; they combined beautiful harmonies and rocking hard to give an amazing performance. It can be almost too easy to get lost in Haim’s melody, and most of the crowd did. Between songs the sisters from Los Angeles recounted stories of their childhood and how hard it can be to look cool on stage. I love it when artists do that; it makes the performance all the more personal.

Japandroids have solidified themselves as one of my top five guitar/ drum duos in the music scene. They straight up rock. If you haven’t heard them yet, listen to them. If you have heard of them, you probably just got whiplash nodding in agreement with my last sentence. Japandroids’ sound was immense. This duo connects so well I actually think the inclusion of a third member would hinder their sound – their sound and energy rivaled many of the other bands.

When STRFKR took the stage, it went from “music festival” to “awesome backyard party with your friends” immediately. Loud and fun, STRFKR immediately bombarded the audience with an army of blow-up dolls (both male and female, this is San Francisco after all) and the crowd-surfing began. STRFKR knows how to party, how to make a show fun, and how to keep the energy high as men dressed as astronauts crowd-surf with inflatable rafts.

Animal Collective is one of those bands who, if you like listening to their recorded music, you will fall in love with them live. Whoever designed their stage deserves some kind of reward: Dada-meets Beetlejuice-meets Dr. Seuss – brilliant! Live, you realize how immensely complex their music is. It’s like watching someone drag-race while cooking pancakes and making a call on a rotary phone all at once and doing a damn good job.

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Sleigh Bells shows once again that a lot of talent comes from Brooklyn, New York. This is the third time I’ve seen them perform, and it is by far the best. They have certainly grown into a headlining band. They connected with the audience and vocalist Alexis Krauss absolutely owned the stage, her vocals resonating throughout the entire island.

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Beck is an icon in his own right. Once Beck took the stage I didn’t think about how cold it was, I didn’t think about how crowded it was, I didn’t think about how late it was. All I could do was brace myself, and get ready to experience a living legend. He did not disappoint. Beck showed why it would have been a travesty for anyone else to close out the festival: experience, passion, and talent. He has them in spades. He did a wide range from his catalogue: “Loser,” “Girl,” “Devil’s Haircut,” and when he played “Lost Cause” it made me feel like a teenager again, swelling with all the emotions I spent ten years repressing.

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I would recommend anyone who is even slightly curious about the Treasure Island Music Festival to go at least once. The types of music represented are diverse enough that there’s something for everyone, and the view of the San Francisco skyline from the island is absolutely gorgeous, day or night.

-Written by Joe Gorman and photographed by Ryan Holmes