Daily Lineup Announced for Treasure Island, Single Day Tickets on Sale Thursday at 10am


While across the country people are mourning the end of summer and the festival season, the Bay Area is gearing up for the Indian summer and Treasure Island Music Festival’s 9th incarnation. The acts have been set for some time now (with the notable exception of FKA Twigs being announced as Robyn‘s replacement last week), but many people have been eager to see which of the two days speaks to them the most.

This year it looks like a lot of thought went into setting the perfect vibe for each day. Saturday definitely leans towards the high-energy, electronic side of the billing, while Sunday will appeal to the rock crowd with major indie acts and guitar virtuosos. Just thinking about Run the Jewels and STS9 playing back-to-back Saturday gets my heart pumping and Deadmau5 is sure to draw a large contingent of his fans.

Don’t sleep on Sunday though. I think as far as technical ability this might be the most solid lineup TI has ever presented. You have The National who always kill it in live performances and CHVRCHES who are coming in hot with new singles and album on the way. And just look at all the fucking talent during the day: The War on Drugs,  Father John Misty (his Instagram over the past few weeks is the funniest shit ever btw), Panda Bear, Jose fucking Gonzalez and Canadian badasses Viet Cong to name a few.

As always the best part of the festival is how it’s set up so you won’t spend your whole day walking and missing the acts you really want to see, that or the amazing sunset sets each day.

You can grab your ticket here for $95+ fees (includes ride to island).

You can check out our coverage from last year here: Day 1   Day 2

Full Saturday lineup:

Deadmau5 • FKA twigs • Azealia Banks • STS9 • Run The Jewels • Gorgon City (Live) • Hudson Mohawke • Cashmere Cat • Viceroy • Shamir • Baio • Bob Moses • Skylar Spence

Full Sunday lineup:

The National • Chvrches • The War On Drugs • Father John Misty • Panda Bear • Jose Gonzalez • Deerhunter • Drive Like Jehu • Lower Dens • Ex Hex • Mikal Cronin • Viet Cong • Ought



Cara Stricker

Song of the Day: “Waterfalls” By Aussie Electronic Duo Bag Raiders


The long drought is over. Sorry fellow Californians I am referring to the over 3 year long hiatus from new music by Sydney’s DJ and producer duo Bag Raiders, we’re still fucked in the water department. Known for their impossibly happy synth electronic beats, the duo is set to headline Rickshaw Stop on Friday 9/11. Although advance tickets are sold out I recommend going early to grab tickets at the door.

After blowing peoples minds with tracks like “Shooting Stars” and “Sunlight” on their self titled album in 2012, the duo has been touring and working on their next album. On July 17th we got our first taste of whats coming with Waterfalls EP. The first single, conveniently called “Waterfalls” just got its own video.

The song has a real celebratory feel, drawing you in with quick, complex loops of percussion samples. The chorus layers falsetto vocals over beats heavily influenced by subsaharan african music. A synth pop throwback to when Paul Simon was jamming with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Toto was blessing the rains. It blends together really well. But don’t take my word for it, listen for yourself.

“Waterfalls” Bag Raiders:

Photo by Cara Stricker

Photos: Rey Pila Open for Brandon Flowers at the Fox Theater


Julian Casablancas, most notably of The Strokes, discovered Mexico City’s Rey Pila by over hearing them play at a nearby NYC office. He knew he had to have these guys on his indie label Cult Records. The rockers’ sound vibrates like some 80’s Bowie– hard. On September 25th we are going to get the next dose of the band with their first full album on Cult Records, The Future Sugar.

We last checked in with Rey Pila in 2014 while they were touring with Interpol. Writer Nate Chavez found them to be “pleasant surprise” and experienced a sense of discovery similar to Julian Casablancas’ first encounter. Nate also heard the shades of Bowie in their synth inspired music you can read the full review here.

Discover them for the first time yourself with “Alexander” their first single released on Cult Records.

Rey Pila is making a name for themselves playing with some of the biggest names,having opened for acts such as Interpol, and Wednesday, Brandon Flowers. Brandon Flowers, previously of The Killers, was no slouch either. While some have called his recent performances with The Killers a little lackluster, performing his own material he belted. Check out his solo sound with this recent live performance in Mexico of his new song “Can’t Deny My Love.” Read More

Noise Pop’s 20th St Block Party Returns to The Mission September 12th


Here we go again as the third annual incarnation of the hyper local event delivering great Bay Area music, vendors and food. Hosted by by Noise Pop and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group the event shuts off several blocks on 20th between Bryant and Harrison. The perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy what makes living in San Francisco great.

This year we are treated to a great lineup of acts, headlined by Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. I have seen Thao several times and it’s definitely the high energy funky folk party you are missing in your life. Local acts Nick Waterhouse, Andrew St. James, Dominant Legs, Fine Points, No Vacation and the always entertaining youth group San Francisco Rock Project are also slotted to play.

The event is free, but for those looking for a bit more you can pick up VIP tickets for $95. VIP entitles you to dedicated viewing areas, free beer and wine and some free bites from vendors. Full details here. Read More

Song of the Day – “Pulse” by Shigeto


Yesterday was a great day in my world. Michigan-based artist Shigeto announced a new EP and released the first track, “Pulse.” Starting off as an epilogue to 2013’s No Better Time Than Now, the track carries you from one musical world to another over seven sparsely lush minutes, hinting at Tropicália with its polyrhythms.

Shigeto’s music was introduced to me by his brother, himself an incredible artist and (then) barista at Detroit’s ineffable Astro Coffee. He suggested we check out his set at Movement, the electronic music festival the city hosts. Since then, No Better Time  has been a mainstay of The Soundtrack Of My Life. Released on Ghostly International, (a home he shares with Matthew Dear, Fort Romeau, Tycho & Phantogram among others), the album has kept Zach Saginaw busy hustling and experimenting with new sounds and performance styles. (He’s always played his drums live, but is bringing a full live band with him most recently). Through it all, the pulse remains the same. His is solitary music. Thinking music. Intensely creative. His Ghostly bio describes it perfectly:

These releases are nominally indebted to instrumental hip-hop but, like Zach, straddling many worlds at once. Cool shades of ambient music, stuttering early IDM, dubstep sub-bass, and jazz melodicism color Shigeto’s palette, which he wields with a painterly attention to detail.

The 6-song EP, Intermission, called by Saginaw “a halftime of sorts” between albums, is due out October 30th. I’m just throwing it out to The Universe that he should bring it to San Francisco. Please, Universe.

Check “Pulse” out below and let us know what you think.

Press photo by Jon DeCola

Because They’re Fucking Rad: A Review of Day Wave @ The Phoenix Hotel


Earlier this month, Day Wave played a poolside show at the legendary Phoenix Hotel. Put on by Noise Pop and Boing Boing, and billed as the GOOD MEASURE tour, the band was touring in support of their recently released (and inaugural) EP, Headcase – a five song ditty from a five piece band, headed by Jackson Phillips of Oakland. Some of you might remember the band Carousel, which included current guitarist Kevin Friedman and was the impetus for Day Wave.

I’ve been excited to see this band for a while. If you’ve been paying close attention, we’ve covered them before. Well, a couple of times. And there’s a reason for that. There’s a reason they’ll be heading out on tour with Albert Hammond Junior soon, because they’re fucking rad, that’s why. Read More

Outside Lands 2015: A Weird Slice of San Francisco Wrapped in a 3 Day Music Festival


This week I woke up sore and happy. After the pain of three days of music, friends, and even a little sun from time to time, I sat down to the monumental task of writing about Outside Lands. Like my thoughts on most things San Francisco, there is a lot more gray area than concrete opinions.

The festival brings together many of the things that make San Francisco amazing. There is food from local vendors, Northern California craft beer, wine, live art and of course music. But this isn’t a utopia and there were a lot of reminders of the current excesses of the Bay. For starters, everything is branded; notorious meal replacement startup Soylent even had a booth. The crowd skews toward the younger, less diverse tech scene, and like at Dolores Park, my soul hurt seeing all the trash around the park. (Thank you Outside Lands clean up teams.) This is 2015, so of course there was a police scandal when SFPD targeted and detaining local act Fantastic Negrito for allegedly selling a wristband.

At the end of the day, what makes or breaks a music festival is the caliber of music, and how it compares to Coachella (half joking, but this happens every year). Photographer Pedro Paredes-Haz and I set out to discover the best, most surprising acts of Outside Lands. If you are just looking for the good stuff stop reading now and go check out Pedro’s photos:

I always make a plan for Outside Lands, but I have found that you have to allow space to discover the acts you would never see on your own. Last year that meant Big Freedia and this year it meant… well, Big Freedia again. New rule, no Outside Lands without Big Freedia. After 3 days, a few beers and several miles of ground covered the following list appeared to me on golden tablets that I could only read with magic spectacles. Read More

The Suffers Prove that ACTUALLY, Tuesdays are the New Friday


While San Francisco always finds a good reason to party, most people don’t think of Tuesday night as the prime time to do it. The Suffers, a 10-piece feel-good ensemble from Houston, TX, might have just changed that with their blistering set at Slim’s on Tuesday. They’re pioneering a sound they call “Gulf Coast Soul”, an eclectic combination of influences including (you ready??) old-school American soul, rock-n-roll, blues, Caribbean & Cajun styles, and even a dash of hip-hop. After their first-ever SF show back in February at Amnesia, the band has gained a lot of momentum (and a lot of followers), with coverage in multiple national outlets, and a highly-coveted appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

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Photos: Outside Lands 2015 Day Three Feat. Elton John, Benjamin Booker, Caribou + Many More


Although our feet and brains were exhausted from three jam packed days of music, we were sad to see this years Outside Lands Music Festival come to an end Sunday. Elton Johns two hour set of crowd favorites was a great way to end the festival.

While we all wait for next year’s festival check out some great pictures from our photographer Pedro Paredes-Haz.

Artists featured include:

  • Benjamin Booker
  • Sky Ferreira
  • Dan Deacon
  • Caribou
  • Elton John

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Outside Lands Night Show: Win Butler, aka DJ Windows 98 at Rickshaw Stop


Thursday night, at the Rickshaw Stop, a figure appeared on stage whose identity was concealed by a suit of mirrors. The light shined off of this character, making him a human disco ball. As the crowd gathered to the front, assuming that it was Win Butler, aka DJ Windows 98, whom they were watching, Butler stealthily appeared at a less conspicuous location near the back of the dance floor. Butler’s DJ table was hardly noticeable with such an eye-catching figure on the main stage, but it was “just a Reflektor.” Only those close by realized the deception at first, but as word spread, the crowd around DJ Windows 98 grew.

The music was a mix of hip hop, world music, and 80’s hits, with memorable tracks like Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up,” Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” a slowed down version of Outkast’s “Hey Ya,” and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Most of the songs were accompanied by Butler’s cowbell or tambourine. Some of the crowd made their way onto the main stage briefly before getting the boot, while others squeezed to get as close to Butler as they could. The atmosphere was similar to a college house party; very laid back and intimate vibe but with enough dancing to satiate even the wildest party animal.

The evening was a proper way to kick off the Outside Lands festivities. If you couldn’t make it to the festival, hopefully you got to check out some of the night shows this weekend. If they were anything like the party DJ Windows 98 threw, you surely had a blast.

Photos by Leticia Molina

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