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Treasure Island Music Festival: A Wealth of Awesomeness

Forget sex and drugs; these days, it is possible to overdose on music festivals. This Summer, you could probably attend a different fest every weekend and discover something new every time. Meanwhile, I've just been pining for the amazing shows I'm missing in countless other cities.

So, I'm delighted to announce that on Sept. 15 and 16, I'll be attending San Francisco's very own Treasure Island Festival in its inaugural year and bringing you all sorts of coverage of the superb lineup.

Held on an under-utilized island in the Bay and presented by the folks behind Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, the two-day festival is cleverly split into a electronic day and a rock-centric day, each one featuring 14 bands. Treasure Island is also making a major effort to be green: The festival will offer zero-emissions shuttles from San Francisco to the island, which looks like this:

But the most exciting part, of course, is the music. For more details and my must-see bands,

Ok, so I'm giddy just thinking about the artists playing this fest, including Modest Mouse, M. Ward, and Spoon, who recently won me over with their infectious Summertime album.

I can't wait to see sassy hip-hopper MIA do her thing live, and I hope to find some new favorites too. I'm not all that familiar with Ghostland Observatory, but I have a good friend who claims that seeing them in concert is a near-religious experience. Here's the full lineup:

Saturday, 9/15

Thievery Corporation
Gotan Project
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist
Ghostland Observatory
Zion I
Dengue Fever
West Indian Girl
Mocean Worker
Kid Beyond

Sunday, 9/16

Modest Mouse
Built To Spill
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Two Gallants
Au Revoir Simone
Film School
Devil Makes Three
Sea Wolf
Street To Nowhere
Trainwreck Riders

If you're interested in attending, tickets are available online for $58.50 per day or $110 for a two-day pass. Tell me which artists you're most interested in hearing about, and I'll be sure to tell you all about the shows.

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Phil Phil 9 years
I'm there! I've been to one other concert at treasure island (it was a metalfest with a bunch of northern california bands and Motorhead headlining) and I really like the atmosphere there. I tend to stare out into the bay though. And it's sad how much trash actually makes it into the bay. As for this show...Au Revoir Simone and Thievery Corp?! Frick yeah! Very happy about M Ward, Spoon, Built to Spill, Zion I and MIA as well!
Fab_Kitty Fab_Kitty 9 years
That's great, Buzz! If I were closer, not weighed down by work, I'd be there in a heartbeat. Please do tell us your impressions of Thievery Corp., Ghostland Observatory, M.I.A., and CYHSY . I was kind of disappointed w/ Thievery Corp. at ACLFest last year, (and poor Modest Mouse sounded HORRIBLE at ACLFest 2 years ago) but the few times I've seen Ghostland Observatory live, they've sounded great and been fun, fun, fun. Clap... puts on a good show, too. I'm esp. curious about M.I.A. She seems extremely worldly and cool. Her new album is getting good reviews, so hopefully she'll have lots of new stuff on her playlist.
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
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