Review Roundup: Finding Treasure in San Francisco

Treasure Island 2011. Photo Credit: TIMF Facebook/Billion Jelly Bloom

The Treasure Island Music Festival just finished another successful year. Check out some of the reviews below to catch a glimpse of what makes this concert so special.

via SF Weekly

The genius of Treasure Island Music Festival lies in the scheduling. There’s the obvious: sets are staggered between two stages so you don’t miss any acts. Then there’s the subtle brilliance of separating genres between two days, allowing attendees to pick their festival experience. [Read the rest of the review…]

via San Francisco Chronicle

Saturday’s bill leaned heavily toward artists with laptops and beats, which meant a younger and more frantic crowd. But the dance tunes were broken up by the rigid experimental rock band Battles, metal-infused punks Death From Above 1979 and the headdress-wearing Australian psychedelic pop outfit Empire of the Sun, intent on creating the stage spectacle of vintage Pink Floyd. With Death Cab for Cutie, former Pavement front man Stephen Malkmus and the raucous Brooklyn bar band the Hold Steady serving as the pillars, Sunday offered a few safer bets for the indie-rock crowd. [Read the rest of the review…]

via San Francisco Bay Guardian

I’m not sure which was more jaw-dropping, the epic sunset or Victoria Legrand’s stunning features displayed on the jumbo screen behind her. Couples embraced and swayed to the melancholic arrangements of Alex Scally’s wailing guitar and Legrand’s organ; a few audience members were reduced to tears. Although I didn’t cry, Beach House’s flawless delivery of “Take Care” just as darkness fell over the island was, hands-down, my favorite TIMF moment. [Read the rest of the review…]

via SF Appeal

Treasure Island may not have the foodie oases or swanky wine tents that Outside Lands does, but if you value things like manageable lines, a free, cushy and unbelievably efficient shuttle setup, SF skyline views and actually being able to get a decent spot for the bands you want to see, you’ll probably find Treasure Island more accommodating. Gargantuan festivals certainly have an appeal of their own, but not one that I could handle more than once a year – if that. [Read the rest of the review…]

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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