Treasure Island Music Festival is less than two months away and the anticipation just got a little gnarlier with the announcement of seven intriguing night shows. On top of that, TIMF producers Noise Pop and APE have partnered with Funny or Die to bring the first ever comedy tent to the island for the weekend.
The festival goes down on Oct. 17 and 18 at Treasure Island with the first night show Thursday Oct. 15. These are a good bet for festival-goers who want to get the party started a day or two early with some warm-up shows, or for the folks who can't make it out to the island over the weekend, but still want to experience a festival satellite show. Check out the full slate of shows as well as our top three picks.
1) Hundred Waters & Tops at CA Academy of Sciences
Thursday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Tickets $12
Gainesville's electronic dream quartet, Hundred Waters, is the perfect soundtrack to quiet evenings at home. The groups' 2014 release, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, is an elegant composition of lush keys, spellbinding vocals, and spirit-cleansing effects. Led by intoxicating frontwoman Nicole Miglis, they'll be on heavy rotation once you enter into their musical world. A relaxing, yet engaging evening awaits in the grand confines of the Academy of Sciences.
2) YACHT at The Independent
Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 p.m., Tickets $22
The last time I saw YACHT, they opened for Hot Chip at the Fox Theater and put on one of the more commanding opening sets in recent memory. Lead singer Claire L. Evans dazzled with a display of geometric body movements atop electro-art rock that I couldn't draw my eyes or ears away from. The DFA Records group infuses their sets with visuals by multi-instrumentalist Jona Bechtolt, who's a multimedia master (take a look at the creative visual aesthetic on YACHT's website). While they haven't released a full-length in 4 years, 2011's Shangri-La stands the test of time, from the high energy of “Utopia” to the beautifully coastal vibe of “Shangri-La.”
3) Atlas Sound at Swedish American Hall
Sunday October 18th, 9pm, Tickets $25
Bradford Cox is an evil genius… and I mean that in the best way possible. One of the most underrated guitarist in indie rock, Cox brings his solo project, Atlas Sound, to Swedish American Hall following a set from his band Deerhunter on the island. Cox's Atlas Sound records are beautifully tragic and magnificent displays of loner music that can't be missed. While it seems it may be hard to catch both The National's headlining Sunday (projected) set and Atlas Sound's evening concert, this is a notable show for Cox's unpredictable on-stage antics to pair with the sound of a savant that draws influences from Roxy Music to Stereolab.
Tickets to all shows and Treasure island Festival are available here.
Treasure Island Music Festival
2-Day Tickets – $169.50/ $315 VIP
1-Day – not on-sale yet