Doubloon-hoardin’ California-based music fans can rest easy; San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival is back, with more great acts and absolutely no marauding sea dogs. That’s privateers to you, landlubbers. Buccaneers. Scourge of the ocean, Blackbeards, what-have-you. Synonyms for pirates are not important. What is, is the lineup for the two-day festival, which takes place on an actual island called — you guessed it — Treasure Island. The festival, put on by the good people at Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, features the Bay Area’s finest cuisine, a nicely organized all dance/electronica Saturday and an all indie rock Sunday, and crucially, no overlapping sets. So you can take in the sounds of The xx (in their only American festival appearance of 2012) without having to worry about missing The Gossip’s first local stop in three years.
What other musical gems have been assembled in Treasure Island’s veritable chest of delights? Well, there’s the inimitable Girl Talk, who’s the first artist ever to return for a repeat performance at the eclectic fest. There’s Public Enemy, Grimes, The Presets, M83, Porter Robinson, Divine Fits (a new project from Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, in their San Francisco debut), Best Coast, SBTRKT, Los Campesinos!, Toro y Moi, Ty Segall, Tycho, The Coup, Dirty Ghosts, K.Flay, Imperial Teen, Youth Lagoon, Matthew Dear, Araabmuzik, The War on Drugs, Hospitality, and The Neighborhood. And naturally, there will probably be a few surprises along the way.
Peep the Treasure Island Fest website for more info on pricing and hot deals.