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10 Must-See Bands At Treasure Island Music Festival
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10 Must-See Bands At Treasure Island Music Festival

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Updated: 24 April 2017
Treasure Island Music Festival has quickly become one of the most celebrated festivals in California. Put on by Noise Pop & Another Planet Entertainment, this year’s festival will host a silent disco, night shows, and– for the first time– a comedy lineup. Read on for our top 10 artists to catch from this year’s stacked musical lineup.
Treasure Island Music Festival © Incase/Flickr
Treasure Island Music Festival | © Incase/Flickr

FKA Twigs

An experimental mix of R&B and electronica, FKA Twigs is known for her haunting melodies and mesmerizing moves. Though she was not part of the original TIMF lineup, fans seem to be welcoming the British musician as a welcome replacement for Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique. Start listening with Two Weeks (below), Video Girl, and Water Me.

Big Grams

This brand new combination of rapper Big Boi and trip-hop duo Phantogram has its first ever performance scheduled for Treasure Island Music Fest. They’ve only put out seven songs so far, so it’s definitely not too late to learn them all before the festival. We love Lights On (below), but you can listen to the full album on Spotify. (Bonus– try to figure out which of the seven songs represents each of the seven deadly sins.)

The National

The National, an indie rock band from Ohio, has produced six studio albums to date, including the grammy-nominated Trouble Will Find Me (2013). Songwriter Matt Berninger will win you over with both his incredible lyricism and beautiful baritone voice. Start with everything on Trouble Will Find Me, especially Graceless (below), Pink Rabbits, and I Need My Girl. And I Should Live in Salt. And Sea of Love. And everything else. You should probably go ahead and check out High Violet, too. See: Anyone’s Ghost, Bloodbuzz Ohio, and Runaway.

Father John Misty

Father John Misty is a solo folk rock project by Josh Tillman (formerly of Fleet Foxes). Both FJM albums, Fear Fun (2012) and I Love You, Honeybear (2015), are harsh but endearing, satirical and strikingly honest. For a trip through Los Angeles through Tillman’s subconscious, start with Fear Fun’s Hollywood Cemetery Sings (below), Nancy From Now On, and Misty’s Nightmares 1 & 2. For something more intimate, try I Love You, Honeybear’s Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for 2 Virgins), True Affection, and I Love You, Honeybear.

Bob Moses

A house duo from Vancouver, Bob Moses members Tom Howie & Jimmy Vallance pride themselves on the rare ability to combine strong lyrics with quality dance music. In their few years working together, they’ve gained a rave reputation for their live performances. Start with Too Much is Never Enough (below), Grace, and I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry.


You might recognize Chris Baio as the bassist from Vampire Weekend, but he’s been producing solo electro pop project Baio since 2012. His first full-length album, The Names, was released last month. Start with Sister of Pearl (below), Sunburn Modern, and Brainwash yyrr Face.

Run the Jewels

Hip hop duo Run the Jewels, a crossover project between Killer Mike & El-P, has gained overwhelming popularity, from the free release of their first self-titled album in 2013. Their second self-titled album was released last fall, and a remix of the album, Meow the Jewels, was released last month. Start with Close your eyes (And Count to Fuck), Oh My Darling Don’t Cry, and Early (below).

Panda Bear

Panda Bear is the psychedelic/electronic project of Noah Lennox, who you might recognize from Animal Collective. Lennox has explored quite a variety of styles since he started the solo project in the late 1990s, from electro pop to psychedelic folk. Check out Mr Noah (below), Tropic of Cancer, and Comfy in Nautica.

José González

José González is an indie folk artist from Sweden with a heavy focus on acoustics. You’re probably familiar with one of his early singles, the lovely Heartbeats (a cover of The Knife’s original version) from Veneer (2003). Try some more recent tracks, like Stay Alive (below), Down the Line, and Leaf Off/The Cave next.

Cashmere Cat

Cashmere Cat is an electronic project by Norwegian DJ Magnus August Høiberg. The project first became popular with remixes of Lana Del Rey, 2 Chainz, and Jeremih, and has produced three EPs to date. Listen to Wedding Bells (below), Mirror Maru, and Kiss Kiss.

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