Aaron's Top 10 Must-See Bands @ Treasure Island

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Heading to Treasure Island this weekend? Here’s our quick list of the Top Ten Must-See Bands a this year’s festival. 

 

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    LCD Soundsystem

    LCD Soundsystem

     

    James Murphy, aka [lastfm]LCD Soundsystem[/lastfm], has been called The King of Disco-Punk, the Godfather of the remix and many more enticing titles that should already be telling you not to miss LCD’s headlining set on Day 1 of the festival for quite possibly, one of the best shows you’ll ever see live.


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    Miike Snow

    Miike Snow

     

    Mysterious musicians [lastfm]Miike Snow[/lastfm] is one part Christian Karlsson, one part Pontus Winnberg and one part Andrew Wyatt (that’s two parts Swedish + 1 American). The trio bring a background rooted in DJing, punk rock, new rave and a series of successful stints songwriting & producing for the likes of Madonna and Britney Spears. The guys picked up a Grammy along the way and formed the band officially in 2007. Their punchy electronic pop sound has been catching our attention ever since.


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    The National

    The National

     

    They’ve been called “the stuff underground legends are made of” and have been seen everywhere from Late Night with David Letterman to opening stages for Arcade Fire. Their track “Fake Empire” even became the soundtrack to an Obama campaign commercial in 2008 and at his victory rally in Chicago’s Grant Park. Don’t miss [lastfm]The National[/lastfm]‘s signature sound this weekend- keep and ear out for writer/singer Matt Berninger’s deep baritone vocals.


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    Deadmau5

    Deadmau5

     

    Joel Zimmerman aka [lastfm]Deadmau5[/lastfm], is more than a DJ. At 28, he’s already topping the dance music A-list, piecing together impressive sets with top computer technology, including software he wrote himself. Not to mention his signature mouse-head-shaped helmet. As Treasure Island’s site reports, “Deadmau5 is on a dizzying upward trajectory. Dance music just got very exciting again.”


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    Surfer Blood

    Surfer Blood

     

    When the sun’s setting on the second day of the festival, there couldn’t be a better soundtrack to close out the summer than [lastfm]Surfer Blood[/lastfm]‘s upbeat indie rock sound.  The Florida natives started recording in a dorm room, and their 2009 debut single made Pitchfork’s Top 100 Best Songs of 2009. If you love the likes of Vampire Weekend and Built to Spill, you wanna check out Surfer Blood.


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    Little Dragon

    Little Dragon

     

    [lastfm]Little Dragon[/lastfm] brings a truly international sound to the Bay. Hailing from Sweden, the band’s vocalist Yukimi Nagano was born to a Japanese father and American mother, and raised on American folk classics (with an affinity for R&B on the side). The band members can often be found playing live with Jose Gonzalez or collaborating with Gorillaz (including two tracks on Gorillaz’ new album Plastic Beach).


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    Belle & Sebastian

    Belle & Sebastian

     

    Whimsical music-makers [lastfm]Belle and Sebastian[/lastfm] have been putting together their signature sound of folk/rock/pop tunes since the mid-90s, which means they know more than a thing or two about good music and great shows. Led by guitarist and vocalist Stuart Murdoch, the seven-piece band will be closing out Day 2 of the festival, with the perfect sounds to wrap up a weekend of kick-ass music in the middle of the Bay.


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    Phantogram

    Phantogram

     

    Pysch-rock, synthpop, hip-hop all come together in the sounds of the New York duo [lastfm]Phantogram[/lastfm]. Their 2010 album Eyelid Moves, has been garnering praise for the unique blend of strong beats, dreamy electronic elements and first-class songwriting.


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    Wallpaper

    Wallpaper

     

    From Last.fm: Slinging CDRs and rocking house parties, [lastfm]Wallpaper[/lastfm] has become a gold plated name in the San Francisco Bay Area underground. Known for bringing the party to a rage and covering New Jack Swing and Soul classics from Bel Biv Devoe to Bobby Caldwell, Wallpaper is bringing an undeniably “Oakland sound” to a world of music fans, starving for Motown quality songs with next level production.


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    Superchunk

    Superchunk

     

    Hailing from Chapel Hill, NC, [lastfm]Superchunk[/lastfm] is bringing the best of 90’s American indie rock to the Bay. Treasure Island’s official website reports that, “Although Superchunk’s resistance to the overtures of the music industry may have deprived them of the wider audience their work clearly deserved, perhaps their greatest legacy remains their unwavering dedication to the indie tradition, a model which all up-and-coming bands should strive to emulate.”

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