60+ Songs to Prepare for Treasure Island Music Festival in SF, 10/18-19 [Event Preview + Playlist]

timf2014-sfweekly-fullpgLineups for major music festivals often boast 100+ artists, which although in theory is a great concept, can end up being overwhelming and frustrating when you realize the impossibility of seeing every act on the bill. San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival, a collaboration between Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, provides one of the few exceptions to this conundrum electing to go with fewer artists and alternating sets at only two stages. Having attended last year, we found this to be a genius, albeit seemingly obvious, solution making the experience far more relaxed for festival-goers without sacrificing any quality in the music. Aside from the unique arrangement, the backdrop of Treasure Island overlooks both the Bay and Golden Gate bridges and has one of the more stunning sunsets the Bay Area has to offer. For anyone who will be attending this year, we also highly recommend checking out the non-stop Silent Disco stage courtesy Silent Frisco.

To help you all prepare for what should be an amazing weekend of music, we’ve put together a massive playlist including every single artist on the TIMF lineup because, with no overlapping sets, you will actually have the opportunity to see them all. Whether you’ve already got your ticket, are still on the fence or can’t make it this year, we hope this serves as a fun, introduction to a dynamic collection of musicians. One and two-day passes for Treasure Island Music Festival are still available so, if you like what you hear below, grab your tickets HERE.

Day 1: 

Painted PalmsNoon @ Bridge Stage. 

Sounds like: San Francisco-based, psychedelic pop.

’Painted Palms
’Painted Palms – Here It Comes’

Tobacco (of Black Moth Super Rainbow), 12:40PM @ Tunnel Stage.

Sounds like: In his own words, “I want to make you feel paranoid in a good way.”

’Tobacco – Self Tanner’
’Black Moth Super Rainbow – Gangs in the Garden’


MUST-SEE: Ratking1:10PM @ Bridge. 

Sounds like: Gritty, high energy New York hip-hop.

’Ratking – So It Goes’
’Ratking – Pretty Picture’
’Phantogram – Fall in Love (RATKING Falling Off Remix)’
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Pre-show Talks with St. Lucia [TMN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

St. Lucia
Too Close

If you’ve been paying attention to the blogosphere for the past few years, you’re probably quite familiar with South African trop-pop front man Jean-Philip Grobler. Charting track after track on Hype Machine, this Brooklyn based front man continually crafts dance inducing electro pop. We had the pleasure of chatting with him for a few minutes before their set in Denver with Two Door Cinema Club.

TMN: Thanks for taking some time to walk with us today. Welcome back to Colorado! How’s the tour with Two Door Cinema Club going so far?

St. Lucia: It’s going good. The long drives have just started. We drove from Chicago to Denver over like, a day and a half, which was intense but nice. I enjoy seeing the countryside and stuff. Yeah, and they’re really nice guys. The crowds have been very welcoming and very nice to us.

TMN: That’s good to hear. So, since we’re an online music publication, and one that feeds into Hype Machine, we’ve noticed your songs are seemingly always charting in the popular section. Do you pay any attention to Hype Machine?

St. Lucia: I do to an extent. It’s stopped being as important to me because I think when you’re first starting out as a band, your song charting on Hype Machine is a huge thing. But it’s also murky waters, like, What does it mean? I definitely do pay attention to it, but it’s stopped mattering to me as much.

TMN: Let’s talk about your musical roots for a little bit. You’re originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. When you were a kid there, you performed with the Drakensberg Choir School. Was this where you really developed your affinity for performing live music, or was this more so something that your parents made you do?

St. Lucia: It was never something my parents forced me to do; it was something I was just attracted to from an early age. My mom told me that I could sing before I could talk. When she was like, cooking or doing something, she would put me in front of the music video channel and I would apparently just like, sing and dance to it. [Laughs] But yeah, I think that definitely had something to do with it. We toured a lot. We did international tours and a whole bunch of stuff. Yeah, doing that I guess on some level made me realize how much I enjoyed performing music.

TMN: Alright, so you moved to New York just a few years ago, Brooklyn to be specific, and started St. Lucia. We have to ask, where’d the band name come from?

I literally closed my eyes, put a pen on a map of South Africa, and the fifth try was St. Lucia. There’s a St. Lucia in South Africa, and I used to go there on vacation as a child. The moment that I put the pen down, it just like, connected all the dots for me: the fact that I used to go [“there”: to St. Lucia] as a child—it was nostalgic, and the music felt nostalgic; and the music had this kind of tropical thing to it. It all just kind of made sense in that moment.

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St. Lucia – Closer Than This (Xaphoon Jones Remix)

Xaphoon Jones, one half of the popular hip/hop group Chiddy Bang, just released his own take on St. Lucia’s “Closer Than This” into a very mellow and slightly sporadic remix. A small preview of what is to come in his forthcoming mixtape, Xaphoon Jones Volume 3, due tomorrow.

’St. Lucia – Closer Than This (Xaphoon Jones Remix)’

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[Electronica] Charli XCX – You’re The One (St. Lucia Remix)

Just when you thought you might grow tired of this Charli XCX track, another artist comes along to reinvent and breathe fresh air into it. Both Blood Orange and Odd Future have put out their own renditions and now the latest remix comes from Brooklyn-based St. Lucia. He adds his own flavor, emphasizing its lushness and bounce and glossing it over with real shimmer. The collab is hardly an accident either, as the two just wrapped up a US tour together.

’Charli XCX – Youre The One (St Lucia Remix)’
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[Summer Vibes] St. Lucia – Closer Than This (Viceroy Remix)

San Francisco native Viceroy is all about summer vibes. Whether performing at pool parties, house parties or dance clubs this new DJ / remixer keeps it cool and breezy just like the beaches near his home town. His latest remix is of a track called “Closer Than This” by Brooklyn pop singer St. Lucia. With the easy going, joyful vocals and island vibes, this song is great for those times when you want to put your top down and cruise down your block in the sunshine. You can keep the summer vibes going by picking up St. Lucia’s debut EP on iTunes or by hitting repeat on the player below. Enjoy!

St. Lucia – Closer Than This (Viceroy Remix)

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[Electronica] St Lucia – We Got It Wrong (Xaphoon Jones Remix)


South African electronic artist St Lucia has had one of his hit tracks, ‘We Got Wrong’, remixed by none other than Xaphoon Jones, one half of Philly rap duo Chiddy Bang. Taking a leaf out of chillwave’s book, this reworking is glitchy, with joyous handclaps delivering a contrasting rhythm. Add in some vibrant vocal samples and powerhouse synths, and you have ‘We Were Wrong’ gone dancefloor filler. Let this tropical-infused track warm you up this winter. Watch this space for more from St Lucia and his forthcoming record on Neon Gold.

St Lucia – We Got It Wrong (Xaphoon Jones Remix)

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