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Treasure Island Music Festival has grown to be one of the Bay Area’s beloved festivals. This two-day event returns at a new location at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park across the bay in West Oakland, rather than Treasure Island. As one of the many mid-level festivals that Noise Pop & Another Planet produces, TIMF started with many indie and alternative acts. The festival has grown to balance out hip-hop and dance/electronic acts, with artists like Tame Impala and A$AP Rocky headlining this year.
Treasure Island Music Festival will be BART-able, with shuttles that will run back and forth to the festival. This year’s food vendors will have roots from (or ties to) Oakland and the East Bay, including Aburaya, the award-winning pizzeria Little Star, and Sankofa (specializing in Ghanian and Afro-Caribbean food). There will be activities for people to engage in along with a slate of brand new offerings for attendees like Workshops Camp DIY, an interactive workshop with arts and crafts that you can take home afterward. You will also be able to go to TIMF’S official on-site pop-up music shop Booty Records, powered by Amoeba records.
Here’s a compilation of 7 of our favorite artists to check out this weekend:
A$AP Rocky released Testing, his third studio album this past May. Rocky brings a unique but familiar style, with production that delivers hard-hitting drums coupled with trippy & psychedelic vibes. Rocky’s braggadocious raps, and cool icy-like delivery, make him one to check out.
OnePointFive Aminé’s latest and greatest is a testament to his light-heartedness. Songs like “REEL IT IN” & “SUGARPARENTS” are slaps because of the natural amped energy embedded in the music. With Aminé co-producing many of the tracks, OnePointFive shows range. You might play this one with at home while washing dishes or with your friends posted up at a Dolores Park on a beautiful day.
I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions released this past summer. Santigold really sets the tone on the intro track with some warm summer sounds and steel drums. It’s very high energy, fun, honestly if you’re not dancing with with a piña colada in hand, go home. You may be able to appreciate that it sounds different from previous Santigold albums, this time around she delivers us a raw, dancehall summer album.
Ironically enough Hiatus Kaiyote has been on a musical hiatus, that hasn’t stopped Hiatus Kaiyote from sounding like a future soul quartet. The Melbourne band came together came together in 2011, gave the world two albums then decided to take a break. With no new music on the horizon, seeing them live is going to be a reward in itself.
Tame Impala is a rock band known for mostly psychedelic feel. Multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parkern is the sole person responsible for the sound. Tame Impala that began as a home-recording project for Parker, who is literally a one man band, writing, recording and producing the music himself. However live, Tame Impala becomes a band, playing alongside the likes of Dominic Simper and some members of Australian psychedelic rock band Pond.
Meghan Remy, goes by the stage name U.S. Girls, she is an flirts with experimental pop-rock. U.S. Girls released a new album this year, In A Poem Unlimited and she doesn’t disappoint, with her wide range of sounds with stellar 70’s guitar riffs that sound straight out of a cop drama from the same era. Check out the nostalgic sounds featured in our favorite song “Rosebud”.
Josiah Wise, otherwise known as serpentwithfeet, is a relatively new artist who released his debut ep blisters in 2016. Serpentwithfeet plays with out experimental r&b with a dash of a hip-hop ambiance, and unique song structure, jumping between octaves like double dutch. Serpentwithfeet released his first EP blisters in 2016 and recently followed up with his debut album soil this year. If you don’t know this dude, you better peep him live this weekend.