Live Review: Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, James Blake, and More Bring "Treasure Island Fest" To Life
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:41:50
When Sleigh Bells hit the stage at Treasure Island Music Festival, it was like witnessing a birth.
Albeit, the birth of Sleigh Bells as headliners (and superstars) was bathed in blood, distortion, and a whole lot of sick dance moves on the part of frontwoman Alexis Krauss. Listening to this year's brilliant Bitter Rivals, do you think they would have it absolutely any other way?
With how hard Derek Miller ripped on his painted guitar, it might as well have been Slayer up there, igniting a field of ravers, hipsters, and club kids alike with a torrent of one-of-a-kind electronic-infused bitchslap metallic pop. Songs like "Demons" and "Born To Lose" hit with succinct danceable aggression as Krauss's pristine vocals carried all the way from the island and past Alcatraz, while Miller's riffing on "Bitter Rivals" tipped the Richter Scale with sheer power. Make no mistake about it, Sleigh Bells are king and queen of sinister pop and the cathartic and chaotic highlight of this eclectic and entrancing festival. They were downright kinetic and deserve to be topping Coachella next year...
Speaking to a dynamic diversity and really nailing it, Treasure Island Music Festival saw veritable breakout turns from Phantogram and James Blake as well. Phantogram's hypnotic hum made "Black Out Days" pop irreverence at its finest—as haunting as it was hypnotic. Meanwhile, Blake's Retrograde soul revisionalism proved more revivalist bringing the entire festival to its feet with resounding piano keys and his unmistakable one-of-a-kind delivery.
Atoms for Peace tapped into a tripped-out bliss only Thom Yorke and Flea could ever conjure. Major Lazer and Diplo got asses shaking and even ignited some Island twerking, while A Silent Disco's innovative show, headphones for all, made for an entirely different although memorable experience altogether.
This year's Treasure Island festival was rich with one of the most varied lineups of any fest, yet it all worked so wonderfully. That was the real treasure...
—Mary Alice Gonzalez
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