By Alyssa Pereira

Treasure Island Music Festival is only about a week away from today, and though its lineup schedule is impressive and nicely laid out, there are still so many acts to prepare to see before the big weekend.

We tapped our music director Aaron Axelsen to shout out a few of his favorite acts playing this year’s festival.

Related: Treasure Island Music Fest in San Francisco

Here are his picks:

8. Washed Out

Hometown: Perry, Georgia

Bio: Ernest Greene, better known as Washed Out, fell into music after he couldn’t find a job as a librarian despite receiving a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Georgia. Last year he released the ethereal, dreamy Paracosm via Sub Pop.

Listen: “Weightless”

7. TV On the Radio

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Bio: After 13 years of being a band, TV On the Radio has got the game down. The band draws from an eclectic array of musical styles and influences andhas been known to collaborate with David Byrne, Karen O, Trent Reznor, as well as numerous classical instrumentalists. Their upcoming album Seeds will be released this November.

Listen: “Happy Idiot”



Hometown: Odense, Denmark

Bio: A Danish pop star drawing comparisons to Janet Jackson and Grimes, MØ just released No Mythologies to Follow in March this year, not long before writing and lending vocals to Avicii’s “Dear Boy” earlier this summer. Her quirky style and wide influences (including Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and the Spice Girls) make her one to watch at TIMF.

Listen: “Don’t Wanna Dance”

5. Ryan Hemsworth

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bio: Electronic artist and DJ Hemsworth has got a lot on his plate. He’s mid-tour, and just announced a brand new album, Alone For The First Time, due out November 4 as a response “to the current state of electronic and rock music.”

Listen: “Snow In Denmark” Feat. Dawn Golden

4. Cathedrals

Hometown: San Francisco

Bio: The duo of Johnny Hwin and Brodie Jenkins just works. The pair can craft delicate electric pop cuts busting with emotions. That much at least is evident in their recent collaboration with visual artist Alex Light and SF ballerina Maria Kochetkova, with whom they collaborated on their newest video below.

Listen: “Unbound”

3. Massive Attack

Hometown: Bristol, England

Bio: The trip hop duo consisting of Grant Marshall and Robert Del Naja has been active for about 25 years now. During that time, they’ve released five albums, one of which included a song eventually tapped to be the intro song for the massively popular TV show “House”. The duo, a bit inactive since releasing Heligoland in 2010 has reunited to play this year’s festival.

Listen: “Teardrops”

2. Alt-J

Hometown: Leeds, England

Bio: Alt-J’s most recent album, This is All Yours, was released only a few weeks ago, but has already garnered a significant amount of attention. The band, named for the keys your hit on a keyboard to make the delta symbol (∆), is finally headed to San Francisco to play some of the year’s biggest emotive, atmospheric compositions live.

Listen: “Hunger of the Pine” (Warning: this video is a bit gory)


Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Bio: Jillian Rose Banks is young, but has managed to create some of the year’s most sultry R&B jams. Her debut album Goddess was released in September, and though she has played in San Francisco before, Treasure Island will be likely be her most impressive live set yet.

Listen: “Drowning”


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