For folks used to seeing rock acts perform live, shifting to electronic music can be rather unfulfilling. DJs can seemed disengaged, and it’s often downright impossible for novices to even guess what might be happening on stage with all that equipment, buttons, and knobs. Even the knowledgeable may have no idea what a performer is actually doing, or if the artist is doing anything at all (cough Justice cough).
[Click here to listen to Four Tet's Indie Shuffle playlist]
I missed Four Tet when he came to San Francisco in February for Noise Pop, but I think it might be telling that a friend partial to metal and loud rock saw the show and came back with raving reviews. Four Tet’s performances are intriguing and compelling, and should offer a fantastic balance for Treasure Island’s first day, which will be filled with some die-hard fans, swarms of happy-go-ravey youths, and a throng of indifferent hipsters. It will be a challenge for Kieran Hebden to please all constituents, but with such a strong recent album I think he’s up to the challenge.
Who else will be playing Treasure Island? So far we know that The National and Broken Social Scene are also confirmed to play, and we’re putting money on a Ra Ra Riot set. And don’t worry; we have a couple more to let you in on before the lineup is officially announced on July 12.