A brief guide to San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival 

click to enlarge Death From Above 1979 plays the 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival on Saturday. (Courtesy photo) - DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 PLAYS THE 2011 TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Death From Above 1979 plays the 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)
  • Death From Above 1979 plays the 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival on Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

A list of selected highlights at this weekend's 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival:

 

SATURDAY

Death From Above 1979: The metal-influenced electro-rock duo makes a lot of noise for just two people — even grindcore death metal fans seem to like them. [8:45 to 9:30 p.m., Tunnel Stage]

Buraka Som Sistema: Known for energetic live shows, the Portuguese group brought the bouncy, drum and bass-influenced Angolan dance music genre “kuduro” to international fame. [5:25  to 6:10 p.m., Tunnel Stage]

Dizzee Rascal: This Mercury Prize-winning artist from London’s East End was one of the first proponents of “grime,” a fusion of UK garage, R&B and hip-hop. [4:35 to 5:25 p.m., Bridge Stage]

 

SUNDAY

Explosions in the Sky: This Austin, Texas band — offering lush layers of guitars and percussion in an intimate and  cinematic package — has earned a cult following. [7:40 to 8:30 p.m., Bridge Stage]

Weekend: The San Francisco shoegaze heroes mix warm reverb pop infused with dark, post-punk Joy Division basslines. The band went viral on the music blogosphere in 2010 with the debut album “Sports.” [12:40 to 1:20 p.m, Tunnel Stage]

Thee Oh Sees: Music on the San Francisco band’s latest album “Castlemania” sounds like undiscovered B-sides from an overly inebriated, jangly 1960s jug band like the Lovin’ Spoonful. Their live act is guaranteed to be raucous. [Noon to 12:40 p.m., Bridge Stage]

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