It’s October, and that means two things for San Francisco. One is that its time to start thinking about your costume for Halloween – and the other is that it’s time to start thinking about your outfit for Treasure Island. This year’s jeans festival features Washed Out, Bleached, and White Denim. What will YOU wear?
Washed Out – a classic look, washed-out jeans are having a moment with the emergence of ‘normcore’. Get your Seinfeld on!
Bleached – this throwback will remind you of some of your favorite pants from the ’80s and ’90s.
White Denim – while white denim may have had its heyday a decade ago with pants such as the White Stripes and Andrew WK, many continue to still rock it. But at Treasure Island, a word to the wise – beware of grass stains.
August 15 – Brewski’s
When Nobody’s Cats disbanded in 2007, most fans of UK sandwich rap thought that the micro-genre was finished. But London MC Paul Maul’s 2012 breakout hit ‘Suck It And Weep’ brought the meaty beats back full-force. Check him out at Brewski’s on August 15.
July 20 – Clink Club
On VWLS (pronounced “Vowels”) third album, you can hear echoes of the Killers, Coldplay, Kings of Leon and, most frequently, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. What they may lack in originality and identity, though, they help make up for with solid craftsmanship.
July 15 – The Old Barnyard
On their debut album, this U.K. buzz band injects a dreamy wooziness into their indie rock on tracks like “Where My Cooler At?” and the Springsteen-like “Cooler Heads Prevail” that will have you tripping and floating along.
July 13 – Bindo’s
As we mourn the recent loss of Donna Summer and Robin Gibb, these New York club kids show that disco is still alive and well. One pulsating party track, “Party Up In Hee-uh,” recalls Dee-Lite, while “Inedible” is a Bee Gees-esque ballad.
July 20 – Tavern Pub
Brimming with melodic accessibility-from the Men at Work-esque opener “Machu Picchu” to the psychedelic-tinged closer “Life Is Simple in the Moonlight” – this could take the New York indie rockers out of the garage and into living rooms across America. But tracks like the single “Under Cover of Darkness” still pack a punk punch too.
July 15 – The Candle Factory
Last year’s winners of NBC’s a cappella competition The Sing-Off, this sextet breathes much-needed life into male R&B vocal groups. Highlights of their debut include a soulful take on Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA.”