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Published on October 11th, 2009 | by Greg


Treasure Island Music Festival – Featuring Sleepy Sun

When spotlighting a local event, who better to showcase than local talent? Sure, next weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival features a great lineup- we’re looking forward to MGMT, Girl Talk, Brazilian Girls, Flaming Lips, and The Decemberists among others. But we also can’t wait to catch San Francisco band Sleepy Sun, a sextet whose debut record Embrace was released over the summer to plenty of rave reviews, earning them spots at Noise Pop and SXSW.

Their battle cry is “Let’s get weird!”, and their sound is a ghostly, haunting combination of hazy vocals, catchy classic rock guitar, and building intensity. Songs can often feel epic- ‘White Dove’, for instance, is over nine minutes long- and often have a feverish feel. A mix of folk and trippiness, we liked that each song built into something, and even if the lyrics weren’t especially grabbing, the unique duet vocals were. They have both chops and range, with some grabbing lovely acoustic sections that bleed evenly into acid-rock or vice versa. They show their spiritual side on the track ‘Lord’, which was a standout track, combining a moving piano line with a country feel. We’d call it prog rock, but with influences like Black Sabbath, that’d be a slightly ill-fitting label.

Sleepy Sun performs Sunday at noon on the Treasure Island Music Festival’s Bridge Stage. We can’t wait to see them live, where they by all accounts offer a psychedelic, high energy show not to be missed. Their album Embrace is widely available now, including from Amazon, for around $17. While at the Festival, don’t miss Passion Pit, one of our favorite bands in recent memory. Tickets are only $65, a great deal for so many excellent acts.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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