SUNSET SHAKEUP With a 7:40 p.m. start time (and assuming TI's famous set-up exactitude), experimental Texas group Explosions in the Sky (7:40-8:30 p.m., Bridge Stage) should be laying it out thick right about the time when our fogged out sky trips pink with the final inklings of sunset. The instrumental outfit, much like the same-ilk Godspeed You Black Emperor, spins dizzying post-rock compositions of near-cinematic appeal, extra-long instrumental masterpieces that bleed directly in to one another. With all the building momentum and few spoken words from the band paired with a dying San Francisco sun, it would be a good moment to declare your undying love for whomever is by your side. Thud. You can't force moments like these. The slowdown should transition nicely into classic road-trip rockers the Hold Steady (8:30-9:15 p.m., Tunnel Stage) and eventually, twinkling headliners Death Cab for Cutie (9:20-10:35 p.m., Bridge Stage).
ALL WEEKEND LONG
DANCE LOCAL, SILENTLY
The Guardian's chief nightlife critic shall now gladly eat his or her words. A few years back, we got on Treasure Island's case about its severely troubling lack of local dance music talent — not to mention local talent in general. Finally this was remedied last year by bringing in Silent Disco, local player Robbie MoPo Kowal's genius brainstorm that's pretty much taken over Bonnaroo and SXSW. Basically, a live DJ transmits his set to special headphones the crowd dons, and people dance frantically — wonderfully funnily if you're just walking in. Continuously going in its own tent, Silent Disco (Sat, noon-11 p.m.; Sun, noon-10 p.m.) will feature DJ Dials, M3, Anthony Mansfield, Motion Potion, Platurn, Ground Control, and many more. Good on ya, TIMF. *
TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sat/15-Sun/16, noon-10:35 p.m., single day ticket $69.50, two-day $125
Treasure Island, SF