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Treasure Island Festival

International Flavors from Day 1

The warmest place Saturday at San Franciscoís Treasure Island Music Festivalís was deep within the dancing crowd. In its fourth year, the festival stuck to its previous template: electronic music on Saturday and indie rock on Sunday.

The festivalís two-stage approach, without overlapping performances, allowed fans to catch all their favorite groups. Many of those bands that had the biggest impact took cross-continental trips to perform at the festival.

Sex still sells, and you get a hell of a lot of it when watching South African rap duo Die Antwoord. Even for those who couldnít understand Afrikaans, there were plenty of English curse words and sexually lewd references. Before the group left the stage, Yo-Landi, a petite (slightly emancipated) woman had suggestively pulled down her skin-tight gold pants almost revealing her backside several times. Meanwhile, her male counterpart, Ninja, sporting a crew cut and covered in tattoos, stripped down to his briefs and thrust his crotch back and forth as though it could flip off the crowd. If that mental image hadnít imprinted itself upon fans, the groupís 2 Live Crew-esque bass heavy sex raps were certainly memorable.

The less in your face, Four Tet, a British producer and DJ, played at the smaller stage later in the day. Known for his remixes of groups like Radiohead and Bloc Party, Four Tet played down-tempo funk and jazz tracks that built with drum layers before climaxing into dance songs. Occasionally, he raised his hand and smiled at the crowd, giving a brief reassurance and acknowledgment, before returning to look at his laptop. But where his performance lacked, his music picked up, making for one of the best parties of the day that had fans jumping and crowd surfing.

One of the final acts to take the stage was Little Dragon. The Swedish electronic group lead by Japanese-Swedish singer Yukimi Nagano. Songs like ďFeatherĒ sounded like funky takes on new wave Eurythmics tracks. Their consistent grooves proved a perfect segue into the dance pumping beats of following groups Deadmau5 and Miike Snow, and later, LCD Soundsystem.