Friday night in the SoMa neighborhood of downtown San Francisco, a disco ball blasted shards of light over a packed house at 330 Ritch during SPIN and MySpace Music's kick-off party -- co-sponsored Boost Mobile and Jack in the Box -- welcomingthe Treasure Island Festival weekend with a set from Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus. After a summer on the festival circuit, Flosstradamus were well rehearsed, delving through their record collection to create a non-stop set, blaring noise over the heads of mingling weekend revelers. The plaid-clad team took to the tables, bouncing between their Macs and vinyl collections to create the party's eclectic soundtrack.
Searching for an exciting end to the opening day of Outside Lands, concertgoers wiped bay-fog off their shoulders as they cozied in between the blood-red curtained walls of San Francisco's Independent Friday night for SPIN and Dell's afterparty, featuring sets from the Matches and the Felice Brothers. "Ya'll feelin' independent tonight?" asked Felice Brothers drummer, Simone Felice, moments before the group broke into a raucous set of rowdy Americana, showcasing their self-titled full-length with songs like "Whiskey In My Whiskey" and "Ruby Mae." Guitar strings snapped as the gents stomped out their signature brand of country rock, roaring out rough harmonies as the crowd shouted in unison. Then the room underwent a swift sonic change as the Matches took the stage, delivering clean, crisp slashes of strummed resonance (and a new bassist, Dylan Rowe).