Foster the People

With their smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster the People has positioned themselves as the go-to band of the summer. If you haven’t heard them yet, be warned: their catchy dance-pop tunes will stay in your head for days.

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Album Stream, Download: Foster The People, ’Torches’

Free MP3 Download: Foster The People “Pumped Up Kicks” (The Knocks Remix)

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Viva La Vida is a tough act to follow, but the British alt rock group looks like it will deliver. They will be playing songs from their upcoming album, due to be released later this year. Jonny Buckland’s distinctive, almost otherworldly guitar riffs combined with Chris Martin’s clear, cutting vocals continue to make Coldplay one of the best bands around.

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Coldplay World Premieres New Single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall”

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The Cars

Even after Ocasek’s insistence that a reunion would never happen, the Cars are back, and we’re grateful for it. Their new songs pick up right where the band left off in ’87 and the classic Cars rock is still very much there.

Audio: Frank E. Lee Talks With The Cars’ Rick Ocasek

Album Review: The Cars, ‘Move Like This’

Video: The Cars – “Sad Song”

Video: Brand New Song, “Blue Tip” From The Cars’ Comeback Album ‘Move Like This’

First Listen: Weezer Cover The Cars “You Might Think”

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Foo Fighters

The alt-rock band continues to produce heavy hitters that showcase Dave Grohl’s years of musical development, both from his own work and from his work with Nirvana. The Foo Fighters rock hard, but still have a sense of humor. A few days ago, their 52 page list of demands for their world tour was leaked and it including pages from a coloring book and a word search.

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My Morning Jacket

Combination of Jam band and Country, they always put on a good show. Be sure not to miss them this year.

Photos: My Morning Jacket Live From Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre 

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Fitz and the Tantrums

Fitzpatrick set off to make great music freed from the ever-present guitarist, and that’s exactly what he did. Their catchy summer hit “Moneygrabber” promises that they’re only getting started.

Free MP3 Download; Fitz And The Tantrums, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” (Live)

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Considered by some to be the best live band in the world. Lollapalooza gives you your chance to find out how the British prog-rock influenced group continues to impress year after year.

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Bright Eyes

Conor Oberst’s trembling, yet assertive, voice gives Bright Eyes its quiet power. Recently the band has worked with the ACLU for the cause of immigrants’ rights, releasing “Coyote Song” to make their plight reach listeners.

Full Album: Bright Eyes, ‘The People’s Key’

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Cee Lo Green

He took the music world by storm with his Forget You, a viral smash hit released to Youtube. That’s not all he’s about though. Be sure to check out his album The Lady Killer and to see his energy in person this summer.

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Satirizes and parodies to such a degree that they come out on the other side into a gleeful, absurdist post-irony. Definitely worth listening to, if for nothing other than their uniqueness.

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OK go

While the Chicago rock group’s incredibly innovative music videos will draw you in, their catchy, melodic pop will keep you listening. Even without the band dancing on treadmills, a live show is sure to entertain.

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The NYC indie group’s sweetly sappy sound entices us to smile along with them. They recently hardened up their style with their album Belong, tempering their music with a chunkier guitar line.

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With his distinctive costume, deadmau5 is an easy act to recognize and easier still to enjoy. The progressive house music offers catchy melody lines, a pulsing beat, and interspersed dialogue to ensure that each performance will be an interesting one.

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The Cults

Their hazy female harmonies combine with unique instrumentation to create a truly unique sound that is simultaneously relaxing and exciting. From a sudden entrance to the music world last year, they’ve already begun to get on more people’s radars. Check them out here first, and then live at Lollapalooza.

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A Perfect Circle

The American rock-metal supergroup features artists from Tool and Nine Inch Nails, and the dark, brooding style draws in the attention and imagination.

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Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas

While Damian certainly inherited his father’s musical talent, his combination of dancehall and reggae pushes the limits that we would expect from both reggae and rap. Nas’s dramatic and literary style adds to the duo, crafting lyrics that really make you think.

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The American born, European influenced Zachary Condon explores Balkan folk music and Western Pop with his band Beirut. His voice cuts out clearly among trumpets, an accordion, and even an earnestly used ukulele.

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Death From Above 1979

After a five year breakup, the Toronto group has reunited for a 2011 tour. Their intense, loud rock from their sole album You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine is as poundingly rhythmic as it is impassioned.

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Beats Antique

If you’re looking for an act world music/electronic/gypsy sound with a belly dancer, then you’d be out of luck were it not for the California trio. If you missed them at Bonaroo, they’ll be here in Chicago this August.

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Super Mash Bros

There is a brilliant arrogance as to naming “awesome” as your genre of music, and they live up to it. The LA group puts together tracks that you would think should remain far apart and manages to create an ultimate party list.

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Girl Talk

Biomedical researcher by day, mashup artist by night. Girl Talk’s innovative mixes combined with his energy on stage make it an act not to miss.

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Kid Cudi

The American rapper has collaborated with Kanye West and Common, but has recently started his own career. His penchant for a particular herb got him in some recent trouble, but he was still able to show up at Bonaroo, and will showing up here in a just a couple months.

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Though the mournful singer-songwriter Chris Mansfield captures the pain and feeling of loss in all of his songs, a glimmer of hope still shines through. His music can really transport you someplace else, as he himself had to take himself from a history of abuse.

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City and Colour

Dallas (the city) Green (and the color) has won numerous awards for his solo acoustic project, and deservedly so. His songs are packed with emotion, tranquility and mellowness, bringing with them a much needed peace and calmness.

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Explosions in the Sky

The Texan quartet’s “cathartic mini-symphonies” hit all the right notes in their epic scope through the range of feelings. Each song is an evolving piece that layers orchestral scores on top of one another to create a complex and beautiful work.

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Young the Giant

The American alt-rock band, formerly known as The Jakes, released their eponymous album this year, and its youthful, simple, upbeat energy is infectious.

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The New York duo features a dreamy revival of the trip-hop sound. This summer, they will departing from the Harmony Lodge (a barn in upstate NY that acts a recording studio) and coming down to Chicago.

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An Horse

With their delightful Aussie accents showing through, the indie group has rapidly gained popularity in the US. Having toured and opened for Death Cab for Cutie, their simple, melodic style really shines through.

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Electric Touch

Their distinctive bassline and Strokes-like guitar make this group a powerful, impressive act to witness. Their performance is filled with a quiet intensity that makes each show entertaining.

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Headlining Lollapalooza, it’s hardly possible not to be affected by Eminem’s lyrics and raw emotion. The man is freedom of spirit personified, and his anger and passion defines him as one of the greatest rappers.

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