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America’s Most Buzzed-About Music Festival Is…

Kanye West at South by Southwest 2014
Kanye West performs onstage at South by Southwest on March 12 in Austin, Texas. Rick Kern—Getty Images for Samsung

A new study says that one festival is more discussed than Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo or Governor's Ball

A study sponsored by Eventbrite and Mashwork has determined that South by Southwest — held each March in Austin, TX — is America’s most buzzed-about music festival, beating out perennial favorites like Coachella in Indio, Calif., Lollapalooza in Chicago and Governors Ball in New York City. Ranking just behind SXSW in the top five were Las Vegas’ iHeartRadio, Chattahoochee Hills, GA’s TomorrowWorld, Lollapalooza and Coachella.

Despite South by Southwest’s strong showing, Texas didn’t rank amongst the top three states in terms of most chatter — that distinction went to New York, Nevada and California. The study also confirmed what may have already been obvious: music festivals are heavily youth-dominated, with 75% of the conversation generated by those between the ages of 17 and 34.

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A few other interesting tidbits from the report:

  • 54% of the conversation takes place before the event itself, easily besting the 17% that occurs during the festival and the 29% after it.
  • For Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. and Hangout in Gulf Shores, Ala., it was all about the music — at both festivals, excitement about the full lineup or particular artist accounted for 65% and 63%, respectively, compared with a 47% average for the top 25 festivals overall.
  • People at Coachella spent way more time talking about style than at the average event — fashion discussion made up for 27% of the conversation there, compared with just 10% nationwide.
  • Though the ages of music festival fans closely mirrored the average age of Twitter users, a much wider spread is apparent from music fans’ taste in brands, where Starbucks, McDonalds and, of all places, Walmart proved favorites. Whole Foods, Best Buy and IHOP also scored highly.

Check out the full report here.

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One Kid Snuck Into 50 Music Festivals and Filmed the Whole Thing

It's not illegal if you get an awesome movie out of it, right?

Know how when you were a kid, you could never get into all the really cool, awesome concerts that you wanted to go to because you were too young or they were too expensive or God, Mom and Dad, you’re the worst? Marcus Haney decided he wasn’t going to worry about any of that and just go to the concerts anyway, doing whatever he could to get inside.

Sometimes that meant hopping fences, other times it meant forging wrist bands and once in a while it meant posing as a photographer. Haney’s main piece of advice for pulling all this off? “Walk with confidence.”

Not only did he end up going to all these fantastic shows — Coachella, Bonnaroo, etc. — but he even cut together all the footage from his various missions and made himself a film out of it, No Cameras Allowed. Not a bad gig, if you can get it.

[via Sploid]

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PLAYLIST: The 14 Coolest Bands of Bonnaroo 2014

Bonnaroo on Thursday
Bonnaroo on Thursday. Wade Payne—Invision/AP

A listenable guide to some of the yearly festival's most notable acts

The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival kicked off Thursday, ushering in a long weekend of concerts and camping in a middle-of-nowhere 700-acre farm in the Manchester, Tenn.

The label “coolest” is, of course, entirely subjective, but for those attending the festival, let this guide aid your last-minute scheduling and decision-making about conflicting set times.

For those who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) brave the dirt and the outdoors this year, just kick back with TIME’s Spotify playlist featuring both the festival’s biggest bands and the acts that may not be on your radar yet.

 

Kanye West: After a lavish, country-hopping wedding weekend with Kim Kardashian last month, you’d think Kanye West would still be in the middle of an equally lavish country-hopping honeymoon — but, no, he’s back to work, bringing the hit-packed set of his Yeezus tour to the Bonnaroo crowds on Friday night. Don’t be surprised if his recent marital bliss makes usual show-closer “Bound 2” seem even more celebratory this time.

Chvrches: Lauren Mayberry has degrees in law and journalism, but as the frontwoman for Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches, she’s found the job that most suits her: rock star. Reviews of their live show — hitting Bonnaroo Friday night — match the buzz surrounding their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, and Mayberry’s delicate voice sails over their full arsenal of keyboards.

Elton John: The glittery stage show of the piano-playing icon is in some ways an unlikely choice for Bonnaroo given its dirty hippie-heaven reputation, but with a career spanning five decades and a just-completed Vegas residency under his belt, it’s obvious the guy knows how to put on a show. Good thing there are no conflicts during his set on Sunday: John has lately been revisiting his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

First Aid Kit: Ah, youth — Sweden’s Johanna and Klara Söderberg are only 23 and 21 years old, respectively, but the sisters, who play the festival on Saturday afternoon, have already released three albums of clever folk-pop to critical acclaim. Their latest, Stay Gold, found the longtime Bright Eyes fans heading to Omaha to once again work with Bright Eyes member and producer Mike Mogis.

Neutral Milk Hotel: The brainchild of Jeff Magnum reunited last year after going on hiatus around the turn of the millennium, but don’t let the reunion’s extension into 2014 make you complacent about catching the Friday set from the band behind In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — the band warns on its website that the remaining dates in the calendar year will be their last for the foreseeable future.

Disclosure: A sibling duo hailing from just outside of London, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have been making beats since the days of MySpace. Their career really hit its stride, though, with the release of their debut album, Settle, propelled by “Latch,” an icy collaboration with rising star Sam Smith, and the hypnotic, AlunaGeorge-assisted “White Noise.” They’ll be on hand to keep the party going as Friday turns into Saturday.

Frank Ocean: Bonnaroo may be a just a pitstop for some acts in the middle of massive tours, but Ocean’s calendar for 2014 is fairly light in comparison to some of his Bonnaroo peers. That’s probably because he’s working on new music, which he may preview during his Saturday set — and which may give him the edge over his time slot’s competition: the Flaming Lips, a Skrillex-led SuperJam and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Chance the Rapper: On the strength of just two mixtapes, Chicago’s 21-year-old Chancelor Bennett has made a name for himself combining a cartoonish flow, Chicago’s musical heritage and poignant lyrics about gun violence in his hometown — the nickname “Chiraq” pops up here. If you can stay awake for his 2:30 a.m. set on Friday night (a.k.a. Saturday morning), don’t expect him to reprise his cover of the Arthur theme song.

Jack White: If a 2014 music festival finished and Jack White didn’t play, did it really happen? The man is almost everywhere on the summer circuit this year, but he’s far from skippable, especially in the wake of his sophomore solo effort, Lazaretto, which at once feels like a throwback to his White Stripes days and a forward-thinking smorgasbord of American blues-rock.

Ms. Lauryn Hill: The Fugees alumna’s return to regular performances after spending much of the 2000s keeping a low-profile was surrounded by plenty of drama — and that was before she served time for tax evasion last year. Yes, Saturday festival-goers may have to endure delays, erratic setlist additions and new material that misses the high bar she set for herself in the 1990s, but most critics seem to agree: at the end of the day, she’s still Lauryn Hill, and she’s still got it.

Warpaint: Summer tour dates could almost be a victory lap for the women of Warpaint, whose latest eponymous album earned plenty of praise — and whose core members celebrated a full decade together this past Valentine’s Day. Their dark, lush tunes might not seem like the most immediate pick for the festival’s final day, but it’s on stage — where many songs had their origins in soundcheck writing sessions — that the new material is most at home.

Die Antwoord: Okay, so South Africa’s most bizarre hip-hop exports extol being uncool with their Zef philosophy, but that’s what makes them so interesting to watch on stage — even after some fans caught on to the joke and moved on. Ninja and Yo-Landi act like they couldn’t care less, but anyone who’s caught their performances in support of the totally bonkers $O$ and Ten$ion knows the two are dedicated to delivering a tightly choreographed dose of booming, sweaty weirdness. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, just go with it.

Banks: Jillian Banks, who helped kick off the festival on Thursday night, hasn’t even released her debut album yet — Goddess arrives in September. But ever since her slick electro-tinged R&B made it to SoundCloud and snagged her an opening spot for Drake pal The Weeknd, she’s been one to watch at festivals like Coachella. Her Aaliyah cover has been a crowd-pleaser, but her London EP stands on its own.

Pusha T: The Virginia rapper, who also played Thursday, got his start as one half of the duo Clipse with the help of Pharrell, but these days Pusha T rolls with the GOOD Music posse of Kanye West, who handled much of the production on his acclaimed 2013 solo debut, My Name Is My Name. He and Pharrell still team up from time to time — catch them on Future’s “Move That Dope,” one of the best songs of the year (so far).

Missing from Spotify: Chance the Rapper’s mixtape, Acid Rap.

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Electric Zoo Releases First Set of Names on This Year’s Lineup

The New York City music festival has promised added security measures after two drug-related deaths last year.

Electric Zoo announced Wednesday that David Guetta, Skrillex and Diplo will headline this August’s festival, one year after the New York City event was cut short following two apparent drug-related deaths.

Nicky Romero and Zedd will also be performing.

The festival’s organizers have promised increased security measures, including drug-sniffing dogs and undercover security officers, for this year’s event.

Here’s the trailer for the music festival on New York’s Randall’s Island:

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Zedd On Coachella, Lady Gaga, And Why He Loves Queen

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Musician Zedd performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian—Getty Images for MTV

The Grammy-winning DJ tells TIME about his biggest musical influences, his upcoming album and musicians he hopes to collaborate with on future projects

Crowds poured into the Sahara Tent at the Coachella Valley Music Festival last weekend to see Anton Zaslavski, better known by his stage name Zedd, put on a high-energy show with big beats and dazzling visuals.

The 24-year-old German-Russian DJ – who has produced hits for the likes of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber – exploded onto the EDM scene after releasing his debut album Clarity in October 2012. The album’s title track won him a Grammy for “best dance recording” earlier this year.

Before taking the stage, Zedd spoke with TIME about his musical influences, upcoming album and the musicians he wants to collaborate with most.

You’ve played a lot of big venues, a lot of festivals. What’s special to you about Coachella?

Coachella is one of the most important festivals in the world. I played here two years ago, and it was an incredible experience, but I played very early on. Obviously, you kind of want to have a nighttime slot, and now I have one of the best slots I could ever dream of. I love the Sahara tent and the vibe in there. From the first moment people get in there, there is an energy that I haven’t seen on any other stage of the festival.

You won a Grammy for Clarity. What was that moment like?

It was entirely unreal. I brought my family out. I was kind of nervous because I thought maybe they expected me to win, and if I didn’t, it might be kind of awkward. It’s the first time they’ve ever been to America. My whole team was there also…

So I saw the names on the big screen and then somehow everything started moving in slow motion… I didn’t even realize they called my name until everyone around me screamed in my ear, and I’m like ‘alright, I got to think of something to say now.’

I had nothing prepared. I would have felt weird if I prepared a speech and didn’t win, and at the same time, I thought that if I didn’t prepare something, at least it will be really honest and real, and it was.

How did you get to work with Lady Gaga?

I remixed songs for [Gaga's] label, and I told the label that my dream would be to one day to make a song for her… And then one day, there was a point where they wanted to take my remix [of one of her songs] as a single version. They wanted me to meet her, so I played a show in London, and she was there. I got to talk with her for a minute, and she was like “lets make music together.”

Then I wrote this little song – it was a minute and a half – and she heard [it] and called me immediately and basically wanted me to make the album. So it was a lucky thing. I wrote this piece and I didn’t even think she would love it, but I thought it was really good and different and didn’t sound like anything else out there. And then we slowly started working, and been working on tour together in Asia and after the shows we sat down and started writing songs. And then we were in the studio for months. So it’s been wild.

Are there any other artists you would love to work with?

There are a million. There are people like Adele, and I love Katy Perry. There are also all the artists that inspired me to write music that I write today, like Radiohead, so I would love to work with and see what that would be like. Empire of the Sun is a band I love – I got to make a remix for them. Feeder is another one.

Who is your biggest musical influence?

Tough question. Daft Punk was a huge inspiration for getting started in electronic music. Queen has been one of the most inspirational bands for me over the course of the last years…because I’ve listened to their music and realized how much we don’t do in electronic music and how big the field is to bring in ideas from other worlds. Radiohead is a band that has been very inspirational for me. Silverchair is another one. Mostly not electronic music acts to be completely honest.

Do you find yourself trying to incorporate those artists into your music?

I do. I’m working on my new album now. There’s a song I started writing 2 and a half years ago, and I loved it, but I didn’t have the right spot for it [on Clarity]. Now I’ve come back to it. I took all the synths out, and replaced them with guitars. That’s something I would not have done a year ago. I think other genres definitely inspire me and make me do things I usually would not do or maybe that other people in the genre do.

What can you tell me about the new album?

It will sound a little different. I have a lot of song ideas, and I’ve started slowly producing and picking singers, which for me is the most important part. I think it will be similar to Clarity, but wider [and] more inspiration from other genres.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I’m not the kind of person who says when I see a beautiful landscape I’m inspired to write about song. To me, it’s music that inspires music. Whenever I hear a chord progression I haven’t heard before, I’m always like, ‘damn, why didn’t I think of this?’ That’s why I love Queen so much. One song of theirs has as much range as an album of other people’s music. When I hear something I didn’t expect to hear, that’s what gives me a push.

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14 Music Festivals to Check Out In 2014

David Guetta at Exit Festival Courtesy Exit Festival

From Poland to Portland, here are 14 festivals to visit this year

It’s Christmastime for music fans.

No, not because there’s a new Michael Jackson album coming or because Miley Cyrus is on tour, but because music festival season is upon us. That means for the price of a ticket to, say, Lollapalooza, fans can see Eminem, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Pixies, Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Calvin Harris and Foster the People — all in one place. It’s well worth the investment for a devoted music fan, which is why Coachella, Bumbershoot, All Tomorrow’s Parties and Governor’s Ball have all become mandatory stops for music enthusiasts. Even Hanson is getting in on the festivities, kicking off The Hop Jam (and selling their Mmmhops beer) in their home state of Oklahoma and Merge Records is marking their 25th anniversary with a festival of their own — Merge 25 Fest.

For those looking for even more bang for their buck, international festivals allow travelers to combine global tourism with incredible music, like at the World DJ Festival held on May 4-5 in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi, South Korea; or Gothenberg, Sweden’s Way Out West Festival; or Melt! Festival, which brings Le1f, Little Dragon, Jagwar Ma, Haim and Chromeo to Germany’s famed iron city. For those looking to travel within the United States, there’s Georgia’s electro-fest TomorrowWorld, San Francisco’s Outside Lands, which bills itself as a “gourmet music festival,” or Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival, which combines a killer lineup with all the sites of Louisville.

In short, whatever or wherever your musical interest lie, there’s probably a festival that fits the bill.

Here are 14 festivals to check out in 2014:

Moogfest 2014 (moogfest.com)

When: April 23-27
Where: Asheville, NC

2014 Lineup Highlights: Kraftwerk 3-D, CHIC Featuring Nile Rodgers, Laurie Anderson, Pet Shop Boys, M.I.A., Flying Lotus, Giorgio Moroder, Dillon Francis, Q-Tip, LE1f, Dan Deacon, YACHT.

This innovative festival was founded in 2004 by Dr. Robert Moog, the creator of the famous synthesizer company Moog Music. What started as a gathering for Moog enthusiasts has expanded to include a slate of speakers on topics like the crossover between music and technology, as well as a line up of musicians showing that interaction in action. This year’s festival is titled “The Synthesis of Technology, Music, and Art” and includes speakers like The Simpsons writer David X Cohen, synthesizer trailblazer Don Buchla, and musician Dan Deacon — as well as a star-studded musical lineup.

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Wayne Coyne performs with The Flaming Lips during Moogfest 2011 at the Animoog Playground on October 29, 2011 in Asheville, North Carolina. David Gordon Oppenheimer—Getty Images

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage (nojazzfest.com)

When: April 25-27 and May 1-4

Where: New Orleans, LA

2014 Lineup Highlights: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera, Phish, Robin Thicke, John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett, Santana, the Avett Brothers, Charlie Wilson

To celebrate its 45th year, Jazz Fest is showcasing the best that Louisiana has to offer in culture, crafts and Southern cooking and — of course — jazz and gospel music, along with a packed roster of imported talent. The 2014 headliners are a mix of contemporary and veteran rock, pop and R&B stars, including Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend — a melange suitable for old hands and festival newcomers alike.

Sasquatch! (sasquatchfestival.com)

When: May 23-25

Where: The Gorge, Quincy, WA

2014 Lineup Highlights: Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Kid Cudi, Die Antwoord, Neko Case, Haim, Major Lazer, Chance the Rapper, Phantogram

Set deep in the Columbia River Gorge, Sasquatch! has attracted music fans around the world to far-off Quincy, Wa., with its spot-on line-up of up-and-comers and headlining acts. While the homegrown Northwest festival was supposed to expand to a second weekend this year (like Coachella), low ticket sales forced the fest to stick with their traditional one weekend format. The diverse lineup of indie all-stars, fan favorites and comic geniuses should still have music fans flocking to the fest — at least for the chance to see Queens of the Stone Age play in the famously beautiful Gorge amphitheater.

2014 Sasquatch! Music Festival Launch Party Presented By Washington Healthplanfinder
St. Lucia performs on stage at the Neptune Theatre for the Sasquatch! Music Festival on February 3, 2014 in Seattle, Wa. Mat Hayward—Getty Images

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival (sledisland.com)

When: June 18-22

Where: Calgary, Alberta

2014 Lineup Highlights: Spiritualized, Bob Mould, Neko Case, Rhye, Killer Mike, Chelsea Wolfe, Rocket from the Crypt, St. Vincent, Touché Amore.

After the 2013 festival was cancelled due to massive floods that ravaged Alberta, the festival is coming back stronger than ever with a killer line-up curated by Kathleen Hanna, the musician behind Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin. Their new slogan says it all: Nobody rains on our parade.

Secret Solstice Festival (secretsolstice.is)

When: June 20-22

Where: Reykjavik, Iceland

2014 Lineup Highlights: Massive Attack, Woodkid, Mum, Skream, Droog, Waze and Odyssey, Oculus

There’s a lot of time to kill when the sun shines for nearly 24-hours a day like it does in Iceland during the summer solstice. To help wile away the hours, there’s now Secret Solstice, a brand-new Icelandic music festival that features over a hundred established and up-and-coming artists of both the homegrown and international variety, covering a wide array of genres. Check out sets by Massive Attack, ScHoolboy Q, Woodkid, and Múm; then take a dip in geothermal pools heated by a volcano as the sun shines down for three days straight.

Hangout Music Fest (hangoutmusicfest.com)

When: May 16-18

Where: Gulf Shores, Ala.

2014 Lineup Highlights: The Black Keys, The Killers, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights

Aside from Talladega, the allure of Alabama has eluded many people. Then five years ago, Hangout Music Festival was founded. Now over 35,000 concertgoers a year head to the beaches of Gulf Shores, near the Florida border, for three days of incredible music, Southern hospitality and, yes, hanging out. This year the Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips will all be making their way to the beach, along with 70+ rappers, DJs and folk bands scheduled to perform. With the addition of swimming pools and an on-site wedding chapel, things should get extra-lively.

Bonnaroo (bonnaroo.com)

When: June 12-15

Where: Manchester, TN

2014 Lineup Highlights: Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Lauryn Hill, Skrillex, Frank Ocean, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, the Arctic Monkeys

Located in Manchester, TN, which is 60 miles from Nashville and 40 from Chattanooga, Bonnaroo isn’t the easiest festival to get to. To reward those intrepid enough to brave the journey, the festival offers a chance to see musical magic happen. Whether it’s Daryl Hall and Chromeo teaming up, Questlove jamming with Led Zeppelin or the Beastie Boys playing their last live show ever, Bonnaroo packs some major moments into the weekend-long festival. This year has Kanye West, Elton John and Jack West, and the chance of seeing those men collaborate onstage makes the price of admission — and the trip —well worth the money.

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Matt Berninger and The National perform as part of Day 4 of the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival on June 16, 2013 in Manchester, Tn. Tim Mosenfelder—Getty Images

Glastonbury (glastonburyfestivals.co.uk)

When: June 25-29

Where: Glastonbury, UK

2014 Lineup Highlights: Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, Kasabian, Pixies, Jack White, Lily Allen, Disclosure, Elbow, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Blondie, Massive Attack, M.I.A and Skrillex , The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Warpaint

If you were to only go to one music festival in your lifetime, it should be Glastonbury. The festival has been going strong since the 1970s and somehow manages to keep making music history, year after year, whether it’s Paul McCartney singing “Blackbird” with the crowd, Pulp blaring “Common People” or Moby covering Radiohead’s “Creep.” However, if you want to go, you needed to act months ago — tickets for this year’s 135,000-capacity event sold out in October in just 1 hour and 27 minutes. Additional tickets may become available, though, and if the rumors are true and Radiohead is the still-unannounced third headliner, fans may want to consider buying a plane ticket.

Summerfest (summerfest.com)

When: June 25-29 and July 1-6

Where: Milwaukee, WI

2014 Lineup Highlights: Usher, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews Band, Outkast, New Order, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Gary Clark Jr.

It only make sense that Wisconsin — the land of the publicly-owned Green Bay Packers — would host a festival geared entirely towards its community’s interests, tastes and pocketbooks. While many festivals claim to have something for everyone, Summerfest lives up to the statement. From Bruno Mars to Lady Gaga to Motley Crue, to Brad Paisley and Fall Out Boy, the 11-day festival’s line-up is a jawdropper and so is the price with early bird tickets going for the a mere $16 — basically, the price of a beer at other festivals. Power to the people never sounded so good.

EXIT Festival (exitfest.org)

When: July 10 – 14, 2014

Where: Novi Sad, Serbia

2014 Lineup Highlights: Skrillex, Koven, Damon Albarn, Rudimental, Disclosure, The Afghan Whigs, Pretty Lights

When people talk about Exit Festival, they usually mention the setting first, and for good reason: The festival takes place inside Servia’s Petrovaradin Fortress — its 18 or so stages, bars and silent discos are connected by 17th century cobbled streets, ramparts and tunnels all built on the hills overlooking the Danube river. But the picturesque, surreal setting isn’t the only reason that EXIT has back-to-back wins as ‘Best Major European Festival’: the accolade is thanks to the well-curated lineup, friendly vibe and the ability to fit in some sight-seeing before the night’s shows get underway. Music as the fest typically runs from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., meaning EXIT is not for the fainthearted or early-to-bed types.

Osheaga Music Festival (osheaga.com)

When: August 1 – 3

Where: Montreal, Canada

2014 Lineup Highlights: OutKast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, the Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, J. Cole, Awolnation, Lykke Li, Childish Gambino, Chromeo, Chvrches, Band of Horses, Haim, Pusha T, Tiga

Since it was founded in 2006, Osheaga has quietly become one of the best music festivals in North America, but most people like to keep that secret to themselves lest the festival’s magic get spoiled. Each year the lineup reads like a who’s who of indie rock favorites, and this year is no exception, with Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, the Replacements, Danny Brown and the omnipresent OutKast. The festival is adding an extra stage this year to showcase emerging artists — and with Osheaga’s knack for finding talent, expect it to be well worth checking out.

Pickathon (pickathon.com)

When: August 1-3

Where: Happy Valley, Ore.

2014 Lineup Highlights: Blind Pilot, X, Warpaint, Angel Olsen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Jonathan Richman, Foxygen, Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett , Mikal Cronin, Ages and Ages

If you’re looking for something different, something to do with the entire family or have already seen OutKast four times, head to Happy Valley, Oregon for the annual Pickathon. The festival brings an impressive roster of indie talent to Pendarvis Farm for a relatively intimate (it’s capped at 3,500 people) event. The festival offers a more family-friendly vibe, including an entire schedule of events for kids, and food trucks that rival any food festival (or festival food) options, although you should pack your own dishes; Pickathon has a unique eco-friendly approach that virtually eliminates waste. This is Oregon, after all.

Pickathon 2013
Alex Fischel, Dan Boeckner, Britt Daniel of Divine Fits perform on the Mountain View Stage at the Pickathon Festival, Happy Valley, Or, on August 4, 2013. Anthony Pidgeon—Redferns/Getty Images

OFF Festival (off-festival.pl)

When: August 2 – 4

Where: Katowice, Poland

2014 Lineup Highlights: Belle and Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, F–k Buttons, Holden (LIVE), Jesus and Mary Chain, The Notwist, Gary Wilson, Dean Wareham

Outside of Poland, most people would be hard-pressed to cough up the name of a Polish band or artist; rectify that situation with a trip to Poland’s Three Lake Valley outside Katowice for OFF Festival. The festival brings together the cream of the domestic musical crop (Kaseciarz, Normal Echo, Eugeniusz Rudnik and Wild Books are all on the schedule) as well as a diverse international musical roster, pulling from shoegaze, hardcore punk, and psychedelia to play for an enthusiastic crowd. This is a music festival for true music fans.

Øya (oyafestivalen.com)

When: August 5-9

Where: Oslo, Norway

2014 Lineup Highlights: OutKast, Queens of the Stone Age, Royksopp and Robyn, Darkside, Slowdive, Janelle Monae, Mayhem, Little Dragon, Blood Orange, Angel Olsen, The Julie Ruin, Neutral Milk Hotel, The National.

This impeccably-curated festival takes over Oslo’s Medieval Park each August and transforms it from Nordic ruins to a music-lover’s paradise that would make Valhalla jealous. The festival’s stages are filled with an eclectic mix of new musicians, local Scandinavian talent and some of the best musical acts in the world, all playing in a beautiful setting close to downtown Oslo. People looking to combine tourism with music would be hard pressed to find a better festival.

The Black Keys perform at the Oya music
The Black Keys perform at the Oya music festival in Oslo, on August 10, 2012. Kyrre Lien—AFP/Getty Images

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7 Artists From Coachella to Check Out (Even If You Didn’t Go to the Festival)

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The Knife performs at Coachella Frazer Harrison—2014 Getty Images

Missed the California fest? You can still enjoy the best artists who played there

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took over Indio, CA this past weekend and will repeat the feat this weekend. Between performances by headliners Arcade Fire, OutKast and Muse, plus sets by Calvin Harris, Beck, Pharrell Williams, Lorde and surprise guest appearances by Jay Z, Beyoncé and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, there was a lot to see at the festival.

But if you’re hitting the festival circuit later on in the season — or if the heat, crowds and surprise appearances by Justin Bieber aren’t your thing — here are seven bands to check out, either at Coachella’s second weekend or as far as you can possibly get from the maddening crowds:

Banks

Jillian Banks, who performs simply as Banks, makes yearning seem like a worthwhile pastime when she sings about it in her seductive voice. The singer marries her R&B inflected tunes and warm vocals with big production and electronic beats to create magnetic pop songs. Her debut album isn’t due out for months, but the singles released so far warrant setting Spotify on repeat.

Listen: “Warm Water”

Future Islands

Baltimore synth-pop punks Future Islands just released a new album this week, and it seems like the fourth time is the charm for the band, as they’re finally earning some well-deserved buzz. The three-piece drags listeners across their musical threshold with songs that range from quietly introspective to industrial new wave, all topped by the unforgettable, raspy-yet-smooth vocals of singer Samuel T. Herring (who is worth the effort to see live).

Listen: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

MS MR

MS MR make high drama pop music with a gothic edge that is hard not to dance to. The Brooklyn duo of singer Lizzy Plapinger and producer-instrumentalist Max Hershenow craft deftly dark songs that bring to mind alt-’80s bands — if acts like Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sisters of Mercy had iPods filled with Katy Perry songs and developed a knack for making dance party anthems.

Listen: “Hurricane”

The Knife

The Swedish electro-pop collective made their first stateside appearance in eight years at Coachella — and they made it count. Belatedly touring in support of their experimental early 2013 album Shaking the Habitual, the band turns mere concerts into exuberant stage shows that are equal parts Willy Wonka-inspired performance art and ecclesiastical youth group gatherings that make for instant parties and mandatory viewing for music fans.

Listen: “A Tooth For An Eye”

Ratking

Fronted by two 20-year-old rappers, Wiki and Hak, alongside producer Sporting Life, Ratking represents the next generation of New York rappers. The band was raised on a steady diet of Notorious B.I.G. and Black Star, and they put that education to good use on their debut album, So It Goes. They’ve already earned comparisons to fellow Coachella performer OutKast for their fast-paced rhymes and socially-conscious lyrics that cover everything from love and money to gentrification and police brutality.

Listen: “So Sick Stories, feat. King Krule”

Jagwar Ma

The Australian band makes music that sounds like they are the lone holdouts of the early ’90s Madchester scene (think: Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and the Soup Dragons). On their albums, they deliver an updated twist on a throwback sound, crafting psychedelic indie rock with seriously danceable trip-hop beats. Live, their crowd-pleasing tracks make for an irrepressible celebration that feels unstoppable.

Listen: “The Throw”

Courtney Barnett

This 24-year-old Australian singer-songwriter plays rambling folks songs that cover typical topics like relationships and gardening, but with a keen eye for detail and a sharp sense of humor. Her dynamic and sophisticated songs are filled with clever lyrics that, when parsed, read like novellas — but don’t underestimate her ability to write a catchy song out of a fuzzy guitar melody, an undulating piano run and a simmering bass line.

Listen: “Avant Gardener”

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TIME Coachella

WATCH: Jay Z and Beyoncé Make Surprise Appearances at Coachella

The superstar couple showed up unannounced at the music festival in California so Bey could join her sister Solange for a rendition of "Losing You" and Jay could team up with former rival Nas on "Dead Presidents II"

If you were bopping around New York City looking for Jay Z and Beyoncé this weekend, wondering why you couldn’t find them, it’s because they quietly made their way to Indio, Calif., for the Coachella music festival. (Even if they were in New York, you probably aren’t fancy enough to be anywhere near them anyway.)

Both artists surprised the crowd with unannounced appearances Saturday night. First, Beyoncé joined her younger sister Solange for a choreographed duet of Solange’s “Losing You” (watch a video of their performance above). It’s awesome, and then they embrace, and you’re a monster if you don’t love everything about it.

Later in the evening, not wanting to be outdone by his wife, Jay Z took the stage alongside his former nemesis Nas to perform “Dead Presidents II” and “Where I’m From.”

O.K., before we really didn’t care, but now we’re kind of sad we missed Coachella this year.

TIME Music Festivals

Kanye West, Tom Petty, Macklemore to Headline Outside Lands 2014

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Tickets for San Francisco’s gourmet, outdoor music festival Outside Lands -- which is in its seventh year -- go on sale this Thursday. The Killers, Tiësto and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have also been added to the lineup for August

With festival season in full swing, Outside Lands revealed its 2014 lineup Tuesday, and festival-goers are bound to be excited. Kanye West, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Killers, Tiësto and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline the event, which goes down Aug. 8 to Aug. 10 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Other notable performers include Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure and Cut Copy.

The annual festival, which began in 2008 and bills itself as the “world’s only gourmet music festival,” will also give attendees a chance to try a wide range of foods, wines and beers from gourmet vendors.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, and a portion of ticket sales proceeds will benefit the city’s Recreation and Parks Department. Check out the full lineup here.

TIME Music

Eminem and Outkast to Headline Lollapalooza

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Eminem performs on stage on Day 2 of Reading Festival 2013 at Richfield Avenue on August 24, 2013 in Reading, England. Joseph Okpako—Redferns via Getty Images

The lineup of 130 acts announced this morning ranges from rock groups like Kings of Leon to young stars like Grammy Award-winner Lorde to EDM mainstay Skrillex. One-day passes for the three-day festival in Chicago start at $100

Two giant names in the rap game, Eminem and Outkast, are headlining the three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago this year, Jane’s Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday.

The lineup of 130 acts will also include Grammy Award-winner Lorde, rock groups Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys as well as electronic dance music stars like Skrillex, the Associated Press reports. This is the 10-year anniversary of the festival in Chicago’s Grant Park on Lake Michigan.

Eminem performed at Lollapalooza in 2011, while Outkast is coming off hiatus and performing more than 40 festival dates in 2014. This year’s lineup includes acts from Australia, Chile, Ireland and South Africa.

Last year brought more than 100,000 visitors a day, or 300,000 over the three-day festival. One-day passes to this year’s event go on sale Wednesday morning for $100 a pop.

[AP]

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