AGAINST ME! Florida’s strident political-punks are newly rejuvenated live with the addition of drummer Jay Weinberg, son of E Street Band man Max.
BAD RABBITS This Boston band is a jubilant throwback to ’80s synth-funk, soul and R&B; their danceable jams conjure Teddy Riley productions and nights spent at the roller rink.
FOXY SHAZAM The glammy theatrics (and riffs) of Queen and ’70s Elton John collide with metal and soul influences in the music of this Cincinnati six-piece. Expect the most energetic, outlandish—and acrobatic—set of the day.
HELLOGOODBYE These Californians may have exchanged their quirky synth-pop ditties for more straight-ahead indie-rock signifiers, but their vulnerable stance continues to set them apart from the pack.
LARRY AND HIS FLASK The closest description for Larry and His Flask is punk-rock bluegrass. With reckless abandon, brothers Jesse and Jamin Marshall pound away on double-bass and percussion (respectively), while their bandmates craft a gruff, faithful—and speedy—version of old-time country.
MC LARS WITH WEERD SCIENCE The nerdcore hip-hop icon (MC Lars) and the former drummer of Coheed and Cambria (Josh Eppard, aka Weerd Science) craft irresistible, erudite indie-rap with flair and impeccable rhythm.
PLACES AND NUMBERS This breathy Seattle outfit specializes in dreamy indie-pop driven by whimsical electronic elements and a humbling grasp of mortality.
SET YOUR GOALS Punk-pop doesn’t get much better than this Bay Area sextet, which expertly combines hard-charging energy with well-crafted, hooky tunes.
SHARKS These British punk-rockers take their cues from the old-school—think The Clash—and have no shortage of raucous attitude, riotous tunes and jarring riffs.
THE WONDER YEARS Fronted by former English teacher Soupy Campbell, these pop-punk poet laureates are beloved scene darlings thanks to hyper-literate, sincere music. Their latest album, Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing, is an instant classic.