Five small-font Life Is Beautiful acts to consider

Annie Zaleski

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    • Alpine



      This Aussie indie-pop band boasts diminutive female vocals and layers of sparkly keyboards. Think: a cross between The Bird and the Bee and The Cardigans.

      Saturday, 1-1:40 p.m., Ambassador Stage.

    • Robert DeLong

      Robert DeLong

      The one-man multi-instrumentalist is a purveyor of quirky, swerving electronic music and 8-bit digital jams that are as complex as they are danceable.

      Sunday, 2:10-2:50 p.m., Huntridge Stage.

    • Poolside


      This LA-based pair—ex-Junior Senior/Ima Robot bassist Filip Nikolic and San Francisco DJ Jeffrey Paradise—are masters of neo-disco smooth grooves and blissed-out, percolating electro-pop.

      Saturday, 3:15-4 p.m., Ambassador Stage.

    • Cayucas



      Fronted by SoCal-based songwriter Zach Yudin, Cayucas specializes in swinging-’60s indie-pop with tropical beats and Beach Boys-caliber loping harmonies.

      Saturday, 3:05-3:45 p.m., Huntridge Stage.

    • Five Knives

      Five Knives

      Five Knives

      A stomping female-fronted electro-goth act that resembles a more streamlined Crystal Castles. The Nashville band’s The Rising EP maintains just the right amount of chaos and cutting beats.

      Sunday, 1:05-1:50 p.m., Ambassador Stage.

    • Eighty hours in, it feels like I’ve barely scratched the surface of the combat system.

    • Also: Young the Giant, Kidz Bop and Katchafire.

    • Inspired by Adams’ divorce from Mandy Moore, most of the songs are melancholy and downbeat.

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