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[Life Is Beautiful 2014]

Must-hear music: 12 Life Is Beautiful acts you won’t want to miss

Annie Zaleski
    • Holy Ghost!

      Holy Ghost!

      Holy Ghost!

      For anyone still mourning LCD Soundsystem’s split—or longing for a Talking Heads reunion—Holy Ghost! is a perfect salve: The Brooklyn duo mixes ’80s-inspired synth-pop with funky rhythmic backbeats. (Friday, 3:40 p.m., Downtown Stage)

    • The Weeknd

      The Weeknd

      For as inscrutable as the artist born Abel Tesfaye might have seemed initially, his concerts are surprisingly straightforward and uplifting affairs that allow him to croon over his woozy R&B-tronica tunes. (Friday, 8:35 p.m., Downtown Stage)

    • Tycho

      Tycho

      Dig early M83 or Broken Social Scene’s sprawling electro atmospheres? Ghostly International anchor artist Scott Hansen and his incisive, guitar-augmented tunes are for you. (Saturday, 5:45 p.m., Ambassador Stage)

    • RAC

      RAC

      Proprietor André Allen Anjos has played in bands for years in addition to his extensive remix work, which is probably why the electro-pop group’s album and concerts are both danceable and emotionally rich. (Friday, 9:45 p.m., Huntridge Stage)

    • TV on the Radio

      TV on the Radio

      TV on the Radio

      The New Yorkers’ November return with new album Seeds is welcome news. Even better? From percolating, sharp-edged synth-pop single “Happy Idiot” to the murky, Radiohead-esque “Careful You,” they sound better than ever. (Saturday, 7:25 p.m., Ambassador Stage)

    • Alt-J

      Alt-J

      The Brits’ percussion-pricked, goggle-eyed indie-psych plays best in a live setting, where the band can stretch out and indulge its more atmospheric tendencies. (Saturday, 9:05 p.m., Ambassador Stage)

    • Arctic Monkeys

      Arctic Monkeys

      Arctic Monkeys

      The British band’s greaser-stoner vibe and sinewy post-punk bombast have taken America by storm in recent years. It’s no wonder: Live, the group is a seductive rock ’n’ roll tour de force brimming with swagger. (Sunday, 7:45 p.m., Downtown Stage)

    • Foo Fighters

      Foo Fighters

      Foo Fighters

      The Foos’ live experience is like having dinner at your favorite restaurant. You know what to expect but are never disappointed. As the recent Letterman appearances proved, the band is still as fired-up and raucous as ever. (Sunday, 9:45 p.m., Downtown Stage)

    • OutKast

      OutKast

      OutKast

      The pioneering hip-hop duo’s victory lap continues—and while some have noted Big Boi and André 3000’s lack of onstage chemistry, any perceived chill dissipates when they launch into “Bombs Over Baghdad,” “Ms. Jackson” and “Hey Ya.” (Saturday, 10:45 p.m., Downtown Stage)

    • Little Dragon

      Little Dragon

      Little Dragon’s woozy synth-pop certainly sounds Swedish, from the sugar-sweet indie-pop edge to the whimsical, chilly programming—but frontwoman Yukimi Nagano’s neo-soul-inspired vocals add a distinctive edge. (Sunday, 8:25 p.m., Ambassador Stage)

    • Tune-Yards

      Tune-Yards

      Tune-Yards

      There’s a reason Merrill Garbus has become such an indie icon: Between her live drum loops, swerving post-punk rhythms and sour synths she sounds like no other artist around. (Sunday, 5:05 p.m., Ambassador Stage)

    • Kacey Musgraves

      Kacey Musgraves

      Kacey Musgraves

      The country star recently toured with Katy Perry, but there’s nothing frothy about her songs. Filled with realistic characters and inspired by bluegrass, alt-country and twang-folk, they’re some of the genre’s most engaging. (Sunday, 9:25 p.m., Western Stage)

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