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Catch up with 10 artists slated for September’s Life Is Beautiful festival

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FLORENCE + THE MACHINE LIB’s Day 2 headliners released album No. 4, High as Hope, on June 29. First single “Big God” already had nearly 1.5 million plays on Spotify and 2 million more on YouTube at press time. Listen.

ST. VINCENT Indie virtuoso Annie Clark just loaned her voice and riffs to Sheryl Crow’s Wall Street broadside, “Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You.” Listen.

MIKE XAVIER The local MC releases the full-length, ’90s-evoking album Old School Vibes on July 13. In the meantime, listen to the recently posted “Find My Way.” Listen.

LIZZO With her most recent single/video “Boys," the Minnesota-raised singer and MC blends fearless sexuality with an irresistible electro groove and wailing guitars. Prince would be proud. Listen.

WALLOWS Dylan Minnette plays Clay on Netflix’s tearjerking series 13 Reasons Why, but he also sings and plays guitar for this LA indie-pop act. Get seduced by “Pictures of Girls,” from the band’s April EP Spring. Listen.

BLOOD ORANGE British singer-songwriter Devonté Hynes’ fourth LP is reportedly nearing completion. In the meantime, stream smooth 2018 non-album cuts “Christopher & 6th” and “June 12th." Listen.

FRENCH MONTANA The Moroccan-born rapper had a memorable month of June, unleashing new party anthem “New Thang” on the Uncle Drew film soundtrack and, more importantly, receiving his U.S. citizenship, having emigrated to this country at age 13. Listen.

JUSTICE August album Woman Worldwide will be comprised of familiar titles from the French house duo’s catalog, drastically “re-envisioned” after a year of live performances. Get a feel for the project by sampling first single “Stop." Listen.

3LAU The Vegas-bred DJ and producer has been busy in 2018, releasing February album Ultraviolet; helping launch new San Fran gathering Our Music Festival, scheduled for October; and most recently, dropping collabo single “Dirty Neon” with Zaxx (featuring Olivera). Listen.

DANIEL CAESAR Get a taste of the 23-year-old R&B upstart’s performance prowess with his recent, soulfully executed Tiny Desk concert for NPR. Listen.

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