This weekend is the inaugural Panorama music festival on Randall’s Island in New York City.
Throughout the three-day festival, over 50 musicians will perform, with headliners like Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, and Kendrick Lamar leading the weekend.
While those names might be recognizable to any casual music fan, we decided to pick out some lesser-known acts performing that are worth checking out.
Broken Social Scene
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It’s been a few years since we last heard from Broken Social Scene, but word on the street is that the band has lost none of its “magical energy” in the interim.
For those that don’t know them, the band is made up of a rotating cast of anywhere from six to 19 members from indie bands such as Stars, Feist, Metric, and KC Accidental.
The veteran musicians rotate instruments and take turns singing on different songs, making them an exciting band to watch even if you aren’t familiar with the material.
Friday July 22 – The Pavilion – 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.
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UK rockers Foals are currently making the rounds at just about every major festival this summer, and with good reason: the band is a ton of fun to listen to.
Their “arena-funk,” as Pitchfork called it, demands that you both dance and rock out. And isn’t that exactly the type of crowd-pleaser you want to listen to at a summer festival?
Saturday July 23 – Panorama Stage – 4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.
Kurt Vile and the Violators
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The dog days of summer are almost upon us, and there’s no artist more perfectly matched to that vibe than Kurt Vile. His brand of hazy, guitar-driven rock sounds like a faded daydream from the 1970s.
Did I mention the guy can shred?
Sunday July 24 – Panorama Stage – 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
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Speaking of summer vibes, Anderson .Paak’s new album, Malibu, is overflowing with fun, funky, soulful tracks that effortlessly mesh R&B and hip-hop. Backed by his talented band, the Free Nationals, .Paak puts on an electric show.
This is probably one of the last times .Paak won’t be headlining a festival. The singer/rapper is a bonafide superstar-in-waiting.
Saturday July 23 – The Pavilion – 5:15 p.m. – 6:05 p.m.
Rüfüs du Sol
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Already huge in Australia, Rüfüs is set for stardom in the US if they can impress with just-before-primetime sets on this summer’s festival circuit.
Occupying the same waters of psychedelic dance-rock that is fast becoming the sound of Australia (see: Tame Impala, Bag Raiders), Rüfüs will get your energy up at the end of what’s sure to be a long weekend of music.
Sunday July 24 – The Pavilion – 5:25 p.m. – 6;15 p.m.
Get prepared for the weekend
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