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Five Unknown Acts Who Will Blow Your Mind at the Treasure Island Music Festival

You knew them before they were festival-famous.

 Hudson Mohawke


You know that this year’s Treasure Island Music Festival is not to be missed, right? It’s the last time you’ll see any of the headliners (the National, Robyn, and Deadmau5) stateside this year (OK, Deadmau5 has a couple more shows). But while you’re getting all antsy for those headliners, there are some up-and-coming acts worth bobbing your head to. Oct 17-18

Psychedelic guitar slides, Jana Hunter’s haunting vocals, and extra-heavy synth give an eeriness to Lower Dens’ sound, but the Baltimore quintet can still kick into rock-and-roll high gear.

Prepare for incessant beat-dropping and audiolooping from this Norwegian producer. It’s classic downtempo production, with layered effects that add weight to each track.

Mix a lot of cowbell and peppy ’90s-inspired techno beats with flirty tenor vocals that border on falsetto, and you have this 20-year-old North Las Vegas artist whose onstage energy is simultaneously weird and infectious.

This North London deep house duo is the Thievery Corporation of dance music, with a sound akin to ’90s sensation Haddaway and guest vocals from some of the U.K.’s top pop artists.

Mohawke is considered part of Kanye West’s inner circle; has produced tracks for Drake, Pharrell, and Mark Ronson; and has a sound that’s all beat drops and electronic trills. He will fare well with the festival crowd.


Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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