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Panorama music festival hits NYC: Acts to see at the Randall's Island event

Less than two months after tens of thousands of music fans converged on Randall’s Island for Governors Ball, New York’s newest festival is taking over the spotlight.

Panorama, which is put on by the same people who run Coachella, will hit Randall's Island from July 22 to July 24.

In its debut year, the festival will feature headlining sets from Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem, as well as an interactive technology and art exhibit called The Lab.

Here’s a look at some of the acts worth heading uptown early to see. See the full lineup at panorama.nyc.

Madlib (Friday)

The producer, DJ and rapper Madlib made his
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The producer, DJ and rapper Madlib made his name with the legendary alternative hip-hop label Stones Throw Records. He has famously collaborated with J Dilla and MF Doom, made several jazz records and produced tracks for Kanye West, Mos Def and Ghostface Killah, to name a few.

Here We Go Magic (Friday)

Here We Go Magic makes indie pop that
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Here We Go Magic makes indie pop that incorporates elements of '80s soft-rock and modern day electronic ambient sounds. Fans can simply enjoy the hooks or dig deeper into the band's often-complex compositions.

Algiers (Friday)

Algiers will bring some darkness to a sunny
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Algiers will bring some darkness to a sunny afternoon, tackling big issues like race and political apathy. What's most compelling about the band is its unique ability to merge an array of genres from soul and gospel to noisy post-punk and industrial music.

Aurora (Saturday)

Aurora Aksnes, 20, is an electronic pop singer
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Aurora Aksnes, 20, is an electronic pop singer from Norway. Her beautiful voice and the gleaming textures of her music provide a compelling counterbalance to the anxiety and sadness that run through many of her songs.

Oh Wonder (Saturday)

In the fall of 2014, British duo Oh
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In the fall of 2014, British duo Oh Wonder decided to upload one song a month to SoundCloud. When those songs developed an unexpected following, they found themselves signed to a label with a debut album ready to go. Their intimate R&B-influenced electronic pop songs have been compared to The xx and Everything but the Girl.

Horse Meat Disco (Saturday)

London DJs Horse Meat Disco are known for
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London DJs Horse Meat Disco are known for unearthing deep disco cuts at their long-running Sunday night residency in London, while also working in some modern sounds. They say their sets were inspired by New York's club scene of the 1970s and '80s.

The Black Madonna (Sunday)

Working mostly with vinyl, DJ Marea Stamper, aka
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Working mostly with vinyl, DJ Marea Stamper, aka The Black Madonna, plays sets that incorporate disco, house and techno. A major force on the dance music scene and an outspoken supporter of creating larger roles for women, Stamper also serves as creative director of Chicago's Smart Bar.

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (Sunday)

Rateliff started out as a folk singer, but
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Rateliff started out as a folk singer, but his band came into its own on last year's self-titled album. Signed to the re-launched Stax Records, the band's sweaty take on the Memphis soul the label was known for in the 1960s led to the surprise hit "S.O.B."

Tourist (Sunday)

Best known for co-writing Sam Smith's
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Best known for co-writing Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," Tourist is a dance-music producer and songwriter who is often compared to James Blake. His latest album, "U" is full of moody electronic music about the end of a long-term relationship.

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