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Your guide to the FreeFest Dance Forest

chromeoChromeo's blue-eyed soul/electro combo will be a Dance Forest highlight. (Courtesy of Windish Agency)

By Allison Stewart

Who needs T.I.?

Saturday's Virgin Mobile FreeFest promises no end of riches, with many of the day's buzziest acts performing in the Dance Forest, a image that conjures up an enchanting, "Midsummer Night's Dream" - like landscape of fairies and elves.

In reality, it probably won't be anything like that, though. Wondering what you can expect instead? Or who the heck some of these people are, anyway? Let Click Track be your sherpa:

Who: Chromeo, the '80s-loving Canadian electro duo with an oft-stated fondness for Hall and Oates; Daryl Hall even performed with them at Bonnaroo this year.

What to Listen For: "I Could Be Wrong," one of the highlights of new disc, "Business Casual" (with Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig guesting).

Chromeo - "I Could Be Wrong"

Should I Go To The Bathroom/Beer Tent During This Set?: Only if you expect Daryl Hall to show up again. Because that sort of magic won't happen twice, people.


Who: Sharam, the famed local DJ/producer and member of Deep Dish.

What to Listen For: "She Came Along," the Kid Cudi-assisted, Patsy Cline-sampling standout track from Sharam's '09 debut, "Get Wild."

Sharam - "She Came Along"

Should I Go To The Bathroom/Beer Tent During This Set?: Only if wild-west themed house music isn't your thing.

maximum balloon

Who: Maximum Balloon, the side project of TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek.

What to Listen For: "Communion," Sitek's great new collaboration with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O.

Maximum Balloon - "Communion"

Should I Go To The Bathroom/Beer Tent During This Set?: Only if you're severely burned out on TVotR and their many associated side-projects.

(Sleigh Bells and other delights, after the jump.)

sleigh bells

Who: Sleigh Bells, the Brooklyn indie-pop duo whose much-hyped May debut, "Treats," has been so successful that their relegation to a side stage is mystifying.

What to Listen For: Crowdpleasers like "Rill Rill" and "Crown on the Ground."

Sleigh Bells - "Rill Rill"

Should I Go To The Bathroom/Beer Tent During This Set?: Not unless you're one of a small but vocal contingent of haters. Their live shows are getting almost uniformly positive reviews.

wolfgang gartner

Who: Electro producer, DJ and remixer Wolfgang Gartner.

What to Listen For: His latest club hit, the Mark Knight collaboration "Conscindo."

Mark Knight & Wolfgang Gartner - Conscindo by Mark Knight

Should I Go To The Bathroom/Beer Tent During This Set?: If even half of the buzz surrounding his breakout Lollapalooza 2010 set is true, then no. No, you shouldn't.


Who: German electro/hip-hop/ambient/many other things outfit Modeselektor.

What to Listen For: Their indelible '07 track "The White Flash," though probably without guest vocalist Thom Yorke.

Modeselektor - "The White Flash"

Should I Go To The Bathroom/Beer Tent During This Set?: Only if you really need to rest up before Neon Indian. Modeselektor are known for highly improvisatory and thumpingly awesome live sets.

neon indian

Who: Chillwave blogosphere princes Neon Indian.

What to Listen For: You could start with "Terminally Chill." But almost every song on their '09 debut "Psychic Chasms" is a hit.

Neon Indian - "Terminally Chill"

Should I Go To The Bathroom/Beer Tent During This Set?: Not on your life.

By Allison Stewart  | September 22, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Chromeo, Maximum Balloon, Modeselektor, Neon Indian, Sharam, Sleigh Bells, Wolfgang Gartner  
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