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Get Ready for Lollapalooza With the 12-Song Buzz Band Cheat Sheet

By now you know the acts you've gotta see—but these songs will help you figure out the artists you never knew you had to see

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BØRNS, "10,000 Emerald Pools"

If Taylor Swift says your song rules, it probably does. Earlier this year, the pop superstar shared BØRNS' single "10,000 Emerald Pools" on her Instagram account, saying that it "sounds like an instant classic." Given the 1989 star's global reach, it'd be unfathomable for the Michigan singer-songwriter to not play the tune at Lollapalooza. –Jeff Benjamin

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Zella Day, "Hypnotic"

There's a reason "The Streets of Cairo, or the Poor Little Country Maid" is sometimes called the "Snake Charmer Song": there's a hypnotizing quality to its sidewinding melody. So Zella Day's use of the theme in "Hypnotic" makes perfect sense. The 20-year-old crafts indie pop with an underlying jagged edge. –Kevin Rutherford

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Night Terrors of 1927, "When You Were Mine"

Remember Rilo Kiley? Or at least you're familiar with frontwoman Jenny Lewis by name? Well, guitarist Blake Sennett has moved on to six-string duties in Night Terrors of 1927. The peak of their 2015 debut? The bombastic, Tegan and Sara-featuring "When You Were Mine." –Kevin Rutherford

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Elle King, "Ex's & Oh's"

The newest bad bitch in rock, Elle King, is busting into the boys' club on alternative radio with breakout single "Ex's & Oh's" going Top 10 on the Rock, Alternative and Adult Contemporary charts. Learn the words to the anthem now so you can shout the lyrics when she plays it. Fingers crossed some of the beefcakes from her music video join her on stage too. –Jeff Benjamin

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Travi$ Scott feat. 2 Chainz & Future, "3500"

Travi$ Scott has been around for a bit, but 2015 may finally be his year, which would be sensible: The Houston rapper's debut full-length Rodeo is due soon, and it's preceded by his best radio performance to date with "3500." It's a nearly eight-minute braggadocious jaunt co-starring Future and 2 Chainz and with a potent roster of producers, Zaytoven and Mike Dean among them. –Kevin Rutherford

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Wet, "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl"

In a world absolutely littered by mediocore indie pop acts, Wet seem to bring a refreshing, delicate sound. It might not be the highest energy set of your Lolla experience, but we dare you to listen to "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl" and not have it stuck in your head for the rest of...well, forever. –Maria Sherman

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James Bay, "Hold Back the River"

One of Britian's most promising newcomers, James Bay won the 2015 BRIT Awards' Critics' Choice Award (whose past recipients that includes AdeleSam Smith and Ellie Goulding) based on just a few tracks released at the time. His standout cut, to date, has to be "Hold Back the River," that's amassed more than 47 million views on YouTube. To date, it's the singer-songwriter-guitarist's biggest radio hit in America so you can bet on yourself being moved to the song during your Lolla. –Jeff Benjamin

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Broods, "Mother & Father"

There's more to the Broods-Lorde connection than mere nationality: Producer Joel Little sat behind the boards for both acts' debut full-lengths. In other words, it's no coincidence that the pulsing, shimmering electro-pop of "Mother & Father" has a kindred spirit in "Team." Lorde fans, get to this set. –Kevin Rutherford

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Ryn Weaver, "OctaHate"

Outside pop princesses seem to be dominating the world these days. (We probably have Lorde to thank for that one.) New York's Ryn Weaver does something similar in "OctaHate," her absolute banger from earlier this year. We have faith this won't be the last time you hear from her. –Maria Sherman

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MisterWives, "Our Own House"

Those familiar with alternative rock radio will have gotten a whiff of MisterWives, the New York-based indie pop sextet fronted by Mandy Lee. They're still relative newcomers, but don't think that doesn't mean a festival-wide dance party to the jubilant chorus of "Our Own House" isn't imminent. –Kevin Rutherford

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Raury, "Cigarette Song"

Raury has been blessed by the festival circuit this year, and it's only proving to further his popularity. If you're unfamiliar, the emotive singer/songwriter is best known for "Cigarette Song," a sweet song about youth, love, and crushing...all the good stuff. Think of it as the perfect soundtrack to the honeymoon stage of a relationship. –Maria Sherman

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Bear's Den, "Elysium"

Still mourning the lack of banjo on Mumford & Sons' new album? These West London boys don't beat you over the head with bluegrass revivalism and generally stray from the melancholia in favor of a more optimistic take—like "Elysium," where frontman Andrew Davie sings, "Hold out against the night / Guard your hope with your life" over buoyant trumpet. –Kevin Rutherford

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