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15 Must-See Artists at Voodoo Music Fest 2014

From headliners like OutKast and Skrillex to local favorites like Big Freedia and Trombone Shorty, these are the must-sees playing in The Big Easy this Halloweekend

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Yeah, yeah, we know it's the end of festival season and we know that OutKast played every other fest this year. But Voodoo is the last date of this reunion tour. Andre 3000 recently told Billboard there are "no plans" for a new OutKast album—the guys haven't even recorded one new song together. 

Who knows when we'll see them together again? Don't miss this show.

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Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters unleash their headlining set at Voodoo just eight days ahead of dropping their new Sonic Highways album. While no music off their upcoming LP has been revealed yet, Dave Grohl & Co. are probably dying to play their new tunes. We're expecting to hear some brand-spankin' new music along with classic FF joints like "Learn to Fly" and "Best of You."

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30 Seconds to Mars

Barring a one-off Las Vegas performance last September, 30 Seconds to Mars haven't played in America since last year. We've missed the guys and we're expecting the band and their infamously passionate fans to be super turned up for this headlining slot.

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Lauryn Hill

As one of the few women representing at Voodoo, Lauryn Hill will bring her smoky vocals, wise rhymes and signature bombastic personality as the top-billed lady at the fest. Her shows are known to not start on time—if you're running late, it's OK—but don't miss one of the rare chances to see Ms. Lauryn Hill live before she hides away for who knows how many months.

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Earlier this year, Slayer debuted their first new song in five years, "Implode," with a new album slated for next year. We have a good feeling we'll hear new music from the thrash-metal gods, so listen closely even if you're moshing through this set. 

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More music. More pyro. More Skrillex in a spaceship making sure you're at the best party of your life. The EDM wunderkind's new show is being touted as his "most ambitious yet," and we can't wait to see what he brings as he headlines on Halloween night.

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Big Freedia

The Queen Diva of Bounce returns to her hometown with tracks off her debut full-length Just Be Free. It might be November, but Big Freedia's set will be chocked full of blazing booty bouncing.

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Gogol Bordello

Voodoo Fest is one of the festivals you'll be able to find offbeat musical gems like Gypsy-punk outfit Gogol Bordello. Get ready to jig and rock the f*ck out.

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City and Colour

City and Colour—aka Dallas Green—is making waves stateside with his new duo project with PinkYou + Me. But don't count this Canadian singer-songwriter out as an act to command the stage solo. The dude's mix of gritty rock and acoustic folk has helped him rack up four platinum-selling albums in his native Canada. 

(But we're still really holding out for a surprise Pink cameo for a little You+Me action)

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Zedd recently said his constant touring has kept him so busy that he hasn't had enough time to finish recording his new album. That kept in mind, his live schedule ends on November 2nd, just two days after his headlining set at Voodoo. It might be the last time you'll see the EDM fave for awhile. Take advantage.

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Action Bronson

Sure, we love Action Bronson the rapper. But we also love Action Bronson the unpredictable stage performer. Dude has body slammed stage-crashersput rude fans in time out and much more. 

Bronson is playing on Halloween this year. In addition to his usual antics, what costume will he wear? We're dying to find out.

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Le Youth

Nostalgia for the '90s has never been higher, and you can look to this rising DJ/producer to fill your void in New Orleans. Listen up for his excellent reinterpretation of Cassie's "Me & U," titled "Cool," and vintage dance tracks like "Feel Your Love" (above).

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As the festival season raged on this year, so did the soft-voiced Bleachers/fun. member's confidence level. We're excited to see how he ends his first solo festival run at his final show of the season.

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Trombone Shorty

New Orleans native Trombone Shorty is a local favorite and brings a mix of jazz, funk, rap and, as his latest single "Fire and Brimstone" (above) shows, a little rock. We're hoping for a couple of special guests to pop up too.

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Lindsay Lowend

No, not Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay Lowend. This 20-year-old producer is making waves for his brilliant mix of funk fusion with video game samples. Every one of his tracks sound completely different from each other, but listen up for catchy melodies, unexpected beat drops and Super Nintendo bloops and beeps.

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