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10 Artists You Can't Miss at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2016

From stars at the top of charts like The Weeknd and The Chainsmokers to newcomers about to become your favorites like Léon and Cakes Da Killa, don't miss these sets in New Orleans this weekend

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The Pretty Reckless

The Pretty Reckles just dropped a new album—their third and most accomplished LP to date Who You Selling For—and Voodoo will be the perfect opportunity to take in these new songs. Plus, the band's gothic-chic aesthetic is perfect for Halloween weekend and we fully expect frontwoman Taylor Momsen to slay us with not only her smoky vocals, but whatever outfit/costume she decides to don. —Jeff Benjamin

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With the most genuine and innovative pop release of the year, Moth, to build a setlist from, Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly have been dominating the festival circuit. Go, if not for Polachek’s operatic vocals and Wimberly’s gut-driven instrumentals, then for the flawless new tunes they’ve been playing live. —Emilee Lindner

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The Weeknd

The Weeknd's always been a darkly theatrical guy, and we're betting he'll take the Halloween setting to do some compelling work onstage. Even if he doesn't go full-on eerie, the streak he's on as he builds up to his third album, Starboy, is undeniable—and the back-catalog, of course, remains un-eff-withable. —Zach Dionne

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Melanie Martinez

If you’re spending Halloween in the ancient city of New Orleans, my guess is that you have a dark side. Melanie Martinez’s show will put you in similarly twisted company as she busts out tunes from her Cry Baby debut, coming off sweet but turning very, very evil. —Emilee Lindner

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Cakes Da Killa

Cakes Da Killa is the new rapper on the scene you need to know with his just-released Hedonism establishing the MC for his ability to spit fire bars. There's something for everyone here, from the kids who want the party jams ("New Phone" is the new cell-phone banger you need in your life) to the hip-hop heads who will be impressed by Cakes' flow. —Jeff Benjamin

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Tory Lanez

Canada’s own Tory Lanez has mastered the balance of sultry R&B grooves with a rowdy hip-hop flair. While he knows how to woo the ladies, it’s his rap songs that have propelled his status as one of this year’s most thrilling live festival performers. Expect Lanez to crowd surf and possibly climb the stage poles while fervently spitting his wild tunes. —Bianca Gracie

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The Swedish singer-songwriter has been garnering loads of buzz for blending twangy pop and lush disco sounds, and centering around relatable, honest songwriting. Voodoo will be the singer's first U.S. festival date, and, after championing her for awhile, we're so excited to see what she can pull off in a fest environment. —Jeff Benjamin

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Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals

Has it already been three months since we watched this dude and his fantastic band dominate Panorama in NYC? Because the performance was so damned striking it feels like it's been three days, tops. Now .Paak's fresh off a collaborative album, Yes Lawd!, with producer Knxwledge. We're not sure if they'll appear as NxWorries at all, but we know .Paak's at the top of his game. —Zach Dionne

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This British electronic duo continues to bring the cool to dance music this year, thanks to their collaborations with Tinashe and Chance the Rapper (“All My Friends”), Anderson. Paak “(Money On Me”) and Zayn Malik (“Cruel”). Their electric festival sets bring their icy tunes to life without the help of special guests, but let’s hope the guys surprise the Voodoo crowd with one of their famous friends! —Bianca Gracie

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The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are at the top of the game right now and the bigger they get, the more surprises they bring to their concerts. At Austin City Limits earlier this month, the guys not only brought out Phoebe Ryan to sing their new single, but had surprise guest Desiigner perform an impromptu "Panda" performance. It's Halloween weekend for Voodoo so we feel like the guys are bound to pull off something major. —Jeff Benjamin

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