After a successful inaugural event this spring at the Waterfront Park, the CRSSD Festival returns on Oct. 10 and 11 for another impressive lineup of electronic and indie acts. The list of acts has grown even stronger the second time around, and there's a lot of names worth queueing up for. Here are my recommendations for seven must-see acts at the festival.
AlunaGeorge: This UK duo crashed the Billboard charts this summer thanks to a high-profile remix of their debut single, "You Know You Like It." But the band's got a long list of super-catchy, electronic/R&B hybrid jams that'll have you dancing without hesitation.
Flaming Lips: If the Flaming Lips never recorded another album again, they'd still be one of the most entertaining live acts in America. That's reassuring, since most of their recent recordings have been either elaborate covers albums or Miley Cyrus collaborations. In any case, expect a big spectacle, probably a giant plastic bubble, and most likely "She Don't Use Jelly."
Jamie xx: Jamie xx has released two excellent records with his band, The xx, but his debut album In Colour is an even more joyful, exuberant slice of diverse and versatile dance music. That his single "Loud Places" didn't become the biggest hit of the summer is a damn shame, but it's been on repeat all year for me.
Giorgio Moroder: Giorgio Moroder made a comeback this year with his first album in decades, but his legacy speaks for itself. He produced countless hits during the disco era, not to mention some underrated collaborations with Sparks, and his own classic 1977 album From Here to Eternity . He's a legend.
Panda Bear: Panda Bear's probably most famous for being a member of Animal Collective, but his solo records hold their own. His latest, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper has more pulsing beats and dense arrangements than usual, and I, for one, am a fan.
Todd Terje: Todd Terje's It's Album Time was one of the best albums of 2014, thanks to its lighthearted blend of lounge and house music. If a song like "Strandbar" doesn't immediately get your feet moving, then maybe you need to get your pulse checked. Otherwise, prepare for nothing but jams.
TV on the Radio: I saw TV on the Radio's first show in San Diego in 2003, opening for Pleeseasaur (true story), and it was amazing, even though not that many people were there. They're huge now, and still put on a great show.