1.Music Stars in All Genres

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We're revving up for the summer's annual Tempest in Tennessee -- otherwise known as the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival -- which takes place June 10-13 in Manchester, TN.

To mark the occasion, SPIN's editors have whittled down the vast roster of Bonnaroo performers to our 30 Must-Hear artists across all genres, including (left to right, above) Miranda Lambert, Against Me!, Regina Spektor, Kings of Leon, and Bomba Estereo.

Learn why we picked each of these musicians -- and stream their songs -- by clicking through our gallery.

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2.Music Stars in All Genres

2/32

We're revving up for the summer's annual Tempest in Tennessee -- otherwise known as the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival -- which takes place June 10-13 in Manchester, TN.

To mark the occasion, SPIN's editors have whittled down the vast roster of Bonnaroo performers to our 30 Must-Hear artists across all genres, including (left to right, above) Miranda Lambert, Against Me!, Regina Spektor, Kings of Leon, and Bomba Estereo.

Learn why we picked each of these musicians -- and stream their songs -- by clicking through our gallery.

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3.REGINA SPEKTOR

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Hometown: New York City, via Moscow, Russia
Why they matter: On her latest album, 2009's Far, the quirky piano songstress recruited four top-notch producers, including Traveling Wilbury collaborator and ELO founder Jeff Lynne, to craft an entrancing beach soundtrack complete with Caribbean piano hooks and vocals mimicking a dolphin's bark.
You should know: The 30-year-old musician recently covered Radiohead's Ok Computer gem "No Surprises" for the Doctors Without Borders charity. Get details here.
WATCH: Regina Spektor, "Better" (Alternate Version)

4.THE YOUNG VEINS

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Hometown: Los Angeles
Why they matter: When Ryan Ross and Jon Walker left Panic at the Disco in July 2009 because of creative differences, they had a plan: ditch the emo melodrama and record vintage pop-rock using their Nuggets compilations and British Invasion LPs as touchstones. Mission accomplished. Their debut album, Take a Vacation, is full of catchy songwriting, Beach Boys vocal melodies, and jangly guitar lines.
You should know: The buzz around the Young Veins attracted L.A. indie rockers like Jenny Lewis and members of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes to the band's first-ever show earlier this year. Read SPIN's review here.
LISTEN: The Young Veins, "Change"


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5.TINARIWEN

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Hometown: Sahara, Mali
Why they matter: The story of Ibrahim Ag Alhabib and Tinariwen reads like an Oscar-winning movie script. Displaced from his home country of Mali, Ibrahim formed a band of similarly displaced Touareg people in Algeria in the late '70s, melding traditional African sounds with global influences ranging from American delta blues to Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin. Only during the past decade has the band come to the global stage, playing festivals from Coachella in California to Roskilde in Denmark.
You should know: The band's name means "the people of the deserts," or, more colloquially, "the desert boys."
LISTEN: Tinariwen, "Lulla"


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6.FLAMING LIPS

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Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Why they matter: Fireworks. Psychedelic stage sets. Singer Wayne Coyne surfing the audience in a giant bubble. These are just a few reasons why this outfit is the go-to festival headliner. Oh, and the tunes are amazing, too -- just check out their dark, experimental, SPIN-approved new double album Embryonic.
You should know: With help from Stardeath and White Dwarfs (fronted by Wayne Coyne's cousin Dennis Coyne), the Lips will perform Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon late-night at Bonnaroo. Don't forget to drink the Kool Aid.
WATCH: The Flaming Lips, "Powerless"

7.CHROMEO & DARYL HALL

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Hometown: Montreal & Pottstown, PA
Why they matter: An onstage collaboration between Chromeo, the dancefloor dominating duo, and Hall, the unmistakable voice of soulful chart-toppers Hall & Oates, may seem totally random on paper, but they've got history: Chromeo appeared on the monthly web video series, Live from Daryl's House, in which Hall invites artists to his upstate NY home to jam with him on their own material and Hall & Oates classics. Watch their 2008 episode here.
You should know: Beyond Chromeo, whose new album, Business Casual, is due later this year, Hall has collaborated with guests ranging from emo stars Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump to iconic artists Smokey Robinson and Toots and the Maytals.
LISTEN: Chromeo, "Night By Night"


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8.MIRANDA LAMBERT

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Hometown: Lindale, TX
Why she matters: While she started out on country music talent search show Nashville Star, her 2009 album, Revolution, pushed Lambert into the industry's upper echelon, blending the accessible, rock-tinged sound of her first few albums with traditional country elements and greater lyrical depth. The album's top single, "Dead Flowers," was Grammy-nominated, and she collected three Academy of Country Music Awards.
You should know: Lambert -- who sang on her "2005" hit "Kerosene": "I've given up on love/ 'Cuz love's given up on me" -- is now engaged to fellow country star Blake Shelton.
WATCH: Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"

9.LUCERO

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Hometown: Memphis, TN
Why they matter: Over a decade, and five albums, this sextet has explored blue-collar love and other aspects of rural Americana with their impassioned version of alt-country. Last year's 1372 Overton Park marked a musical step forward, when the band added horn arrangements by Al Green sideman Jim Spaketo to many of their guitar-based songs.
You should know: Lucero staged a "family picnic" show at this year's SXSW, during which they jammed with friends like Deer Tick and Justin Townes Earle.
WATCH: Lucero, "Darken My Door"

10.B.o.B

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Hometown: Atlanta
Why he matters: The rapper, born Bobby Ray Simmons, has been around for nearly five years, but his debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, finally saw its release last month and shot straight to No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Like his ATL counterparts OutKast, B.o.B crosses genre barriers, infusing indie rock, techno, and other disparate elements into his hip-hop mix.
You should know: "Airplanes," the breakout single from his new album, features guest vocals from the unlikely combination of Eminem and Paramore's Hayley Williams. Hear it here.
WATCH: B.o.B., "Nothin' On You" ft. Bruno Mars

11.MARGARET CHO

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Hometown: San Francisco
Why she matters: The crass, clever comedienne first broke onto the national scene with a short-lived sitcom in the '90s, but over the past decade, she's accumulated a devoted following with her edgy, racially-confrontational, sexually-charged stand-up comedy, and released two books and seven albums.
You should know: Cho has been working on a rock album, due later this year, which features collaborations with Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, and others. At Bonnaroo, she'll be capturing footage for the album's first video, "Baby I'm With the Band," which she wrote with Raconteurs guitarist-songwriter Brendan Benson.

12.DAVE MATTHEWS BAND

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Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Why they matter: The South African singer-songwriter and his jam-band vets dug deep emotionally with their latest album, 2009's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. SPIN called it a "fond, funky farewell" to late saxophonist LeRoi Moore that's "harder edged" than any of their previous material, due to "the grief suffered by Moore's surviving bandmates."
You should know: Matthews' label ATO Records is home to artists like My Morning Jacket, the Whigs, Drive-By Truckers, Ben Kweller, Alberta Cross, and Brendan Benson.
WATCH: Dave Matthews Band, "You & Me"

13.THE DEAD WEATHER

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Hometown: Nashville
Why they matter: In a music scene dominated by indie nerds, goth-bluesman Jack White and she-devil Alison Mosshart's ferocious supergroup is reviving the dangerous, sexy-cool image of rock'n'roll. Their just-released second album, Sea of Cowards, brims with tension and aggression, which boiled over in cocky arena rock riffs during their spot-on set at Coachella.
You should know: Rumors abound about a new White Stripes album, and Jack White recently said that Meg White's anxiety, which has derailed the blues-rock duo since 2007, may not exist anymore and that he'd like to reconvene the band. Get the story here.
LISTEN: The Dead Weather, "Die By The Drop"

14.THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM

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Hometown: New Brunswick, NJ
Why they matter: Rock'n'roll from New Jersey that finds a blue-collar boy singing about girls, cars, and trying to make it in the rough-and-tumble Garden State is never a bad thing when it's done well. This quartet's urgent, heart-on-their-sleeve songs are impossible to ignore, and their fourth album, American Slang (out in June), should catapult them into the big leagues.
You should know: These Jersey boys love the Boss -- and he loves them, too. Springsteen first introduced himself to frontman Brian Fallon after a benefit gig in 2008, then invited the band to open for him in London; he later joined them onstage at 2009's Glastonbury Festival during their song "The '59 Sound."
LISTEN: The Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang"


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15.JAMEY JOHNSON

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Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Why he matters: At a time when mainstream country music typically features pop-centric performers like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, Johnson leads an old-school revival, with traditional sounding songs, his deep, dark baritone, and realistic subject matter (drug addiction, economic depression) on his SPIN-approved 2008 album, That Lonesome Song. He's just completed the follow-up, due later this year.
You should know: After serving in the Marine Corps Reserves for eight years, Johnson first gained notoriety writing songs for other Nashville stars like Trace Adkins, George Strait, and Joe Nichols.
LISTEN: Jamey Johnson, "Place Out On The Ocean"


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16.LOCAL NATIVES

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Hometown: Los Angeles
Why they matter: This quintet borrow the best from indie rock's heaviest hitters -- Arcade Fire's hollering group vocals, Grizzly Bear's experimental songwriting, Vampire Weekend's rhythmic guitars -- but still have created something all their own with Gorilla Manor, their critically acclaimed debut album, with which the band wowed crowds at SXSW.
You should know: Gorilla Manor is named after the chaotic atmosphere of the Orange County house the bandmembers shared after college.
LISTEN: Local Natives, "World News"


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17.BLITZEN TRAPPER

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Hometown: Portland, OR
Why they matter: Part Pavement, part Grateful Dead, part Neil Young, these Northwesterners' sound is a tasty rock'n'roll Jamba Juice, and live they're spot-on: singer-guitarist Eric Earley leads frenetic, fist-pumping jams and somber acoustic ditties, often back-to-back.
You should know: The six-piece band -- who release their new album, Destroyer of the Void, on June 8 -- got their moniker from one of Earley's 7th grade classmates, who nicknamed her Trapper Keeper binder "Blitzen Trapper," after her favorite reindeer. Get the whole story here.
LISTEN: Blitzen Trapper, "Heaven and Earth"


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18.SAMANTHA CRAIN

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Hometown: Shawnee, OK
Why they matter: This 23-year-old singer-songwriter's work is taken straight from the heartland, mixing rural love stories ("Traipsing Through the Aisles") with laments to the Lord ("The River"), all backed by the subtly-crafted folk of her band, the Midnight Shivers. Her confident storytelling belies her young age.
You should know: Her new album, You (Understood (out June 8), honors 16 specific people in her life who significantly influenced her craft.
LISTEN: Samantha Crain, "Lions"


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19.DAWES

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Hometown: Los Angeles
Why they matter: This quartet of Angelenos, some of whom are too young to drink legally, sound wise beyond their years, nodding back to the folk-infused past of West Coast rock'n'roll (Neil Young, CSNY, the Eagles) but refreshing it with a modern discordance that's pure Silverlake slack rocker.
You should know: Lenny Goldsmith, the father of Dawes members Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, fronted the '70s rock band Sweathog, who scored a minor hit in 1971 with a song called "Hallelujah."
LISTEN: Dawes, "When My Time Comes"


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20.CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS

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Hometown: Durham, NC
Why they matter: This trio keeps alive the traditional North Carolina Piedmont string band concept on their SPIN-approved 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig. Trained on banjo and fiddle by 90-year-old Joe Thompson, the Drops perform traditional songs, originals, and string band reworkings of more contemporary tracks, like Blu Cantrell's 2001 hit single "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)."
You should know: Genuine Negro Jig concludes with a rousing cover of Tom Waits' "Trampled Rose."
WATCH: Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Memphis Shakedown"

21.MUMFORD & SONS

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Hometown: London
Why they matter: Aside from Marcus Mumford's distinctly British accent, you'd be hard-pressed to peg this band as anything but American. With four-part harmonies and a jug band ethos, the group has charmed its way onto the playlists of fans around the world.
You should know: While they're on track to release a second album in December, Mumford & Sons will take a very exciting detour: the Kinks' Ray Davies has invited the band to collaborate on his next solo album.
LISTEN: Mumford & Sons, "White Blank Page (Live)"


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22.JAY ELECTRONICA

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Hometown: New Orleans
Why they matter: Don't let his name or hometown fool you: this 31-year old rapper crafts abstract rhymes that are far from the typical Dirty South, Cash Money style. He has a penchant for the experimental: He released a three-part song inspired by Jon Brion's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind score and produced a track off Nas' "Untitled" 2008 album.
You should know: Jay and his girlfriend, Erykah Badu, welcomed their first child together, a girl named Mars Merkaba, in February. Ever the tech nerd, Jay posted Twitter updates during the birth.
LISTEN: Jay Electronica, 'Exhibit C" (Prod. Just Blaze)

23.MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA

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Hometown: Atlanta
Why they matter: When this quintet first played Bonnaroo in 2007, they were just fresh-faced near-teens. But with the release of last year's impressive Mean Everything to Nothing, Andy Hull and Co. have turned into something more fierce and powerful, a burgeoning rock behemoth. After supporting bigger headliners like Silversun Pickups, this band is ready to blow the roof off Bonnaroo.
You should know: While their recorded material is serious, and spiritual, the band have a jocular side too: They performed a song about their love for 50 Cent at SPIN's SXSW loft in 2009. Watch it here.
LISTEN: Manchester Orchestra, "Shake It Out"


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24.PHOENIX

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Hometown: Paris
Why they matter: It's the breakout story of last year: With Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, these precocious pop-rockers crafted an album as loved by critics as by teenage girls. And their live shows aren't too shabby, either. In fact, the quintet ruled so hard at Bonnaroo 2009 that they scored a rare invitation back this year.
You should know: Phoenix are writing original music for Somewhere, a new film from frontman Thomas Mars' partner, director Sofia Coppola, starring Blade's Steven Dorff and Dakota Fanning's younger sister Elle. Mars and Coppola met when the singer worked on her 1999 film The Virgin Suicides.
LISTEN: Phoenix, "1901 (Live in Sydney)"


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25.BOMBA ESTEREO

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Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia
Why they matter: Baile! Translation: Dance! This quintet, whose spicy fusion of computer-generated beats, surf guitar, Latin grooves, and Spanish talk-rapping broke out globally with their latest release, 2009's aptly-titled Blow Up. Expect a festival fiesta at Bonnaroo.
You should know: The name Bomba Estereo translates to "Stereo Bomb."
LISTEN: Bomba Estereo, "Fuego"


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26.KINGS OF LEON

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Hometown: Nashville, TN
Why they matter: These Volunteer State homeboys have truly climbed the rock'n'roll mountain, rising from their roots as gangly, long-haired Tennessee teens to become arena-filling rock gods. 2008's Only By the Night, and its smash hit singles "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody," earned this band of family members admiration from indie rock fans, Grammy voters, and mainstream radio listeners. Their Bonnaroo headlining slot should prove to be a fitting victory lap and homecoming.
You should know: The band is working on a new album, which they hope to have out this fall. "So far it's some of the saddest country sounds you've ever heard, but mixed with some of the hippest melodies we've ever done," frontman Caleb Followill told SPIN.
LISTEN: Kings of Leon, "Cold Desert"


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27.JAY-Z

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Hometown: Brooklyn
Why they matter: Jigga. Hova. Shawn Carter. Whatever you call the 40-year-old rapper and entrepreneur, he's responsible for bringing hip-hop back to the headlining stages at rock's premiere summer fests. Far more than a microphone and a DJ, Jay's live sets transform 15 years' worth of hits into rhythmic assaults driven by his 10-strong Roc Boys band.
You should know: Jay-Z is a big fan of indie rock: He watched sets from Phoenix, MGMT, Beach House, Yeasayer, Dirty Projectors, and Thom Yorke at last month's Coachella with his wife, Beyonce, at this side.
LISTEN: Jay-Z,"A Star Is Born (Feat. J. Cole)"

28.GOSSIP

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Hometown: Portland, OR
Why they matter: Having already scored themselves bonafide rock star status in the U.K., this trio's live sets are a tornado of disco-punk powered by glamorous, loud-and-proud singer Beth Ditto. And there's plenty emotional depth, too: On their latest album, Music for Men, Ditto decries love with her huge, booming wail.
You should know: Ditto is an aspiring model and just inked a deal to front the campaign of plus-size clothing for Evans. Get more info here.
LISTEN: The Gossip, "Are You That Somebody (Live)"


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29.CONAN O'BRIEN

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Hometown: New York City, via Brookline, MA
Why he matters: Since his dustup with NBC, the orange-haired wiseguy has returned to his roots: standup comedy. And thank god he did. With help from rockers like Spoon and Pearl Jam, Coco's "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour" has scored excellent reviews nationwide. Expect more special guests at Bonnaroo.
You should know: Conan returns to TV in November as the host of a new late-night show on TBS.

30.AGAINST ME!

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Hometown: Gainesville, FL
Why they matter: What began as an acoustic, anarchist punk rock project for a skinny teenager named Tom Gabel over a decade ago is now a rock'n'roll juggernaut. The band's major label debut, New Wave (SPIN's 2007 Album of the Year), added producer Butch Vig's mainstream sheen to Gabel's catchy, politically-charged anthems, and with White Crosses, out June 8, Against Me! have crafted a classic American rock record worthy of mention alongside the Boss and Petty.
You should know: "I Was a Teenage Anarchist," the first single from White Crosses, finds Gabel addressing his longtime fans, some of whom haven't supported the band's forays into a more accessible sound and subject matter. "I don't necessarily need that to be the person I am anymore, or have it determine my politics or everything about me, but at the same time, it's something that a lot of people won't let you let go of," Gabel recently told SPIN.com.
WATCH: Against Me!, "Rapid Decompression"

31.THE NATIONAL

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Hometown: Brooklyn, via Cincinnati, OH
Why they matter: During the three years since the release of Boxer, this quintet wowed audiences on huge stages at Lollapalooza, Virgin Freefest, and Coachella, and graduated from smaller venues to massive ones, like Radio City Music Hall, where they'll play a sold-out show this summer. Their new album, High Violet, digs deep (maybe too deep) into the tortured gut of frontman Matt Berninger, and builds into a tense, sonic simmer.
You should know: The band's twin-brother guitar-tandem of Aaron and Bryce Dessner curated last year's Dark Night of the Soul compilation, featuring contributions from David Byrne, Bon Iver, Conor Oberst, the Arcade Fire, and loads of other indie icons -- all to benefit the AIDS charity Red Hot.
LISTEN: The National, "Bloodbuzz Ohio"


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32.LCD SOUNDSYSTEM

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Hometown: New York City
Why they matter: "Drunk Girls," off this electro-punk band's new album This is Happening, is a top contender for 2010's Song of the Summer. And live, LCD ooze the same heavy dose of energy and personality: In James Murphy, fans get a schlubby, plumber-butt of a disco king, steeped as much in musical talent as quirky stage banter.
You should know: Murphy wrote the score Noah Baumbach's new film Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller.
LISTEN: LCD Soundsystem, "Drunk Girls"