The upcoming three day Firefly Festival, which takes place at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware from June 21-23, is packed with some of music's best bands. Rock legends like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will be there; so will hip-hop greats Public Enemy, indie darlings MGMT and rising acts like Django Django. Single-day tickets are still available. There's tons of great music happening, and you probably won't be able to take it all in. But don't worry -- with our list of the 5 Must-See Bands at Firefly 2013, you won't miss any of the buzz.
Alabama Shakes are one of the best young bands to come out in the '10s. They deservedly were nominated for some Grammys this past year (including Best New Artist), and their 2012 debut album, 'Boys & Girls,' is old-school soul filtered through alt-rock fuzz. You need to see them live.
Foster the People are closing Firefly with a much-anticipated Sunday-night co-headlining gig. The band has been hard at work on its follow-up to 2011's debut album. Chances are good they'll play some of the new songs at the festival. There's also a pretty good chance they'll play 'Pumped Up Kicks.'
The Red Hot Chili Peppers headline the opening night at Firefly, and if you've never seen them in concert, be prepared to sweat as hard as the band. They've gotten tighter and better over the years, delivering their hits-filled sets with tough-minded precision.
They've released only three albums, but Vampire Weekend have become one of indie rock's most beloved bands. Thanks to their adventurous music -- a blend of world grooves mixed with classic pop and electronic elements -- those records are terrific listens. They bring a whole other dynamic onstage.
You won't want to miss this one. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are putting on some of the best shows of their career in support of the recently released 'Mosquito.' While the new songs are getting quite a workout onstage, their older classics are receiving sonic facelifts too.