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  • Non-headliners you'll love: 6 acts to see off Firefly Main Stage

  • Juggernauts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the other 14 headliners at the Firefly Music Festival really need no introduction. But the same can't be said for all of the bands set to play off the Firefly Main Stage, at The Lawn, The Backyard or The Porch stages.So whether you have a ticket for one, two or all three days...
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      As You Like It: We help you play it by ear to find something you'll love at Firefly
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  • Juggernauts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the other 14 headliners at the Firefly Music Festival really need no introduction. But the same can't be said for all of the bands set to play off the Firefly Main Stage, at The Lawn, The Backyard or The Porch stages.
    So whether you have a ticket for one, two or all three days, we've spotlighted six excellent lesser-known acts (two per day) that you'll fall in love with off the Main Stage.
    1. The Spinto Band
    WHEN 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Friday
    WHERE The Porch Stage
    The Porch party will begin with the home-state indie darlings The Spinto Band.
    Based upstate in Wilmington, these guys are modest scientists who know how to craft top-shelf, addictive pop melodies and hooks, while ensuring it all doesn't feel cookie cutter.
    This is pretty evident on The Spintos' new album, "Cool Cocoon," released in February, especially on the upcoming new single, "Amy + Jen."
    The divine album feels like a sibling to the band's previous attempt, "Shy Pursuit," yet with a heavier pop personality, more introspection and a softer sound.
    2. Foxygen
    WHEN 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Friday
    WHERE The Porch Stage
    In 2011, the songwriting duo Foxygen mustered up enough courage to slip a burned CD of their tunes to producer Richard Swift, after one of his gigs at a club. The CD, which the nervous Sam France (frontman) and Jonathan Rado (guitar/keys) burned that same night, instantly charmed the pants off Swift. Months later, the pair found themselves in his studio, crafting what's since become their new album, "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic," released earlier this year.
    Foxygen, which formed when the 20-somethings Rado and France were teens in California, has a sound draws that comparison to '60s-era outfits like The Beatles, The Kinks and The Doors. The similarity between The Kinks is especially potent as France's singing style reminds many of frontman Ray Davies.
    "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic" takes you on an unpredictable joyride through California from inside a Ford Falcon van with shag rug. The album's first single, "Shuggie," starts off lackadaisically; it gets even slower and eventually mutates into a hopeful, upbeat creature that decides it wants to get funky. After the funk session, the song transforms into a campy groove and dissolves.
    Then there's "No Destruction," Foxygen's new single. Though the breezy tune doesn't switch-up much, it does have a Bob Dylan vibe to it that you'll appreciate.
    3. Hey Marseilles
    WHEN 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Saturday
    WHERE The Porch Stage
    No matter how convenient it is to eat junk food, it never compares to a delicious, home-cooked meal.
    Page 2 of 3 - In a world overwhelmed with audible fast-food, there's bands like Hey Marseilles that will gladly feed you nutritious music that's low in calories, yet high in taste.
    The six-piece orchestral-pop ensemble will dish up a steady diet of its sincere, hearty tunes from its new album, "Lines We Trace," on the Porch Saturday afternoon.
    Led by Matt Bishop (frontman), Hey Marseilles, of Seattle, features Nick Ward (guitar, drumbourine and mandolin), Philip Kobernik (accordion/piano), Colin Richey (drums), Sam Anderson (cello) and his big brother, Jacob (viola).
    "Lines We Trace," released in March, is the band's follow-up to their 2008 debut, "To Travels and Trunks." On the debut album, Marseilles drew inspiration from traditional folk instrumentation and arrangements as the guys attempted to make strong pop songs.
    "Lines We Trace" pushes the envelope further with a fresher sound that includes less accordion and a bit of flashier drum patterns. The new single, "Heart Beats," is a successful product of Marseilles' evolved sound. The uplifting "Heart Beats" is centered on the idea that you can still appreciate someone even after your relationship with them has ended.
    4. Big Gigantic
    WHEN 12 to 1 a.m., Sunday
    WHERE The Backyard Stage
    Closing out The Backyard on Saturday night is the beat-bending, electronic duo Big Gigantic.
    Featuring DJs Dominic Lalli (sax/production) and Jeremy Salken (drums), of Denver, Big Gigantic has sizzling tracks to share off its latest album, "Nocturnal," released in 2012. One of the standouts is "The Uprising," which starts out with a pinging synth that manifests into some sweet dubstep, accompanied by sax. What's more, the schizophrenic "Rise And Shine" shows personalities such as hip-hop, dubstep, 16-bit video game music, jazz and a tinge of funk, all for an incredible five minutes.
    5. Haim
    WHEN 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Sunday
    WHERE The Lawn Stage
    Once you hear Haim on The Lawn Sunday afternoon, it'll become abundantly clear why Mumford & Sons loves sharing the stage with these California girls.
    Haim fuses its influence of '90s R&B with folk to create a refreshing sound that's surprisingly reminiscent of '80s dance music. The outfit's new single, "Falling," off its 2012 EP, "Forever," is an infectious, smooth jam driven by a funky bassline. "Falling" will warm your heart the same way MGMT's "Electric Feel" did.
    Haim consists of three sisters: Danielle (frontwoman/guitar), Este (bass) and Alana Haim (guitar), along with the lone guy, Dash Hutton (drums).
    6. Zedd
    WHEN 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday
    WHERE The Backyard Stage
    Although he's only been a DJ since 2009, the prodigy Anton "Zedd" Zaslavski has already amassed more than 550,000 likes on Facebook.
    Zedd, a native of Germany, is known for releasing several official remixes for powerhouse artists including Lady Gaga ("Marry the Night"), P. Diddy ("Dirty Money – A** on Floor") and Swedish House Mafia ("Save the World").
    Page 3 of 3 - In addition, the baby-faced DJ dropped his debut LP, "Clarity," last October. The first single, "Spectrum," featuring singer-songwriter Matthew Koma, garnered global attention and landed him in the top 10 on the iTunes dance chart. The track then soared to number one on Billboard's Dance Club chart and was ultimately named Dance Club song of the year as well as iTunes' "Breakthrough Album of the Year (Dance) for 2012.
    What really helped launch Zedd into stardom was he won two Beatport remix competitions: "Armand Van Helden / Strictly Rhythm Remix Contest" and the "Fatboy Slim/Skint Remix Contest."
    Those noteworthy wins caught the interest of the renowned DJ Skrillex, who essentially found Zedd on the Internet and signed him to his new OWSLA label.

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