Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2011: 5 on-the-cusp acts

2011: Five on-the-cusp bands to see

Sure you know the big names at

, but who are the lesser-known acts you should see?

acts to see

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. 21044

Alberta Cross



, N.Y., band with more style than substance? Nope, this quintet of English ex-pats will remind listeners of a cross between

Depeche Mode


My Morning Jacket


Empire of the Sun

One of the best moments all day will come when the Australian electronic duo performs their infectious single "Walking on a Dream," three minutes of unadulterated dance-pop and soaring falsetto.

James Murphy

We may no longer have his band, LCD Soundsystem, but we still have Murphy, the DJ with impeccable, cooler-than-thou taste.

Porter Robinson

This North Carolina teen caught the ear of

David Guetta

with his electro-house hit, "Say My Name" — all before Robinson had ever been to a club.

Big Sean


Kanye West

protégé has a radio smash, "

Marvin Gaye

and Chardonnay," with enough bass to make your rib cage shake.

—Wesley Case