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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

Another

Brooklyn

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

Depeche Mode

and

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

The

Kanye West

protégé has a radio smash, "

Marvin Gaye

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

—Wesley Case

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