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Big acts rock Governor's Ball

Santigold at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music &

Santigold at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Credit: Santigold at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. (Getty Images)

Most music festivals aim to give fans a little bit of a lot of different types of music. Rather than go broad, Governor's Ball - which is held on Randall's Island - has chosen to go deep, splitting its bands in half based on style. The first day of the festival is focused on electronic music, while the second features indie rock. Here are some of the highlights from each day.

Saturday

Santigold
Santi White, who records as Santigold, was a record company executive before launching a solo career that's more eclectic than some labels' entire rosters. Her two solo albums show she can master hip-hop, pop, rock, new wave, reggae, dub and more.

Passion Pit
Passion Pit's catchy electro-pop has served as the soundtrack for more commercials, movies, TV shows and video games than we can possibly count. The band's new album, Gossamer, comes out July 24. Prepare to have it stuck in your head at least till New Year's.

Chromeo
An electro-funk duo with a soft spot for '80s pop, the two members of Chromeo have jokingly referred to themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture."

Sunday

Beck
Governor's Ball marks Beck's first show in New York since 2008. Recently, he and his friends have been rerecording albums by everyone from the Velvet Underground to Yanni and making them available on his website.

Fiona Apple
Apple's performance comes just days after the release of her first album in seven years, The Idler Wheel. Her spring performances at South by Southwest and small clubs in Manhattan showed that her powerful, bluesy voice and intense style haven't changed much during her time away.

Explosions in the Sky
A Texas quartet that creates moody, slow-building guitar-based instrumentals, Explosions in the Sky is best known for playing supplying music to the movie and TV versions of "Friday Night Lights."

Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse's last full-length album came out in 2007, but the band has toured periodically since then and says they're slowly working on a new album. A few songs that may be on it have been making their way into the group's sets. 


If you go: Governor's Ball is on Saturday and Sunday on Randall's Island. Gates open at noon. $105 per day; $195 for a two-day ticket, governorsballmusicfestival.com.

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