A Guide to the Best Summer 2013 Music Festivals: When, Where, and Who's Playing

Summer may be late to break on the East Coast this year, but Coachella, the season's unofficial marker, is upon us. Even if you're not packing your shorts and sneakers and heading off to sunny Southern California, there's still time to buy tickets to see some of the summer's best music festivals. Here's our quick comparative guide.

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Coachella (pictured at top)
The festival that kicks off the season is so popular it's split over two weekends. No holograms are scheduled this year, but there are sure to be plenty of out-of-body moments. Just ask Justin Timberlake.

When: April 12–14, April 19–21
Where: Indio, CA
Who: Dinosaur Jr., Wu-Tang Clan, Daft Punk, Blur, Lee "Scratch" Perry, the Stone Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Tegan and Sara, Moby, 2 Chainz, Janelle Monáe

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The Roots Picnic
Now in its sixth year, the festival's emcees ?uestlove and the Roots host some of the pioneers of hip-hop, R&B, and soul, as well as a smattering of new-guard artists.

When: June 1
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Who: Gary Clark Jr., Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grimes, Naughty by Nature, AraabMuzik, Solange, DJ Premier, the Gaslamp Killer, Trinidad Jame$, Joey Bada$$, Hit-Boy.

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Governors Ball Music Festival
Some of music's biggest names are heading to the Big Apple for the Governors Ball Music Festival. Now in its third year, the three-day fest on Randall's Island boasts hip-hop heavyweights and rock legends, along with indie darlings and new favorites.

When: June 7-9
Where: New York City, NY
Who: Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Guns and Roses, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Beach House, Animal Collective, Cut Copy, Erykah Badu, Crystal Castle, Miguel.

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If you can't make it to Coachella, head to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which has a more impressive lineup this year anyway.

When: June 13–16
Where: Manchester, TN
Who: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Björk, Cat Power, Wilco, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, Daniel Tosh, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, ZZ Top, Sigur Ros, Stars, the XX, the Makeup.

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Pitchfork Music Festival
We don't always agree with Pitchfork's ratings, but its roster of indie-favorite up-and-comers at this year's festival scores pretty high on our scale.

When: July 19–21
Where: Chicago, IL
Who: Björk, Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Wire, Swans, M.I.A, Joanna Newsom, Solange, the Breeders, Lil B, Sky Ferreira.

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Newport Folk Festival
Not all festivals have to be rowdy. Give rock and roll the weekend off and head to Rhode Island for the quieter comforts of folk music.

When: July 26–28
Where: Newport, RI
Who: Feist, Phosphorescent, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the Lumineers, Andrew Bird, Old Crow Medicine Show, Beth Orton, Felice Brothers, Michael Kiwanuka, Mountain Goats.

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Nineties revivalism shows no signs of waning. Travel back to a grungier time with legit alt-rock headliners and a few more contemporary acts.

When: August 2–4
Where: Chicago, IL
Who: Grizzly Bear, Thievery Corporation, New Order, the Cure, Mumford & Sons, Band of Horses, the Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, the Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, the National, Major Lazer, Azealia Banks, Lana Del Rey, Matt & Kim.

—Roderic David

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