Osheaga Top Fives, in video

Need help navigating the awesome three-day music festival known as Osheaga? Sit back and let Cult MTL be your guide with 15 videos by the artists we’re most excited about.

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Need help navigating the awesome three-day music festival known as Osheaga? Sit back and let Cult MTL be your guide with these 15 videos by the artists we’re most excited about.

Lorraine Carpenter:

This Toronto pack weaves beats into a big, black lace frock, as ripped off an ’80s-era goth. See the steamy Inland Empire action in “Beat and the Pulse” below. Verte stage, Sunday, 4:15 p.m.

AUSTRA "Beat and the Pulse" by domino
A spin-off of Minneapolis band Gayngs, this neo-trip hop outfit was turning heads even prior to the Valentine’s Day 2012 release of their debut LP, Give You the Ghost. Jay-Z premiered this video on his website in January. Verte stage, Friday, 2:10 p.m.

The Jesus and Mary Chain
They’re simply one of the best, most influential bands of the ’80s and ’90s. Just ask the Raveonettes (also at Osheaga this year). Check out one of JAMC’s classic tunes (and don’t listen to the lyrics too closely, kids) here. Verte stage, Saturday, 9:45 p.m.

Young Galaxy
This local band has always been pretty cool, but with their 2011 album Shapeshifting, produced by Studio’s Dan Lissvik, they ascended to the next plane. Seek out “Cover Your Tracks,” and watch this. Arbres stage, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Zola Jesus
Like the shadow-self of Florence Welch (whose band is also at Osheaga), U.S. singer-songwriter Nika Roza Danilova has vocal power to spare, but serves out her songs by moonlight. Check this out, and hope for black clouds. Galaxie stage, Sunday, 2:10 p.m.

Erik Leijon:

Until an app is created to accurately measure coolness, we’ll simply have to presume that this single from dub-and-punk cucumber Santigold will out-chill them all. Montagne stage, Sunday, 4:45 p.m.

No, this is neither caustic rapper El-P nor Hot Hot Heat frontman Steven Bays, but rather an American chanteuse who has produced an explosive, tremolo-ed out cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo.” Rivière stage, Friday, 1:30 p.m.

The best of the interchangeable electro dudes is a bearded Fin who’s likely the bane of epileptics everywhere. Watch “Cryptocracy” at your own risk. Piknic Électronik stage, Friday, 5 p.m.

The tribal-masked Briton is more detached chic than all-out rug cutter, so hold somebody close and groove sensually to his dubby datestep. Watch “Pharaohs” here. Piknic Électronik stage, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

The Death Set
Old-school punk and hip hop collide with chaotic results whenever these Aussie ex-pats take the stage. Watch “They Come to Get Us” here. Arbres stage, Saturday, 8:50 p.m.

Darcy MacDonald:

Killer Mike
See this Atlanta R.A.P. Music star get trill in the great outdoors. “Big Beast” indeed. Piknic Électronik stage. Friday, 9 p.m.

Birdy Nam Nam
French turntable quartet Birdy Nam Nam will roost, nest and lay, out in the Osheaga woods. Watch them in animated action here. Piknic Électronik stage, Friday, 6:30 p.m.

This goofball Canuck MC has his ups and downs, but it’s all quality. Watch “Run With Me” here. Verte stage, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

A$AP Rocky
Osheaga goes Harlem purp’ with this NYC upstart. Pack your swag, and check the explicit-ish “Goldie” here. Verte stage, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Chicago Smooth himself will unleash all his magic under the Sunday sun. Watch the star-studded “I Want You” here. Rivière stage, Sunday, 4 p.m.

Osheaga runs from Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5, 1–11 p.m.

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