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Ten Acts We're Most Excited to See at Riptide Music Festival 2016

Riptide Music Festival bills itself as the "biggest two-day alternative and classic hits music festival to ever land on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale." It not only takes advantage of the beach but is also bringing a lineup impressive enough to keep our eyes off those tan lines.

Here are the ten acts we're most excited to see at Riptide.
Silversun Pickups
When this Los Angeles indie-rock band played Culture Room in January, we said the show deserved consideration for the best South Florida concert of 2016. With a return engagement on Saturday, the quartet — which brings American angst to British shoegazing — has a chance to do even better.
The B-52s
The Athens, Georgia, new wavers are celebrating their 40th year as a band. Their hits like "Love Shack" and "Rock Lobster" have aged as gracefully as their fashion sense. Try not to shimmy as singers Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson scream, "Roam, if you want to/Roam around the world" — I double-dog dare you.
Miike Snow
Neither a misspelling nor a solo artist, Miike Snow is a Swedish indie-pop trio that loves playing South Florida. After Ultra Music Festival and a May gig at Faena Theater in Miami Beach, this is its third South Florida date of the year, and with hits like "Animal" the group never fails to inspire.
Earth Wind & Fire
It's been a tough year for this classic soul band. Its founder, Maurice White, passed away in February. The current iteration performs all of its classic funky tracks, from "Let's Groove" to "Boogie Wonderland."
Debbie Deb
This Miami legend will help you time travel back to your rollerskating days when she sings bassalicious, booty-shaking favorites like “When I Hear Music” and “Lookout Weekend.” She's been covered by Gwen Stefani and sampled by Pitbull, but now you have a chance to see the real thing.
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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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