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Chemical Brothers, Moby, Umphrey's McGee, more at North Coast

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The music lineup at the North Coast Music Festival either makes your pulse race or doesn't excite at all. There's likely little reaction in between. Here are the main highlights from the weekend, plus the full schedule:

FRIDAY

North Stage
8:30 p.m. -- The Chemical Brothers were the first electronic duo to sell and hold festival- and arena-size shows in the 1990s. But what they will bring to the stage this weekend could be chancy. Known for occasional mind-blowing live shows, they've just released a new album -- their first without any guest vocalists since their debut. It's hit-or-miss, but their legacy is enough to warrant checking out what they're bringing to the turntable.
6:30 p.m. -- Paul Van Dyk
4:30 p.m. -- Orchard Lounge

Groupon: What's a Music? Stage
7:30 p.m. -- Pretty Lights (7:30 p.m., Groupon Stage) is not just a warm-up act for the Chemical Brothers. Eat early and be sure to catch this Colorado duo's soulful, organic loops and live beats. Their tour last year sold out, and they're eagerly anticipated here.
5:30 p.m. -- Paul Kalkbrenner

Red Bull Local Stage
9 p.m. -- sylvia & DJ Kibo
8 p.m. -- Mettle
7 p.m. -- Wyllys
6 p.m. -- Paul Universe
5 p.m. -- XPOSUR vs Clark Kent

SATURDAY

North Stage
8:30 p.m. -- This is one critic who will never quite comprehend the massive popularity of Umphrey's McGee, the Great Lakes' Grateful Dead, but nor will I discount how much people adore their noodling, old-timey jams. As a headliner, they seem like a jolting downshift from the rest of the day's fare, but no doubt much of the crowd is coming just to see them.
6:30 p.m. -- Jay Electronica is worth seeing, just to see what the fuss is about. People throughout rap, R&B and electronic circles have been lavishing this guy with praise for a few years now -- and he still hasn't released a full record. His online tracks, though, have been pretty killer.
4:30 p.m. -- Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
2:30 p.m. -- New Mastersounds
12:30 p.m. -- "Toast of the Coast" band winner

Groupon: What's a Music? Stage
7:30 p.m. -- De La Soul was once hailed as the future of hip-hop. Now they're dangerously described as old-school. Despite their comparative tenderness, that doesn't mean they're quaint. They still dish some of the most pleasing, funny, creative rhymes and rap around.
5:30 p.m. -- The New Deal
3:30 p.m. -- Van Ghost
1:30 p.m. -- Alabaster Brown

Coast Stage
9 p.m. -- Moby's performance is listed as a DJ set, which means there's likely even less to engage a crowd visually. Just lil' Moby's bald head spinning some curious discs. His latest album is a drag, so here's hoping he does something to rock the mix on Saturday.
8 p.m. -- Boys Noize
6:30 p.m. -- Future Rock
5 p.m. -- Benga
4 p.m. -- Laidback Luke
2:30 p.m. -- Two Fresh
1 p.m. -- "Toast of the Coast" MC Winner

Red Bull Local Stage
9 p.m. -- Hey Champ
7:30 p.m. -- Family Groove Co.
7 p.m. -- Ruckus
6 p.m. -- Midnight Conspiracy
5 p.m. -- The Comeups
4 p.m. -- Tima Fei & Phatvan
3 p.m. -- Strange Arrangement
2 p.m. -- Great Divide
1 p.m. -- Land of Atlantis
Noon -- Save the Clocktower


SUNDAY

North Stage
8:30 p.m. -- Sunday's headlining joint effort, Nas & Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, exemplifies the genre-mixing the North Coast organizers are going for. You've got Marley -- youngest son of Bob, an ambitious reggae-tinged artist, with a hit called "Welcome to Jamrock" -- and East Coast hip-hop icon Nas. The mix should be dynamic and occasionally explosive.
6:30 p.m. -- Flying Lotus
4:30 p.m. -- Dirty Dozen Brass Band
2:30 p.m. -- Phantogram
1 p.m. -- The Coop

Groupon: What's a Music? Stage
7:30 p.m. -- While we wait for his long-delayed third album, "Lasers," to finally fire, Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco flits around performing at local talent shows and weighing in on the proposed New York City mosque (he's a Muslim). One new song is online now, though, "Go to Sleep," but his show should not produce those results.
5:30 p.m. -- Mayer Hawthorne & the County
3:30 p.m. -- Holy Ghost!
1:45 p.m. -- Loyal Divide

Coast Stage
8:30 p.m. -- The Disco Biscuits mix up most genres in their jam-band grooves, reaching wide enough in their music assimilations to be added to the bill of MoogFest, another new throw-down this year celebrating the famed synthesizer.
7 p.m. -- Green Velvet (Live)
6 p.m. -- Benny Benassi
5 p.m. -- Claude VonStroke
3:30 p.m. -- Maps and Atlases
2 p.m. -- Skeet Skeet
1 p.m. -- "Toast of the Coast" DJ Winner

Red Bull Local Stage
9 p.m. -- Gemini Club
8 p.m. -- Gabe Real
7 p.m. -- Papa G
6 p.m. -- Stephen Paul Smoker
5 p.m. -- Trew
4 p.m. -- The Right Now
3 p.m. -- Mario Florek
2:15 p.m. -- Bobby De Maria & Tsunami
1:30 p.m. -- DJ Lips
1 p.m. -- D.E.E.

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