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30 Best Things We Saw at Governors Ball 2014

Outkast, Jack White, the Strokes and more highlights from the Northeast’s premiere music festival

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Nicole Fara Silver; Griffin Lotz

Rain nearly spoiled last year's Governors Ball, a muddy weekend ultimately redeemed by a closing set by Kanye West. This year's acts didn't have to battle Mother Nature for attendees' attention: Festival-goers were treated to three days of beautiful sun and loud music, featuring headlining sets from Outkast, the Strokes and Jack White. Here are the 30 best things that caught our eyes and ears, featuring everything from hip-hop buddy comedies and nostalgia-triggering rock bands to cuddly R&B and Madonna-approved EDM. By Cady Drell, Claire Lobenfeld and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Nicole Fara Silver

Best Save: Tanlines

Throughout most of the weekend, sound on the Big Apple Stage left a lot to be desired. Kurt Vile and his band wafted into the breeze and for a while, it seemed like every act was getting lost inside of muted instruments. Brooklyn's Tanlines had it the worst. By the time they got to their triptych of semi-hits ("Real Life," "Not the Same" and "All of Me"), the speakers were crackling so badly that they had to stop and start the finale three times. Ultimately, they got through it and one half of the duo, Jesse Cohen, graciously thanked the audience for sticking around despite the disruptively crunchy beginning. C.L.

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