Made in America: The 10 best acts that aren't Rihanna or Coldplay

You should check out DJ Khaled, fka twigs and Chance the Rapper at Made in America this weekend.

The headliners are legit at this year's Budweiser Made in America Festival on Saturday and Sunday, which will take over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the fifth year running.

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Rihanna, the Barbadian pop star par excellence who won a Video Vanguard award last weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards, occupies the top spot Saturday night in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. Coldplay, the world's most popular soft-rock band, who filled up Lincoln Financial Field earlier this month, close it out Sunday night.

But of course, there are dozens more playing the Jay Z-curated fest, from big names like ColleGrove - a team-up of rapper Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz - to EDM headliner Martin Garrix to lesser-knowns like Philadelphia's Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties, the side project of Wonder Years front man Dan "Soupy" Campbell.

Here are five picks per day to guide you through the marathon session during the not-yet-sold-out hip-hop/rock/electronic endurance test on the Parkway.

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Jamie xx. The producer-DJ behind the supremely chill British indie band The xx. He first stepped out on his 2011 Gil Scott-Heron remix album, We're New Here, has since collaborated with Drake, Alicia Keys, and novelist Jonathan Safron Foer, and came into his own with In Colour, his 2015 debut solo album.

Grimes. The Canadian songwriter, producer, and one-woman band is a Made in America veteran - she played the Rocky stage in 2014. Her fourth album, 2015's Art Angels, maintained its experimental edge, while moving her into pop territory with tracks like the feminist club anthem "Venus Fly," featuring Janelle Monae.

Car Seat Headrest. Indie wunderkind Will Toledo is one of the breakout stars of the last year, with his Matador debut Teens of Style (a rerecorded digest of eight previous self-released albums) and its rocked-out, all-new follow-up, Teens of Denial.

FKA Twigs. A native of Cheltenham - the one in Gloucestershire, England, not the one in Montgomery County - the artist born Tahliah Barnett makes arty percussive music that is shaped by the songwriter's background as a dancer. Whether hanging from the rafters like an alt-R&B Cirque du Soleil acrobat or striking strobe-lighted poses in haute couture corsets, she puts on a visually arresting show.

Lil Uzi Vert. The Philadelphia street rapper who riled up a Roots Picnic crowd with his rapid-fire delivery earlier this summer has built buzz with two 2016 mixtapes, Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World and The Perfect Luv Tape, which came out in July on his 22nd birthday.


Chance the Rapper. The Chicago emcee born Chancelor Bennett, who's spearheading a new melding of hip-hop and gospel, and whose latest mixtape, the boldly ambitious Coloring Book, is an album-of-the-year candidate.

Bibi Bourelly. Rising German songwriter of Haitian and Moroccan descent, Bourelly is one of the most intriguing talents on the MIA bill. Yes, she wrote Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money," and three songs on the Saturday headliner's album Anti- besides.

Banks & Steelz. Interpol lead singer Paul Banks goes hip-hop in his team-up with Wu Tang Clan sensei RZA. It's a rock-rap collabo that plays unevenly on their brand-new self-titled release, but ought to be right in the wheelhouse of the ready-to-party MIA crowd.

Gary Clark Jr. The Texas guitarist who was the first act to ever play the Made in America main stage in 2012 returns for his third trip to the fest. The hotshot axeman has multi-genre moves, but is most at home with the blues, and his live performances outstrip his recorded output.

DJ Khaled. The party DJ is pals with many of the biggest party starters in the business. When DJ Khaled opened for Beyoncé at the Linc this spring, he brought out Meek Mill and Rick Ross, among others. His latest, Major Key, features Jay Z, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, and Lil Wayne, so there's no telling who will show up at his MIA set.