The Cure aren't playing this festival by the shores of Long Beach, but their 1987 song "Just Like Heaven" gives the two-day gathering its name. Among the highlights is a relatively rare local performance by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Singer Karen O, guitarist-keyboardist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase haven't released a new album since 2013's Mosquito, but their arty, angular anthems continue to resonate, particularly the poignant, heart-catching love song “Maps,” which has been covered by numerous musicians (Macy Gray, Arcade Fire, The White Stripes) and adapted by Beyoncé on her tune “Hold Up.” Other headliners include fizzy French indie-poppers Phoenix, feathery Connecticut pop acolytes MGMT, and the shadowy, gauzy entrails of Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House. Plus, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, The Rapture, and Miike Snow.
Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach; Fri.-Sat., May 3-4, 11:30 a.m.; $125 & $170. (562) 472-4562, https://justlikeheavenfest.com.
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