This year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival -- taking place April 16-18 in Indio, CA -- boasts a genre-crossing lineup that's packed with stadium rockers, hip-hop innovators, electronic whizzes, and indie up-and-comers.
SPIN's editors have picked 25 must-hear acts from the festival's bill, including Brit powerhouse Florence and the Machine, superstar rapper Jay-Z, and San Francisco buzz band Girls (left to right, above). Writer Steve Kandell offers his take on why these artists matter -- and you can listen to their songs while you read.
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