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.
And be sure to visit SPIN.com throughout the festival weekend for the best Coachella reviews and photos on the 'net, updated daily.
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