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    How They Became... YACHT

    Welcome to the weekly SPIN.com feature "Name That Band" inwhich we get the inside stories behind the mysterious monikers of some ofour favorite artists. (See past episodes of Name That Band! here.) This week: Portland, OR, dance duo YACHT, who will appear at the Hollywood Bowl with the Chemical Brothers on August 29. Why Yacht: "YACHT is actually an acronym," says keyboardist Jona Bechtolt. "It stands for Young Americans Challenging High Technology. It refers to an education program that was held in Portland, Oregon. I was enrolled when I was 16, back in 1996. YACHT wasn't affiliated with the local school system or anything-it was a separate entity. I don't want to get young to deep into it because there were some shady aspects. The program was shut down mysteriously. It was very weird.

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    Breaking Out: J Roddy Walston and the Business

    Growing up in the small town of Cleveland, Tennessee, J Roddy Walston learned the piano by watching his grandmother's hands skip across the keys as she played gospel tunes for the family. But when the future frontman decided to apply those lessons to the scrappy Southern rock he heard in his head, his teacher was confused. "My grandma didn't get what I was doing at first," says Walston, 29. "She was like, 'Why are you playing like that?' 'Why are you singing like that?' 'Why are you doing this to me?'?" Lately, though, aided by drummer Steve Colmus, 30, guitarist Billy Gordon, 31, and bassist Logan Davis, 22, Walston has had an easier time winning converts, thanks to a riotous live show full of fleet-fingered piano trills, yowled choruses, soul, sweat, and the headbanging Gordon's bluesy solos.

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    Q&A: Alan Moore

    In his groundbreaking Watchmen, V For Vendetta, and From Hell comic series, Alan Moore shattered conventions by gilding his intricate narratives with allusions to pre-Christian mythology, obscure magic rituals, Masonic lore, and historical events, earning himself superhero-like status in the world of ink, paper, and story panels. But with his new project, the eccentric Englishman has decided to test his powers of multi-media. Working in collaboration with photographer Mitch Jenkins and musicians such as Mike Patton and Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, Moore, 56, created Unearthing, a spoken-word biography of his friend and celebrated fellow comic writer Steven Moore that features an accompanying score and book of photographs.

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    Arcade Fire, 'The Suburbs' (Merge)

    On an album full of moments when hope turns haunting, the ghosts hang heaviest on the spellbinding "Suburban War," which comes roughly halfway through Arcade Fire's blazingly intense third album. Against solemn ringing guitar, Win Butler sings about a man remembering an old friend. Once, the two grew their hair long and vowed to escape, past the fences and pavement, to a place where they could battle on behalf of what was pure. Years pass in a shiver of violin and piano, and now they find themselves fighting different wars. The old friend cuts his hair, then disappears. A martial beat pounds. Butler's voice trembles, the song steels itself in double-time, and the man peers into the window of every passing car, looking for his old friend's face, doomed to seek a lost connection.

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    WATCH: Arcade Fire Live at Madison Square Garden

    Thursday night in Manhattan, newly minted arena-rocking heroes Arcade Fire proved themselves up to the task of headlining Madison Square Garden for the second time in two nights. (Read our review of the first show here.) The band has posted clips from the YouTube livestream of the concert, directed by Terry Gilliam, on their Vevo channel. In addition to a backstage Q&A with the band moderated by Gilliam, video of complete performances of "Ready to Start," "The Suburbs," and "Rococo," all from their latest, The Suburbs, are available for viewing -- plus "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"/"Rebellion (Lies)" from Funeral. To these ears and eyes, "Ready to Start" is the strongest of the three -- it's not like being there, but it's close. Check out all three clips below.

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    Why They're Called... Neon Indian

    Welcome to the weekly SPIN.com feature "Name That Band" inwhich we get the inside stories behind the mysterious monikers of some ofour favorite artists. (See past episodes of Name That Band! here.) This week: Austin, TX's Neon Indian, currently on tour in support of last year's breakout debut, Psychic Chasms. Why Neon Indian: "Neon Indian is the only project that I've been involved in where I didn't come up with the name," says mastermind Alan Palomo. "It's especially weird since I'm the only full-time member of the band. But the name came about in 2007, when I was in another band called Ghosthustler. My girlfriend at the time was like, 'If you can have a band with a silly name like that, than I'm starting one with an equally strange name.' And she just said Neon Indian. She even started a Neon Indian MySpace page that went unused for years.

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    Why They’re Called... Young Veins

    Welcome to the weekly SPIN.com feature "Name That Band!" inwhich we get the inside stories behind the mysterious monikers of some ofour favorite artists. (See past episodes of Name That Band! here.) This week: Panic! at the Disco offshoot Young Veins, who recently released their debut, Take A Vacation! Why Young Veins: "At first, when we were throwing around names in the studio, we wanted to call the band the Veins," recalls vocalist-guitarist Ryan Ross, "but there was already a band called that. So we just called it the Young Veins. We liked the 'fresh blood' connotation. But really the name is a Spinal Tap reference. There's a part where the band is talking about when they were starting out. They were going to call themselves the Originals but that name was taken, so they call themselves the New Originals instead.

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    The Black Keys Burn Up the Blues at SPIN25 Live!

    The Flaming Lips may be the longest-running band to perform during the week of concerts being held in celebration of SPIN's 25th anniversary -- presented in partnership with ZYNC from American Express -- but the Black Keys, who headlined Terminal 5 Wednesday night in Manhattan, have the deepest musical roots. In a 90-plus minute set featuring a big greasy handful of songs found on the latest album, Brothers, from Akron, Ohio's favorite sons (sorry, LeBron), drummer Patrick Carney and guitarist Dan Auerbach gave a lesson on the enduring power of the blues, sending the sold-out crowd into near-delirium with their seemingly endless, endlessly entertaining variations on simply sinister chord patterns and brawny shuffle rhythms. The band's concept is easy to pin down -- the guys juice the sweaty juke-joint drones of past blues masters like Junior Kimbrough and R.L.

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    Why They're Called... Metric

    Welcome to the weekly SPIN.com feature "Name That Band!" in which we get the inside stories behind the mysterious monikers of some of our favorite artists. This week: Metric, who'll be at Lollapalooza on August 7. Why Metric: "It came from a song that [bandmate] Jimmy [Shaw] and I were working on back in Toronto in the early days, like '97 or '98," says singer Emily Haines. "Jimmy had a song that involved a sound he'd programmed into his keyboard and called 'Metric.' When we saw that word on the keyboard's LED screen it looked so electro. It had a no bullshit vibe. It was a little cold and standoffish and we're down with that. It works for us. Some people think it has something to do with the fact that we're from Canada -- which uses the metric system.

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    Q&A: KISS' Paul Stanley

    For millions of Americans, KISS concerts are a tradition. You go, you watch Gene Simmons breathe fire and spit blood, things explode, you listen to Paul Stanley's amazingly brash between-song banter, more things explode, you sing along to "Rock and Roll All Nite," have about as much fun as is legally possible at an arena, and then experience the spectacle again the next time the band is in town. That time is now. Starting July 23 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, KISS (with Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer having long ago replaced original bandmembers Peter Criss and Ace Frehley on drums and guitar, respectively) brings its tour in support of 2009's stellar Sonic Boom back home after a lengthy run of European dates. "Right now, we're doing the biggest tours we've ever done," says ever-voluble singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, 58. "The KISS legacy is amazing.

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