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    Coachella 2013 Friday Fieldnotes: Lindsay Lohan, Tears for Alt-J, the O.G. Yelling Goat

    This year the fest's wristbands include a chip that must be scanned when you're entering or leaving certain areas of the grounds. Being a music fan sometimes means feeling like a package of ground beef going through the supermarket check-out every few minutes.By 2:30 p.m. and some of the bead-wearing babies were already PLUR-ed out, taking deep grass naps in completely inopportune locations (middle of path, middle of crowd, middle of Coachella).Fashion update: Fake flower headbands are the new feather headdresses. Co-opting Native American culture is out, hippies are in. Hippies who are okay wearing pollutant-rich plastic representations of things that smell nice and help keep the world alive.Raise your hand if you were at Aesop Rock wondering where that pretty motherfucker with the gold teeth is at.

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    Coachella 2013: Blur, Earl Sweatshirt, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Lead Friday's 5 Best Sets

    Don't miss all our best live (and backstage) Coachella 2013 photos here!5. The Shouting Matches Here is the most succinct summarization of Justin Vernon's new band, the Shouting Matches: It is probably the only band with which he's cracked a Heineken while on stage. With this most recent venture, he's ditched the crackling fireplace-rock of Bon Iver and the oh-so-quiet storm of Gayngs and taken a trip down the Mississippi, to where the lakes are muddy and the blues are played. He's never looked more comfortable.The Shouting Matches — rounded out by old Vernon pals Brian Moen (of Peter Wolf Crier) and Phil Cook (of Megafaun) — will never be Bon Iver: For starters, their 2:05 p.m. set time was one of the festival's least desirable. But this may be the band of Vernon's most suited for big tents, full of organ-soaked blues vamps that are warm, punchy, and eminently agreeable.

  • The 15 Best Reissues of 2013's First Quarter

    The 15 Best Reissues of 2013's First Quarter

    Here's the best new old stuff so far this year: The Clash play hip-hop beatmakers while a Vietnam vet makes real combat rock; a Tall Dwarf starts as a squirmy young punk and the real Doggfather freaks out on prog-funk. Plus psych-rock from Singapore, ambient guitar from Germany, pop from Brazil, and much more!

  • Spin Presents Desert Session: A 2013 Coachella Mixtape

    Free Download! Desert Session: SPIN's Coachella 2013 Mixtape

    The Coachella festival is all set to once again turn a stretch of California desert into a three-day explosion of sun, sounds, and maybe even some holograms. Get prepared with our 10-song mixtape with some of SPIN's best reasons to Sharpie up your schedule — including the rabid daydream-punk of Thee Oh Sees, the languid Southern-rap revisionism of SpaceGhostPurrp, the mind-warping wubs of Kill the Noise, and the classic bubblegum angst of the legendary Descendents, and much more. And for a detailed rundown of the sets you'd be a fool to miss, read our 30 Must-See Acts at Coachella 2013.This download is no longer available.SPIN Presents Desert Session: A 2013 Coachella Mixtape1. Shovels & Rope - "Birmingham"2. Thee Oh Sees - "Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster"3. Polica - "Dark Star"4. Cloud Nothings - "Stay Useless"5. White Arrows - "I Can Go"6. Youth Lagoon - "Dropla"7.

  • Cloud Nothings / Photo by Jake Giles Netter

    Watch Cloud Nothings Play Two Vintage Cuts Live at SPIN House

    Cloud Nothings were in peak form at the SPIN House in Austin during this year's South by Southwest, where they dropped by for a blistering set that included two tracks from their breakthrough 2012 album Attack on Memory. Above are "Wasted Days" and "Our Plans," which the band played with a ragged forcefulness that kept the mid-day crowd enraptured. With that album over a year in the rearview, Dylan Baldi and crew are prepping the release of their 2013 album, which will be out sometime later this year. Unsuprisingly, that's one of our 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013.

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    Yeah Yeah Yeahs Post Amazing 'No Cameras' Sign Outside Show

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs have spoken, and they'd like you to experience their live show in real time rather than through the microscopic screen of your iPhone. Last night SPIN spotted the above sign posted on the door of Webster Hall, where SPIN's latest cover stars were playing a homecoming concert before heading off to Coachella supporting their April 16 album Mosquito.

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    Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Awesome Choir Director Bring 'Sacrilege' to 'Letterman'

    David Letterman has been thrilled by SPIN's latest cover stars Yeah Yeah Yeahs before, but the late-night host was undeniably delighted by Karen O and Co.'s performance on his show tonight. The group recreated their April 16 LP Mosquito's opening track "Sacrilege," complete with its gospel choir, on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater.Karen — sporting a Christian Joy power-jumpsuit with "Violent Fuzz" (a lyric from the new album's "Area 52") on the back — nails the track's vocal line almost as precisely as it appears on the record, which, as coproducer Dave Sitek tells us, is not uncommon for the frontwoman. "Karen is the most consistent person I know with singing," he said. "She can sing a part and duplicate it 1,000 times and it's identical. I've never seen anything like it.

  • 30 Must-See Acts at Coachella 2013

    30 Must-See Acts at Coachella 2013

    OK, so Daft Punk aren't playing at your house — or at this festival. But the 14th Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is still a hotbed of much-anticipated reunions, last gasps, buzz band coming-out parties, and Sahara Tent hotnights. Here's the 30 best reasons to apply sunblock this month.

  • Win a Trip to Coachella With Levi's

    Win a Trip to Coachella With Levi's

    Festival season is about to kick off, which means it's time to start booking those plane tickets, battling for hotel rooms, and agonizing over set-time conflicts. SPIN is always here to offer you guides to all the major fests' must-see bands, and this year Levi's® is going to help you with the rest.Yes, it's true: Levi's® is offering one lucky winner a trip for two to the season's hottest festival. Enter by uploading a photo of your best Levi's® 501 look to Instagram or Twitter and tagging them #SPINVIP and #501. Two secondary-prize winners will score Levi's® gift cards, too.For more details and entry info, head to www.spin.com/levis501. Good luck!

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    Come Party With SPIN, ANTWON, King Tuff & More in Palm Springs

    If you enjoyed the SPIN House experience in Austin during SXSW, you will certainly dig the SPIN House in Palm Springs next weekend! We'll be chilling (to whatever extent possible, because it is damn hot there) poolside on Saturday, April 13 between noon and 5 p.m. while enjoying sets by ANTWON, King Tuff, and Nite Jewel. And Chrome Sparks will be DJ-ing!The price of admission? Nothing, it's free! BUT, you must RSVP here. And you must be 21+. Admission is based on capacity, but you gotta get your name on the list to get in, so RSVP! Now!

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