• The 50 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2013

    The 50 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2013

    As usual, the 14th Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was an sunplosion of reunions, last gasps, buzz band coming-out parties, and Sahara Tent hotnights. Here are the best things we saw, heard, and smelled when we weren't coughing up a litter box worth of desert sand into our notebooks. CARYN GANZ, CHRIS MARTINS, and JORDAN SARGENT Don't miss our best live photos from Coachella's first weekend!

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    Coachella 2013 Sunday Field Notes: We Found Molly and the Inexplicably Popular 'Water Bar'

    This gigantic snail is actually moving in our midst. Beware, Coachella. You may get slimed.Ghost B.C. took the main stage at the height of the blazing afternoon sun completely covered in black shrouds. Frontman Papa Emeritus II, who wore his traditional cardinal outfit and skull mask, plus a pair of black gloves, wished us a good evening — at 1:30 p.m. — but, as a Nameless Ghoul explained post-show, the group is wickedly jet-lagged, having come to the fest direct from Sweden.Today's afternoon mosh pit brought to you by Cloud Nothings, fist-pumping ferocity imported to Coachella straight from Cleveland, executed by dudes whose T-shirts are fresh from the laundry pile.Someone tie weights to the legs of these wispy DIIV boys. They look like they're liable to blow away in this mild breeze.

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    Coachella 2013: Wu-Tang Clan, Nick Cave, Rodriguez Lead Sunday's 5 Best Sets

    5. DisclosureTime will have its say when it comes to EDM-pop duo Disclosure's scoring legitimate crossover success in the U.S. — the British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, neither old enough to drink here, have already scored two major pop hits in England — but their tightly wound and triumphant Gobi Tent-closing set proved they've already laid solid groundwork for building a steady Stateside following. The group played a handful of new tracks off their impending debut album, many of which leaned towards the jittery rhythms and swooning emotionality of UK garage. But when they dropped their big tracks, many in the crowd parroted every word, kept up with the hamster-wheel tempo of "White Noise" and shouted to the big, sweeping moments in "Latch." JORDAN SARGENT4.

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    Founding Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng, 42, Passes Away

    Chi Cheng, a founding member of beloved alterna-metal romantics Deftones, has passed away at age 42. Paralyzed and partially conscious, Cheng had been recovering since a car accident in November of 2008.For years, the metal community has banded together to raise money for his family's astronomical medical costs through benefit shows and the family-run foundation oneloveforchi.com. In a post to the website, the bass player's mother, Jeanne "Mom J" Cheng wrote, "This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped.

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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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