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    When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs got down the business of making their April 16 album, Mosquito, "I had some serious nostalgia for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in the early 2000s," Karen O says. "I had some nostalgia for why I fell in love with the idea of performing in the first place. Frontmen like Jon Spencer and Lux Interior, and PJ Harvey. Strong, fun people who ignite some sort of fantasy with their charisma and the sexuality."In our March cover story, arriving online and via iPad this week, Karen O, Brian Chase, and Nick Zinner take SPIN from New York to New Orleans to Texas, from a Brooklyn-bound "Subway" to "Under the Earth," explaining the journey that's led them to their fourth album. The band tells us how Kool Keith, James Murphy, and a 24-piece gospel choir landed on the disc. They bitch about their lyrics constantly appearing wrong in online aggregators.

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    During the 1960s, the counterculture simply became culture: the sexual revolution, psychedelic drugs, hating the Vietnam War, Dennis Hopper. And it's impossible to bodypaint this decade's popular music as anything less than a combustible force of nature, especially with Jimi Hendrix torching guitars and Pete Townshend smashing guitars and James Brown fining his masterfully precise guitar player for flubbing a note. Unfortunately, Baby Boomers have tenaciously dominated the discourse for decades, and a canon of explosive, world-altering music quickly became another generation's California Raisins ad. So here's our collection of that generation's alternatives; the noisemakers and hopeless outsiders whose visions ran so counter to the counterculture that they were never Big Chill-ed. In these 100 albums are the origin stories of punk, grunge, hip-hop, noise, EDM, and more.

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  • SPIN's Complete Covers Gallery: The 1980s

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    In 1985, the first issue of SPIN arrived with the following statement of purpose from founder Bob Guccione Jr.: On March 19th, SPIN magazine hit the newsstand to give Rolling Stone the competition everyone but Rolling Stone hoped it would get. SPIN is a fresh, intelligent alternative to a mostly tired, complacent music press. It is an upbeat magazine without the politics and in love with rock'n'roll and all its kindred spirits. It will get beneath the surface of stories, cover what's new and most exciting and echo nothing and no one. Because SPIN gets turned on, so will you. Our magazine will entertain you, surprise and compel you, and sometimes shock you. We'll make you laugh because we have a sense of humor and we'll make you think because we have a serious side, too. We'll be open, unafraid, independent, and unpretentious. We'll take chances and probably a few lumps.

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    My Chemical Romance Announce Split In Surprise Blog Post

    After 12 years and four studio albums, My Chemical Romance announced they're splitting up in a surprise blog post published on their official site tonight.The message to fans, simply titled "My Chemical Romance," reads:Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We've gotten to go places we never knew we would. We've been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We've shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.

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