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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!

  • ANTWON / King Tuff

    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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    Phoenix Give San Francisco a French Kiss

  • The Metamorphosis of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Inside SPIN's March Cover Story

    The Metamorphosis of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Inside SPIN's March Cover Story

    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.

  • 5 Best New Artists for April '13

    5 Best New Artists for April '13

    From whip-smart Glaswegian post-punk aesthetes to a North Carolina folk professor to a deep-thinking Atlanta rapper, here are five artists you should know. DAVID BEVAN, PHILIP SHERBURNE, and BRANDON SODERBERG

  • The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s

    The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the 1960s

    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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    Ultra Mega Goodbye: Photos of Swedish House Mafia's Final Show

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    Ultra Music Festival 2013 in Photos: Avicii, Bikinis, and... Slash?

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