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    Lady Gaga Goes Biblical Biker Badass

    If late fashion designer Alexander McQueen directed a film inspired by Antonio Banderas' Desperado, Marlon Brando's 1953 classic The Wild One, and Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ, it might look something like Lady Gaga's video for "Judas." Yes, it might be her weirdest yet. The plot: Gaga falls for the leader of a biker gang, Jesus -- the guy in the corn rows and the golden crown of thorns -- and she also has a thing for one of his biker disciples, Judas. Juicy! They race down the highway into a dusty town south of the border, where a choreographed dance sequence unfolds, complete with over-the-top costumes. There's washing of feet in a pool of holy water, some symbolism of a sacrifice, and a gold gun with a stick of lipstick attached to the barrel. In other words, it's a Lady Gaga video. Gaga's new album Born This Way drops May 23.

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    Big Boi, Modest Mouse Have "Big-Ass Brainstorm"

    It's one of the more peculiar partnerships in recent memory: OutKast rapper Big Boi working with Modest Mouse on the Seattle-bred rock band's first studio album since 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. In an interview with MTV, Big Boi gave a little insight into their collaboration: "It's a hodgepodge of funkiness." "It's just like a big-ass brainstorm, a brain-stormin', tsunami, typhoon, tectonic-plates-movin' kind of thing," the rapper said. "We do all types of music, so to get the chance to jam with a jammin'-ass band, I knew it was going to be cool. We had a vibe too. We made a couple of records that are just jamming." Big Boi, who said he's "been a fan of the band for a minute," explained that he and Grammy-winning producer Chris Carmouche (OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below) spent a week with Modest Mouse in his Stankonia Studios working 14-hour days.

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    WATCH: Kills Release Intimate Documentary

    The Kills' fourth album Blood Pressures, out now, is the blues-punk duo's most expansive yet. "What's surprising is how much their songwriting has evolved," SPIN writes in an eight-out-10 review. And in a short but insightful new documentary, which bears the same name as the album, Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart discuss their craft. "All the songs came from acoustic guitar, which is probably a normal thing for most groups, but our records in the past have come from guitar sounds or rhythms," Hince says of their new direction in the 11-minute clip. "The sound is quite brutal and unforgiving.

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    LISTEN: Black Keys Cover Buddy Holly!

    He's one of rock'n'roll's founding fathers, and on June 28 the late Buddy Holly will receive a much-deserved tribute from an impressive collection of today's hottest music stars, including blues-rock duo the Black Keys, whose cover of the lounge-y love ballad "Dearest" just posted online. The 19-song LP, Rave On Buddy Holly, also features big-wigs like My Morning Jacket, Florence and the Machine, Cee Lo Green, Paul McCartney, Kid Rock, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Strokes' singer Julian Casablancas, She & Him, and Fiona Apple. But of 'em all, no one quite looks the part of Holly -- who died at 22 in a Minnesota plane crash with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens on February 3, 1959, aka The Day the Music Died -- like the Keys' drummer Patrick Carney. It's uncanny, really -- compare and contrast! LISTEN: The Black Keys, "Dearest" Rave On Buddy Holly tracklist:1.

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    The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci Goes Solo

    The Killers are beginning to emerge from their year-long hiatus, headlining festivals like London's Hard Rock Calling in June. But during their downtime drummer Ronnie Vannucci, like singer Brandon Flowers before him, recorded his debut solo album, Big Talk, set to drop July 12 via Epitaph Records. "I needed to do this," Vannucci says of the LP, tracked with producer Joe Chicarelli (the Strokes, My Morning Jacket) and mixed by Alan Moulder (U2, Foo Fighters). "And now, having done it, it feels like the right thing to do. It all feels very natural." For Big Talk -- also the name of the band -- Vannucci recruited guitarist Taylor Milne, his old friend and former bandmate in late-'90s indie outfit Expert On October. "All these really cool leads that you'll hear on the songs are Taylor," Vannucci says. "We work on things together, but it's his take, so sometimes it's very different.

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    Moody Jack White & Danger Mouse Collabo Leaks

    Songs from Rome, the spaghetti western-inspired collaborative album from star producer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi, featuring vocalists Jack White and Norah Jones, continue to leak online in advance of its May 17 release. The latest: "The Rose With the Broken Neck." A slight departure from mysterious, more dramatic tracks like "You Against One" and "Black," "The Rose With the Broken Neck" is a moody and melancholic jam with xylophone, slow-grooving bass, and brushed drums, anchored by White's lovelorn lyrics: "Lonely I see / Lonely I feel / Lonely I bleed / Lonely I trust / I must be the rose with the broken neck." For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Rome, check out SPIN's May issue, on newsstands now.

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    Kanye's Bold Greek Tragedy Closes Coachella

    The surprise entrance, via crane, rising up through the middle of the massive crowd to a majestic height, where he then asked, "Can we get much higher?" The 30 ballet dancers, virtuallly nonstop fireworks, and a monolithic painted backdrop of battling angels fit for a medieval cathedral. It was unadulterated pomp and grandeur. But Kanye West's festival-closing set Sunday was perhaps most defined by what it lacked: Any of the numerous A-list guests who punctuate his catalogue. This was Kanye's bold, singular artistic moment – and all of the lights were on him alone. The two-hour set was conceived as a Greek tragedy with three acts, narrated by a song cycle ofWest's mini-monologues that grew from power-drunk to heartbroken to out of control to self-flagellating.

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    Coachella: Zach de la Rocha Unleashes the Lion

    Zach de la Rocha has a second outlet for his rage, called One Day as a Lion, and on Saturday he unleashed it on Coachella, claws and all. The trio — named after a 1970 photo of a graffiti piece taken by Chicano photographer George Rodriguez that reads, "It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb" — play an intensely aggressive and raw blend of hip-hop, hard rock, industrial, and experimental prog rock, and their 50-minute set was a vicious attack of all four as one. On drums was ex-Mars Volta sticksman Jon Theodore, who played with a notable mix of precision and power. Joey Karam hunkered behind a stack of keyboards, including Moog and Fender Rhodes, creating a sonic range from subtle melodies to ambient effects like air raid sirens.

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    Arcade Fire's Unforgettable Coachella Moment

    It was a sight to behold: Hundreds of giant flashing blue, purple, pink, red, and green balls dropping from a crane on top of the Coachella mainstage as Arcade Fire worked through "Wake Up," their final song of Saturday night's headlining set. Singer Régine Chassagne was spinning, twirling a rainbow of streamers, and all around the festival grounds lights were blinking in unison, from the faraway fences to the oft-photographed ferris wheel, transforming the scene into a bubbling Lite Brite. But the set had been impressive from the initial bass notes of opener "Month of May" and the giddy na-na-na chorus of "Rebellion Lies." "If you told me in 2002 that I'd be headlining Coachella with Animal Collectiveopening, I'd say you're full of shit," frontman Win Butler said at the start. "Thank you so much.

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    Interpol Light Up Coachella

    The pinnacle of Interpol's set on the first night of Coachella came after the New York City outfit walked offstage. Two massive steel frames more than 50 feet high closed on the stage like sliding track doors, then ignited an epic light show that's certainly one of, if not the, most ambitious spectacle in the fest's 12-year-history. Columns of light blasted into the crowd and each triangular steel pipe was glowing and pulsing in rapid succession to dramatic, grinding sound effects – think the launch scene from the 1997 Jodie Foster film Contact. And the event was symbolic of the band's set: Fresh, stylish, well-executed. After the departure last year of Carlos "D" Dengler, the band's founding bassist and most recognizable member, Interpol were in need of a rebirth.

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