1. Har Mar Superstar

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Filthy'n'freaky R&B jokester Har Mar Superstar got up close and personal with a lucky (or not) audience member at this, uh, intimate San Francisco show.

2. Har Mar Superstar

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Filthy'n'freaky R&B jokester Har Mar Superstar got up close and personal with a lucky (or not) audience member at this, uh, intimate San Francisco show.

3. Phoenix

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Frontman Thomas Mars looks more pensive than his band sounds. Here's proof, from Phoenix's recent visit to the SPIN offices.

4. Mudhoney

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Proving one's flexibility doesn't have to diminish with age, Mark Arm of grunge forefathers Mudhoney bent over backwards to please the crowd at Seattle club Neumos.

5. Alice in Chains

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Grunge legends Alice in Chains -- with Layne Stayley replacement William DuVall (left) alongside Jerry Cantrell -- returned for a hometown show in support of its new Black Gives Way to Blue.

6. Thee Satisfaction

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Cat and Stasia of rap duo Thee Satisfaction stopped into Seattle's KEXP studio to lay down some of their spacey sci-fi sounds. Check out the track "Icing" here.

7. The Cribs with Johnny Mar

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Trust us -- ex-Smith's guitarist Johnny Marr (left) is more excited to be playing with English punk rockers the Cribs than he appears to be (that's Ryan Jarman, right). The band recently wrapped up a North American tour.

8. Dessa

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Up-and-coming Minneapolis MC Dessa posed for this portrait at KEXP's studio while on tour with fellow Twin Cities rapper P.O.S.

9. People Eating People

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Don't expect any musical cannibalism on the recently released self-titled debut album from inventive songwriter People Eating People (her parents call her Nouela Johnston), seen here rocking a Seattle show.

10. Editors

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British quartet Editors, whose new In this Light and on This Evening earned high marks from SPIN, added a dash of color to their dark music at this San Francisco concert.

11. The Soft Pack

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Why is Soft Pack-er Brian Hill singing instead of frontman Matt Lamkin? While you scratch your head over that, check out the band-formerly-known-as-the-Muslims' garage rockin' "Answer to Yourself," which was featured on SPIN's free 10 Artists to Watch compilation.