1.Metric

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Toronto pop-rockers Metric got a chance to hone their chops in New York City before they head off on this summer's Lilith Fair tour. Get a preview of the band's sound here. Written by David Marchese

2.Metric

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Toronto pop-rockers Metric got a chance to hone their chops in New York City before they head off on this summer's Lilith Fair tour. Get a preview of the band's sound here. Written by David Marchese

3.Wavves

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San Diego's Wavves warmed up a cold Brooklyn night with their melodic sun'n'sand surf-punk.

4.Efterklang

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Clean-cut Danish outfit Efterklang, currently touring behind their new Magic Chairs, played some moody indie-rock under the red lights at New York's intimate Le Poisson Rouge.

5.Freelance Whales

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Queens, New York, art-rock collective Freelance Whales got back to its busking roots, playing a set on the platform at the Bedford Avenue subway stop in Brooklyn.

6.Tegan of T&S

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What? You mean you don't instantly know which one of the identical twin Canadian folk-rockers this picture is of? Sheesh? (It's Tegan.)

7.The Bird and the Bee with John Oates

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In advance of their Hall & Oates tribute album, Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall And John Oates, synth-pop duo the Bird and the Bee got some first-hand help from John Oates himself at L.A.'s El Rey Theatre.

8.Phillip Seymore Hoffman

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The band, not the actor. (Though, curiously, we've never seen them both in the same place.)

9.Animal Collective

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SPIN Album of the Year winner Animal Collective performed (if that's the right word) an art installation at New York City's Guggenheim museum. Read our review here.

10.Cool Kids

10/11

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At this San Fran show, Chicago's retro-rapper provided front row fans with an up-close-and-personal photo-op.

11.Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

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There, in the light, is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Check out their new video here.