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This week, the Strokes, Kanye West, and Arcade Fire were named headliners for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the Kills talked to SPIN about their April album, and R.E.M. dropped the first single from their upcoming LP, Collapse Into Now. Meanwhile, we looked ahead at the 30 must-hear records of 2011, Foo Fighters previewed a new song, and Linkin Park kicked off their winter tour.

These stories, plus the week’s top news, audio, video, and concert reviews, below:


Strokes, Kings, and Kanye Top Coachella 2011This year’s line-up includes Arcade Fire, Interpol, PJ Harvey, Duran Duran, Lauryn Hill and others. Read >> Plus

  • SPIN’S 30 Must-Hear Albums of 2011 Read >>
  • Hear It: R.E.M. Release First Single from New Album Read >>
  • Prince Serenades ‘Gossip Girl’ Leighton Meester! Read >>
  • The Kills Talk About Expansive New Album Read >>


Wayne Coyne on Flaming Lips’ Plans for 2011The frontman says a collabo with Neon Indian, vinyl reissues of their catalog, and a mobile phone version of Zaireeka are in the works. Read >> Plus

  • Nicki Minaj Teams Up with Lil Wayne Read >>
  • Cut Copy Announce U.S. Tour Read >>
  • Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Forms New Band Read >>
  • FREE DOWNLOAD: Talib Kweli on New Music & More Read >>


Against Me! Behind the Scenes with SPINGet the inside view of the punk band’s tour from frontman Tom Gabel and photog Ryan Russell. View >>


Wanda Jackson and Jack White Heat Up ‘Letterman’Watch the Queen of Rockabilly and the White Stripes guitarist team up for hot Late Night performance. Read >> Plus

  • Foo Fighters Preview Raging Song from Spring LP Read >>
  • SNEAK PEEK: Pavement Rock ‘Ace of Cakes’ Read >>
  • WATCH: Matt & Kim’s Bloody Brawl! Read >>
  • New Peter Bjorn and John Song & Video! Read >>
  • Watch Patrick Stump Cover Jay-Z, Cee Lo, and B.o.B Read >>
  • WATCH: Dismemberment Plan Reunite on ‘Fallon’ Read >>
  • WATCH: Florence, Surfer Blood Live from SPIN Party Read >>


Linkin Park Mix Ambient with Rage in Tour OpenerThe chart-toppers walk a fan-pleasing tightrope between their subtle new electro and their older house-stomping hits.Read >> Plus

  • Kid Rock Hosts Star-Studded Hometown B-Day Bash! Read >>
  • Archers of Loaf Make Surprise Live Comeback Read >>
  • Brit Buzz Band Vaccines Impress in U.S. Debut Read >>
  • Pete Wentz’ Black Cards Celebrate in Chicago Read >>
  • Notable Newcomer Lissie Wows Crowd in L.A. Read >>
  • Camper Van Beethoven & Cracker Reunite! Read >>


The Decemberists, The King Is Dead (Capitol)The Simpler Life: Colin Meloy nixes the pixie dust on the Decemberists’ latest rock’n’roll fantasy. Read >> Plus

  • Robert Pollard, Space City Kicks (Guided By Voices, Inc.)Read >>
  • Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum)Read >>
  • Braids, Native Speaker (Kanine)Read >>
  • Social Distortion, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (Epitaph)Read >>
  • Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Teenage and Tourture (Knitting Factory)Read >>
  • Tennis, Cape Dory (Fat Possum)Read >>
  • Young Prisms, Friends for Now (Kanine)Read >>