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This week, SPIN recovered from this year’s awesome SXSW Festival in Austin — where we brought you total coverage, with photos, live reports, and more — while rapper Lil Wayne unveiled details about Tha Carter IV and Death Cab for Cutie announced plans for their big Spring tour. Meanwhile, the Crystal Method offered up a killer remix from Daft Punk’s Tron soundtrack and artists like Lady Gaga, U2, and Nicki Minaj announced plans to help raise money for victims of the earthquake in Japan.

These stories, plus more of the week’s top news, audio/video, and live reviews, below:


SPIN Complete Coverage of SXSW 2011Photos, editors’ picks, and live reports from the Austin, TX extravaganza.
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  • EXCLUSIVE: Death Cab Unveil Tour Dates Read >>
  • Top Artists Rally for Japan Earthquake Victims Read >>
  • Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ Due Out May 16 Read >>
  • HEAR IT: Fleet Foxes Go Loud on New Track Read >>


A Perfect Circle Plot Summer TourThe alt-rock supergroup hits the road in May. Read >> Plus

  • Screeching Weasel Members Quit After Violent SXSW Read >>
  • Travie McCoy Talks Gym Class Heroes’ Next LP Read >>


The Strokes: Behind the Scenes With SPIN Intimate portraits of the New York City rockers from our cover shoot. View >> Plus

  • SPIN’s Best Photos from SXSW 2011 Read >>
  • Hot New Bands Hang With SPIN Read >>
  • Indie Stars Pose for SPIN in Austin Read >>
  • Exclusive Portraits: Rising Stars of SXSW Read >>
  • 16 Best Indie Rock Street Styles Read >>


PREMIERE: Crystal Method Remix Daft Punk’s TronHear the electronic duo’s take on soundtrack’s standout cut “The Grid.” Read >> Plus

  • FULL ALBUM STREAM: Hot Garage Rockers Obits Read >>
  • TVOTR Revive Virtual Reality in New Clip Read >>
  • LISTEN: Gritty Blues Jam from the Kills Read >>
  • LISTEN: Lil Wayne’s Hard New Single Read >>
  • Pains of Being Pure at Heart Rock ‘Late Show’ Read >>
  • Snoop Teams With Gorillaz for Woozy Stoner Jam Read >>
  • HEAR IT: Peter Bjorn and John’s New Album Read >>


Richard Ashcroft Returns To New YorkThe former Verve singer performs in the U.S. for his first show in three years.Read >>


The Strokes, Angles (RCA)The sexiest candidates for early-aughts rock salvation finally allow us to fall in lust again. Read >> Plus

  • James Blake, James Blake (Atlas/A&M)Read >>
  • Keren Ann, 101 (EMI)Read >>
  • Pharoahe Monch, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) (Duck Down)Read >>
  • Panic! at the Disco, Vices & Virtues (Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen)Read >>