August 3rd – 5th in Grant Park, Chicago: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White headline a very rock n roll weekned with Florence & The Machine, Bassnectar, The Shins, Justice, Passion Pit, The Weeknd, Santigold, Miike Snow, Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, Neon Indian, Die Antwoord, M83 and more.


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Twin festivals Reading & Leeds announce their lineups for August 24th-26th. Kasabian, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, The Cure, Florence & The Machine, The Shins, Justice, Foster The People, The Horrors, Azealia Banks, OFWGKTA and so forth.

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This Week: The Shins are back with their first album in five years and only James Mercer; White Hills bring another stoner monster; Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo explores the singer / songwriter element; Brooklyn electronic duo Tanlines bring heart to the dancefloor.

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Frontman James Mercer and crew go all Wes Anderson in this new clip from their much anticipated third album Port of Morrow which comes out next week. This song showcases perfectly why these guys have been so popular: amazing song craft.

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Jonah Hill returns to hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest, The Shins.

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Washington DC’s Sweetlife Food & Music Festival is back for another year at Meriweather Post Pavilion. This year’s artists include AVICII, A$AP Rocky, The Shins, Kid Cudi, Explosions in the Sky and more.

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The Shins have released a video for “September,” the b-side to their new single, “Simple Song”, which came out Valentines’s Day. Their highly anticipated new album Port Of Morrow is due at the end of March.

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The Bonnaroo lineup is madness: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish headline with The Beach Boys, Bon Iver, Skrillex, Foster The People, The Roots, Alice Cooper, Black Star, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, Phantogram, The Black Lips, The War On Drugs, EMA, Kurt Vile, Yelawolf, Bad Brains, Danny Brown a whole bunch more on the roster.

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Memorial Day weekend brings the Sasquatch Festival to The Gorge outside of Seattle. Jack White, Bon Iver, Girl Talk, Tenacious D, The Shins, Kurt Vile and lots more.

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Coachella has officially announced the lineup for this year’s festival: Radiohead, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, M83, Arctic Monkeys, Girl Talk, The Weeknd, Buzzcocks, Justice, A$AP Rocky, Girls, Cat Power, Neon Indian, Justice, WU LYF and it just keeps going.

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You have probably just gotten over reading the endless 2011 best of lists, so now that you’ve recovered, let’s look at 2012 and the albums we are most excited about hearing. Assuming the world doesn’t end it should be a great year for your headphones.

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