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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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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All hail free music! There was a lot of quality material given away this year. Here’s 11 of our favorite mixtapes.

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To conclude our coverage of everything next-level in 2011, these are the eleven most compelling “breakout” acts of the year.

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As promised, The Weeknd released the final piece of the 2011 trilogy late last night. Echoes of Silence is nine tracks, including a genius cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” and production from Clams Casino.

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Until now the only videos The Weeknd has put out have been “unofficial,” but this one looks legit. The near eight minute epic from debut mixtape House Of Balloons is a lonely journey through space and time, a war of the sexes and sadness.

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This Week: Drake is back with superstar guests; Swedish electronic outfit Korallreven’s debut; Pterodactyl is noisy and bright; 31 years of R.E.M.; A synth-phonic release from Tycho.

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Is R&B back? Or maybe our original concept of the genre is evolving and broadening. Here are five artists that showcase R&Bs current progression.

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The first video from The Weeknd’s new mixtape, Thursday, it’s unclear whether or not it’s an official clip. The much anticipated release dropped last week.

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Toronto R&B superstar The Weeknd has released the highly anticipated follow up to mega hit, House Of Balloons. Get the free mixtape, Thursday.

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The idea of isolating artists based on region (let alone country) seems a tad backwards, but simply put, we’re in the midst of another Canadian wave of music.

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Stereogum gives us a fantastic, two-volume mixtape, made just for summer. Featuring: The Weeknd, John Maus, YACHT, J Masics, Hooray For Earth, Cold Cave, Washed Out, and lots more.

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