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Lollapalooza 2011/Beirut

It’s Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago.

Perry Farrell’s vision is now 2O years old.

As usual the lineup is impressive and Spin is offering a free download of 14 of the performing bands such as Lykke Li, Foster the People, Black Lips, Titus Andronicus, the Mountain Goats and Ratatat.

Beirut, the Balkan folk indie-rock band from Santa Fe, led by Zach Condon, is included as well.

“East Harlem” is from Beirut’s recently released third album, The Rip Tide.

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Nevermind, the Nirvana album that helped define a generation, will mark its 20th anniversary in September.

In celebration and to honour its brilliance, Spin has compiled a free tribute album of contemporary artists performing the 13 tracks in original song sequence.

Meat Puppets, Titus Andronicus, the Vaselines, EMA and dear friend Amanda Palmer are a few of the artists included.

Download the album via Spin’s Facebook page and listen now to Amanda’s version of “Polly”. She does have a way with a cover song: thoughtful, respectful, insightful.

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The world of music is cyclical and goes into hiatus a few weeks before Christmas and into the new year. Slowly new music is released in January and gains momentum later in the winter flowing into the spring.

Bands that enthralled me last year included Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Avi Buffalo, Badly Drawn Boy, Beach House, Belle & Sebastian, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Delorean, The Drums, Dum Dum Girls, Eminem, Girl Talk, Glasser, Gorillaz, Janelle Monáe, Joanna Newsom, Karen Elson, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons, The National, No Age, Perfume Genius, Phoenix, School of Seven Bells, She & Him, Shearwater, Sleigh Bells, Stars, Titus Andronicus and Warpaint.

And The xx continued to give me great pleasure.

Here you will hear the best new music as it becomes available.

Next week we will have an exclusive Cure video.

Happy New Year indeed.

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