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From Spin Magazine:

Spin 20th Anniversary Bash Adds Living Things, Nightmare of You; Silent Auction to Benefit Hurricane Victims

September 23, 2005

The Living Things and Nightmare of You, plus a special surprise guest, will appear on the OP Lounge second stage at New York's Webster Hall during Spin's 20th anniversary bash next Wednesday night (Sept. 28). Guest DJs Tommie Sunshine, Ultragrrrl, and the Husky Gentleman will be spinning sets throughout the night.

During the event, Spin will conduct a silent auction to benefit the MusiCares Hurrricane Relief Fund. Items include a customized Spin20 Schecter guitar (signed by the show's performers, pictured below); signed and numbered prints of the Spin20 poster (pictured above), designed by renowned artist Shepard Fairey; and other signed memorabilia from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Garbage, Interpol, Sting, Fountains of Wayne, and others, plus items from all the performers and DJs. All proceeds from the auction go directly to MusiCares. Spin, Webster Hall, Bowery Presents, and Shepard Fairey have all pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from Spin20 to MusiCares' fund.

The show's main stage -- hosted by Juliette Lewis -- will feature live performances from [Public Enemy], Death Cab for Cutie, LCD Soundsystem, Drive-By Truckers, and Lady Sovereign, plus DJ sets from Afrika Bambaataa, Diplo, DFA, DMC, and the Rub. Tickets are on sale now via TicketWeb.

Event review from Sping Magazine:

Yeah, Boyeee! Spin Turns 20!

By: Peter Gaston

September 29, 2005

Public Enemy turned back (Flavor Flav's) clock as Spin celebrated its 20th anniversary with a wild bash at New York's Webster Hall.

Just a few minutes before Public Enemy took the stage at Spin's 20th anniversary bash at New York's Webster Hall last night, Darryl McDaniels -- the rapper known best as DMC -- told the crowd about his first encounter with Public Enemy. "The first time I heard Public Enemy, it was on college radio," the hip hop legend said. "And when I heard Chuck D, it was as if God himself had come down from heaven and picked up a microphone." Truer words were not uttered onstage all night. Public Enemy's marathon set opened a seam in time back to 1988, the year It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back dropped from the skies and turned hip hop from a curious underground phenomenon into a cultural revolution.

Public Enemy provided the delicious last drops of bubbly on a splendid evening that traversed Spin's two decades of existence. Current indie heroes Death Cab for Cutie, who, like just about every other performer, seemed completely awestruck to be opening for Public Enemy, provided the emotive touch, unveiling live versions of the pristine, detailed songs from their latest record, Plans. Fittingly, the band -- backed by a twinkling starscape -- opened with "Marching Bands of Manhattan," their lilting portrait of Spin's fair hometown. Set highlights included other gems from Plans like "Soul Meets Body," "Summer Skin," and the innately catchy "Crooked Teeth," plus older faves "Company Calls," "The New Year," and "Lightness," among others.

LCD Soundsystem, Drive-By Truckers, and Lady Sovereign got the party started earlier on the main stage, with the one-two punch of LCD and Sov considerably upping the rhythmic ante, particularly James Murphy's dependably effusive performance on LCD burners like "Tribulations" and "Yeah."

Downstairs in the Op Lounge, upstarts Nightmare of You packed the room with an early set that kicked off with "My Name Is Trouble," the lithe apex of their debut album. In a live setting, the recent SPIN.com Band of the Day underpinned their somewhat mopey, Smiths-ish songs with a vigorous rhythmic vitality that made them a crowd favorite; people were either raving about their set, or bummed they'd missed it. Later, the Living Things pummeled ear drums with their blistering brand of rock, helping shake into action all the nerve endings that Death Cab had massaged into relaxed bliss. In between, Norwegian weirdos Hurra Torpedo apparently played stoves, refrigerators, and other household appliances; SPIN.com was upstairs interviewing Death Cab, but we heard Hurra's set would make Emeril proud.

But Public Enemy stole the show, and the rest of the bands seemed perfectly okay with that being the case. Casual fans left remembering Flavor Flav's minute-long rendition of his two-word catchphrase, "Yeah boyeeeeeee." Those closer to the stage will also remember that his signature wall clock necklace was an official Flavor Flav clock, complete with a miniature plastic version of Flav attached. Those really listening to Chuck D's words noticed him performing a freshly minted song, dropping lyrics off printed computer pages that attacked the government's response to poor black Americans in the Gulf Coast. He even reiterated Kanye West's now-famous line, "George Bush doesn't care about black people"; Flav jumped in: "Did you see Mike Myers face?"

We hope Flav and Chuck saw all of our faces, awestruck and blown over by the presence of true innovators on a night celebrating just that: all the music that rocks.