News \’s Best of the Week

From NIN's farewell tour to Jay-Z's 9/11 concert. Plus: Pearl Jam, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Death Cab and more!

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // August 28, 2009

It was a great week for live music: Nine Inch Nails kicked off their farewell tour, SPIN hit the road with Pearl Jam, reviewing the first three nights of their North American tour, Billy Corgan jammed with Dave Navarro, and Dave Grohl/Josh Homme/John Paul Jones supergroup Them Crooked Vultures debuted new songs live.

Elsewhere, Jay-Z announced a special 9/11 performance in New York, Death Cab joined the soundtrack to Twilight flick New Moon, Lil Wayne, Drake, Eminem, and Kanye collaborated, and much, much more.

These stories, plus the week’s top news, photo galleries, audio/video, and live reviews, below.TOP STORIES:

Nine Inch Nails Launch Goodbye Tour

Trent Reznor & Co. begin their string of “last live shows ever” at Manhattan’s intimate Bowery Ballroom.Read >>PLUS:

  • Nine Inch Nails: What Does ‘Goodbye’ Mean?Read >>
  • Pearl Jam Kick Off North American TourRead >>
  • Pearl Jam Triumph in U.S. DebutRead >>
  • Pearl Jam Tour, Night 3: Brilliant Set Read >>
  • Jay-Z Plans 9/11 Benefit Gig in NYC Read >>


The White Soulboy Invasion

SPIN takes a closer look at the new crop of would-be Justins. Click through our gallery to hear tracks by 7 trendsetters. Read >>PLUS:

  • Best of the Chicago Music SceneRead >>
  • Best of the San Francisco Music Scene Read >>
  • Fashion Look Book: More From the Brooklyn Pool PartiesRead >>


First Listen: Drake’s All-Star Collabo with Eminem, Kanye, Lil Wayne

STREAM NOW: Charles Aaron breaks down the hot new track off new, LeBron James-inspired compilation.Read >>PLUS:

  • Karen O Debuts ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ SingleRead >>
  • Watch: Cameron Crowe Films Pearl JamRead >>
  • Watch: NIN Joined by Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy!Read >>
  • Watch: Them Crooked Vultures LiveRead >>
  • Download: M.I.A. Duets with the Very BestRead >>
  • Watch: L.A. Punks the Bronx Go MariachiRead >>


Billy Corgan, Dave Navarro Launch Tour in California

Nineties guitar heroes unite on opening night of Corgan’s Spirits in the Sky tour. Click here for details! Read >>PLUS:

  • Wolfmother Rocks Sunset Strip Dinner CrowdRead >>


Death Cab Join ‘New Moon’ Soundtrack

The bookish Northwesterners discuss their reasons for uniting with Thom Yorke and Bon Iver on the indie-leaning Twilight sequel. Read >>PLUS:

  • Kings of Leon Channel Radiohead on New SongsRead >>
  • Sneak Peek: Kurt Cobain’s ‘Guitar Hero’ CharacterRead >>
  • MGMT Discuss New AlbumRead >>
  • Bob Dylan to Release Christmas AlbumRead >>
  • REPORT: Michael Jackson’s Death a HomicideRead >>


Paramore, brand new eyes

Pint-size Tennessee titan makes a convincing case for sincerity. Read >>PLUS:

  • Arctic Monkeys, ‘Humbug’ (Domino)Read >>
  • The Very Best, ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ (Green Owl) Read >>
  • Jet, ‘Shaka Rock’ (Real Horrorshow/Five Seven)Read >>
  • Matisyahu, ‘Light’ (Epic) Read >>
  • The Avett Brothers, ‘I and Love and You’ (American/Columbia) Read >>