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SPIN.com’s Best of the Week

Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse make us wonder if the end is near. Plus: My Chemical Romance, Joaquin Phoenix, and more!

By: SPIN Staff // February 7, 2009

Is it just us, or is the whole world going crazy? Thriller is headed to Broadway. Reformed drug addict Amy Winehouse is planning to record her new album in smoke-friendly Jamaica. And Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the world’s best live band, used recorded tracks during their Super Bowl performance. Yup, the end is definitely near.

Check out these stories, plus the week’s top audio, news, and reviews below:TOP STORIES:

Jacko on Broadway: Genius or Sign of Apocalypse?

SPIN’s Ellen Carpenter on the disturbing news that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is headed to the stage.Read >>PLUS:

  • My Chemical Romance Cover Bob Dylan for ‘Watchmen’ Read >>
  • Springsteen Used Recorded Tracks for Super Bowl Read >>
  • Amy Winehouse to Record Album in Jamaica Read >>
  • Joaquin Phoenix on Music Career: ‘It’s No Hoax’ Read >>

GRAMMYS:

Grammy Predictions: Who Will Win?

SPIN’s David Marchese on the relative merits of Lil Wayne, Coldplay, M.I.A., and…the Jonas Brothers! Read >>PLUS:

  • It’s Not Your Parents’ Grammy Awards — Or Is It?Read >>
  • 6 Thoughts About the Offbeat Grammys Read >>

NEWS:

Springsteen, Beastie Boys, and Phish Headline Bonnaroo

PLUS: NIN, Wilco, Animal Collective, Bon Iver, and many more. Click here for the lineup! Read >>PLUS:

  • Cramps Singer Lux Interior Dead Read >>
  • Coldplay Announce U.S. Tour Read >>
  • Exclusive Album Preview: Mew Read >>
  • Kanye West Kicks It with Louis Vuitton Read >>
  • Jennifer Hudson Lip Synched Super Bowl Performance Read >>

AUDIO/VIDEO:

Exclusive Song: The Hold Steady Cover Springsteen

Hear the Brooklyn rabble-rousers’ spot-on rendition of “Atlantic City”! Read >>PLUS:

  • Exclusive Download: Robert Pollard Visits “Vegas” Read >>
  • Exclusive Download: Big Business’ Aural Assault Read >>
  • Stream: New Lady Sov Song Read >>
  • Download: Mirah Mixes Grit with Grace Read >>

REVIEWS:

The Von Bondies, Love, Hate, and Then There’s You

Detroit rock scrappers get off mat, come back swinging.Read >>PLUS:

  • Ben Kweller, Changing Horses (ATO) Read >>
  • Two Tongues, Two Tongues (Vagrant) Read >>
  • Heartless Bastards, The Mountain (Fat Possum) Read >>
  • Telefon Tel Aviv, Immolate Yourself (Bpitch Control) Read >>
  • Black Gold, Rush (Red Bull) Read >>
  • Phosphorescent, To Willie (Dead Oceans) Read >>
  • Vulture Whale, Vulture Whale (Skybucket) Read >>