SPIN.com's Best of the Week

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Florence / Ryan Adams / Karen O
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This week, Florence and the Machine and Ryan Adams debuted the first songs from their fall albums, and Karen O detailed her "psycho" rock opera, which she'll perform this October in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, Amy Winehouse's toxicology tests returned negative for drugs, St. Vincent played her new album Strange Mercy live in New York City, and Bon Iver and James Blake's collabo song dropped online -- to mixed reviews.

These stories, plus the week's top news, audio/video, and live reviews, below:

TOP STORIES

St. Vincent Debuts New Album at NYC's MetropolitanAnnie Clark's deft guitar work and feathery vocals triumph over the ancient silence of the art Museum's Egyptian statuary. Read >> Plus
  • LISTEN: Ryan Adams' First New Album Track Read >>
  • Inside Sonic Youth and Nirvana's Epic 1991 Tour Read >>
  • Karen O Reveals Details of "Psycho Opera" Read >>
  • LISTEN: Bon Iver, James Blake Team Up Read >>
  • LISTEN: First New Florence + the Machine Song Read >>

NEWS

Winehouse Toxicology Shows 'No Illegal Subtances'The late singer's family says test results also show that "alcohol was present."
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Plus
  • Tour Exclusive: Blink-182 & My Chem Backstage Read >>
  • Lou Reed, Metallica Reveal Album Details Read >>
  • Jon Stewart Hosting Nirvana Interview on Sirius Read >>
  • Jani Lane: the Sad Decline of a Hair-Metal Icon Read >>

PHOTO GALLERY

10 Virgin FreeFest Acts We'd Pay to SeeCheck out our picks of the top performers at the Sept. 10 Maryland event. Read >>

AUDIO/VIDEO

Girls' New Song Is a Surf-Rock Ode to MamaThe San Francisco outfit drop "Honey Bunny" ahead of their album's September 13 release. Read >> Plus
  • LISTEN: Chili Peppers' New Disco-Funk Song Read >>
  • St. Vincent Abducted, Buried Alive in New Video Read >>
  • Atlas Sound Announces New LP, Drops Song Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Patton Oswalt in Hilarious Ettes Video Read >>
  • ALBUM PREMIERE: Wild Miami Rockers Jacuzzi Boys Read >>
  • Jeff Tweedy Unveils Another New Wilco Tune Read >>
  • FULL ALBUM STREAM: Cymbals Eat Guitars Read >>

IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

Rock the Bells: Behind the ScenesSee exclusive backstage and live photos of Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Cypress Hill, and more at the fest's L.A. kickoff. Read >> Plus
  • The Rapture Play Hometown Preview Show Read >>

REVIEWS

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Mirror Traffic Read >> Plus
  • Sun Araw, Ancient Romans (Drag City/Sun Ark) Read >>
  • Nero, Welcome Reality (MTA) Read >>
  • Stephin Merritt, Obscurities (Merge) Read >>
  • Black Tide, Post Mortem (DGC/Interscope) Read >>
  • Various Artists, Muppets: The Green Album (Walt Disney) Read >>

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