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This week, Thom Yorke's all-star band, Atoms for Peace, kicked off their U.S. tour in New York City, M.I.A. dismissed any comparisons between herself and Lady Gaga, and Kings of Leon began recording their fifth record. Meanwhile, a spokesman put the kibosh on rumors that Robert Pattinson would play Kurt Cobain in a new Nirvana biopic, Rihanna tapped Ke$ha for a summer tour, the complete lineup for Lollapalooza was announced, and Kanye West recruited Q-Tip and RZA for his own upcoming album.

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

TOP STORIES

WATCH: Thom Yorke's All-Star Band Kick Off U.S. TourAtoms for Peace, featuring Flea on bass, debut new track at NYC concert last night.Watch video here! >> Plus
  • Hot Beef: M.I.A. Disses Lady Gaga Read >>
  • Kings of Leon Return to Studio Read >>
  • Hayley Williams on Eminem Collabo: "Incredible" Read >>
  • Kanye Recruits Q-Tip, RZA for June Album Read >>
  • Lady Gaga, Green Day, Soundgarden at Lollapalooza! Read >>
  • Robert Pattinson Not Confirmed to Play Kurt Cobain Read >>

NEWS

MGMT Schedule U.S. TourThe psych rockers will promote the release of Congratulations with a cross-country trek.Click for details >> Plus
  • Dr. Dre Confirms Jay-Z Collabo Read >>
  • Rihanna Taps Ke$ha for Summer Tour Read >>
  • Sex Pistols Mastermind Malcolm McLaren Dies Read >>
  • Weezer, Kid Cudi, Uffie to Guest on Steve Aoki Album Read >>

PHOTO GALLERY

Pavement Reunion Tour Rocks Tokyo!The alt-rock pioneers perform just days before their first U.S. gig in more than a decade at Coachella.See our review and pics >> Plus
  • Ke$ha: A Day in the Life View >>
  • Kurt Cobain: 16th Anniversary Scrapbook View >>

AUDIO/VIDEO

WATCH: Slash, Wolfmother Frontman Rock 'Leno'The hard rock duo wail on "By The Sword," a tune off the ex-GNR guitarist's debut solo album. Play >> Plus
  • LISTEN: Big Boi's Funky New Song Play >>
  • WATCH: Green Day's "American Girls" Video Play >>
  • LISTEN: Cypress Hill Featuring Linkin Park's Shinoda Play >>
  • FREE MP3: Mates of State Cover Girls! Play >>
  • WATCH: Ted Leo Covers Paul Weller! Play >>
  • WATCH: Rihanna Rocks 'American Idol' Play >>

IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

Corinne Bailey Rae Launches Tour with Powerful ShowThe Brit singer-songwriter brings a spiritual vibe to her musical debut at L.A.'s Cathedral of Saint Vibiana. Read >> Plus
  • Sigur Ros' Jonsi Debuts Knockout Solo Tour Read >>

REVIEWS

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard WayBrassy belter gets some help, but doesn't need it.Read >> Plus

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