SPIN.com's Best of the Week

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This week, SPIN got an exclusive preview of Lil Wayne's new album I Am Not a Human Being, Brandon Flowers showed us around his Las Vegas crib and Jay-Z and Eminem staged the "illest" show ever in New York City! Meanwhile, Trent Reznor unveiled his Social Network sampler, Weezer announced plans to perform classic albums live, and the Dead Weather revealed their new "triple decker" single.

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

TOP STORIES

EXCLUSIVE: Preview Lil Wayne's New AlbumPlus: Wayne's manager lays out MC's post-prison plans for 'Tha Carter IV' Read >> Plus
  • Trent Reznor Releases 'Social Network' Sampler Read >>
  • Weezer To Perform Classic Albums Live Read >>
  • NYC Fashion Week: Hottest Street Styles Read >>
  • Fiona Apple Reportedly Preps New Record Read >>
  • Lady Gaga Rules 2010 MTV VMAs Read >>
  • The Five Biggest Moments of the VMAs Read >>
  • Jay-Z and Eminem in NYC: "Illest" Show Ever Read >>

NEWS

A Perfect Circle Reform for Fall TourRock supergroup -- featuring Tool's Maynard James Keenan and ex-Pumpkin James Iha-will play their three albums live. Read >> Plus
  • Radiohead Finish Recording New Songs Read >>
  • New Album from Duffy Due in November Read >>
  • Dead Weather Release "Triple Decker" Single Read >>

PHOTO GALLERIES

Arcade Fire: Behind the Scenes with SPINSee exclusive pics by renowned photographer Guy Aroch from SPIN's shoot with the Canadian rockers! Read >> Plus
  • NYC Fashion Week: Best of the Music Scene Read >>
  • NYC Fashion Week: Top 10 Runway Looks Read >>

AUDIO/VIDEO

EXCLUSIVE: At Home with Brandon Flowers The Killers frontman, whose debut solo album just dropped, shows us his favorite things in his Vegas crib.Read >> Plus
  • Free Download! 18 Tracks From SPIN's October Issue Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Urge Overkill's First Song in 15 Years Read >>
  • FREE DOWNLOAD: New Smashing Pumpkins Song! Read >>
  • NEW SONG: Antony and the Johnsons and Bjork! Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel" Read >>
  • Chromeo Team Up With Vampire Weekend Read >>

IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

Alice in Chains, Deftones, Mastodon Roar to LifeThe metal-rock trio launch their U.S. tour in a blaze of Chi-town glory.Read >> Plus
  • Roger Waters Kicks Off 'Wall' Tour Read >>
  • Of Montreal & Janelle Monae Kick Off Tour Read >>
  • Superchunk Kick Off Tour for New Album Read >>

REVIEWS

Weezer, HurleyNew York's gloom kings fail to muster former majesty.Read >> Plus

Of Montreal, False Priest
Indie rock's kinkiest leading man pours out his heart's deepest desires and disappointments
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Robert Plant, Band of Joy
Zep's conjure man seeks salvation deep in the hills
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Black Mountain, Wilderness Heart
Shaggy '70s riff mongers take bong to the woods
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Grinderman, Grinderman 2
Nick Cave and friends want to do bad things with you
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The Walkmen, Lisbon
Battered rockers stalk the streets with savvy stride
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Crocodiles, Sleep Forever
Authentic psych-grunge or bubblegum trash? Both?
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Chromeo, Business Casual
Tireless '80s excavators suavely tweak come-ons
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The Drums, The Drums
Fearless fops hark back to era of synths and quiffs
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Blonde Redhead, Penny Sparkle
Gauzy guitar vignettes replaced by somber synths
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Brandon Flowers, Flamingo
Killers crooner mistakenly cranks up the melodrama
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Screaming Females, Castle Talk
Rowdy basement-punk din now a tightly coiled roar
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Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone
Tweedy forgoes makeover on batch of inspired belting
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Underworld, Barking
Electronica eccentrics earn the right to go pop
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Superchunk, Majesty Shredding
The little punk band that could, and did -- does it again
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Azure Ray, Drawing Down the Moon
Female duo returns with songs for somber lovers.
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Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song
Hard-living 'Bama brawler stretches out, speaks harsh truth.
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Bear in Heaven, Beast Rest Forth Mouth (Expanded Edition)
Sublime chemical swoon get serious remix tweak
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The Black Angels, Phosphene Dream
Texans spiff up effects pedals, hit the highway
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Dungen, Skit I Allt
Striking psych-folk crafted with untrippy precision
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El Guincho, Pop Negro
Not a frown to be found in the border-crossing fantasia
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Junip, Fields
Intimate folk minimalist revisits slinky rock guise
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The Corin Tucker Band, 1,000 Years
Ballad of a Lady: Sleater-Kinney's fierce voice eases into the future
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Les Savy Fav, Root for Ruin
Brooklyn's fraternal order of noisy crowd-pleasers
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Linkin Park, A Thousand Suns
One merciful step closer to forgetting mook mania
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Rah Digga, Classic
Harriet Thugman still runs underground rap railroad
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Superpitcher, Kilimanjaro
Techno titan reemerges as Thin White Archduke
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Tamaryn, The Waves
Why, yes, that's actually an eerily accurate album title
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