SPIN.com's Best of the Week

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Rihanna / MMJ's Jim James (Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford)
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This week, Rihanna discussed her "bad ass" new album, U2 teamed with Danger Mouse for their next record, and Iron & Wine said the band is going "pop." Meanwhile, My Morning Jacket stormed New York City for a series of shows, and Phoenix headlined Madison Square Garden with fellow Frenchmen Daft Punk.

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

TOP STORIES

My Morning Jacket: Live in NYC Reports from the band's weeklong stand at Terminal 5. Read >> Plus
  • PREVIEW: Rihanna Discusses "Bad Ass" New Album Read >>
  • Kings of Leon: Behind the Scenes with SPIN Read >>
  • NEW MUSIC: 30 Best Artists from CMJ Fest Read >>
  • Iron & Wine: "Focused Pop Record" Due in January Read >>

NEWS

Punk Icon Ari Up of the Slits Dies at 48The band's founder succumbs to "serious illness," according to stepfather John Lydon. Read >> Plus
  • U2 Recruits Danger Mouse for New Album Read >>
  • Smashing Pumpkins Announce New 'Teargarden' EP Read >>
  • Weezer's Rivers Cuomo: "We Were Really Miserable" Read >>
  • Beastie Boys Plan New Record for Spring Read >>
  • The Cars Reunite, Record New Album Read >>

PHOTO GALLERIES

ICONS OF DREAD: Rare Joy Division PicsCheck out 15 photos that capture the rise of the groundbreaking British post-punk group. View >> Plus
  • Why They're Called... Special CMJ Edition! View >>
  • Best Pics from Treasure Island Fest View >>

AUDIO/VIDEO

WATCH: In the Studio with A Perfect CircleSee the alt-rock supergroup rehearse for their upcoming fall tour! Read >> Plus
  • FREE MP3 MIXTAPE: The Best of CMJ 2010 Read >>
  • LISTEN: New T.I. Song ft. Chris Brown! Read >>
  • WATCH: Behind the Scenes with the National Read >>
  • FREE MIXTAPE: Top Acts Cover Bad Religion Read >>

IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

Phoenix & Daft Punk Wow Madison Square GardenPHOTOS & VIDEO: The mainstream hitmakers bring French flare -- and some surprises -- to New York. Read >> Plus
  • REVIEW: Say Anything, Motion City Headline Tour Read >>
  • Live in L.A.: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells Read >>
  • Foxy Shazam and Free Energy Headline SPIN Tour Read >>
  • 12 Best Moments of Treasure Island Music Fest Read >>

REVIEWS

Kings of Leon, Come Around Sundown (RCA) Simple Men? Tennessee titans face effects of rock-star stress syndrome.
Read >>
Plus
  • How to Dress Well, Love Remains (Lefse) Read >>
  • The Extra Lens, Undercard (Merge) Read >>

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