News \’s Best of the Week

White Stripes' vintage covers, Lil Wayne's new mixtape, Nirvana's anniversary begins. Plus: Blink, Black Keys, and more.

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // July 16, 2011

This week, the White Stripes released two vintage covers, Lil Wayne dropped a hot new mixtape, and SPIN kicked off the 20th anniversary celebration for Nirvana’s Nevermind. Meanwhile, Blink-182 debuted their first new song in eight years, the Black Keys talked about their upcoming LP, and My Morning Jacket covered the Muppets.

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


IN THE STUDIO: The Black Keys“It’s the fastest we’ve ever played,” singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach says of the blues-rock duo’s seventh LP. Read >> Plus

  • The Inside Story of Rare Kurt Cobain ‘Nevermind’ Photo Read >>
  • Blink-182 Debut First Song in Eight Years Read >>
  • HEAR IT: Lil Wayne Returns With Hot Mixtape Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: My Morning Jacket Cover the Muppets Read >>
  • LISTEN: White Stripes Release Two Vintage Covers Read >>


Coheed Bassist Arrested for Robbing PharmacyMichael Todd allegedly held up a Walgreens outside Boston and demanded Oxycontin. Read >> Plus

  • Portishead Map First U.S. Tour in 13 Years Read >>
  • Beyonce, Mr. Hudson on Jay-Z & Kanye Album Read >>
  • St. Vincent Unveils Album Art, Tracklist, Tour Read >>
  • My Favorite Things: Reggie Watts Read >>
  • Hear the Wu-Tang Clan, Fugazi Mash-Up Album Read >>


EXCLUSIVE: Mayhem in Atlanta With the Black LipsWatch the Atlanta punks set stuff on fire and get dragged behind a truck in their wild SPIN photo shoot. Read >> Plus

  • Interpol Team With David Lynch on Animated Clip Read >>
  • St. Vincent Delivers Rowdy Tom Waits Cover Read >>
  • SPIN Mix for July: 15 Songs You Must Hear Now! Read >>
  • Thurston Moore Trips Out in Stunning Video Read >>
  • PLAYLIST: Bob Mould Picks Electronic, Punk & House Read >>
  • Jack White Goes Hip-Hop with MC Black Milk Read >>
  • Avett Brothers Debut Heartbreaking New Song Read >>
  • WATCH: Cults Rock SPIN’S Rooftop Read >>


Animal Collective Finally Play Merriweather PostFor the first time, the Maryland-born experimental rockers play the home-state venue which begat the title of their monumental 2009 album. Read >> Plus

  • Dance Act SBTRKT Makes Shaky U.S. Live Debut Read >>


Washed Out, Within and Without (Sub Pop)Lush chillwave for people who can’t stand chillwave. Read >> Plus

  • The Cool Kids, When Fish Ride Bicycles (Green Label Sound) Read >>
  • R.E.M., Life’s Rich Pageant: 25th Anniversary Edition (I.R.S./Capitol)Read >>
  • Eleanor Friedberger, Last Summer (Merge) Read >>
  • Army Navy, The Last Place (Emusic Selects)Read >>
  • Alkaline Trio, Damnesia (Heart & Skull/Epitaph)Read >>
  • Zomby, Dedication (4AD)Read >>
  • Incubus, If Not Now, When? (Epic)Read >>
  • Sons and Daughters, Mirror Mirror (Domino)Read >>