SPIN.com's Best of the Week

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Anthony Kiedis / Butt-Head / Jay-Z (Photo: Vivien Killilea/WireImage, Kiedis; Jimmy James/Camera Press/Retna, Jay-Z)
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This week, Red Hot Chili Peppers ended their five-year hiatus by releasing the first single from their upcoming tenth album I'm With You, MTV previewed the fall comeback season of Beavis and Butt-Head, and Jay-Z and Kanye sampled soul singer Otis Redding on the latest track from their highly anticipated collabo LP Watch the Throne. Meanwhile, 40 artists discussed how Nirvana's Nevermind influenced their careers, while others covered the album as part of our Newermind tribute LP -- a runaway hit so far! Puscifer and Girls dropped the first tracks from their fall releases,Katy Perry earned a whopping nine nominations for the MTV VMAs, andthe Beastie Boys collaborated with Spike Jonze on a hilarious action figure video.

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

TOP STORIES

What Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Means to Me20 YEARS LATER: See what Eddie Vedder, Wayne Coyne, Dave Grohl and others have to say about the influential 1991 album. Read >> Plus
  • FREE ALBUM: SPIN Tribute to Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Read >>
  • LISTEN: Red Hot Chili Peppers Bring the Funk Read >>
  • PREVIEW: The Return of 'Beavis and Butt-Head'! Read >>
  • Katy, Kanye, Adele Lead MTV VMA Nominations Read >>
  • DOWNLOAD: First New Girls Song Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Puscifer Debut Eerie First Song Read >>
  • Jay-Z & Kanye Drop Hot Otis Redding-Sampling Track Read >>

NEWS

Skrillex Plans Massive 51-City TourBreakthrough DJ launches the "Mothership Tour" in Austin this September. Read >> Plus
  • Online Music Streaming: What's Best for You? Read >>
  • Bjork Ponders Existence on New Song "Cosmonogy" Read >>
  • Gym Class Heroes Return to Roots On New LP Read >>
  • Q&A: Reggie Watts Talks August Tour Read >>
  • My Favorite Things: Santigold Read >>

PHOTO GALLERY

6 Northwest Bands You Need to KnowListen to music from the hottest up-and-comers rocking Seattle's Block Party July 22-24. Read >>

AUDIO/VIDEO

Paramore Premiere 'Transformers' VideoThe Tennessee band's first video since their lineup split features an angsty Hayley Williams. Read >> Plus
  • Beastie Boys Drop Hilarious Action Figure Video Read >>
  • Friendly Fires Drop Hot Lady Gaga Cover Read >>
  • Timberlake & Fallon Revive Awesome Rap Sketch Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Meet Retro-Country Upstart Nikki Lane Read >>
  • Flaming Lips Unveil Three "Gummy Fetus" Songs Read >>
  • FREE DOWNLOAD: M83 Drop Sax-y First Song Read >>

AUDIO/VIDEO

Slayer and Rob Zombie Launch 'Hell on Earth' TourZombie's emphasis on stage dramatics contrasted sharply with Slayer's punishing, no frills sonic assault. Read >> Plus
  • Indie Rap Icons Company Flow's Raging Reunion Read >>

REVIEWS

They Might Be Giants, Join Us (Idlewild/Rounder)Read >> Plus
  • Portugal. The Man, In the Mountain in the Cloud (Atlantic) Read >>
  • Amy LaVere, Stranger Me (Archer)Read >>
  • Theophilus London, Timez Are Weird These Days (Warner Bros.) Read >>
  • Richard Youngs, Amplifying Host (Jagjaguwar)Read >>

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