SPIN.com's Best of the Week, October 6-13

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As you get ready to celebrate Columbus Day, check out our scoop on Green Day's next full-length and Metallica's upcoming tour, and listen to exclusive new tunes from Manchester Orchestra, Minus the Bear, and others. Plus: Get more of the best from the past week:

What We Learned...

-- Green Day's next record: It looks like the boys have impeccable taste in producers. Click here to find out which musical maestro is manning the boards.

-- Metallica's upcoming American tour: We hope you like Death Magnetic -- not to mention lights and, uh, shit that blows up. Click here to prepare yourselves accordingly.

Audio/Video:

-- Exclusive: Download a New Minus the Bear Song
Grab the previously unreleased "Guns & Ammo" from the indie prog band's new acoustic EP -- for a limited time only!
-- Exclusive: Download Unreleased Song from Manchester Orchestra
Frontman Andy Hull tells SPIN.com the story behind the stirring "I Was A Lid," a tune from the budding rockers' upcoming EP.
--'SNL': Tina Does Palin, Killers Perform
VIDEO! The comedienne returns to applause aplenty, while Brandon Flowers and Co. unveil two dance-y tunes off their new album.

Features:

-- 'Twilight' Soundtrack Tracklisting Unveiled
A new song from Perry Farrell plus 11 other tunes from various artists make the album.Click here for details!
-- Death Cab Triumph at Radio City
On top of their game, the Seattle quartet uncorks a sublime, career-spanning set while selling out the landmark venue.
-- SPIN.com's Top 5 Up-and-Coming Montreal Bands
Our intrepid reporter hits the underbelly of Pop! Montreal to discover the new Arcade Fire.
-- Ben Kweller Reviews S.F.'s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest
Think you don't like country music? The Texas indie-rocker explains why you're wrong -- and offers his favorites from the event.
-- Franz Ferdinand Debut 6 New Tunes
For SPIN.com's definitive "first listen" of the Scot quartet's new album cuts click here!
-- Exclusive: Franz Ferdinand Tell All About New Album
VIDEO! Watch frontman Alex Kapranos and drummer Paul Thomson reveal new details about the band's much-anticipated third record.
-- Rage Against the Machine to Record New Album?
Guitarist Tom Morello sounds off on rampant web speculation claiming the reunited rockers are going into the studio.
-- Led Zeppelin to Recruit New Singer?
Twisted Sister's Dee Snider claims the rock legends may replace Robert Plant. Click here to find out more!
-- Stream the Pretenders' Complete New Album
Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and Co. return with the SPIN-praised set Break Up the Concrete . Hear the whole record here!
-- Travis Barker Talks Plane Crash Recovery
Just over one week after his release from a Georgia burn center, the ex-Blink-182 drummer finally speaks.
-- My Morning Jacket's Jim James Hospitalized
The Southern crooner suffers injuries -- and upcoming shows are cancelled.

Editors' Blog:

-- Why America Needs Oasis
Coldplay may be bigger, but Chris Martin can't touch the Gallaghers when it comes to being a rock star, says SPIN's David Marchese.
-- Who Could Fall in Love to These Songs?
Movie music matters.But in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist...oddly, not so much, says SPIN's Phoebe Reilly.
-- Music to Lose Your Freakin' Life Savings By
What do Lil Wayne, Joey Ramone, and CNBC's Maria Bartiromo all have in common? SPIN's Steve Kandell explains.
-- End the Trend: The Lumberjack Look!
Is the Brawny paper towel mascot to blame for music's most tired fashion trend?SPIN's Ellen Carpenter investigates.
-- Welcome Back: Echo and the Bunnymen & Good Rats!
SPIN editor Doug Brod riffs on this week's rare concerts of two longtime favorites -- and tells you why you should care, too.
-- What's Up With Guy Bands Who Call Themselves 'Girls'?
We've noticed a disturbing new trend in gender reversal -- but what can it mean?An investigation (um, kind of), by SPIN's Abigail Everdell.

Reviews:

-- The Pretenders, Break Up the Concrete (Shangri-La)
-- Oasis, Dig Out Your Soul (Big Brother/Warner Bros.)
-- Tindersticks, 'The Hungry Saw' (Constellation)
-- Marnie Stern, This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That (Kill Rock Stars)
-- Deerhoof, Offend Maggie(Kill Rock Stars)

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