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News’s Best of the Week, October 6-13


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.


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 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.


‘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.’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’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.


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)