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News’s Best of the Week, December 1-7

As we here at sit back and look at the past week, we can’t help but wonder: Is the U.K. planning a musical takeover?Oasis and Snow Patrol both kicked off massive North American tours; Lily Allen premiered a brand new single and video; Coldplay was slapped with a new lawsuit; and Robbie Williams revealed his, uh, weird drug habits. It appears the invasion has already begun.

Below, check out the week’s top stories, MP3s, videos, reviews, and more!TOP STORIES:

Oasis Kick Off U.S. Tour


The Gallagher Bros. impress Oakland with new tunes, obscure B-sides, and classics.Click here for photos and a review! Read >>PLUS:

  • Snow Patrol Open U.S. Tour Read >>
  • Coldplay Sued For PlagiarismRead >>
  • Lily Allen Wants to be Rich! Read >>
  • Robbie Williams Reveals Drug Habits Read >>


Killers’ Brandon Flowers: Style Icon or Just Insane?


SPIN’s Ellen Carpenter on the flamboyant frontman’s use of feathers, glitter, mascara, and more! Read >>PLUS:

  • 10 Thoughts About the Grammys Read >>
  • Welcome to Stardom, K-Stew! Read >>
  • When Did Kanye’s Music Stop Being Fun? Read >>
  • Top 5 San Francisco Bands Read >>
  • Album Review: Kanye West’s ‘808s and Heartbreak’ Read >>


Rivers Cuomo’s L.A. Weezer-Fest!


Watch the Weezer frontman talk to’s Ben Lashes and jam with 100 fans on classic songs. Read >>PLUS:

  • Against Me!’s Tom Gabel Plays Acoustic Read >>
  • All-American Rejects in the Studio Read >>
  • Brody Dalle’s Spinnerette Read >>
  • Exclusive Stream: Mark Ronson & Mary J. Blige Remix Maroon 5 Read >>
  • Listen: The Killers and Elton John’s New Song Read >>


  • Grampall Jookabox, “The One Thing”[MP3]
  • Grampall Jookabox, “The Girl Ain’t Preggers”[MP3]
  • Howlies, “Chimera”[MP3]
  • Anathallo, “The River”[MP3]


Metallica to Tour Through 2010


The hard rock heavyweights plot a course to yet-to-be-formed nations, polar ice caps, and galaxies far away! Read >>PLUS:

  • Hayley Williams Talks New Paramore Album Read >>
  • ‘Twilight’ Actress Kristen Stewart to Play Joan Jett Read >>
  • Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Kanye Lead Grammy Noms Read >>
  • Fall Out Boy’s Extravaganza Hits Chicago Read >>


Neil Young, Sugar Mountain live at Canterbury House 1968


When he was so cool that burning out was for losers. Read >>PLUS:

  • Cat Power, Dark End of the Street (Matador) Read >>
  • Common, Universal Mind Control (G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen) Read >>
  • Justice, A Cross the Universe (Atlantic) Read >>
  • Mark Kozelek, The Finally LP (Atlantic) Read >>
  • EPMD, We Mean Business (Ep Records) Read >>