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Super Bowl Sunday is here — have you placed your bets? We have. And our money’s on Bruce Springsteen’s halftime performance and the Smashing Pumpkins’ pregame commercial.

Check out these stories, plus Lil Wayne’s “rock” song and the week’s top audio/video, news, and reviews:TOP STORIES:

Why Springsteen’s Super Bowl Show Will Rock

SPIN’s David Marchese says the Boss will match U2 and Prince for best halftime set of the decade. Read >>PLUS:

  • Sneak Peek: Smashing Pumpkins’ Super Bowl Song Read >>
  •’s 5 Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftimes! Read >>
  • 12 Random Thoughts: Lil’ Wayne’s New Single Read >>


Exclusive: Black Lips Talk About India Fiasco

Stolen passports, camel-eating dogs, wiping asses with hands!?! The real story of the Atlanta band’s defunct Indian tour. Read >>PLUS:

  • U2, Kid Rock, Rihanna Added to Grammy Lineup Read >>
  • McCartney, Killers, and Cure Headline Coachella Read >>
  • Sneak Peek: ‘Guitar Hero: Metallica’ Read >>
  • Slayer and Manson Team Up for Summer Tour Read >>
  • Katy Perry Kicks Off U.S. TourRead >>


Exclusive Song: Elbow Cover U2

Hear the Mercury Prize winner’s version of a The Joshua Tree classic. Read >>PLUS:

  • Exclusive Song: …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead Read >>
  • Exclusive First Listen: Thursday’s “Armed Forces” Read >>
  • Video: Rachael Yamagata on Her Favorite Book Read >>
  • New Song: Arcade Fire Read >>


Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream

The Boss finally gets what he wants, but what about us? Read >>PLUS:

  • Franz Ferdinand, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino/Epic) Read >>
  • Andrew Bird, Noble Beast (Fat Possum) Read >>
  • Mark Olson & Gary Louris, Ready for the Flood (New West) Read >>
  • The Bird and the Bee, Ray Guns Are Not the Future (Blue Note) Read >>
  • Dalek, Gutter Tactics (Ipecac) Read >>
  • Loney Dear, Dear John (Polyvinyl) Read >>
  • Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Eye Legacy (Mass Appeal) Read >>
  • Nickel Eye, The Time of the Assassins (Rykodisc) Read >>
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Old Money (Stones Throw) Read >>
  • Zion-I, The TakeOver (Gold Dust Media) Read >>