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News’s Best of the Week: January 19-25


This week the music world caught a powerful case of Obamamania. Arcade Fire rocked a party for the President’s staff, Daft Punk and Will.i.Am tipped their musical hats (or, in Daft Punk’s case, robot helmets) to the Commander in Chief. Even Be Your Own Pet’s Jemina Pearl and Animal Collective embraced Obama’s message of change.Check out these stories, as well as the week’s top audio/video and reviews, below!TOP STORIES:

Arcade Fire Cover Springsteen for Obama

Check out video of the indie rockers playing “Born in the USA” and more at a private party for the President’s staff! Read >>PLUS:

  • New Video: Daft Punk Honor Barack ObamaRead >>
  • Free Download: Will.i.Am’s Obama Tribute Read >>
  • Animal Collective Don’t Suck Live! Read >>
  • Be Your Own Pet’s Jemina Pearl Goes Solo in NYC Read >>


Is Animal Collective the New Moby?

SPIN’s Charles Aaron on music’s latest originals whose transcendent album runs the risk of cultural oversaturation. Read >>PLUS:

  • 9 Oscar Snubs, Flubs, and Things to Love Read >>


Puscifer Is a Major Douche!

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan dons Army fatigues to promote Puscifers’s first-ever live gigs — wich will feature actress Milla Jovovich!?! Read >>PLUS:

  • Exclusive Song: 1990’s Debauchery! Read >>
  • Exclusive Song: The Bird and the BeeRead >>
  • Exclusive Download: Wild Light Read >>
  • Exclusive Song: The Answer Read >>


Oasis Attacker Faces 14 Years in Prison

The man accused of tackling Noel Gallagher onstage will be charged with aggravated assault.Read >>PLUS:

  • Paramore Tour with No Doubt Read >>
  • Animal Collective Add 24 Shows to Tour Read >>
  • Silversun Pickups Announce Album Release Read >>


A.C. Newman, Get Guilty

Man of a thousand melodies finds cold comfort in his skills.Read >>PLUS:

  • Matt and Kim, Grand’ (Fader) Read >>
  • Antony and the Johnsons, The Crying Light (Secretly Canadian)Read >>
  • Robert Pollard, The Crawling Distance (Guided by Voices Inc.) Read >>
  • Cut Off Your Hands, You & I (Frenchkiss) Read >>
  • MV & EE with the Golden Road, Drone Trailer (DiCristina) Read >>
  • Wino, Punctuated Equilibrium (Southern Lord)Read >>
  • J. Tillman, Vacilando Territory Blues (Western Vinyl) Read >>