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News’s Best of the Week


This week’s top stories had everyone talking: Kanye West mouthed off about Thom Yorke, the White Stripes disappointed on Conan’s last night at Late Night, Chris Brown and Rihanna continued to cause controversy, and SPIN’s Ellen Carpenter had some eyebrow-raising ideas about how to spend the $787 billion economic stimulus — and blink-182’s Mark Hoppus had something to say about it on his blog!

All these, plus the week’s best audio/video, news, and reviews below.TOP STORIES:

Rock Stars Benefit from Obama Stimulus Plan!

SPIN’s Ellen Carpenter tells the President how to spend some of that $787 billion, as he prepares to address Congress tonight. Read >>PLUS:

  • Mark Hoppus Responds to SPIN Editor’s BlogRead >>
  • Chris Brown and Rihanna: The FalloutRead >>
  • Kanye West Snubbed by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke?Read >>
  • Video: White Stripes Disappoint on Final Episode of ‘Conan’Read >>


Exclusive: Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ SPIN Photo Shoot

Watch behind-the-scenes footage of Karen O and Co. striking a pose in New York City for our March cover. Read >>PLUS:

  • Exclusive Video: Hot New Singer Anya Marina Performs!Read >>
  • 3 Free Songs: Handsome Furs Read >>
  • Album Stream: Neko Case’s ‘Middle Cyclone’ Read >>
  • New Song: Beck Returns to His Roots Read >>


U2’s Spider-Man Musical Gets Title, Premiere Date

“Vertigo” be damned: Bono and Spidey are headed to Broadway. Click here for details! Read >>PLUS:

  • Depeche Mode Talk New AlbumRead >>
  • Noel Gallagher Adds Kings of Leon, Killers, Lady GaGa to Dis ListRead >>
  • Beastie Boys Talk About “Bizarre” New RecordRead >>
  • Echo & the Bunnymen, Justin Hawkins, Black Lips & More for SPIN’s Annual SXSW BashRead >>


Jimmy Eat World Celebrate 10 Years of Clarity

At NYC gig, modern emo’s forefathers play landmark 1999 album in its entirety, a decade to the day it was released. Read >>PLUS:

  • Black Lips, 200 Million Thousand (Vice) Read >>
  • B-Real, Smoke N Mirrors (Duck Down) Read >>
  • Here We Go Magic, Here We Go Magic (Western Vinyl) Read >>
  • Lamb of God, Wrath (Epic)Read >>