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News’s Best of the Week


This week Green Day gave lucky fans a sneak peek of their summer tour, Jack White’s new band, the Dead Weather, debuted live, Rihanna planned her comeback, and Phil Spector was convicted of murder. See all these stories, plus the week’s top photo galleries, editor’s blogs, audio/video, news, and reviews, below:TOP STORIES:

Dead Weather Play Their First Live Show

REVIEW & PHOTOS: SPIN’s Charles Aaron on Jack White’s badass new band with the Kills’ Alison Mosshart and others. Read >>PLUS:

  • Sneak Peek: Green Day Summer TourRead >>
  • Phil Spector Guilty of Murder Read >>
  • Rihanna’s First Performance — Chris Brown Dating?Read >>


Why Record Stores Are the Greatest One-Night Stands Ever!

SPIN’s Charles Aaron celebrates Record Store Day with a personal essay about learning to discover — and love — music. Read >>PLUS:

  • Five Artists That Should Play Las Vegas Read >>


Perry Farrell Celebrates 50th B-Day in Vegas!

Billy Idol, Debbie Harry, Juliette Lewis, and more rock Sin City’s “Perrypalooza,” a private party also featuring sets from Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros. Read >>PLUS:

  • 20 Must-Hear Artists from Coachella Festival Read >>


Exclusive Song: NOFX Dis Tegan and Sara

Cocaine? Angelina Jolie? Incest!?! The skate-punk veterans take aim at Canada’s singing lesbian sisters. Listen here! Read >>PLUS:

  • First Look: Feist’s New Music VideoRead >>
  • Hot New Band: Love Language Party HardRead >>
  • Video: P. Diddy Bromances Arctic Monkeys Read >>


Neko Case, Decemberists, Fleet Foxes Play Folk Festival 50 Exclusive: Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, and others will also perform at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Newport Folk Festival. Read >>PLUS:

  • Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Beastie Boys Play S.F. FestRead >>
  • Eminem to Perform at MTV Movie Awards Read >>
  • Justin Timberlake, Lupe Fiasco to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro Read >>
  • Mars Volta on New Album: “It’s Mellow”Read >>


Metric, Fantasies

Morning-after musings and restless, nocturnal beats. Read >>PLUS:

  • Silversun Pickups, Swoon (Dangerbird)Read >>
  • Ida Maria, Fortress Round My Heart (Upper 11/Fontana) Read >>
  • The Juan MacLean, The Future Will Come (DFA)Read >>
  • Prefuse 73, Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian (Warp)Read >>
  • Bill Callahan, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle (Drag City) Read >>
  • Papercuts, You Can Have What You Want (Gnomonsong) Read >>
  • The Handsome Family, Honey Moon (Carrot Top)Read >>
  • Telepathe, Dance Mother (IAMSOUND)Read >>