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News’s Best of the Week


This week, millions of people paid their last respects to the King of Pop. But the Michael Jackson memorial wasn’t the only big news: Green Day kicked off their U.S. tour in Seattle, Michigan hosted the Rothbury Festival, and Paramore released a new single.

These stories, plus the week’s top news, photo galleries, audio/video, and reviews, below.TOP STORIES:

Inside the Michael Jackson Tribute

SPIN contributor Mikael Wood recounts the experience of attending the memorial the whole world was watching.Read >>PLUS:

  • Green Day Kick Off U.S. TourRead >>
  • Listen: Paramore’s Angry New SongRead >>


Best of Rothbury Festival 2009

The lakeside extravaganza in Michigan featured Grace Potter, Ani Difranco, the Dead, the Black Crowes, Nas & Damian Marley, and more! Read >>PLUS:

  • Best of the San Francisco Music SceneRead >>


Watch Au Revoir Simone Perform!

The three gorgeous Brooklyn ladies play two tunes off their new album, Still Night, Still Light, at SPIN’s NYC office.Read >>PLUS:

  • Exclusive Song: Anberlin Singer’s Side ProjectRead >>
  • Free Download: Mazzy Star Singer’s Eerie New TuneRead >>
  • Rothbury Artist Interviews, Part 1Read >>
  • Rothbury Artist Interviews, Part 2Read >>
  • Free MP3: My Morning Jacket’s Jim JamesRead >>


Death Cab For Cutie Perform with Orchestra

The indie wizzes and the 50-piece L.A. Philharmonic battle sound issues at the Hollywood Bowl. Click here for a review! Read >>PLUS:

  • Blur Triumph at London’s Hyde Park Read >>
  • Incubus Kick Off U.S. TourRead >>
  • Jay-Z Conquers at Las Vegas Tour OpenerRead >>


Nine Inch Nails Confirm Final Tour Dates

He said Bonnaroo would be his band’s last U.S. gig, but Trent Reznor has announced a final run of concerts — in very small venues! Read >>PLUS:

  • Two Members Quit Panic at the DiscoRead >>
  • Q&A: Hole’s Eric ErlandsonRead >>
  • Watch: Zooey Deschanel Plays Sid Vicious!Read >>
  • Pearl Jam Announce Tour DatesRead >>


Against Me, The Original Cowboy

Not quite PJ Harvey’s 4-Track Demos, but it’ll do.Read >>PLUS:

  • Cage, ‘Depart From Me’ (Definitive Jux)Read >>
  • Maxwell, ‘BLACKsummers’night’ (Columbia) Read >>
  • Bowerbirds, ‘Upper Air’ (Dead Oceans)Read >>
  • Son Volt, ‘Central American Dust’ (Rounder) Read >>
  • Broken Records, ‘Until the Earth Begins to Part’ (4AD)Read >>
  • Oneida, ‘Rated O’ (Jagjaguwar) Read >>
  • Mannequin Men, ‘Lose Your Illusion, Too’ (Flameshovel)Read >>
  • Chali 2na, ‘Fish Outta Water’ (Decon) Read >>