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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Lollapalooza invaded Chicago with more than 130 bands banging out sets in the blazing heat. Plus, Jack White released his first solo track, Paramore dropped their new video, music great Les Paul died at 94, and Brand New’s Jesse Lacy gave his first interview in three years.

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

Q&A: Brand New’s Jesse Lacey

The frontman talks about his band’s upcoming fourth album, growing older, and looking back at a decade of making music.Read >>PLUS:

  • LISTEN: Jack White Releases First Solo Song!Read >>
  • Lollapalooza 2009’s Best and Worst MomentsRead >>
  • Watch: Paramore Premiere “Ignorance” Video!Read >>


Best of Lollapalooza 2009 Live!

See Jane’s Addiction, Killers, Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Bat for Lashes, Depeche Mode, and many more from the Chicago music fest. Read >>PLUS:


Exclusive Video: Jimmy Page in ‘It Might Get Loud’

The Zeppelin six-stringer talks shop with Jack White and the Edge in the new rockumentary.Watch >>PLUS:

  • Lusty Fun: Scarlett & Pete’s New VideoWatch >>
  • Listen: New Radiohead SongMore >>
  • Watch: Pearl Jam Play with Rolling StoneMore >>
  • Watch: Them Crooked Vultures’ VideoMore >>
  • Watch: Air Tease New SongMore >>
  • VIDEO: Heath Ledger’s Final Film Features Tom WaitsWatch >>


The Pretenders Outdo Cat Power in Central Park

Touring behind their first album in six years, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders show they haven’t lost a step. Read >>PLUS:

  • Tool’s Gifted Sidemen Steal Show at LollaRead >>
  • Depeche Mode Works the Hits at LollapaloozaRead >>
  • Asher Roth at Lolla: Your Guide to College PartyingRead >>


Elton John Guests on New Alice in Chains Album

WATCH: The New York rocker unveils a video preview of the record — complete with haikus about drunkenness! Read >>PLUS:

  • Panic! at the Disco Play Secret Acoustic ShowRead >>
  • Paramore Announces Headlining TourRead >>
  • Music Great Les Paul Dies at 94Read >>
  • 3 Things We Learned from Beck About Will FerrellRead >>


Cobra Starship, ‘Hot Mess’ (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen)

A boatload of disco, with just a splash of panic. Read >>PLUS:

  • The Rumble Strips, ‘Welcome to the Walk Alone’ (Island)Read >>
  • Patrick Wolf, ‘The Bachelor’ (Nylon) Read >>
  • ‘It Might Get Loud’ (Sony Pictures Classics)Read >>