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SPIN.com’s Best of the Week

Dave Grohl's new supergroup, Karen O's Wild Things soundtrack, and the Flaming Lips tour opener. Plus: Alice in Chains, and more!

This week, details for Karen O’s Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack were finally revealed, Dave Grohl / Josh Homme / John Paul Jones supergroup Them Crooked Vultures played a pair of surprise gigs, and the Flaming Lips debuted new songs in their Los Angeles tour opener. Meanwhile, we talked to Jerry Cantrell about Alice in Chains’ first album in 14 years — and its guest collaborator Elton John!

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

Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Led Zep Supergroup Live!

Them Crooked Vultures play two surprise concerts in Europe. Check out footage of new songs here!Read >>

PLUS:

  • Karen O’s ‘Wild Things’ Soundtrack RevealedRead >>
  • The Flaming Lips Debut New Songs LiveRead >>
  • Q&A: Jerry Cantrell of Alice in ChainsRead >>

NEWS:

Review: Weezer’s New Song

Plus: Rivers Cuomo and Co. reveal the name of their upcoming album: Raditude.Read >>PLUS:

  • Norah Jones & Ryan Adams Cowrite on New AlbumRead >>
  • ‘Twilight’ Author Reveals Favorite New Music! Read >>
  • Ladyhawke, Ida Maria Headline Perez Hilton’s Tour Read >>
  • Smashing Pumpkins Name New DrummerRead >>
  • Christina Aguilera Taps M.I.A., Santigold for New AlbumRead >>

AUDIO/VIDEO:

EXCLUSIVE: Raveonettes Preview New Album, Unplugged

Watch the Danish duo perform a stripped down version of “Breaking Into Cars” and reveal its hip-hop influences.Watch >>PLUS:

  • EXCLUSIVE: DJ Jazzy Jeff Remixes Peter Bjorn and John Watch >>
  • Listen: New Radiohead SongMore >>
  • WATCH: Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye “Run This Town”More >>
  • Hot New Band: Hockey’s Star-Studded VideoMore >>
  • LISTEN: ‘Gossip Girl’ Taylor Momsen’s BandMore >>
  • EXCLUSIVE SONG: Ida Maria Rocks with Iggy Pop!Watch >>
  • Quentin Tarantino Talks ‘Inglorious Basterds’ SoundtrackWatch >>

PHOTO GALLERIES:

Top 10 Rock’n’Roll Landmarks

Get the inside story on places made famous by musicians from Bruce Springsteen to the Beastie Boys. Read >>PLUS:

  • PHOTO BOOTH: Best Backstage Band CandidsMore >>
  • Best of the L. A. Music SceneMore >>
  • 15 Must-Hear Bands at Outside LandsMore >>

IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT:

Brendan Benson Rocks the SPIN Rooftop

The power pop maestro heads up to the roof for a sterling set. Read >>PLUS:

  • Pearl Jam Pay Homage to Michael Jackson in London Read >>
  • Islands Unveil New Tunes in Tour Opener Read >>
  • Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band Rock Mt. St. Helens!Read >>

REVIEWS:

Pearl Jam, Backspacer (Monkeywrench)

Ed Ved and the crew crank up the carpe diem to 11. Read >>PLUS:

  • Joe Henry, Blood From Stars (Anti-)Read >>
  • Brendan Benson, My Old, Familiar Friend (ATO) Read >>
  • Ramona Falls, Intuit (Barsuk)Read >>
  • Choir of Young Believers, This Is for the White in Your Eyes (Ghostly International)Read >>
  • Madness, The Liberty of Norton FolgateRead >>
  • The Cave Singers, Welcome Joy (Matador)Read >>
  • Woods, Songs of Shame (Shrimper/Woodsist)Read >>
  • Six Organs of Admittance, Luminous Night (Drag City)Read >>
  • Blind Man’s Colour, Season Dreaming (Kanine)Read >>
  • The Antlers, Hospice (Frenchkiss)Read >>
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