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News’s Best of the Week


This week, new drug details surrounding DJ AM’s death hinted at suicide, while Michael Jackson’s body was finally laid to rest in Los Angeles. In more upbeat news, Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 leaked a week early, Beck covered Leonard Cohen with MGMT, and Strokes singer Julian Casablancas played his first-ever solo show in Tokyo. And SPIN hit Outside Lands, Virgin Fest, and San Diego’s Street Scene, bringing you photos and reviews!

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

REPORT: DJ AM “Wanted to Die”

Plus: His memorial service is held in the anonymous style of a 12-step addiction meeting.Read >>PLUS:

  • Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint 3’: A Track by Track ReviewRead >>
  • Michael Jackson’s Body Laid to Rest Read >>


Oasis Split — But Their Antipathy Will Live Forever

With the Gallagher brothers finally imploding, rock history’s most entertainingly obnoxious chapter comes to its foregone conclusion. Read >>PLUS:

  • Them Crooked Vultures Announce TourRead >>
  • Kurt Cobain in ‘Guitar Hero 5’: HorrifyingRead >>
  • Fashion Tips from Paramore’s Hayley WilliamsRead >>
  • Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Releases 2 Solo SongsRead >>


LIVE: Best of Outside Lands

See our exclusive pics of M.I.A., Dead Weather, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, and many more from the S.F. fest! Read >>PLUS:

  • Blink-182 and Weezer Headline Virgin FestRead >>
  • Live: Best of San Diego Street Scene! Read >>
  • On the Scene: MiamiRead >>


VIDEO: Say Anything’s Max Bemis Plays New Song!

Watch the singer play a solo acoustic version of “Crush’d” off his band’s forthcoming third album, plus two old faves. Read >>PLUS:

  • VIDEO: Noisettes Go Unplugged at SPIN OfficeRead >>
  • VIDEO: Brendan Benson Performs on SPIN’s Rooftop!Read >>


WATCH: Beck & MGMT Cover Leonard Cohen

Devendra Banhart, Little Joy, and Wolfmother also join in for second installment of Beck’s Record Club project.Read >>PLUS:

  • WATCH: NIN Joined by Gary Numan at L.A. Gig!Read >>
  • LISTEN: New Order Spin-Off’s Single!Read >>
  • WATCH: Panic! at the Disco’s New Music VideoRead >>
  • LISTEN: Hot Rap Duo Das RacistRead >>


Strokes’ Julian Casablancas Debuts Solo Tunes

The aloof frontman unveils songs from his forthcoming solo album in Tokyo. Read >>PLUS:

  • Harvey Danger Play Final Show Read >>
  • Billy Corgan, Dave Navarro Debut 10 SongsRead >>


Muse, The Resistance

Brit rockers conduct most ostentatious opus yet. Read >>PLUS:

  • Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk (Shangri-La Music)Read >>
  • Phish, Joy (Jemp)Read >>
  • BLK JKS, After Robots (Secretly Canadian)Read >>
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela, 11:11 (ATO)Read >>
  • Vivian Girls, Everything Goes Wrong (In the Red)Read >>