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Courtney Love made news this week, threatening to sue over Kurt Cobain’s appearance in Guitar Hero.Her rants on Twitter remain incoherent, so we talked to her unofficial translator to figure out what wild girl is trying to say. Meanwhile, Jay-Z began his autumn blitz, releasing The Blueprint 3, playing a secret show in NYC, announcing tour dates, and preparing for his 9/11 benefit concert.

In other news, Nine Inch Nails played their final live gig in Los Angeles, while Alice in Chains kicked off their reunion tour,and Kid Cudi, Paramore, and the Avett Brothers released new material.

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

Nine Inch Nails Get Emotional At Final Show Ever

After more than three hours of music, Trent waves goodbye, for reals. Or for now, anyway.Read >>PLUS:

  • Courtney Love Might Sue Over ‘Guitar Hero’Read >>
  • Jay-Z Plays New Songs at Secret NYC ShowRead >>


Against Me! In Studio for ‘New Wave’ Follow-Up

Nirvana producer Butch Vig is back as the punks try to top 2007’s Album of the Year. Read >>PLUS:

  • Q&A: Courtney Love Translated!Read >>
  • Jay-Z Plans Fall Tour — New Album on Sale Now Read >>
  • Q&A: Converge’s Jacob BannonRead >>
  • Speech Debelle Wins Mercury Prize!Read >>


Perez Hilton Kicks Off U.S. Tour

The celeb blogger and label head introduces Ladyhawke, Ida Mara, and Semi Precious Weapons. Get the party started! Read >>PLUS:

  • Diddy, Wu-Tang Play Raekwon’s Album Party Read >>
  • Best Pics from Bumbershoot Read >>
  • No Age, Converge, Torche Rock FYF FestRead >>


LISTEN: Paramore’s Epic New Song

At nearly five minutes long, “Brick by Boring Brick” is their most expansive tune yet!Read >>PLUS:

  • LISTEN: Kid Cudi Collabo with MGMT, RatatatRead >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Zero 7’s Old-Fashioned GrooveRead >>
  • WATCH: Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn’s Live DebutRead >>
  • WATCH: The Avett Brothers Preview New SongRead >>
  • WATCH: Diddy’s Dirty Money Premieres New ClipRead >>
  • DOWNLOAD: Mark Lanegan’s Soulsavers, “Death Bells”Read >>


Alice in Chains Kick Off U.S. Tour in DC

The Seattle quartet hit the road on their first headlining outing with new frontman William DuVall. Read >>PLUS:

  • Mark Lanegan’s Soulsavers Open U.S. TourRead >>


Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson, Break Up

Folk-rock and film heart-throbs team for mopefest. Read >>PLUS:

  • Yo La Tengo, Popular Songs (Matador)Read >>
  • Rain Machine, Rain Machine (Anti-) Read >>
  • Amy Millan, Masters of the Burial (Arts & Crafts)Read >>
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage, Hometowns (Saddle Creek)Read >>
  • The Clean, Mister Pop (Merge)Read >>