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Pavement made the most noise this week, adding themselves to the ever-growing list of epic ’90s indie rock reunions. The band confirmed a world tour in 2010, and announced a trio of New York shows in September, so we put together our Dream Set List — dominated by faves from Slanted and Enchanted and Wowee Zowee. Meanwhile, Kanye appeared on The Jay Leno Show to apologize for upstaging Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Even President Obama offered his opinion on the incident, calling ‘Ye a “jackass.” Wow, sucks to be you, Kanye.

In other news, we headed north for All Tomorrow’s Parties, Smashing Pumpkins unveiled a new 44-track album, Vampire Weekend announced details on their second record (entitled Contra), and Strokes frontman Juliana Casablancas dropped a synthy new track from his forthcoming solo disc.

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

It’s Official: Pavement to Perform in 2010

First announced show is Sept. 21, 2010, in Central Park, but their live dates aren’t a “prelude to…a permanent reunion.”Read >>PLUS:

  • Kanye West Apologizes for Upstaging Taylor SwiftRead >>
  • Smashing Pumpkins Announce Free 44-Track Album!Read >>


Vampire Weekend Announce New Album!

Indie rock’s consummate preppies ready their second record, Contra, for January release. Click here for details! Read >>PLUS:

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Meh of the VMAsRead >>
  • Weezer Announce ‘Raditude’ Tracklisting Read >>
  • The Dream Pavement Set List!Read >>
  • Devo to Play Classic Albums on Fall TourRead >>
  • Lady Gaga, Kanye West Announce Joint TourRead >>


U2’s Chicago Tour Opener

Check out 10 awesome shots of the band’s 360º Tour! Read >>PLUS:

  • On the Scene: SeattleRead >>
  • Pink Kicks Off U.S. Tour in Seattle Read >>


LISTEN: Julian Casablancas’ Synthy New Song

Strokes frontman leaks “11th Dimension,” the first full track from his forthcoming solo album, out Oct. 20. Hear it now!Read >>PLUS:

  • DOWNLOAD: Awesome Metal from Converge!Read >>
  • WATCH: Muse Premieres “Uprising” VideoRead >>
  • WATCH: Flaming Lips Play New Song on ‘Colbert Report’ Read >>
  • WATCH: The Cult, Black Keys Rock Fashion WeekRead >>
  • WATCH: Wolfmother Unplug at SPIN OfficeRead >>
  • WATCH: Courtney Love Covers ‘Bette Davis Eyes’!Read >>
  • WATCH: NOFX Celebrate Warped Tour’s 15th Anniversary Read >>


Jay-Z Joined by Rihanna, Kanye, Diddy at 9/11 Show

Hova gracefully honors victims of the terrorist attacks while unveiling The Blueprint 3, proving he’s New York City’s quintessential MC. Read >>PLUS:

  • Sunny Day Real Estate Make Triumphant Return in VancouverRead >>
  • All Tomorrow’s Parties: The Best & Worst Read >>
  • Regina Spektor Opens U.S. TourRead >>
  • U2 Dazzle the Senses at Chicago Tour OpenerRead >>


Brand New, Daisy

Fuzzy guitars? Check. Pork and beans? Nope. Read >>PLUS:

  • Muse, Resistance (Warner Bros.) Read >>
  • Tyondai Braxton, Central Market (Warp) Read >>
  • KRS-One & Buckshot, Survival Skills (Duck Down) Read >>
  • Vic Chesnutt, At the Cut (Constellation) Read >>
  • Brother Ali, Us (Rhymesayers) Read >>
  • Lisa Germano, Magic Neighbor (Young God) Read >>
  • The Almighty Defenders, ‘The Almighty Defenders’ (Vice) Read >>