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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea formed a new group, Paramore kicked off their U.S. tour, and Pearl Jam earned their first No. 1 album. Plus, Weezer teamed with Lil Wayne, Grohl/Homme/Jones supergroup Them Crooked Vultures rocked Austin, and much more!

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

Paramore Kick Off U.S. Tour

Hayley Williams and Co. celebrate their new album with a sold-out debut show in Pomona, CA.Read >>PLUS:

  • Thom Yorke Enlists Flea, Others for L.A. Shows Read >>
  • Pearl Jam’s ‘Backspacer’ Hits No.1!Read >>


Weezer Recruit Lil Wayne for “Party” Anthem!

Weezy F. Baby gave “Can’t Stop Partying” the “edge I was looking for,” says Rivers Cuomo. Click here for details! Read >>PLUS:

  • Lady Gaga and Kanye West’s “Fame Kills” Tour CanceledRead >>
  • DJ AM’s Death Ruled an Accidental Overdose Read >>
  • 5 Reasons Against a Ramones BiopicRead >>


Them Crooked Vultures Kick Off U.S. Tour

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones slay fans at their show in Austin, TX! Read >>PLUS:

  • KISS Kick Off Tour in Detroit!Read >>
  • Interpol Frontman Goes Solo at NYC MuseumRead >>
  • Bon Iver Play Surreal Sunrise Cemetery GigRead >>
  • Fever Ray’s Theatrical Show Wows at U.S. DebutRead >>


DOWNLOAD: Unreleased Live Nirvana Song!

Get a rendition of “Scoff,” recorded live in 1990 and featured on Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary reissue of Bleach. Read >>PLUS:

  • LISTEN: Karen O’s ‘Wild Things’ SoundtrackRead >>
  • WATCH: Bruce Springsteen Debuts New Song Live!Read >>
  • WATCH: Pixies Debut ‘Doolittle’ Tour! Read >>
  • WATCH: Wale Rocks the Mic at SPIN HQRead >>
  • In the Studio: Black Keys and Mos Def!Read >>
  • WATCH: Foo Fighters’ New VideoRead >>
  • DOWNLOAD: Phoenix Remixed by Animal Collective, Devendra BanhartRead >>


The 30 Best Albums of 2009… So Far

SPIN’s editors pick the must-have records of the year that are available now Read >>PLUS:

  • On the Scene: Los AngelesRead >>
  • On the Scene: New York City Read >>


Paramore, brand new eyes

Pint-size Tennessee titan makes a convincing case for sincerity.Read >>PLUS:

  • Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, Through the Devil Softly (Nettwerk) Read >>
  • Miranda Lambert, Revolution (Columbia Nashville) Read >>