SPIN.com’s Best of the Week


This was a week for the Monsters. Where the Wild Things Are’s giant creatures joined Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O at a special movie screening, Lady Gaga announced her “Monster Ball” tour, and the Monsters of Folk kicked off their U.S. tour.

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

Monsters of Folk Kick Off U.S. Tour

The indie supergroup adds up to more than the sum of their parts — although those individual parts are pretty special too. Read >>PLUS:

  • Yeah Yeah Yeah: ‘Wild Things’ Live in NYC! Read >>
  • Lady Gaga Taps Kid Cudi for “Monster Ball” Tour Read >>
  • Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ Closes Giants Stadium Read >>


New Puscifer Album Due in November

And guess what? Maynard James Keenan hasn’t lost his disgusting potty humor! Read >>PLUS:

  • Buzz Band: Brit Quartet Noah and the Whale Read >>
  • Paul McCartney Releases Live Set Tracklist Read >>
  • Legendary L.A. Punk Pioneer Dies Read >>


Actor Ryan Gosling Debuts Band in Boston

Dead Man’s Bones kicks off its first tour with a spooky — and spooky good — set for a packed house.Read >>PLUS:

  • Lenny Kravitz Plays ‘Let Love Rule,’ Live Read >>
  • Review: Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ Musical Read >>


25 Must-Hear Artists from the CMJ Festival

As hundreds of bands prepare to invade New York City, SPIN’s Peter Gaston picks the ones you shouldn’t miss. Read >>PLUS:

  • On the Scene: San FranciscoRead >>
  • 8 Must-Hear Acts at Treasure Island Read >>


WATCH: Scott Weiland’s Romantic New Video

The STP frontman meets his dream girl in this cute clip for “Tangle With Your Mind.” Read >>PLUS:

  • WATCH: Travis’ Fran Healy Unplugged!Read >>
  • WATCH: Band of Skulls Cover Neil Young!Read >>
  • WATCH: Flaming Lips Perform On ‘Tonight Show’ Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD! Baron and Black MountainRead >>


Tegan and Sara, Sainthood

Canada’s most intense sister act grows up (but not apart) in public.Read >>PLUS:

  • Karen O and the Kids, Where the Wild Things Are Motion Picture Soundtrack Read >>
  • Spiral Stairs, The Real Feel (Matador)’ Read >>
  • The Flaming Lips, Embryonic (Warner Bros.) Read >>
  • Devendra Banhart, What Will We Be (Reprise) Read >>
  • Kiss, Sonic Boom (Kiss) Read >>


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