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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Lil Wayne plead guilty to felony gun possession charges and Nirvana fans got a peek at the upcoming concert DVD Live at Reading. Meanwhile, the CMJ Music Marathon invaded New York City, Slayer talked about their new record, and SPIN honored the sixth anniversary of Elliott Smith’s death.

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

Lil Wayne: One-Year Sentence Expected in Gun Case

The rapper pleaded guilty to felony possession charges stemming from a 2007 arrest in New York City. Read >>PLUS:

  • WATCH: Nirvana Live at Reading! Read >>
  • 25 Must-HearArtists From the CMJ Festival Read >>
  • WATCH: Slayer Explain Female Serial Killer Song Read >>
  • “Why I Can’t Listen to Elliott Smith’s Music” Read >>


New Found Glory Play Secret Hometown Gig

EXCLUSIVE: The pop-punk band invite 100 lucky fans into their Florida recording studio.Read >>PLUS:


Paramore’s Pick: Swellers Unplug at SPIN Office

Hand-picked for Paramore’s tour, the Michigan quartet explain how they got Hayley Williams’ attention with a friendly act of vandalism. Read >>PLUS:

  • Stream the New R.E.M. Live Album Now! Read >>
  • LISTEN: Tegan and Sara’s New Album!Read >>
  • WATCH: Kings of Convenience Play SPIN Office Read >>
  • LISTEN: Rihanna’s New Single!Read >>
  • LISTEN: Debut Track from Timbaland Solo AlbumRead >>


Metal Mayhem: Mastodon, Converge, and Dethklok

The real-life bands on this mega-tour stop in Chicago prove to be as animated as the cartoon one.Read >>PLUS:

  • Hockey Play SPIN Rooftop CMJ Party Read >>
  • Erykah Badu, Shiny Toy Guns Face Off in Dallas Read >>
  • Leonard Cohen Launches U.S. Tour Read >>


Strokes In “Disagreement” Over New Album

The New York boys are arguing about the songs for their comeback release, singer Julian Casablancas said. Read >>PLUS:

  • Metallica Join Search for Missing Fan Read >>
  • Run-DMC Plan a Broadway Musical Read >>
  • Editor’s Blog: First Take: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Read >>
  • Against Me! Wrap Recording on New Album Read >>
  • Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor Marries Read >>


Slayer, World Painted Blood

The godfathers of thrash bleed for you again.Read >>PLUS:

  • Ghostface Killah, ‘Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City’ Read >>
  • The Swell Season, ‘Strict Joy’Read >>
  • The Cribs, ‘Ignore the Ignorant’ Read >>
  • Florence and the Machine, ‘Lungs’Read >>