SPIN.com’s Best of the Week


This week, lucky Michael Jackson fans saw the first screening of This Is It and Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas released his debut album. Meanwhile, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys dueted for 55,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel discussed the band’s new album, and Sublime played their first concert in 13 years.

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

REVIEW: ‘Michael Jackson’s This Is It

The man and his talent shine through in this engaging documentary about his planned final concerts. Read >>PLUS:

  • Julian Casablancas, Phrazes for the Young Read >>
  • WATCH: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys Rock the World Series Read >>
  • Q&A: Tom Gabel on New Against Me! Album Read >>
  • WATCH: Sublime Play First Concert in 13 Years Read >>


Best Pics from CMJ 2009

SPIN photog Ian Witlen shares his favorite shots from the boozy late-night madness that is New York’s five-day CMJ Music Marathon. Read >>PLUS:

  • On the Scene: New York CityRead >>


LISTEN: Weezer and Lil Wayne Collabo!

REVIEW: Alas, it’s a cheesy club-banger about partying too much. Eck! Read >>PLUS:

  • WATCH: Lou Barlow Covers La Roux! Read >>
  • FREE DOWNLOAD: Yeasayer’s Rad New SingleRead >>
  • WATCH: Norah Jones Chases Pirates in NYC Read >>
  • Watch: GWAR Invade Richmond!Read >>
  • WATCH: New Trailers for Nirvana, John Lennon FilmsRead >>
  • WATCH: Heath Ledger-Directed Hip-Hop Video Read >>


Tegan and Sara Launch Mini-Tour in L.A.

The world’s preeminent twin Canadian popsmiths air out their new album from front to back.Read >>PLUS:

  • Superchunk Cover Spoon & More Live Read >>
  • The National and Breeders Perform Together Read >>
  • Florence and the Machine Make U.S. Debut Read >>
  • Ben Gibbard, Jay Farrar Perform Kerouac Music Read >>
  • David Gray Launches U.S. Tour in Boston Read >>


Springsteen Cancels Show After Cousin’s Death

Lenny Sullivan, also a member of the Boss’ road crew, is found dead. Read >>PLUS:

  • Happy Halloween: SPIN’s 7 Scariest SongsRead >>
  • Q&A: Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin Read >>
  • U2 Play Free Show to Celebrate Fall of Berlin WallRead >>
  • Mark Ronson Designs Shoes for Gucci Read >>
  • U2’s 360 Tour Returns to U.S. in June! Read >>


Nirvana, Live at Reading

Ultimate rock gig from ultimate outsider-insiders.Read >>PLUS:

  • The King Khan & BBQ Show, ‘Invisible Girl’ (In the Red) Read >>
  • Dashboard Confessional, ‘Alter the Ending’ (Vagrant/Interscope) Read >>
  • Shakira, ‘She Wolf’ (Epic) Read >>
  • Norah Jones, ‘The Fall’ (Blue Note) Read >>
  • Slayer, ‘World Painted Blood’ (American/Columbia) Read >>
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, ‘Xenophanes’ (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions) Read >>
  • Rakim, ‘The Seventh Seal’ (Ra Records/SMC Recordings) Read >>


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