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News’s Best of the Week


This week, New Moon premiered in L.A., Aerosmith members discussed singer Steven Tyler’s drug habits, Rihanna performed her first concert since the Chris Brown assault, and SPIN stirred the web with our Rock Myths package, which argued that Radiohead kinda blow!

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

Movie Review: ‘New Moon’

SPIN’s Phoebe Reilly explains why more K Stew, less R Patz equals the best Twilight yet. Read >>PLUS:

  • ‘New Moon’ Premieres in L.A. Read >>
  • Aerosmith: Steven Tyler Back on Drugs? Read >>
  • Rihanna Performs First Concert Since Assault Read >>
  • 16 Rock Myths Debunked! Read >>


Slayer Announce American Tour with Megadeth!

The metal vets are gearing up for the “American Carnage Tour,” beginning in January 2010. Read >>PLUS:

  • One Dead In Miley Cyrus Tour Bus Crash Read >>
  • Mark Hoppus’ Pick of the Week: Ladyhawke Read >>
  • Stone Temple Pilots Nix Tour to Finish AlbumRead >>
  • Q&A: Baroness Talk New Tour Read >>


Beck and Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Surreal Video

Hipsters with shotguns! An astronaut with pancakes for a head!?! It’s a weird world in the duo’s new clip. Read >>PLUS:

  • DOWNLOAD: Beach House’s Woozy New Song Read >>
  • New Vampire Weekend Clip: “Cousins”Read >>
  • Jason Segel Performs With Swell Season Read >>
  • Early Lady Gaga: New Clip from 2005!Read >>
  • Exclusive Song: New Music From Priestess Read >>
  • Talking Music with the Cast of ‘Glee’Read >>


John Mayer Plays to the Cameras in NYC

The Twitter-mad pop star tries hard to reconcile his rock and non-rock sides at a filmed tour stop.Read >>PLUS:

  • Sex, Shrugs & Rock’n’Roll at Woodie Awards Read >>
  • R. Kelly Wows His Hometown Chicago Read >>
  • Baroness Rock D.C. on Opening Night Read >>
  • Freak Out: Devendra Banhart Kicks Off Tour! Read >>
  • Raphael Saadiq Wows in Seattle Tour Opener Read >>


On the Scene: Los Angeles

SPIN photographer Erik Voake tells the stories behind his best recent concert shots. Read >>PLUS:

  • Exclusive: Tegan and Sara’s SPIN Shoot!Read >>


Them Crooked Vultures, Them Crooked Vultures

Three’s company for Grohl, Homme, and Jones.Read >>PLUS:

  • 50 Cent, Before I Self Destruct (Aftermath/Interscope)Read >>
  • Norah Jones, The Fall (Blue Note)Read >>