SPIN.com’s Best of the Week


This week, the nominations for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards were announced, Lady Gaga’s ‘Monster’s Ball’ tour landed in the U.S., Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend, and two new Eminem songs leaked online.

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

Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Gaga Lead Grammy Noms

Kings of Leon, Jay-Z, Kanye, MGMT also receive nods. Read >>PLUS:

  • Lady Gaga Brings ‘Monster’ Tour to Boston Read >>
  • Rumor Alert: Killers Singer ‘Not’ Going Solo Read >>
  • Ronnie Wood Arrested for Assaulting Girlfriend Read >>
  • LISTEN: New Eminem Songs Leak Read >>
  • Marilyn Manson: “I’m Back with Evan Rachel Wood” Read >>


Strokes Plan First Live Gig in Three Years

They’re back! The New York indie rockers will play the UK’s Isle of Wight festival next June. Read >>PLUS:

  • Arcade Fire: New Album in 2010 Read >>
  • Beyonce and Of Montreal to Duet? Read >>
  • Liam Gallagher Talks “New” OasisRead >>
  • Guitarist: New Pavement Music “Inevitable” Read >>


Exclusive Song from Motion City Soundtrack!

Frontman Justin Pierre talks about the new tune off their January release, My Dinosaur Life. Listen now! Read >>PLUS:

  • Alice in Chains’ ‘Project Runway’ Video! Read >>
  • LISTEN: Killers Release Christmas SongRead >>
  • Amanda Palmer Shoots Tegan & Sara Video Read >>


Dashboard Confessional Launch Unplugged Tour

The Emo overlord inspires sing-a-longs and shake-a-longs at his L.A. tour opener. Plus, New Found Glory!Read >>PLUS:

  • Spoon, Metric & More Rock Holiday Show Read >>
  • Morrissey Favors Solo Material in Tour Opener Read >>


Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster

If fame is a monster, at least it can dance!Read >>PLUS:

  • R. Kelly, Untitled (Jive)Read >>
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars, This Is War (RCA) Read >>
  • BlakRoc, BlakRoc (BlakRoc)Read >>
  • Puddle of Mudd, Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate (Flawless/Geffen) Read >>
  • Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, Know Better Learn Faster (Kill Rock Stars)Read >>
  • Clipse, Til the Casket Drops (Columbia) Read >>


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