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This week, Guns N’ Roses kicked off their Chinese Democracy tour, Lady Gaga collapsed from exhaustion, and MGMT talked about their upcoming sophomore album. Elsewhere, Courtney Love posted pics of her new tattoos and, mysteriously, garage-punk rocker Jay Reatard was discovered dead in his Memphis, TN, home.

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

top Stories

Lady Gaga Collapses, Cancels ConcertParamedics treat the pop star for exhaustion and dehydration in Indiana. Read her explanation.Read >>Plus

  • Guns N’ Roses Kick Off ‘Chinese Democracy’ TourRead >>
  • Jay Reatard Dead at 29Read >>
  • Q&A: MGMT’s Andrew VanwyngardenRead >>
  • Courtney Love Gets Inked Read >>


Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Recovers from Bus CrashThe frontman and his band prep for their first gig since the December accident.Read >>Plus

  • Dirty Projectors Release Two Free Singles Read >>
  • Coldplay, Blink, Bloc Party Call for Haiti Relief Read >>
  • Death Cab Pay Tribute to John HughesRead >>
  • M.I.A. on New Album: “No Gimmicks” Read >>
  • Mark Hoppus’ Pick of the Week: Your Vegas Read >>
  • Soundtrack for Tim Burton’s ‘Alice’ Movie Revealed!Read >>


Vampire Weekend Kick Off Tour in L.A.The Ivy Leaguers air tracks from their cosmopolitan new album at sold out show. Read >>Plus

  • Artists Perform to Fight Suicide and DepressionRead >>


WATCH: All-Star Rockers Cover ‘Stand by Me’Members of Anberlin, Underoath, and more play the classic song at a TWLOHA concert in Orlando. Read >>Plus

  • WATCH: Fanfarlo Play Acoustic at SPIN HQ Read >>
  • Exclusive: New Shout Out Louds Song! Read >>
  • Stream Spoon’s New Album! Read >>
  • Tori Amos Plays at SPIN OfficeRead >>
  • M.I.A. Releases New Song and Video Read >>
  • WATCH: Vampire Weekend Unplugged Read >>
  • WATCH: Air’s Mysterious New Video Read >>
  • WATCH: New Muse Video, ‘Resistance’ Read >>


Vampire Weekend, ContraScruffy indie rock with cheap-seats aspirations.Read >>Plus

  • Charlotte Gainsbourg, ‘IRM’ (Because Music/Elektra)Read >>
  • Spoon, ‘Transference’ (Merge)Read >>
  • The Watson Twins, ‘Talking to You, Talking to Me’ (Vanguard) Read >>
  • Gucci Mane, ‘The State vs. Radric Davis’ (Asylum)Read >>
  • Laura Veirs, ‘July Flame’ (Raven Marching Band) Read >>