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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Fall Out Boy members discussed the band’s uncertain future, Jay Reatard’s death was ruled a drug overdose, and Francis Bean Cobain made her musical debut. Meanwhile, Steven Tyler threatened to sue his Aerosmith bandmates, and Lost actress Emilie de Ravin shared what’s on her iPod.

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


Jay Reatard Killed by Cocaine and Alcohol OverdoseThe Memphis medical examiner reveals the cause of the garage-punk rocker’s January death. Read >>Plus

  • ‘Lost’ Star Reveals Her Favorite Music Read >>
  • Patrick Stump: “I’m Not in Fall Out Boy” Read >>
  • Breaking: More Fall Out Boy Fallout Read >>
  • Update: Fall Out Boy Downplay Breakup Chatter Read >>
  • Steven Tyler to Bandmates: I AM Aerosmith Read >>
  • Frances Bean Cobain Records with Amanda Palmer! Read >>


Strokes Start Recording in New York Studio!Downtown rockers tap Beck, U2, and Bjork producer for their upcoming release. Read >>Plus

  • Broken Social Scene Announce New Album Read >>
  • Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon Lead Grammys Read >>
  • Grammys: Best and Worst MomentsRead >>
  • 5 Best Movies from the Sundance Film Fest Read >>
  • Mark Ronson Taps Santigold, Scissor Sisters for New Album Read >>
  • All-Stars Resurrect ‘We Are the World’ for HaitiRead >>
  • Mary J., Travis Barker Cover “Stairway to Heaven” Read >>
  • New Dead Weather Album Almost Finished Read >>
  • Mark Hoppus’ Pick of the Week: Mumford & SonsRead >>


‘Jersey Shore’ Star Snooki Interviews Phoenix!“Do you have guidos in France?”Read >>Plus

  • WATCH: Coldplay Guest on ‘The Simpsons’ Read >>
  • DEBUT: AC/DC’s ‘Iron Man 2’ Video! Read >>
  • Rad Mashup: Lady Gaga vs. Raconteurs Read >>
  • WATCH: Motion City Soundtrack Rock ‘Fallon’Read >>
  • LISTEN: New She & Him Song! Read >>
  • FIRST LISTEN: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Soundtrack! Read >>
  • WATCH: New Spoon Video Read >>


Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris Kick Off World TourAtlanta discovers it’s a Black Eyed Peas world — the rest of us just live in it. Read >>Plus

  • Grammys: Wilco, Chili Peppers, Norah Jones Honor Neil YoungRead >>
  • Grammys: Inside Clive Davis’ Annual GalaRead >>
  • Nneka — SPIN Artist for 2010 — Wows in NYC GigRead >>


Midlake, The Courage of OthersThe Pentangle tribute you didn’t know you needed.Read >>Plus

  • The Whitefield Brothers, Earthology (Now-Again) Read >>
  • Salvador Santana, Keyboard City (Various Music/Quannum)Read >>
  • Priestess, Prior to the Fire (Tee Pee) Read >>
  • Cold War Kids, Behave Yourself (Nonesuch) Read >>
  • Hot Chip, One Life Stand (EMI) Read >>
  • Gil Scott-Heron, I’m New Here (XL) Read >>