SPIN.com’s Best of the Week


This week, MGMT unveiled new album details, Lil Wayne’s jail sentence was delayed, and fashion designer Alexander McQueen was tragically found dead at 40. Meanwhile, Jay-Z, Phoenix, and Weezer were named Bonnaroo headliners, and the Strokes said the band’s comeback album should be out by September.

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


Exclusive: MGMT Unveil New Album!Brooklyn psych-pop band’s second release, Congratulations, drops in April. Click here for details! Read >>Plus

  • Lil Wayne’s Jail Sentence Delayed! Read >>
  • Phoenix, Jay-Z, Weezer Lead Bonnaroo Lineup Read >>
  • Fashion Star Alexander McQueen Dead at 40 Read >>
  • Alexander McQueen: New Death Details, Tributes Read >>
  • New Strokes Record Expected in September Read >>


John Mayer Apologizes for Racial SlurPlus: Find out which female star the singer-guitarist considered sexual “crack cocaine.” Read >>Plus

  • NYC Fashion Week: Guns N’ Roses Live! Read >>
  • Killers Cancel Gigs, Address Breakup Rumors Read >>
  • Q&A: Patrick StumpRead >>
  • Mark Hoppus’ Pick of the Week: Two Door Cinema Club Read >>
  • Meet Amanda Palmer Proteges Evelyn Evelyn Read >>
  • White Stripes Attack Air Force Reserve Over SongRead >>
  • Jackson’s Doctor Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter Read >>


NYC Fashion Week: Metric, Patti SmithThe rock frontwomen kick off Manhattan’s fashionable festivities with an exclusive concert. Read >>


Yeasayer Play L.A.’s Natural History MuseumAtlanta discovers it’s a Black Eyed Peas world — the rest of us just live in it. Read >>Plus

  • Hot Chip Dazzle at Secret Show Read >>


DOWNLOAD: Vampire Weekend Cover Rancid!Like a civilized, globetrotting Tim Armstrong sipping a Mai Tai in St. Barts. Read >>Plus

  • Free Download: New Kate Nash Song Read >>
  • SPIN Faves Neon Indian Rock ‘Fallon’ Read >>
  • Free Download: New Japandroids Song! Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: New UNKLE Song with Black Angels Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: New Song from High On Fire Read >>


Hot Chip, One Life StandCan their disco doctorates keep them warm at night?Read >>Plus

  • The Magnetic Fields, Realism (Nonesuch) Read >>
  • Cold War Kids, Behave Yourself (Nonesuch)Read >>
  • Galactic, Ya-Ka-May (Anti-) Read >>
  • Massive Attack, Heligoland (Virgin) Read >>
  • Allison Moorer, Crows (Rykodisc) Read >>
  • Pantha du Prince, Black Noise (Rough Trade) Read >>


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