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This week, King of Leon talked about their “beach-y” new album, Bono underwent back surgery forcing U2 to cancel their U.S. tour, and ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher returned to the studio with a new band. Meanwhile, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead, Arcade Fire detailed their new album, and Eminem unveiled the guests on his June release.

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


Kings of Leon: ‘Fun, Beach-Inspired’ New Album“It will be interesting to see how well received it is,” drummer Nathan Followill says of the band’s upcoming release. Read >> Plus

  • Liam Gallagher’s New Band Hits the Studio Read >>
  • Bono Has Emergency Surgery, U2 Postpones Tour Read >>
  • Slipknot Bassist Found Dead in Motel Room Read >>
  • Arcade Fire’s Third Album Has Title, Release Date Read >>
  • Eminem Album Features Rihanna, Pink, Lil Wayne Read >>
  • 25 Summer Albums That Matter Most Read >>


The Strokes Start Rehearsals for Summer FestivalsJulian Casablancas posts a photo of the quintet practicing their set. Click here to see! Read >> Plus

  • Wu-Tang to Play Classic Album on Rock the Bells Tour Read >>
  • Trent Reznor’s New Band Releases Free EP Read >>
  • Hot Beef: M.I.A. Vs. ‘New York Times’ Read >>
  • Russell Brand, Jonah Hill Debut ‘Greek’ Band Read >>
  • KISS Set 28-Date Summer Tour Read >>
  • Q&A: Russell Brand Speaks ‘Greek,’ Dirty Lyrics & More Read >>
  • Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week Read >>
  • Limp Bizkit Cancel U.S. Tour Read >>
  • ‘Mad Men’ Bombshell in New Broken Bells Video Read >>


WATCH: Vampire Weekend’s Funny “Holiday” VideoThe indie kings cruise in a convertible and hang poolside with bikini-ed babes — all while dressed like George Washington!Play >> Plus

  • WATCH: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Go Acoustic at MoMA Play >>
  • LISTEN: Klaxons Release First Song in Three Years Play >>
  • WATCH: Pearl Jam Play Rare Cover with Ben Bridwell! Play >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Adele in the Studio Play >>
  • WATCH: The Whigs Perform at SPIN’s Office Play >>


‘Rock’ Fest: Limp Bizkit, Zombie, Mastodon & 12 MoreSee exclusive photos of Rock on the Range, also featuring Circa Survive, Papa Roach, and Apocalyptica! See our review and pics >> Plus

  • Best Pics from the Bamboozle Road Show View >>
  • SPIN’s 30 Must-Hear Artists at Bonnaroo View >>
  • Dead Weather Play Intimate Chicago Gig View >>


Karen Elson Performs at Husband Jack White’s StudioKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman are among the intimate gathering at her private Third Man Records record release gig in Nashville. Read >> Plus

  • Of Montreal Kicks Off Tour in New Orleans Read >>
  • 10 Best Moments of the Bamboozle Road Show Read >>


M.I.A., MAYA Point, click, shoot: M.I.A.’s provocative immigrant songs give way to musings on love in the age of iPhones.Read >> Plus

  • Against Me!, White Crosses (Sire) Read >>
  • Blitzen Trapper, Destroyer of the Void (Sup Pop) Read >>
  • Chemical Brothers, Further (Freestyle Dust/Astralwerks) Read >>
  • Konono No. 1, Assume Crash Position (Crammed Discs) Read >>
  • Rhymefest, El Che (dN Be) Read >>