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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Eminem popped up at a downtown NYC club to help launch his new album; Radiohead leaked details about their next effort; and Drake topped the charts with Thank Me Later, the biggest hip-hop debut of the year. Meanwhile, M.I.A. gushed about motherhood, Interpol returned to the stage with new songs and new band members, and Bush — yeah, that Bush — announced their first show in nearly a decade.

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


Eminem Does Surprise NYC PerformanceThe Detroit rapper celebrates his album release with an unannounced set at a Red Bull freestyle battle. Read >> Plus

  • New Radiohead Album Almost Finished Read >>
  • Jay-Z and Eminem Add Dates to Ballpark Tour Read >>
  • Drake Debuts at No. 1 on Album Chart Read >>
  • Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week: Paramore Edition! Read >>


M.I.A. Opens Up About Motherhood, Family“This is the happiest I’ve been for a long time,” the Sri Lankan provocateur tells GQ. Read >> Plus

  • Slipknot Bassist Died from Accidental Drug Overdose Read >>
  • Bush to Reunite in September for California Fest Read >>
  • Beck, Bowie, Metric, MGMT on Summer Soundtracks Read >>
  • Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus to Host New Talk Show Read >>
  • Michael Jackson: One Year Later Read >>


WATCH: Against Me! Rock SPIN’s RooftopCheck out video of four songs from the Florida punk act’s album release day show in NYC.Play >> Plus

  • LISTEN: Passion Pit Covers Smashing Pumpkins Play >>
  • LISTEN: Jenny Jewis & Johnathan Rice’s Cutesty Collabo Play >>
  • LISTEN: Grandaddy, Earlimart Side-Project Track Play >>
  • LISTEN: Exclusive Unreleased jj Song Play >>
  • WATCH: New Punk Supergroup Terrible Things In The Studio Play >>


Interpol Play First Concert in Two YearsThe New York City band debut new songs and members at their tour kickoff in Rochester, NY. Read >> Plus

  • Aussie Buz Band Tame Impala Makes NYC Debut Read >>
  • Wavves Kicks of Tour in Toronto Read >>
  • TVOTR’s Dave Sitek Debuts Maximum Balloon Project in L.A. Read >>


The Roots, How I Got OverHip-hop’s knotty conscience asks the tough questionsRead >> Plus

  • Drake, Thank Me Later (Aspire/Cash Money/Young Money) Read >>
  • Sia, We Are Born (Monkey Puzzle/Jive) Read >>
  • Health, Disco2 (Lovepump United) Read >>
  • Robert Randolph Family Band We Walk Road (Warner Bros.) Read >>
  • Uffie, Sex Dreams & Denim Jeans (Ed Banger/Because/Elektra) Read >>
  • Stars, The Five Ghosts (Vagrant) Read >>
  • Kele, The Boxer (Glassnote) Read >>