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News’s Best of the Week


This week, the Smashing Pumpkins returned to the stage with a new lineup at a tiny L.A. club and Lady Gaga launched a new leg of her Monster Tour in Montreal. Meanwhile, the summer concert season cruised along with the U.K.’s mammoth Glastonbury festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, L.A.’s electronic music extravaganza, plus two of the biggest touring festivals kicked off, with Lilith Fair debuting in Calgary, Canada, and the Vans Warped Tour opening for business in Southern California. On the charts, it was hip-hop heaven, with Eminem recording the biggest single-week sales total of 2010 with the release of Recovery.

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


Smashing Pumpkins Triumph Over Hecklers in DebutBilly Corgan powers a strong set at L.A.’s Viper Room, despite cutting it short because of crowd chatter. Read >> Plus

  • Lady Gaga Launches New ‘Monster’ Tour in Montreal Read >>
  • The Best Moments of Glastonbury 2010 Read >>
  • The Best Photos from Electric Daisy Carnival Read >>
  • Vans Warped Tour Launches Read >>
  • Lilith Fair Returns Read >>
  • M.I.A., Interpol, Spike Jonze Launch ‘Creators Project’ Read >>
  • The-Dream & Wavves Woo Partygoers in NYC Read >>


Eminem Rockets to No. 1 with ‘Recovery’The real Slim Shady’s Recovery debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 753,870 albums, the biggest total of 2010 by more 250,000 copies. Read >> Plus

  • Kanye West Returns with New Single! Read >>
  • Deftones Confirm Headlining U.S. Tour Read >>
  • Drake Visits Studio with Chris Brown Read >>
  • Pavement, Sonic Youth Set for Matador Records Bash Read >>


DOWNLOAD: Air Remixes MGMT!The French space pop masters rework “It’s Working,” with splendid results.Play >> Plus

  • WATCH: Metric’s ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ Video! Play >>
  • EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Hot New Band Gold Motel Play >>
  • DOWNLOAD: Radiohead’s Selway Drops Solo Song Play >>
  • LISTEN: New Bjork, Dirty Projectors Collaboration Play >>
  • WATCH: Cee-Lo Releases Video for Band of Horses Cover Play >>
  • New Video from Panic! Offshoot Young Veins Play >>


How to Destroy Angels, How to Destroy Angels EP The happy couple would like to scare you sh*tless.Read >> Plus

  • Eminem, Recover (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) Read >>
  • The-Dream, Love King (Radio Killa/Def Jam) Read >>
  • Alejandro Escovedo, Street Songs of Love (Fantasy) Read >>
  • Steel Train, Steel Train (Terrible Thrills) Read >>
  • 3OH!3, Streets of Gold (Atlantic) Read >>
  • Maps & Atlases, Perch Patchwork (Barsuk) Read >>