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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Smashing Pumpkins launched their club tour in Cleveland, Linkin Park talked about their upcoming album, and Brandon Flowers unveiled his music video starring Charlize Theron. Elsewhere, Janelle Monae and Of Montreal announced a joint tour, Arcade Fire and the Strokes talked about their new records, and alt-rock vets the Toadies debuted a song.

See these stories, plus the week’s top news, audio/video, and live reviews:


LISTEN: Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song!Hear “Freak,” a poppy single from Billy Corgan and Co. Listen >> Plus

  • New Linkin Park Album Due in September Read >>
  • WATCH: Charlize Theron in Brandon Flowers Video Watch >>
  • Smashing Pumpkins Launch Tour in Cleveland Read >>


Of Montreal and Janelle Monae to Tour TogetherThe two theatrical Georgia natives take their new albums on the road this fall. Get details here! Read >> Plus

  • New Arcade Fire: ‘Depeche Mode Meets Neil Young’ Read >>
  • The Strokes’ New Album Due in March Read >>
  • Nicki Minaj Debut Album Set for November Read >>
  • Trent Reznor Scores Facebook Movie Read >>


EXCLUSIVE: New Toadies TuneDOWNLOAD: If you liked “Possum Kingdom” you’ll love “City of Hate,” a song off the Texas band’s August release. Listen >> Plus

  • WATCH: She & Him’s New Video Play >>
  • WATCH: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr Together Again Play >>
  • WATCH: Lil Wayne Ashes Blunt in Grammy Statue! Play >>
  • WATCH: Beck, Sonic Youth’s Moore Cover Yanni! Play >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Kid Cudi, Rostam, Best Coast Collabo Play >>


Rihanna and Ke$ha Kick-Off Wild Summer Tour!Two of pop music’s feistiest females get the party started in Vancouver, BC. Read >> Plus

  • Janet Jackson Performs for the First Time in a Year Read >>
  • Wavves Kicks of Tour in Toronto Read >>


Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico DustyHip-hop’s knotty conscience asks the tough questions.Read >> Plus

  • Wavves, King of the Beach (Fat Possum) Read >>
  • Eminem, Recovery (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) Read >>
  • Health, Disco2 (Lovepump United) Read >>
  • Kylie Minogue, Aphrodite (Astralwerks) Read >>