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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Arcade Fire earned SPIN’s near-perfect rating for their upcoming album, The Suburbs, and more info surfaced about the planned Kurt Cobain biopic. Meanwhile, we posted exclusive photos of Eminem’s SPIN cover shoot, and Kings of Leon talked about their next record. Plus, Paul Stanley dished about the new KISS tour and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello railed against Arizona’s immigration law.

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


Eminem: Behind the Scenes with SPINFind out about these exclusive shots of the chart-topping rapper — photographed for SPIN by Maciek Kobielski. Read >> Plus

  • Director on Cobain Biopic: “Raw and Chaotic” Read >>
  • REVIEW: Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’ (Merge) Read >>
  • Understanding M.I.A.: 5 Things You Need to Know Read >>
  • Kings of Leon Discuss Upcoming Album Read >>
  • Q&A: KISS’ Paul Stanley Read >>
  • Rage’s Tom Morello on Arizona Boycott Reunion Gig Read >>


Liam Gallagher’s New Band: “Bigger than Oasis”The Britpop singer says his brother Noel will “come crawling back” to join. Read >> Plus

  • Eminem, Rihanna Tap Megan Fox for Video Read >>
  • Boycotting Arizona: Should They or Shouldn’t They? Read >>
  • Why They’re Called… Anberlin Read >>
  • Spiritualized to Play Classic Album Live for Final Time Read >>


FREE ALBUM! SPIN’s Top Tunes of LollapaloozaGet psyched for August’s party in Chicago with these 14 must-hear tracks. Download >> Plus

  • Free Download! 15 Hot Tracks From SPIN’s August Issue Download >>
  • EXCLUSIVE SONG: Travis’ Fran Healy Goes Solo Play >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: New Mayer Hawthorne Video Play >>
  • WATCH: Nicki Minaj Plays Samurai in New Video! Play >>


Live in NYC: Kid Cudi, Best Coast, Vampire WeekendThree of music’s hottest stars perform their collaborative track “All Summer,” but the rapper’s solo set steals the show. Read >> Plus

  • 5 Notable Moments of the Pitchfork Music Fest Read >>
  • 5 Best Moments of Coney Island’s Siren Fest Read >>


Francis and the Lights, ‘It’ll Be Better’ (Cantora)Thin White Greek is breathless to impress Read >> Plus

  • Endless Boogie, ‘Full House Head’ (No Quarter) Read >>
  • Gyptian, ‘Hold You’ (VP) Read >>
  • The Books, ‘The Way Out’ (Temporary Residence) Read >>
  • Mountain Man, ‘Made the Harbor’ (Partisan) Read >>