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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Kings of Leon went Cali-pop on their new track “Beach Side,” the Gorillaz kicked off their tour in Montreal (and dropped a killer new tune), and Wilco gave early details on their next album. Meanwhile, SPIN got the inside line on My Chemical Romance’s epic new record, revealed rare photos of Lady Gaga and Bono, and reported on Matador’s indie-rock birthday party in Las Vegas.

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


My Chemical Romance Reveal Secrets of New AlbumThe Beatles, Twilight, and the MC5: guitarist Ray Toro on the band’s influences for November’s ‘Danger Days.’ Read >> Plus

  • HEAR IT: Kings of Leon’s New Cali-Pop Tune! Read >>
  • Gorillaz Evolve Into Arena Rockers in Montreal Read >>
  • SPIN’s 5 Best New Artists for October Read >>
  • 8 Notable Moments from Matador’s Vegas B-Day! Read >>
  • Listening In: Elisabeth Moss of ‘Mad Men’ Read >>


Angry Fan Offers Weezer $10 Million to Break UpBand responds to one disgruntled fan’s campaign to make the band disappear. Read >> Plus

  • Scott Weiland Gives Bizarre Radio Interview Read >>
  • Dashboard Confessional Plots Solo Anniversary Tour Read >>
  • Wilco Prepping New Album Read >>
  • Van Halen to Tour in 2011? Read >>
  • Nas to Record Label: “I’m Nobody’s Slave” Read >>
  • Lil Wayne Tossed in Solitary Confinement Read >>


Rare Pics of Gaga, Iggy, Madonna & More!See 18 powerful photos from Mick Rock’s new book, including Jack White, David Bowie, Queen, and others.View >> Plus

  • John Lennon Tribute: Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth & More! View >>
  • Matador 21: Best Photos from Las Vegas! View >>


LISTEN: Gorillaz Drop Surprise New SongUp-and-coming British pop singer Daley guests on brand new song from Damon Albarn-led collective. Read >> Plus

  • WATCH: U2 Debut ‘Spider-Man’ Song Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Live Video from Circa Survive Read >>
  • WATCH: Billy Corgan Debuts New Song Live Read >>
  • LISTEN: Karen O’s ‘Jackass 3D’ Song! Read >>
  • WATCH: Linkin Park’s Futuristic New Video! Read >>


Guided By Voices End Matador’s B-Day WeekendThe influential band reunites in Vegas to close out their label’s 21st anniversary celebration. Read >> Plus

  • John Lennon Tribute Stars Gaga, Yoko & More Read >>
  • Deerhunter Launch Tour with Hometown Gig Read >>
  • After 25 Years, Vaselines’ Return Worth the Wait Read >>
  • Michael Stipe Joins Supergroup Tired Pony in NYC Read >>
  • Fountains of Wayne Play New Tunes at L.A. Tour Stop! Read >>
  • The Corin Tucker Band Debuts in Hometown Portland Read >>


The Corin Tucker Band, 1,000 Years (Kill Rock Stars)Ballad of a Lady: Sleater-Kinney’s fierce voice eases into the future. Read >> Plus

  • Tim Kasher, The Game of Monogamy (Saddle Creek) Read >>
  • Clinic, Bubblegum (Domino)Read >>
  • KT Tunstall, Tiger Suit (Virgin) Read >>
  • Waka Flocka Flame, Flockaveli (Asylum/Warner Bros.)Read >>
  • Tricky, Mixed Race (Domino)Read >>