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News’s Best of the Week


This week, ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher told SPIN about his new band, Beady Eye, Lil Wayne announced his post-prison tour, and the Kings of Leon feuded with the creator of hit TV series Glee. Meanwhile, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax announced their first and only U.S. date together, the Strokes discussed their comeback album, and Peter Bjorn and John debuted their new LP live in New York City.

These stories, plus the week’s top news, audio, video, and concert reviews:


The Strokes Spill New Album SecretsBassist Nikolai Fraiture on the New York quintet’s much anticipated new record, out in March. Read >> Plus

  • Liam Gallagher on His New Band, Beady Eye Read >>
  • Lil Wayne Announces First Post-Prison Arena Tour Read >>
  • ‘Glee’ Creator Ryan Murphy Slams Kings of Leon Read >>
  • Kanye West Recording New Album for Summer Read >>


Metallica & Slayer’s “Big Four” Hits U.S.The thrash metal titans, including Megadeth and Anthrax, will invade Indio, CA’s Empire Polo Fields in April. Read >> Plus

  • Kid Cudi Announces Next Album, Mixtape Read >>
  • Yelawolf on Eminem, Southern Hip-Hop, and Tattoos Read >>
  • Wilco Announce Details of New Label, Spring Tour Read >>
  • Bob Nastanovich Talks Pavement’s Future Read >>
  • Portishead, Mangum Set for All Tomorrow’s Parties Read >>


Raphael Saadiq: Up Close with SPINSee eight pics of the knockout singer at a private performance in his hometown of San Francisco! View >>


Watch It: Nicki Minaj and Drake Hook Up!Young Money stars team up for Minaj’s fairytale video “Moment 4 Life.” Read >> Plus

  • Sleigh Bells Singer Is a Murderous School Girl! Read >>
  • Watch It: Ronson and the Kills Rock Fashion Show Read >>
  • WATCH: Adele Explains Her New Album! Read >>
  • Hear It: R.E.M.’s Uplifting Acoustic Ballad Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: New Song from Datarock Read >>


Peter Bjorn and John Debut New Album LiveAt their NYC tour opener, the Swede trio proves less is more with the pop-punk jams off their March LP, Gimme Some.Read >> Plus

  • Wavves, Best Coast Kick Off Tour in SoCal Read >>
  • Wanda Jackson Jams with Jack White in Brooklyn Read >>
  • Decemberists Go for Elegant Pop at Tour Kick Off Read >>
  • Get Up Kids Unveil Hot New Tunes at Tour Opener Read >>
  • Dismemberment Plan Launch Reunion in D.C. Read >>


Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Bros.)More Wine Please: Mild-mannered folkie is besotted with splashier canvas. Read >> Plus

  • Wanda Jackson, The Party Ain’t Over (Third Man/Nonesuch)Read >>
  • Destroyer, Kaputt (Merge)Read >>
  • Deerhoof, Deerhoof vs. Evil (Polyvinyl)Read >>
  • Gang of Four, Content (Yep Roc)Read >>
  • Nicole Atkins, Mondo Amore (Razor & Tie)Read >>
  • Death, Spiritual, Mental, Physical (Drag City)Read >>
  • Blaqstarr, The Divine EP (Kanine)Read >>
  • Talib Kweli, Gutter Rainbows (3D)Read >>
  • Cloud Nothings, Cloud Nothings (Carpark)Read >>
  • Fujiya & Miyagi, Ventriloquizzing (Yep Roc)Read >>
  • The Get Up Kids, These Are Rules (Quality Hill)Read >>
  • Charles Bradley, No Time for Dreaming (Dunham)Read >>
  • Lia Ices, Grown Unknown (Jagjaguwar)Read >>
  • Young the Giant, Young the Giant (Roadrunner)Read >>
  • Chikita Violenta, Tre3s (Arts & Crafts)Read >>
  • Monotonix, Not Yet (Drag City)Read >>
  • Apex Manor, The Year of Magical Drinking (Merge)Read >>
  • Delicate Steve, Wondervisions (Luaka Bop)Read >>
  • Sidi Touré & Friends, Sahel Folk (Thrill Jockey)Read >>
  • The Ex, Catch My Shoe (Ex)Read >>