SPIN.com’s Best of the Week


This week, Foo Fighters dropped the first single from their April album Wasting Light, Lykke Li’s new LP, Wounded Rhymes, streamed in advance of its release, and Dr. Dre teamed up with Eminem for the epic “I Need A Doctor” video. Meanwhile, SPIN.com picked our 35 must-hear artists at next month’s SXSW festival, the first track from TV on the Radio’s upcoming release leaked online, and Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” tour invaded New York City.

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


LISTEN: Foo Fighters’ Heavy New Single! Hear “Rope,” a turbo-charged rocker from Dave Grohl and Co.’s April release, Wasting Light. Read >> Plus

  • LISTEN: New TV on the Radio Song! Read >>
  • WATCH: Dre’s ‘Doctor’ Clip ft. Eminem Read >>
  • HEAR IT: Lykke Li’s Hot New Album Read >>
  • SPIN’s 35 Must-Hear Acts at SXSW Read >>
  • Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week Read >>


Jack White: “I Won’t Join Another Band Again”The guitarist reveals his post-White Stripes plans and says he’s recorded a song with Jay-Z. Read >> Plus

  • Kanye West’s Tweets on Abortion Anger Lily Allen Read >>
  • Foo Fighters Rock With Daltrey, Honor Cobain Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Topher Grace’s ’80s Playlist Read >>
  • WATCH: Green Day Play Rarity on New CD/DVD Read >>
  • Hip-Hop Blog: Children of the Grave: Rap Has Its Metal Moment Read >>


Thursday: On Tour Across AmericaHit the road with the New Jersey post-hardcore vets. See an exclusive photobook, narrated by frontman Geoff Rickly! View >> Plus

  • The Hottest Rock’n’Roll Fashion Styles Read >>


Ke$ha Shoots Rainbows From Crotch, Kills UnicornsAlso murdered in her new video for “Blow”: actor James Van Der Beek, aka Dawson. Read >> Plus

  • WATCH: Adele’s Full Record-Release Concert Read >>
  • WATCH: Linkin Park’s Apocalyptic New Video Read >>
  • Bat for Lashes Covers Depeche Mode Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Eisley’s New Album Read >>
  • Kanye, Rihanna Bring “Lights” to Video, NBA All-Stars Read >>
  • WATCH: The National Live in NYC Read >>
  • Free Download: New Wavves Song! Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Fiery Furnaces Guy Goes Solo Read >>
  • U.K. Buzz Band Vaccines Drop First Video Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: New Song from Rural Alberta Advantage Read >>


Lady Gaga’s ‘Monster Ball’ Invades New YorkThe pop superstar returns home for two shows at Madison Square Garden, filmed for an HBO special. Read >>


Radiohead, The King of Limbs (Ticker Tape)Rock’s high-minded aesthetes turn a nuanced, low-key shimmy into a reason to rejoice. Read >> Plus

  • Adele, 21 (XL/Columbia)Read >>
  • Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx, We’re New Here (XL/Young Turks)Read >>
  • Chain & the Gang, Music’s Not for Everyone (K)Read >>
  • Malachai, Return to the Ugly Side (Domino)Read >>
  • Joell Ortiz, Joell Ortiz (E One)Read >>
  • Loch Lomond, Little Me Will Start a Storm (Tender Loving Empire)Read >>
  • Danielson, Best of Gloucester County (Sounds Familyre)Read >>
  • Bayside, Killing Time (Wind-Up)Read >>


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