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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Lady Gaga unleashed her sci-fi inspired “Born This Way” video,Liam Gallagher fired verbal shots at Radiohead’s new album, and Lil Wayne spoofed ‘Inception’ in his first post-prison clip. Meanwhile, The Strokes went to the opera with “Under The Cover of Darkness” and Ben Gibbard previewed a new Death Cab song.

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


Watch It: Strokes Go to the Opera in New ClipNew York’s bad boys play it straight in video for “Under Cover of Darkness” Read >> Plus

  • WATCH: Gaga’s Sci-Fi “Born This Way” Video Read >>
  • Liam Gallagher Disses Radiohead: “Give Me a Break” Read >>
  • Lil Wayne Spoofs ‘Inception’ in New Video Read >>
  • Ben Gibbard Previews Death Cab’s Spring Album Read >>


Chris Cornell Talks New Soundgarden Album“We start recording in about a week in Seattle,” the singer says of the alt-rock band’s comeback release. Read >> Plus

  • Owl City’s Adam Young: New Album, Track by Track Read >>
  • Trent Reznor Wins Oscar for ‘Social Network’ Read >>
  • TV on the Radio, Kills Headline SPIN’s SXSW Bash Read >>
  • Playlist: Henry Rollins’ 5 Favorite Bands Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Pearl Jam’s Ament Debuts Tres Mts. Read >>
  • Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week Read >>


SPIN’s 5 Best New Artists for MarchLISTEN: Music Editor Charles Aaron picks the hottest acts you need to hear now! View >> Plus

  • Black Lips, Vivian Girls Rock ‘Bruise Cruise’ Read >>


Stream R.E.M.’s New Album ‘Collapse Into Now’The alt-rock vets warmly acknowledge their past, while looking to the present, on their 15th album. Read >> Plus

  • WATCH: Patrick Stump’s Empowering Video Read >>
  • WATCH: Gaga Debuts New Song, Struts Catwalk! Read >>
  • Hear It: M.I.A’s Hot ’80s Throwback “Zig-Zag” Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE SONG: Blake Sennett & the Elected Read >>
  • LISTEN: Modest Mouse Faves Morning Teleportation Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cage The Elephant’s Insane Live Clip Read >>
  • Premiere: Thurston Moore Covers Guided By Voices Read >>
  • WATCH: R.E.M. Tap Top Directors for Music Vids Read >>


PJ Harvey Delivers Chilling, Gripping London SetBritish dynamo launches tour behind Let England Shake with dramatic theater show.Read >> Plus

  • Lupe Fiasco Unveils the Rocker Within Read >>
  • Cold War Kids Kick Off Tour in Portland Read >>
  • Biffy Clyro, Author Danielewski Perform in L.A. Read >>


The Strokes, Angles (RCA)The sexiest candidates for early-aughts rock salvation finally allow us to fall in lust again. Read >> Plus

  • Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes (LL/Atlantic)Read >>
  • DeVotchKa, 100 Lovers (Sub Pop)Read >>
  • Lucinda Williams, Blessed (Lost Highway)Read >>
  • Acrylics, Lives and Treasure (Hot Sand)Read >>