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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Trent Reznor said he plans to record new Nine Inch Nails music, Cat Power debuted three tracks at a San Francisco gig, and SPIN remembered former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr, who died at age 44. Meanwhile, the Foo Fighters dropped a video for “Rope,” from their forthcoming album Wasting Light, while the Kills released a sinister new song.

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


SPIN’s 35 Must-Hear Acts at SXSWLISTEN TO MUSIC: Even if you’re not traveling to Austin, you’ll discover some exciting new artists among our picks. Read >> Plus

  • Ex-Alice in Chains Bassist Mike Starr Dead at 44 Read >>
  • Trent Reznor Working on New NIN Material Read >>
  • WATCH: New Cat Power Songs Surface Read >>
  • WATCH: Foo Fighters Rock Out in Lo-Fi “Rope” Clip Read >>
  • DOWNLOAD: The Kills’ Sinister New Song Read >>


Q&A: Chris Cornell on Solo Tour, New Album“Playing solo is the most terrifying thing I have ever done musically,” says the Soundgarden singer. Read >> Plus

  • Aerosmith Will Record New Album This Year Read >>
  • Lykke Li Kicks Off U.S. Tour with Gusto and Charm Read >>
  • Mumford, Edward Sharpe Plot Spring Train Tour Read >>
  • My Favorite Things: Edward Sharpe’s Alex Ebert Read >>
  • Jay Reatard Remembered in Revealing Documentary Read >>
  • Terrific Twitter Trio of the Week Read >>


The Strokes: 10 Years of Downtown CoolAs you wait for their March 22 album, look back at the moments that made these New York City boys great. View >>


‘Mad Men’ Star John Slattery in National VideoWATCH: Flight of the Conchords‘ Schaal plays the President in the Brooklyn band’s juicy clip. Read >> Plus

  • FREE ALBUM! SPIN’s 33 Songs for SXSW Read >>
  • DOWNLOAD: TV on the Radio Drop Anthemic Song Read >>
  • DOWNLOAD: Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear Collabo! Read >>
  • Panic! Address Breakup in Trippy Mini Movie Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Anti-Flag, P.O.S. Team as Wharf Rats Read >>
  • WATCH: Die Antwoord’s Wild “Rich Bitch” Video Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Video Premiere from Maritime Read >>
  • DOWNLOAD: New Single from Okkervil River Read >>
  • DOWNLOAD: Explosions in the Sky’s First Song Read >>


Bright Eyes Earns Radio City Music Hall SpotlightConor Oberst lives up to the NYC venue’s mystique with career-spanning set, supported by Superchunk and Wild Flag.Read >>


R.E.M., Collapse Into Now (Warner Bros.)Finding Their Religion: Refreshed and refueled for a new alt-rock reckoning. Read >> Plus

  • Lupe Fiasco, Lasers (1st & 15th/Atlantic)Read >>
  • Elbow, Build a Rocket Boys (Sub Pop)Read >>
  • Starfucker, Reptilians (Polyvinyl)Read >>
  • Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)Read >>
  • Rival Schools, Pedals (Photo Finish/Atlantic)Read >>
  • Ellie Goulding, Lights (Cherrytree/Interscope)Read >>
  • Morning Teleportation, Expanding Anyway (Glacial Place)Read >>
  • Various Artists, Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978 (Now-Again)Read >>
  • Wye Oak, Civilian (Merge)Read >>
  • Avril Lavigne, Goodbye Lullaby (RCA)Read >>