News \’s Best of the Week

Metal mayhem in the Cali desert, Amanda Palmer records a record, and Mumford & Sons hit the rails. Plus: Lollapalooza, Beasties, and more!

This week, the Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax) played their historic first U.S. show together, and we hung out with them backstage in California. We did the same at the kickoff of Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe’s train tour of America. Meanwhile, Amanda Palmer recorded a whole album in a day with a group of famous friends, including Ben Folds; Eminem, the Foo-Fighters, and Coldplay were announced as Lollapalooza headliners; and the Beastie Boys streamed their comeback album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. SPIN also remembered punk icon Poly Styrene, who lost her battle with cancer at 53.

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


Q&A: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer & AnthraxLars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Tom Araya, and Scott Ian on what’s changed in metal, what hasn’t, and who still pukes before the show.
Read >>

  • How Amanda Palmer & Pals Cut an Album in One Day Read >>
  • Beastie Boys Blast Stream Comeback Album Read >>
  • On the Train with Mumford & Edward Sharpe Tour Read >>
  • Punk Icon Poly Styrene Dead at 53 Read >>
  • Eminem, Foos, Coldplay Headline Lollapalooza 2011 Read >>


Smashing Pumpkins Prep Full Reissues, New LPBilly Corgan releasing remastered versions of the band’s studio albums, plus a new album Oceania, for the Fall. Read >> Plus

  • ‘Glee’s Darren Criss Picks 5 Must-Hear Indie Bands Read >>
  • Punk Icons Fugazi Finalizing Huge Concert Archive Read >>
  • My Favorite Things: Sara Quin Read >>
  • Modest Mouse Recording New Tunes With Big Boi Read >>


Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Travis Barker & More Check out pics from the hottest traveling show around — including a few special guests. Read >> Plus

  • In the Studio: Incubus Read >>
  • Big 4: Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth Read >>
  • On Tour With Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye Read >>


FREE MIXTAPE! Bamboozle’s Breakout Bands Download 11 awesome songs by acts playing this weekend’s bash in New Jersey’s Meadowlands. Read >> Plus

  • Ida Maria Returns With Sassy Boy-Lovin’ Tune Read >>
  • FIRST LISTEN: Fleet Foxes’ Gorgeous Album Read >>
  • PREMIERE: Shudder to Think’s Craig Wedren Solo Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: In the Studio With Fleet Foxes Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Ad-Rock Remixes Rival Schools Read >>


Poly Styrene, Generation Indigo (Future Noise)The original Anglo-African feminist punk returns.Read >> Plus

  • Steve Earle, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West)Read >>
  • Explosions in the Sky, Take Care. Take Care. Take Care (Temporary Residence)Read >>
  • An Horse, Walls (Mom + Pop)Read >>
  • Times New Viking, Dancer Enquired (Merge)Read >>
  • The Airborne Toxic Event, All at Once (Def Jam)Read >>
  • About Group, Start and Complete (Domino)Read >>
  • Prefuse 73, The Only She Chapters (Warp)Read >>
  • Cass McCombs, Wit’s End (Domino)Read >>
  • Holy Ghost!, Holy Ghost! (DFA)Read >>
  • Dennis Coffey, Dennis Coffey (Strut)Read >>