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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Blink-182 revealed plans to tour with My Chemical Romance, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds discussed the metal band’s upcoming album, and Lil Wayne previewed another cut from his hotly anticipated Tha Carter IV. Meanwhile, Arcade Fire bonus tracks leaked online, Lauryn Hill and Nas announced plans to perform classic albums at Rock the Bells, and Pulp reunited for their first live show in 15 years.

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


Blink-182 to Tour with My Chemical RomanceAlbum“These are our biggest shows yet,” says Tom DeLonge of the 40-date summer trek.Read >> Plus

  • Brent Hinds on New Mastodon Album, Side-Projects Read >>
  • Lil Wayne Goes R&B on “How to Love” Read >>
  • My Favorite Things: Korn’s Jonathan Davis Read >>
  • 25 Must-Hear Artists at Bonnaroo 2011 Read >>


Lauryn Hill, Nas Headline Rock the BellsTraveling hip-hop festival also features Cypress Hill, Raekwon, Erykah Badu, Mobb Deep, and others. Read >> Plus

  • Malkmus Unveils Details for Beck-Produced LP Read >>
  • Reunited Pulp Play First Gig in 15 Years Read >>
  • Gaslight’s Brian Fallon on “Radical” Side-Project Read >>
  • Gaga Brings Laughs, Glam, Glitter to ‘SNL’ Read >>


The New Americana: Behind the Scenes Check out cool photos of Mumford & Sons, Steve Earle and Will Sheff, the Felice Brothers, and more. Read >> Plus

  • 10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range Read >>


Arcade Fire’s ‘Suburbs’ Bonus Tracks Leak Hear the Canadian collective team up with David Byrne on “Speaking in Tongues.” Read >> Plus

  • FIRST LISTEN: Death Cab and MMJ Albums Read >>
  • Boisterous Punk from Billie Joe Armstrong’s Son Read >>
  • At Home with AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Read >>
  • FIRST LISTEN: Eddie Vedder and Cat Power Duet Read >>
  • Bon Iver, Yeasayer Debut New Material on Late Night Read >>
  • FIRST LISTEN: Black Lips’ New LP ‘Arabia Mountain’ Read >>


U2 Kick Off Rescheduled American TourBono’s back is healed, and so U2 restart their U.S. 360 tour in Denver. Read >> Plus

  • Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent Honor Azerrad’s DIY Book Read >>
  • Panic! Get Saucy in Boston Tour Opener Read >>


Brad Paisley, This Is Country Music (Arista Nashville)The Good, the Bad, and the Extremely Well-Connected.Read >> Plus

  • Art Brut, Brilliant! Tragic! (Cooking Vinyl/The End)Read >>
  • Thurston Moore, Demolished Thoughts (Matador)Read >>
  • Boris, Attention Please (Sargent House)Read >>
  • Boris, Heavy Rocks (Sargent House)Read >>
  • Mark E, Stone Breaker (Spectral Sound)Read >>
  • Mickey Newbury, Looks Like Rain;
    Frisco Mabel Joy; Heaven Help the Child; Better Days
    (Drag City)Read >>
  • David Bazan, Strange Negotiations (Barsuk)Read >>