SPIN.com’s Best of the Week


This week, Metallica announced a new album collaboration with Velvet Underground rock icon Lou Reed, SPIN gave readers the rundown of the 30 best summer tours, ranging from Rihanna to Black Lips, and Eddie Vedder proved he can still rock out, even on a ukulele. Meanwhile, Arcade Fire opened up in a new documentary, Bon Iver released a mysterious new music video, and the Flaming Lips performed in a cemetery at 6 A.M. with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

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


LISTEN: SPIN’s 30 Best Summer ToursSee when your faves are coming to town, including Paramore, F-cked Up, Nicki Minaj, Flaming Lips, and more.Read >> Plus

  • Metallica Team With Lou Reed for Next Album Read >>
  • Eddie Vedder Still Rocks, Even on Ukulele Read >>
  • Arcade Fire Open Up In 30-Minute Doc Read >>
  • Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe Rock Cemetery Read >>
  • Kanye’s Final Version of ‘Mama’s Boyfriend’ Leaks Read >>
  • Watch Bon Iver’s Mysterious New Single Read >>


My Favorite Things: Panic!’s Brendon UrieThe emo-pop frontman on smoking weed, watching Community, and eating Buffalo wings. Read >> Plus

  • E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke Read >>
  • At Home With Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham Read >>


SPIN’s Candid Bonnaroo Backstage Portraits Check out our exclusive behind-the-scene pics of Florence, Wavves, Sleigh Bells, and 18 more from Bonnaroo. Read >> Plus

  • SPIN’s 25 Best Photos from Bonnaroo Read >>


Mumford & Sons Cover The National’s “England” On the British folkies’ upcoming VH1 ‘Unplugged’ episode, they do justice to the ‘High Violet’ number. Read >> Plus

  • Hear Lil Waynes Chilling Sequel To Eminem’s “Stan” Read >>
  • Morissey Debuts Three New Solo Tracks Read >>
  • Odd Future’s MellowHype Drop Spooky New Video Read >>
  • Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Goes Solo Read >>
  • LISTEN: Major Lazer Remix Beastie Boys Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Ladytron Premiere Second Song Read >>


Taking Back Sunday, Thursday Launch TourWhile TBS get back to basics with their classic lineup reformed, Thursday probe ahead with more innovative new tunes. Read >>


Marissa Nadler, Marissa NadlerEerie hymns that won’t leave you in the morning.?Read >> Plus

  • Owl City, All Things Bright and Beautiful Read >>
  • Sebadoh, Bakesale Read >>
  • Junior Boys, It’s All True Read >>
  • Various Artists, Our Lives Are Shaped by What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973 Read >>
  • Woods, Sun and Shade Read >>


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