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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Bon Iver released their acclaimed second album, Santigold chatted about her fall release, and Nirvana announced a 20th-anniversary deluxe reissue of Nevermind, complete with B-sides, rarities, and a live DVD. Also, Flea dished the Chili Peppers’ upcoming 10th studio album, Coldplay debuted two tracks from their new EP, and picked the 25 best albums of 2011 (so far).

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


Q&A: Flea on New Chili Peppers AlbumHow the longtime L.A. band “found a new side of ourselves” on September LP.Read >> Plus

  • Santigold Rediscovers Her Confidence on New LP Read >>
  • Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Getting Deluxe Reiusse Read >>
  • The 25 Best Albums of 2011… So Far Read >>
  • Coldplay Debut Two Gorgeous New Songs Read >>
  • ‘Jackass’ Star Ryan Dunn Dead at 34 Read >>


IN THE STUDIO: Maynard James Keenan’s PusciferThe Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman talks Conditions of My Parole, set to drop in October. Read >> Plus

  • My Favorite Things: Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy Read >>
  • Wiley’s Guide to the Hottest British Hop Hop Read >>
  • Laura Marling Beefs Up Sound on September LP Read >>


WATCH: Explosions in the Sky’s Trippy First Video The Texan instrumental rock band’s debut clip for “Last Known Surroundings” is out of this world. Read >> Plus

  • Radiohead Debut New Song ‘Staircase’ Read >>
  • Skrillex Documents Wild Life on the Road Read >>
  • Deerhunter Deliver Hot Cover of Pylon Classic Read >>
  • F-ked Up Drop First Video From Ambitious Album Read >>


Royce da 5’9″ Plays Special Hometown ShowThe Detroit rapper celebrates a No. 1 release with Eminem at a sold-out performance. Read >> Plus

  • Buzz Band Cults Dazzle at SPIN Rooftop Gig Read >>
  • Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye Visit America Read >>
  • Danish Punks Iceage Slay in U.S. Debut Read >>


Bon Iver, Bon IverInspired by an Auto-Tune interlude with rap’s elite, Justin Vernon gives his crib, er, cabin a makeover.?Read >> Plus

  • The Chain Gang of 1974, Wayward Fire Read >>
  • Gomez, Whatever’s on Your Mind Read >>
  • Liam Finn, FOMO Read >>
  • Diamond Rings, Special Affections Read >>
  • Centro-Matic, Candidate Waltz Read >>
  • Various Artists, True Soul: Deep Sounds From the Left of Stax Vols. I & II Read >>
  • Peter Tosh, Legalize It: Legacy Edition; Equal Rights: Legacy Edition Read >>
  • Teddybears, Devil’s Music Read >>