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SPIN.com’s Best of the Week

Jay-Z and Kanye preview 'Watch the Throne,' Best Coast drops hot new tune, and U2 plan massive 'Achtung Baby' reissue.

This week, Jay-Z and Kanye West threw a glitzy listening party in New York City for their Watch the Throne album, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino thanked fans with a hot new song (and a video), and U2 unveiled plans for a massive box set reissue of 1991’s Achtung Baby. Meanwhile, EMA thrashed through a 20th anniversay tribute track for Nirvana’s Nevermind, and SPIN picked its must-have mix of songs for August.

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

TOP STORIES

Kanye and Jay-Z Debut Epic, Reflective AlbumThe superstar duo unveil their upcoming collabo at a star-studded event in New York City. Read >> Plus

  • Best Coast Thank Fans With New Song Read >>
  • Watch Drew Barrymore’s Best Coast Love Tragedy Read >>
  • U2 Unveil Massive ‘Achtung Baby’ Boxset Read >>
  • WATCH: Foo Fighters Rock Out In Fans’ Garages! Read >>
  • Lykke Li Gorgeously Revamps ‘Jerome’ Read >>
  • SPIN Mix for August: 11 Great Songs to Hear Now Read >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Watch EMA’s ‘Nevermind’ Music Video Read >>

NEWS

Kings of Leon Cancel U.S. TourThe band ends trek due to Caleb Followill’s “vocal issues and exhaustion.”
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  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Hit the Big Screen Read >>
  • Inside Nick Zinner’s Epic ’41 Strings’ Symphony Read >>
  • My Favorite Things: OK Go’s Damian Kulash Read >>
  • Q&A: Comic Michael Ian Black Read >>

PHOTO GALLERY

10 Must-Hear Artists at Outside Lands FestFrom Janelle Monae to the Strokes, our picks for the California fest’s must-see sets. Read >>

  • Mad Decent Block Party Kicks Off in NYC Read >>
  • Rage Against the Machine, Lauryn Hill, Rise Against Headline L.A. Rising Read >>
  • Drake’s OVO Fest: Five Best Moments Read >>
  • AUDIO/VIDEO

    EXCLUSIVE: DOM’s Upcoming EP, ‘Family of Love’Stream the buzzy synth-pop group’s five-track release. Plus: frontman Dom explains how Mariah Carey influenced the set. Read >> Plus

    • PREMIERE: Tinariwen & Wilco’s Nels Cline Read >>
    • Coldplay Rock ‘Kimmel,’ Honor Amy Winehouse Read >>
    • My Morning Jacket Get Psychedelic in New Video Read >>
    • EXCLUSIVE: Rowdy First Clip From Sleeper Agent Read >>
    • Hear Yelawolf’s Anthemic Single from Fall Album Read >>
    • FREE ALBUM: Get SPIN’s Mix for Outside Lands Read >>

    REVIEWS

    Fountains of Wayne, Sky Full of Holes (Yep Roc)Read >> Plus

    • Boston Spaceships, Let It Beard (Guided By Voices Inc.) Read >>
    • Archers Of Loaf, Icky Mettle (Merge)Read >>
    • Richard Buckner, Our Blood (Merge) Read >>
    • Tig Notaro, Good One (Secretly Canadian)Read >>
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