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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Foo Fighters kicked off their North American tour with a massive 25-song set in St. Paul, MN, Florence and the Machine shared the soaring second track off their upcoming album, Ceremonials, and Coldplay released a stunning new single from their upcoming album, Mylo Xyloto. Meanwhile, Amy Winehouse’s final video recording surfaced, SPIN chatted with Neon Indian and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, and French electro whiz DJ Mehdi died following a tragic accident at a friend’s party in Paris.

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


SPIN’s 20 Best Songs of the SummerSPIN’s Charles Aaron makes a mixtape to help you transcend the dog days that time forgot. Read >> Plus

  • SPIN’s 26 Fall Albums That Matter Most Read >>
  • Foo Fighters Tour Kickoff Heavy on Hits, Heroes Read >>
  • Reports Shed Light on DJ Mehdi Death Read >>
  • Watch Amy Winehouse’s Duet With Tony Bennett Read >>
  • Hear Coldplay’s Lush Single; Rihanna Guests on LP Read >>


Q&A: Neon Indian Conquers ‘Creative Paralysis’“The teenage narrative will always live on, even in a post-apocalyptic dystopian wasteland…”
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  • My Favorite Things: Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus Read >>
  • St. Vincent to Sing for HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Read >>
  • Winehouse Died From Detox-Related Seizure: Father Read >>
  • Stills, Broken Social Members Form Eight and a Half Read >>
  • Lil Wayne: GOP Is “Never Going to Like Us” Read >>


Das Racist Get Wild at Hometown Tour KickoffThe breakout hip-hop outfit are brilliant, silly, and entertaining all at once in New York City. Read >> Plus

  • Dubstep Upstart Katy B Delivers in U.S. Live Debut Read >>


Drake Posts Three New Tracks, Joined by Waka, RossThe Canadian rapper jumps on a Waka Flocka Flame remix, gets help from Rick Ross on two of three new cuts posted on his blog. Read >> Plus

  • Girls Bring “Honey Bunny,” “My Ma” to ‘Fallon’ Read >>
  • Hear MGMT’s Trippy Bauhaus Cover Read >>
  • Jay-Z Goes Hard on J. Cole’s “Mr. Nice Watch” Read >>
  • Florence and the Machine Share Second New Song Read >>
  • More ‘Siamese’-Era Pumpkins Music Surfaces Read >>
  • FREE ALBUM: Lil B Posts New 21-Song Mixtape Read >>
  • Bradford Cox Fronts Black Lips As Joey Ramone Read >>


Wilco, The Whole Love (dBpm) Read >> Plus

  • Feist, Metals (Cherrytree/ Interscope) Read >>
  • Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation (Fat Possum) Read >>
  • Zola Jesus, Conatus (Sacred Bones) Read >>
  • Dum Dum Girls, Only in Dreams (Sub Pop) Read >>
  • Seth MacFarlane, Music is Better Than Words (Universal Republic) Read >>