Florence Welch shocked the crowd at Haim's concert when she took to the stage and then crowdsurfed. The Florence and the Machine frontwoman appeared at the end of the band's set at the London Forum on December 10. Wearing a white Haim T-shirt, Welch waved to the crowd and then jumped into it, followed by the band's bass player Este Haim.
Foo Fighters surprised fans in California with a secret show at the restaurant/club, Rock & Roll Pizza. The band played a 23-song set, some of which was caught by fans and is currently circulating the web. Diners at the California gig were expecting a set from drummer Taylor Hawkins' cover outfit, Chevy Metal.
Nine Inch Nails have hooked up with VEVO to release a new live video from their 2013 Tension tour. The show, currently streaming on VEVO, is titled VEVO Presents: Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013, and features a selection of tracks from the band's most recent release Hesitation Marks, as well as many classic tracks.
The National have been announced as one of the headliners at next year's Barclaycard British Summer Time in Hyde Park, London. The ten day fest runs throughout July, and will feature the National and Neil Young and Crazy Horse on Jul. 12. Others acts scheduled for the same day include Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte.
An upcoming documentary on the late Lou Reed, airing on BBC 4, will feature appearances from Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmates, including Mo Tucker and Doug Yule. Lou Reed Remembered airs at 9 PM on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Metallica have released the full slate of their 2014 "Metallica By Request" trek. The run allows fans who purchase tickets to cast votes for songs they wish to hear performed. Each performance will feature the top 17 vote getters, plus one new song chosen by the band.
Damon Albarn, Brian Eno and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released their collab with a group of Malian musicians called Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes. The digital version of the LP is available at the Transgressive label's site, while the physical version is due in 2014.
Phoenix have been confirmed for a performance at the NME Awards Show 2014 at the Brixton Academy on February 5. Tickets for the show are on sale now. The NME Awards feature gigs taking place at various venues throughout London from February 2-25 next year. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club kick things off at the Electric Ballroom on February 3.
Brandon Boyd, fronter for Incubus, will hit the road next year with his side act, Sons of the Sea. The eight date trek begins January 27 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club and wraps February 15 at San Francisco's Fillmore. Speaking with USA Today, Boyd noted that the solo effort may appeal to those who are not fans of Incubus.
Beck has released the track list to his upcoming album, Morning Phase. The 12 song LP is the alt-rocker's first set of new material since 2008's Modern Guilt. Beck's new label, Capitol Records, says the new album "harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism."
Lorde was among the performers to take the stage during the Grammys live nominations concert at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend. During the program, Lorde performed her Record of the Year nominated hit "Royals," and joined Miguel and Keith Urban for a cover of the Bill Withers hit "Ain't No Sunshine."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis topped Spotify's most streamed artist in the world for the year. The rap duo also topped the world's most streamed album with their debut studio effort, The Heist. In addition, the group's single, "Can't Hold Us," was the most streamed song of 2013, and "Thrift Shop" was the most streamed song of the past five years.
The Black Keys, Slash and Mumford & Sons have all donated items to the Grammy Charity Black Friday Online Auction, which started on Black Friday and goes until December 9. The Keys have put up a GF Epiphone electric guitar signed by the duo.
Organizers have announced that the 2014 version of Metallica's Orion Music + More Festival will not take place. A rep for the promoter C3 told the Detroit News that it "may return in 2015," although maybe not in Belle Isle, the Detroit park where it was held in 2013. The first Orion fest in Detroit took place June 8-9 and drew an estimated crowd of 40,000 over two days.
Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara has voiced her appreciation for Miley Cyrus, calling her "this generation's Madonna." Speaking with NME, the Canadian singer/songwriter noted her admiration for Cyrus' self confidence in her body, saying of the latter's turbulent year: "The controversy around her shouldn't distract from her being a quintessential pop star."