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Beck-052512.jpg Beck, Pharrell And Kasabian have been announced to perform for the 2014 iTunes Festival. The concerts will take place throughout September at London's Roundhouse. Some of the other acts up for gigs include Robert Plant, Blondie, Sam Smith, Maroon 5, David Guetta and Five Seconds of Summer.

Johnnymarr-072114.jpg Johnny Marr has announced the release date for his forthcoming album, Playland. The new LP will be his second solo album and follow-up to 2013's The Messenger. The former Smiths guitarist said he wrote this album the past two years while on tour. He also said it should be seen as a continuation of his last album.

RobZombie.jpg Rob Zombie cut his show short due to vocal problems at the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 20. Fans were less than enthused when the singer's voice gave out after two songs and he was forced to call it quits. While onstage the singer explained his issue to the crowd: "I've never done this before. Man, I can't even talk there's no way I can do this show."

DaveGrohl-060211.jpg When Kristeen Young made her U.S. television debut, she enlisted the help of Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. She made her debut on the on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performing her song "Pearl Of A Girl" alongside Grohl on drums and Smear on guitar. The song is taken off of her recently released seventh studio album The Knife Shift.

ArcadeFireandFoals-052411.jpg Members of Arcade Fire are set to take part in a special composition based on the human heartbeat. Richard Reed Parry and Sarah Neufeld will join forces with the London Contemporary Orchestra for the performance for BBC Radio 3, the pace of which will be set by the heartbeats of the musicians. The performance is based on Parry's solo album, Music for Heart and Breath.

PanicAtTheDisco-071613.jpg Not only is the Westboro Baptist Church planning to picket Panic! At the Disco's upcoming show in Kansas City, they have taken their protest to the next level by recording a homophobic parody of one of the band's most beloved songs. Westboro recorded a homophobic "parody" of Panic!'s 2006 single "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," off their A Fever You Can't Sweat Out album.

ellayelich-101013.jpg Lorde is surprised that she has received a pair of nominations at this years' MTV Video Music Awards. Lorde got a nod in the Best Female Video category, where she faces off against Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Iggy Azalea and Katy Perry. She also surprisingly received a nomination in the Best rock Video category, where her competition will be Arctic Monkeys.

HelenaBeat-061711.jpg A mural painted in Los Angeles by Foster The People in order to promote their latest album has been saved from destruction by mayor Eric Garcetti. The mural, entitled Supermodel, was crafted by the band earlier this year ahead of the release of their upcoming sophomore album of the same name.

Toolband-032312.jpg Tool says that the long delay of the follow up to 2006's 10,000 Days is the result of litigation. Guitarist Adam Jones says that a friend of his sued the band in order to be credited for some artwork he claimed he created. Tool then hired an insurance company to defend them in court, but the insurers turned around and sued the band, citing "technicalities regarding the case."

Queensofstoneage-052311.jpg Queens of the Stone Age are starting work on a new album in the fall, says fronter Josh Homme. The group plans on hitting the studio right after wrapping their Halloween concert at Los Angeles' Forum. "This tour went on longer than we would've hoped," Homme explained to Crave Online. "We're ready to stop now… And also, it means we can take a little time, and get into the studio."

imge1-071114.jpg Alt-J have released the music video for "Hunger of the Pine," the first single taken from their sophomore effort, This Is All Yours. The vid, directed by Nabil (Kanye West, Frank Ocean and the Black Eyed Peas), follows a fugitive on the run from a barrage of arrows. "Hunger of the Pine" will be followed by the band's next single, "Left Hand Free."

PearlJam.jpg Pearl Jam fronter Eddie Vedder was criticized for anti-war comments he made at a recent show in England. While on stage, Vedder made general comments which were interpreted as anti-Israel by some: "I swear to f-cking God, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill! They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them."

BillyCorgan-031411.jpg Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan says that Amazon leaked the track list of the band's Adore re-issue. The 1998 re-issue, comprised of seven discs and 107 tracks, is not scheduled for release until September 23. "Amazon decided to break an agreement and post track listing of ADORE first; despite assurances otherwise that asked us to wait," wrote Corgan on Facebook.

David-Bowie.jpg David Bowie says he's hard at work on the follow up to 2012's The Next Day. He issued a statement to be read at a charity event in London, which was celebrating 50 years of Bowie's music as well as raising money for the Terrance Higgins Trust. "This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance."

alterbridge-030413.jpg Alter Bridge have released a string of tour dates behind their latest release Fortress. The dates kick off October 4 at Louisville, Kentucky's Louder than Life Festival, and wrap October 26 at Los Angeles' Wiltern. Tickets for the trek go on sale Friday, July 18 at 10 AM local time in each market. VIP ticks will also be available, boasting meet-and-greets and autograph sessions.