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franzferdinand-030713.jpg Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai and Frightened Rabbit are the headliners of A Night For Scotland, a show supporting Scottish independence taking place on September 14. The event, held at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, will encourage Scots to vote "yes" on the upcoming independence referendum. The referendum takes place on September 18.

radiohead-103009.jpg Radiohead's Thom Yorke surprised club goers in Los Angeles this past week when he performed a DJ set. Yorke showed up unannounced behind the turntables at the Roosevelt Hotel in L.A. during its weekly Nightswim party. Excited and surprised onlookers filmed parts of his set.

DaveGrohl-060211.jpg Foo Fighters have unveiled a new clip from their upcoming new album Sonic Highways. The new Vine clip comes courtesy of Bob Moczydlowsky, the head of music at Twitter, and was shared on the Foo Fighters official Twitter page. The video shows a test pressing of the band's new album playing on a turntable. "Holy guitars, Batman! New @foofighters record makes 'em sound 100 feet."

DavidByrne-082714.jpg David Byrne, who was born in Dumbarton, Scotland, has added his voice to those warning the Scottish against breaking away from the U.K. The country will hold an independence referendum on September 18. Byrne, speaking with the Evening Standard, says that the Scots may be biting off more than they can chew.

IggyPop-110309.jpg A teaser trailer for the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Hateful Eight, featuring a remixed version of Iggy and the Stooges 1972 classic "Raw Power," has been released. The trailer, oddly enough, comes before the film has begun shooting. As such, there's no footage to be seen, but western style graphics and text.

Johnnymarr-072114.jpg Johnny Marr says that the classic guitar riff in the Smiths song "How Soon Is Now?" came very close to sounding completely different. Marr notes that the rest of the band had gone out to the pub, leaving him alone to write the part. "Picasso had a saying that inspiration does exist, but it has to find you working," he began.

Queensofstoneage-052311.jpg Queens of the Stone Age fronter Josh Homme is the latest rocker to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dousing himself and uploading the video to YouTube. In turn, he nominated U2 singer Bono to follow in his footsteps. "This is Josh Homme for the A--," he says, then gets soaked before finishing his sentence.

ArcadeFireandFoals-052411.jpg Soul singer Mavis Staples joined Arcade Fire on stage during the band's show at Chicago's United Center for a performance of "This May Be the Last Time." The cut segued into the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time," which is itself a take on a Staples Singers original. It's not the first time the acts have hooked up.

Nickleback-100209.jpg Nickelback have revealed the track list for their upcoming album No Fixed Address. The band revealed the official song set on Twitter, using the hashtag #NoFixedAddress. The follow-up to 2011's Here And Now marks Nickelback's first studio album on their new label, Republic Records. The band is also expected to announce a massive tour in support of the LP.

weezer-032014.jpg Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo will soon be starring in a sitcom based on his life. The show, DeTour, is a single-camera comedy funded by Fox and scripted by Steve Franks (Psych). The semi-autobiographical series will focus on events from Cuomo's life, including his sabbatical from the band to attend Harvard.

Ramones-100509.jpg Martin Scorsese is working on a biopic about the Ramones, according to the band's estate manager. Jeff Jampol tells Billboard, "We're gonna do something moving forward, but it's gonna be Ramones. We're all gonna focus on the Ramones, and it's that whole thing of, 'United we stand, divided we fall.' The legacy is the Ramones, the music is the Ramones . . ."

morrisey-113009.jpg Morrissey has compiled a track list for the upcoming Ramones comp, Best of the Ramones. According to the Morrissey fan site True To You, Moz was invited to do so by the management of the punk rockers: "Morrissey has compiled the track-listing for the forthcoming Best of the Ramones CD/LP which is due for release by Sire-Rhino. Morrissey has also chosen the sleeve image . . ."

DaveGrohl-060211.jpg Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne and 50 Cent were among the musical acts to wish Chelsea Handler a happy departure from hosting Chelsea Lately on E! Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, Sammy Hagar, Selena Gomez and Gerard Butler were also on hand to see Handler off.

amylee-012114.jpg Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee has released her first solo track, "Push The Button," which will appear on Aftermath, the soundtrack to the movie War Story. "Push The button" is an ambient, electronic cut - a departure from the rock/metal fare Evanescence fans might expect from Lee.

killers-100609.jpg The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has confirmed plans to release a new solo album next year. The LP will be Flowers's sophomore solo release, and the follow up to 2010's Flamingo. He revealed that he is working with Haim and Vampire Weekend producer Ariel Rechtshaid on the record.