Arctic Monkeys to headline Poland’s Open’er Festival next summer

Arctic Monkeys will play next summer's Open'er festival in Poland. The event takes place in Gdynia from July 3-6, and will also see sets from Queens Of The Stone Age, Blur and Kings of Leon. Arctic Monkeys will play on July 4. Early bird tickets for the festival are on sale until January 15, 2013. For more information visit This autumn, drummer Matt Helders' mum confirmed that Arctic Monkeys were in the Californian desert recording the follow-up to ' Suck It And See.

Thurston Moore launches appeal to find stolen guitar

Thurston Moore had his 1960 Fender Jazzmaster stolen on Wednesday (December 12). The incident occurred around midnight at a Philadelphia hotel, reports a message on Sonic Youth's website.

The Making Of… Roxy Music’s ‘Street Life’

Bryan Ferry answers your questions in An Audience With… in the new issue of Uncut (dated January 2013, out now), tackling topics such as the scrapped Roxy reunion album, his first tours in a van and those missing Antony Price suits… To celebrate this, and his new album of reworked '30s versions of his own songs, The Jazz Age, here's a fascinating piece from Uncut's November 2009 issue (Take 150), on the making of their classic single, "Street Life". Words: David Cavanagh _____________________

Wild Mercury Sound 2012: The Top 25

The last 25, then. A few of you have asked for some help as to what these records sound like. I’ll try and put some links into these lists over the next few days, and also a blog of favourite track clips that might help a bit. See you what you think, anyhow… Previously: 112-76 Previously: 75-51 Previously: 50-26

Kraftwerk fans frustrated as ticket demand crashes Tate Modern website

Kraftwerk fans have been left frustrated as massive demand for tickets to the group's forthcoming residency at London's Tate Modern crashed the website yesterday (December 12).

Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney play Sandy benefit in New York

The 12-12-12: Concert For Sandy Relief took place last night (December 12) at Madison Square Garden in New York, with Sir Paul McCartney performing with Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.

Fleetwood Mac to reissue Rumours for 35th anniversary

Fleetwood Mac have announced that they will be reissuing expanded and deluxe versions of their 1977 album Rumours early next year. Posting the news on their website yesterday (December 12), the band revealed that the expanded edition will contain three CDs including the original album with B-Side 'Silver Springs', 12 unreleased live recordings from the band's 1977 world tour including 'The Chain', 'Oh Daddy' and 'Songbird', and another disc filled with 16 unreleased takes from the album recording sessions.

Arcade Fire, Black Keys and Karen O shortlisted for Oscars

Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Adele, Karen O and Fiona Apple are among the artists shortlisted for Oscars. Arcade Fire's track "Abraham's Daughter" on The Hunger Games soundtrack is one of the 75 tracks nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Paul McCartney to front a Nirvana reunion tonight?

Paul McCartney could be set to join the surviving members of Nirvana onstage at a charity gig tonight (December 12). According to a report in The Sun, McCartney will join Foo Fighters' singer Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic onstage, replacing Kurt Cobain as singer, at a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York.

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