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Pete Townshend: ‘My lyrics made me realise I needed therapy’

Pete Townshend has said that writing lyrics for The Who made him realise he needed to undergo therapy. The guitarist, who publishes his long-awaited memoir Who I Am on October 11, told US TV show Today that some of the dark songs he'd written for the band had helped him come to terms with the abuse he suffered as a child.

Hear new Arcade Fire new track “Crucified Again”

A new track by Arcade Fire, titled "Crucified Again", has surfaced online – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen. The Montreal band first played the new song at a show in Haiti earlier this year but, after performing the track at another gig in New York earlier this week (October 4), it has now been posted by the Arcade Fire Tube account on YouTube.

Watch Radiohead perform on American television

US TV show Austin City Limits aired an hour-long performance by Radiohead on Saturday (October 6) – and you can watch it in full here. The set, filmed in March on the Oxford band's US tour, sees the band playing a set heavy on tracks from 2011's The King Of Limbs. Austin City Limits is a long-running music programme on America's PBS, and Radiohead's performance marked the start of its 38th series. Radiohead play: 'Bloom' 'The Daily Mail' 'Myxomatosis' 'Morning Mr. Magpie' 'The Amazing Sounds of Orgy' 'Staircase' 'Identikit

The National receive hate mail for supporting Barack Obama

The National received hate mail for supporting US President Barack Obama's campaign for four more years in the oval office. The band were sent "hate mail on Facebook" for playing a Democratic campaign rally for the incumbent President in Des Moines last month, according to guitarist/keyboardist Aaron Dessner. Despite the criticism, the Brooklyn group say they stand by their decision to publically support Obama as the election is "more important than any rock band".

Neil Young hints at Buffalo Springfield reunion

Neil Young has hinted that he may reunite Buffalo Springfield. The singer believes he has unfinished business with the mid-'60s band he formed with Stephen Stills, and may reform the group for a new record. They previously reunited for a brief tour in 2011. Speaking to The Guardian, Young said: "Two of the guys are no longer with us, so it's difficult, but we're yet to do something that …you never know."

Blur to headline Rock Werchter festival in Belgium next year

Blur have announced that they will be headlining Rock Werchter festival in Belgium next year. The Britpop icons, who reformed this year for a string of intimate UK live dates culminating in a massive show in Hyde Park to celebrate the closing of the London 2012 Olympic Games, also hinted that they will play more dates in 2013.

Rare Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros tracks released – listen

A selection of rare Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros tracks have been released - and you can listen to them below. Strummer started working with the backing band he called The Mescaleros in the mid-to-late 1990s. The band' first album Rock Art And The X-Ray Style was released in 1999. Their second studio album Global a Go-Go followed in 2001. A third album was released posthumously in 2003, after Strummer's death in 2002.

Kings Of Leon joined on stage by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder – watch

Kings Of Leon were joined by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder on stage in San Francisco last night (October 3). The singer, whose band were headlining the Oracle Appreciation Event at Treasure Island, jumped on stage to sing Kings Of Leon's 2004 hit "The Bucket" with the band - watch it above. Shortly after the gig, bassist Jared Followill tweeted: Great show in San Fran with Pearl Jam. Eddie came up and sang The Bucket with us. Always an honor to share the stage with them. #Heroes

Sufjan Stevens announces Christmas boxset

Sufjan Stevens has announced the release of a seasonal boxset, titled Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas, Vols 6-10. The collection compiles the singer's five Christmas EPs, recorded between 2006 and 2010, and features appearances from the likes of The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry.

The Replacements reunite for covers EP

The Replacements' Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have reunited to record a four-song EP to help pay guitarist Slim Dunlap's medical bills. The singer and bassist of the US punk band spent a day in a Minneapolis studio late last month to cut four cover songs that will be released as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl, reports Rolling Stone. 250 copies of the EP will be auctioned online and the proceeds will be donated to Slim Dunlap, The Replacements' guitarist from 1987 to 1991, who had a severe stroke in February this year.
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