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Today’s Music News: Fox vetoed Foo Fighters performance at the Emmys

Dave Grohl. Photo courtesy Foo Fighters.

Foo Fighters say that they were invited by the Television Academy to become “the first ever rock band on the Emmys,” playing a track from their documentary series Sonic Highways. Fox, however, “refused to allow the band to play a full song from the Emmy-winning Sonic Highways,” according to the band, who then opted not to perform at all. (Rolling Stone)

In other Foo Fighters news, at an L.A. concert the band were joined onstage by Stevie Nicks and Haim for performances of “Gold Dust Woman” and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” (SPIN)

This year’s Polaris Prize for best Canadian album of the year has been awarded to veteran singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, whose Power in the Blood beat out competition from the likes of Drakethe New PornographersCaribou, Alvvays, and the controversially-named Viet Cong. (Guardian)

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins announced plans to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their album Rabbit Fur Coat with a vinyl reissue and a three-stop tour featuring M. Ward. (Pitchfork)

David Bowie has written a theme song for the new British TV series The Last Panthers. It’s Bowie’s first musical contribution to a TV show since he wrote the theme to the BBC’s The Buddha of Suburbia in 1993. (Guardian)

Arcade Fire have announced that they will release a deluxe edition of their album Reflektor to coincide with the Sept. 23 release of their film The Reflektor Tapes. The deluxe edition, which will include five previously unreleased songs and a remix of “Flashbulb Eyes,” will be released digitally on Sept. 25; a cassette-only release featuring the new tracks will be available on Oct. 16. (Billboard)

The Arcs have announced a North American tour that will include a stop at First Avenue on Dec. 1. (Pitchfork)

Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift spoke to Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in the wake of the release of Adams’s song-for-song cover of Swift’s album 1989. The two said they’ve previously recorded some “vibey” demos together at Adams’s studio. (Pitchfork) Meanwhile, Father John Misty jumped into the mix with a VelvetUnderground-flavored “cover” of “Blank Space.”

Fans of John Lennon have been dismayed to see recently-unearthed footage of the artist seeming to mock people with disabilities during a televised early ’60s concert with the Beatles. (Consequence of Sound)

If you’re waiting for the next Sam Smith record, you may have a while to wait: Smith says “it’s not going to be anytime soon” that he completes a follow-up to his smash hit In the Lonely Hour. In the meantime, Smith has recorded the theme song to the new James Bond film Spectre; that song will be released Sept. 25. (Billboard)

A new biography of UK Prime Minister David Cameron alleges that while a student at Oxford University, Cameron committed a sex act with a dead pig as part of an initiation into a male-only “dining club.” Morrissey wasted no time in calling for Cameron’s resignation. “No, boys won’t be boys,” wrote Morrissey in a post on fan site True To You, “not when it’s sexual perversion and also involves a vulnerable victim of slaughter, a feeling being who lost his or her life and then was used for a prank.” (Stereogum)

Joakim Brodén, the frontman of Swedish metal band Sabaton, won’t say exactly what kind of bet he lost with his bandmates, but whatever it was, it means that he has to get to the band’s next gig on foot. That means a 323-mile walk from Falun, Sweden to the Trondheim Metal Fest in Norway. Brodén, who is now on the road, reports that “I have made contact with some fans via Facebook, who have provided me with food and shelter.” (NME)