- It's been a great year in rock music, with new discs from Deftones, Soundgarden, Halestorm and more. Take a look at our Best Rock Albums of 2012. [Loudwire]

- If you're wondering where albums from metal acts like Down, Lamb of God and Gojira rank among the year's best, check out our list of Best Metal Albums of 2012. [Loudwire]

- Former Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss Lives bassist Nick Oliveri has suddenly found himself back in both band's plans. [Loudwire]

- Dave Grohl will be using the mic for hosting rather than singing as he launches a new radio series based on his 'Sound City' documentary. [Loudwire]

- Sevendust have laid out their 2013 plans, complete with an album release date, new single announcement and a trek with Lacuna Coil announced. [Loudwire]

- Meshuggah are ready to pack up and cross the pond to rock the masses in 2013 with a series of North American shows. [Rock Music Report]

- The Black Keys are no longer in a legal tussle with Pizza Hut and Home Depot. [Diffuser.fm]

- Pussy Riot will end the year as one of the entertainers in the hunt for Time magazine's "Person of the Year." [Diffuser.fm]

- Rumor has it that the Rolling Stones will welcome "Slowhand" himself, Eric Clapton, for their next London performance. [Ultimate Classic Rock]

- This qualifies as a "get." Paul McCartney will guest on the Christmas episode of 'Saturday Night Live.' [Ultimate Classic Rock]