-- Florence Welch is kicking her caffeine addiction to help prevent further damage to her voice, but it hasn't been easy. "I feel so tired, it's awful!" says the singer, whose vocal issues briefly sidelined Florence + the Machine earlier this summer. "Not having Diet Coke is getting to me!" [Spinner]

-- Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio is celebrating Friday by offering up two new tracks from his BAIO solo project: 'The Silent' and 'New You.' "Free EP to download. Have a good weekend fam," he wrote in a Twitter post announcing the gift to his fans. [Spin.com]

-- James Hetfield insists the world would be a better place if some rock bands would just die off already. “There’s too many bands out there, and some have to die off so the strong survive," says the Metallica frontman. Any guesses as to which bands would make his "kill list?" [Ultimate Classic Rock]

-- We'll avoid the mutton chop jokes and just give it to you straight: Watch a Lambchomp turn in a super laid-back -- and super awesome -- solo acoustic version of their tune 'Button' while chilling in a barbershop. [Death + taxes]

-- MGMT principals Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser turn up as special guests on 'Mad Love,' the new album from upstate New York-based singer-songwriter Cheval Sombre. Ex-Spacemen 3 man Sonic Boom and former Luna/Galaxie 500 Dean Wareham rocker also make appearances, which makes us want to hear it even more. [NME.com]