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Born on the outskirts of Motown and raised in the shadow of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Joe has been writing about rock music since interviewing Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren for his high school newspaper -- back when bands like Shudder to Think were recording for major labels. He's written for the Cleveland Free Times, Alternative Press, the Village Voice, SuicideGirls and a variety of other online publications and blogs, some of which have not existed in years. He started with Townsquare in 2011 writing for Loudwire and Ultimate Classic Rock, and has been with Diffuser.fm since it launched in spring 2012.

Mastodon Video Director Says ‘Dry Bone Valley’ Was ‘A Dream Project’

'Dry Bone Alley'
Reprise Records

How did Mastodon end up scoring noted "lowbrow" pop-surrealist artist Tim Biskup to direct the video for 'Dry Bone Valley,' the latest single off their 'The Hunter' album? It turns out that not only is he a good buddy of the band's, but his artwork is highly regarded in camp Mastodon. "Tim is an old friend of ours and one of my favorite artists," says Mastodon's Brann Dailor. "The opportunity to work with him was unique and very special for us."

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Chris Cornell Discusses Vibe of Upcoming Soundgarden Album

Chris Cornell
Chris Hyde, Getty Images

Soundgarden hit the road last year on their first tour since going on hiatus in 1997, but plans for a new album from the grunge goliaths seem to keep getting pushed back. Last March they revealed that they had about a dozen songs "kind of ready to go," yet it's nearly a year later and no release date has been announced. So, what's up with the comeback album? What will it sound like and when will it drop?

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Van Halen 2012 Tour Ticket Giveaway

Van Halen
Live Nation

Enter below and if you win you'll get two tickets to any show* (except one, see details below) on Van Halen's upcoming 2012 North American tour and a copy of their new CD, 'A Different Kind of Truth,' courtesy of Live Nation, Ultimate Classic Rock and Loudwire. VH kick off the much-anticipated tour on Feb. 18 in Louisville, Ky., and will be out through a June 26 gig in New Orleans, La. Check out their complete itinerary below.

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Mastodon Go Lowbrow for ‘Dry Bone Valley’ Video

Mastodon
Michael Buckner, Getty Images

Mastodon have unleashed a video for 'Dry Bone Valley,' the second official single off their fifth album, last year's 'The Hunter.' The video was directed by Tim Biskup, a visual artist best known for his work in the so-called lowbrow pop-surrealist genre who has mostly worked with the silkscreening and textile production.

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Jerry Cantrell Runs Alice in Chains Fantasy Football League for Charity

Jerry Cantrell
Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Are you ready for some fantasy football? Jerry Cantrell is best known as the scorching guitarist of Alice in Chains, but some fans also know him for one of his favorite hobbies: fanstasy football. For three years now, Cantrell has run the AIC & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League, which features fellow musicians, athletes and friends playing against each other to raise money for charity. 

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Pearl Jam Donate $50,000 To ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ Program

Troy Augusto, Getty Images
Troy Augusto, Getty Images

Pearl Jam celebrated a special anniversary in September when they rolled into Alpine Valley's Music Theater in Wisconsin for their PJ20 festival, and now they have something special planned for needy children in the area. The band has pledged to donate $50,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides weekend meals for students who qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

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Mastodon Hoping To Hook Up With Feist for Split Single

Brent Fiest
Ethan Miller / Kristian Dowling, Getty Images

Mastodon and Feist, together at last? Consider it one of the more intriguing collaborations in recent memory. The Southern metal mavens and the Canadian indie-pop chanteuse reportedly are looking to team up for a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single that will feature each artist covering a song by the other artist, with the results being available on Record Store Day 2012, set for April 21.

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Nickelback Take Backlash in Stride

Chad Kroeger
Gregory Shamus, Getty Images

When it was announced that Nickelback would perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions NFL game on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, a group of 'Back haters started an online petition seeking a different act for entertainment. It's just the latest in a steady stream of disses directed at the band -- yet despite all the Nickelback bashing that goes on, the band members' feelings don't seem hurt in the slightest.

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Tom Morello Signs Up for Occupy Musicians Initiative

Tom Morello
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has joined an extensive list of artists who have signed up to join Occupy Musicians, a newly-launched online initiative for "sound engineers, sound artists, producers, DJs, instrumentalists, composers, and lyricists" who support the Occupy Movement and its syndicate of protests in cities on all corner of the globe.

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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Trashes Producer Rick Rubin During Onstage Rant

Corey Taylor / Rick Rubin
Ian Gavan / Kevin Winte, Getty Images

Legendary producer Rick Rubin is known for his work on massively successful releases from the likes of Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park, but Corey Taylor, whose Slipknot recorded their 2004 album 'Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)' with Rubin, doesn't exactly have a glowing review of the experience.

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