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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’s Troy Sanders: Current Tour Offers ‘Prehistoric Cavemen’ Experience

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So you’ve listened to Mastodon’s albums, you’ve watched their videos and maybe you even own a ‘Crack the Skye’ T-shirt. But what can you expect if you’ve never actually seem them in their natural element, onstage under the lights, amps cranked and rocking out?

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Chris Cornell Streaming Select Tracks From ‘Songbook’ Online

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Chris Cornell fans eagerly anticipating the next chapter of the Soundgarden frontman's solo career, your wait is over. Cornell's fourth solo album, 'Songbook,' is due out next week, and in advance of the Nov. 21 release date it's being issued digitally as three shorter EPs.

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Slash Talks Solo Album, Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses’ Potential Rock Hall Nod

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Slash is eyeing an April release for his next solo album, which he recently began recording at Barefoot Recording in Hollywood, Calif., with singer Myles Kennedy and the rest of the band that backed him on tour to promote his 2010 eponymous solo debut album. Slash plans to rejoin his band in the studi

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Fans Start Petition to Replace Nickelback as NFL Halftime Entertainment

Nickelback
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Nickelback reportedly will perform during halftime of the upcoming Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving Day in the Motor City -- or will they? The much-loved and much-loathed Canadian rock band signed up for the show, but a group of Nickelback haters has already started an on-line petition to have the group replaced from the high-profile gig.

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Win a Jane’s Addiction Autographed Guitar!

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Loudwire

Here we go! Jane's Addiction are back and ready to take the hard-rock world by storm with their fourth album, 'The Great Escape Artist.' To celebrate the release, Loudwire is teaming up with Ultimate Classic Rock and Capitol Records to give away a beautiful Paul Reed Smith 24 electric guitar in wood-grain orange (pictured above) that's signed in silver marker by all four members of the band: Perry Farrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Chris Chaney.

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Puscifer Share ‘Conditions of My Parole’ With ‘Letterman’ Audience

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We're not quite sure if Maynard James Keenan was wearing a Halloween outfit or not when Puscifer hit the stage of the 'Late Show With David Letterman' on Monday, but he certainly looked strange. Either way, dressing up is certainly the right thing to do when your band is making its network television debut, as Puscifer did on the show Halloween night when they rolled out a downright haunting performance of the title track off their new album, 'Conditions of My Parole.'

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Motley Crue’s Vince Neil to Plead Guilty to Disorderly Conduct in Vegas Incident

Vince Neil Performs At The Palms In Las Vegas

Vince Neil has agreed to a deal which will have the Motley Crue singer plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and pay a $1,000 fine related to an alleged domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend, former Las Vegas television entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs. In return, county prosecutors in Las Vegas will drop one more serious count of domestic battery Neil was facing.

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Nirvana Rocked Barney the Dinosaur, Slash Costumes for Halloween 1993

Kurt Cobain
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It was a battle for the ages. Barney the Friendly Dinosaur -- yes, that Barney -- was at the height of his powers, a towering mass of purple fuzziness and the most famous Tyrannosaurus Rex on Earth, pitted against Slash, the top-hatted rock god and guitarist of Guns N' Roses, desperately hanging on to title of the biggest and baddest hard rock band on the planet. There they loomed, stage center, under bright lights and staring each other down.

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Members of Alice in Chains, Staind, Tool + More Tell Halloween Tales

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

"Rock star" is a common Halloween costume for kids and grown-up kids alike, but what do real rock-stars-in-the-making dress up as? Rock stars, of course! At least that was the case for Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney, who says that most years of his childhood he spent the last day of October dressed up as Peter Criss from Kiss.

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