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Spencer Kaufman is the Editor-in-Chief of Loudwire. He grew up playing stickball and basketball in Brooklyn, N.Y., before graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Communication Arts. He has been a professional music journalist for more than a decade in New York City. He digs punk, hardcore and industrial music, and fondly remembers the time Iggy Pop landed on him after a stage dive. His favorite movie is 'Taxi Driver' and he once played in a fictional college band called the Raging De Niros.

Deftones Pay Tribute To Late Bassist Chi Cheng With Never-Before-Released Track ‘Smile’

Deftones Chino Moreno Chi Cheng
Mark Metcalfe / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

One year ago today (April 13), Deftones said goodbye to bassist Chi Cheng, who passed away after a 2008 car accident left him mostly in a coma for four and a half years. On the one year anniversary of his passing, frontman Chino Moreno has posted the unreleased song 'Smile' from Deftones' shelved album 'Eros.'

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Nirvana Members Perform at Small Brooklyn Club Following Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

Nirvana Members With Joan Jett
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Those in attendance at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at the Barclays Center arena last night were certainly treated to a nice surprise when the surviving members of Nirvana performed with various female singers to close out the event. But an even bigger thrill came for those lucky enough to make it into a tiny Brooklyn bar for an after-party where the Nirvana members performed a full set!

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Loudwire in Japan: Killswitch Engage Rock Osaka With Help From Opening Act Meaning

Killswitch Engage
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

With my brother living in Japan with his family, every few years I set out to visit him in the Land of the Rising Sun. This year it just so happened that Killswitch Engage were playing the intimate Osaka venue Club Quattro during my visit. To see the band play Japan was definitely an incredible experience, helped further by an awesome Japanese opening act called Meaning.

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Aerosmith + Slash Set to Announce 2014 U.S. Tour

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler / Slash
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Two of hard rock's legendary acts are teaming up for a 2014 U.S. summer tour, as Aerosmith will hit the road with Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The news was revealed Friday (March 21) via tweets from members of Aerosmith, as well as Slash himself.

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Taylor Momsen Talks New Album ‘Going To Hell’ + Enter To Win a Pretty Reckless Prize Pack

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Having already scored a No. 1 rock hit with their current single 'Heaven Knows,' the Pretty Reckless are set to unleash their new album, 'Going To Hell,' on Tuesday, March 18. Singer Taylor Momsen recently stopped by our studio to talk about the new

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