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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.

Rock and Metal Musicians Share Their Biggest Real-Life Spinal Tap Moments

Spinal Tap
MGM/Embassy Pictures

The legendary mockumentary 'This Is Spinal Tap' celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. The film hit theaters on March 2, 1984, and became the stuff of legend. The movie followed the fictional hard rock band Spinal Tap, who experienced a string

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Two People Killed and Many Injured as Car Plows Into Crowd at South by Southwest Festival

Screen Capture / thestatesman.com
Screen Capture / thestatesman.com

Update 5PM ET: A few key facts in our original story have been changed to reflect new information that has surfaced since the initial reports of the incident. Included among those is the identity of the suspect and a clarification about the two people who were killed.

Horrific news to report out of the popular South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, when a driver attempting to avoid a drunk driving stop smashed through a barricade and plowed into a crowd waiting to get into one of the many venues taking parking in the festival. More than 20 pedestrians were injured outside the Mohawk nightclub and two people traveling on a scooter were killed.

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Filed Under: Category: Festivals, News, R.I.P., Rock

HeAd’s KoRner: An Interview With KXM Featuring George Lynch, dUg Pinnick + Ray Luzier

KXM
Photo by Sebastien Paquet

Brian ‘Head’ Welch, guitarist for Korn and frontman of Love and Death, contributes a popular monthly column called ‘HeAd’s KoRner’ to Loudwire. In his newest entry, Head interviews the band KXM featuring Dokken guitarist George Lynch, King's X singer-bassist Dug Pinnick and Korn drummer Ray Luzier. Check out Brian ‘Head’ Welch’s latest edition of ‘Head’s Korner’ below:

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Bring Me the Horizon Mesmerize New York Fans With Help From Of Mice & Men, Issues + Northlane

Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

We'll say it right now: Bring Me the Horizon are one of the most exciting young bands on the planet. Not only is their most recent disc, 'Sempiternal,' an epic album, their live show is phenomenal. We caught the band's second gig of a two-night stand at New York City's Best Buy Theater on Saturday night (March 1), and the UK act mesmerized the crowd with a stellar set.

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KISS Won’t Perform at All at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Kiss
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Once Kiss were revealed as Class of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, the big question that arose was whether the band's original lineup would perform together at the ceremony. Now, to the disappointment of their fans, it's been announced that KISS won't perform in any form at the April 10 event in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Filed Under: Category: News, Rock

Mike Ness Reflects on Social Distortion’s Legacy

Mike Ness of Social Distortion
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

Mike Ness is the epitome of rock 'n' roll. He formed Social Distortion back in 1978 and is still going strong as frontman of the legendary punk act. As the band works on a new album and as Ness prepares to release an autobiography, aptly titled 'Story of My Life' after one of Social D's biggest hits, we caught up with the veteran rocker to discuss the band's legacy and more.

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