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.
Drive Founding Member Rick Chavez Dies
Sad news to report, as Rick Chavez, a founding member of the metal band Drive, has suddenly passed away.
Loudwire Legacy: Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’ (Trailer)
Watch the trailer for our new Loudwire Legacy documentary on Pantera's landmark album 'Vulgar Display of Power.'
Metallica Play Post-Grammys Gig at Hollywood Palladium With Riffs Blazing and Mics On
After technical difficulties plagued Metallica's Grammy set, the band was able to channel its frustration into a monster set at the Hollywood Palladium as part of the weeklong Citi Sound Vault series.
Joe Perry on Receiving the NAMM TEC Les Paul Award, Aerosmith’s Touring Plans + Future of …
Aerosmith's Joe Perry received the Les Paul Award at the NAMM TEC Awards, and Loudwire was given the privilege of sitting down with the legendary guitarist.
Win a Flyaway Trip to the Las Rageous Festival Headlined by Godsmack + Avenged Sevenfold!
We're giving away a flyaway trip for two to see the first annual Las Rageous festival headlined by Godsmack and Avenged Sevenfold!
Metal Allegiance Perform Metallica’s ‘Disposable Heroes’ in Honor of Cliff Burton
At Metal Allegiance‘s show in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 20, one of the highlights was a rendition of Metallica's "Disposable Heroes" in honor of Cliff Burton.
Pop Star George Michael Dead at 53
Sad news to report on Christmas Day, as pop star George Michael died today at the age of 53.
Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes + More Among 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The ballots are in, and the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been revealed.
Vote for the Rock Titan of the Year – 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards
Who will win Rock Titan of the Year in the 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards? Vote for your favorite nominee here.
Vote for Rock Goddess of the Year – 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards
Who will win Rock Goddess of the Year in the 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards? Vote for your favorite nominee here.