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My obsessive love of rock didn't surface until later in life -- around the same time I began learning electric guitar and listening to artists like Jimi Hendrix. I spent the next decade learning everything I could about rock. Along the way I found myself gravitating towards against-the-grain bands like Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse and Queens of the Stone Age. I began pursuing a career in radio after realizing I would be able to talk about music all day and get free CDs and concert tix. After grinding it out on the intern circuit, I landed a job at the Banana! I later became a writer for Loudwire.com and I'm currently the Digital Managing Editor for Townsquare Media Flint.

Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Germany Concert Because of Vocal Ailment

Ozzy Osbourne
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When Ozzy Osbourne canceled his June 20 show in Germany at the last minute, fans were most assuredly bummed but also concerned that there may be something seriously wrong with the "Prince of F---ing Darkness." Now a statement from Osbourne's reps has put everyone's mind at ease.

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Slipknot’s Clown Details ‘Antennas to Hell’ + Explains Keeping Current Bassist Out of Sight

Slipknot's Clown
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Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan talks about his disdain for greatest hits albums and why their forthcoming retrospective 'Antennas to Hell' is so much more. In his typically candid fashion, Crahan also talks about why temporary bassist Donnie Steele will remain off stage while playing with the band.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Releasing First Book ‘Too Much Horror Business’

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

As lead guitarist for Metallica, there's not too many obstacles that Kirk Hammett has left to conquer. Perhaps that's why the 49-year old will soon take on a different challenge -- conquering the literary world with his first-ever book 'Too Much Horror Business -- The Kirk Hammett Collection.'

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Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Chevelle + More Set for Monster Energy Aftershock Festival

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Stone Temple Pilots are set to lead a bill that features Bush, Chevelle, DeftonesTheory of a Deadman, Hollywood Undead and more as part of the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival.

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Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Talks Sobriety in MusiCares Video Footage

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Alice in Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award for his contributions to the MusiCares MAP fund at an event on May 31. In a new video, you can hear Cantrell, former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and more talk about their struggles with sobriety.

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The Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Oceania’ – Album Review

Facebook: The Smashing Pumpkins
Facebook: The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins are back with a new album, 'Oceania,' the first full-length effort featuring their current lineup. While it's certainly no 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,' the disc showcases a more focused vision than was present with 2007's 'Zeitgeist.' Mostly absent are the moments of 'Guitar Hero' bravado Corgan so abundantly supplied on their last album and in their place are more structured, fully realized tunes that deliver mixed results.

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Layne Staley Songs in ‘Grassroots’ Film Have Previously Surfaced

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Frank Micelotta, ImageDirect (via Getty Images)

Contrary to the initial reports, the songs featuring late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley from the film 'Grassroots' may not be on everyone's radar, but they are definitely not unknown. In fact, one of them was already released in the mid 1990s.

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Frances Bean Cobain Trying to Avoid Involvement in Courtney Love Twitter Lawsuit

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Hedi Slemani / Steven Lovekin, Getty Images

Courtney Love is well known for putting all of her business, as well as that of others, out on Front Street via her Twitter account. The Hole frontwoman is currently in legal proceedings over a 2010 Twitter tirade, in which the opposing side is trying enlist the help of Frances Bean Cobain, Love's only child with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

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