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.
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’
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Top 10 Cliff Burton Metallica Songs
We remember Cliff Burton with our picks for the Top 10 songs from his time in Metallica.
Slash Takes Home Riff Lord Award at 2012 Revolver Golden Gods
Ex-Guns N' Roses rocker Duff McKagan hit the stage to present the Riff Lord honor -- another new category at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods -- one "for six-string guitar shredders," as McKagan put it. And he was able to present the trophy to his former GN'R bandmate Slash, who beat out a field that included Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society, Scott Ian from Anthrax, Munky from Korn, Dave
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Wins Best Bassist at 2012 Revolver Golden Gods
It was fitting that three members of Slipknot hit the stage to present an honor that's new to the Revolver Golden Gods this year, and an equally fitting name for it -- the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award. Gray was, after all, Slipknot's bassist until his tragic death in May 2010 from a drug overdose, and a very skilled one at that. Bass players are often the unsung hero of the band, but nobody ever o
Chris Cornell to Play Fundraiser for President Obama in San Francisco
Grammy-winning Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has signed on to perform a Feb. 16 benefit show in San Francisco to raise money for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. The event will take place at the the historic Regency Center reception hall.
10 Rock Cover Band Epic Fails
When it comes to amateur rock 'n' roll, talent competitions frequently lack talent, battle of the bands often are a war that nobody wins and bar bands are bar bands for a reason. One thing that is often common to all three is the cover song, which when done well is the perfect way to pay homage to your favorite tune by another group. When don...
Seether Set to Release ‘Remix EP’ Featuring Contest-Winning Track
Seether have announced plans to release 'Remix EP,' a six-track collection featuring fan-created remixes of 'Tonight' and other tunes from their 2011 release, 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray.' The EP will be issued in digital formats only on Feb. 7 through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other music outlets.
Nikki Sixx: Godsmack’s Sully Erna Should Play ‘Angry Midget’ in Motley Crue’s Vegas Shows
In addition to putting together a set list for their upcoming residency in Las Vegas, apparently Motley Crue are busy working on some additional onstage entertainment to accompany their show. The band has previously featured a unicycle-riding, fire-breathing little person onstage at gigs, and Nikki Sixx reveals that they're looking for someone to fill the role in Sin City. His first choice? Godsma
Jane’s Addiction Unveil ‘Explicit’ Version of ‘Underground’ Video
'I am a hustler,' Perry Farrell sings in the new Jane's Addiction single, 'Undeground,' and wouldn't you know that a hustler like Perry wouldn't quite be content with the "censored" version of the video they recently unveiled for the song. Not quite wild enough, he might say. Thus Jane's are pointing you in the direction of the "explicit" version of the the clip, which has debu
Duff McKagan Clarifies Controversial Comments About SOPA / PIPA Protests
Last week when protests over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) brought about widespread debate on the matter, Duff McKagan stood up on the soapbox that is his his Seattle Weekly column and seemed to voice support for the bills. His opinion was not a popular one, and now the former Guns N' Roses bassist wants to clarify the comments he made.