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.
Top 10 Cliff Burton Metallica Songs
We remember Cliff Burton with our picks for the Top 10 songs from his time in Metallica.
TV’s Most Surreal Musical Performances – Nine Inch Nails on ‘Dance Party USA’ [Video]
Trent Reznor can laugh about it all he wants these days, but there must have been at least a part of him that was thrilled for the chance to parade his Nine Inch Nails in front of a national television audience on 'Dance Party USA' in the months following the release of their debut album, …
Sunday Morning: Seven Rockers Who Went Broke
Many rock stars have learned that money doesn't buy happiness, but raking in a bunch of loot and then and then losing it certainly can have you singing the blues.
From 1994: Beck, Thurston Moore and Mike D Perform on MTV [Video]
Beck was just 23 and still two months away from busting into the Top 10 with 'Loser' when he popped up on '120 Minutes' for a totally bizarre appearance with guest host Thurston Moore on Feb. 20, 1994.
30 Years Later, ‘Spinal Tap’ Still Rings True for Real-Life Rock Stars
Anyone who has ever seen 'This Is Spinal Tap' knows it's funny as all hell.
Punk Icons Then and Now: 10 Legends Revisited
Nearly four decades after the creation of punk rock, many of the genre's iconic stars are still going strong. Some continue rocking with the bands that first made them famous, while others are soldiering on with new groups or venturing into non-musical creative pursuits. How have your favorite …
Ryan Adams Forms New Band Pornography, Plans Record Store Day Release
Ryan Adams has formed a punk band called Pornography with his old friends Leah Hennessey and Johnny T. Yerington, the latter of whom collaborated on his 'Rock N Roll' album. The group releases a seven-song 7-inch single titled '7 Minutes in Heaven' on April 20 as part of this year's Record Store Day…
Flaming Lips Duet With Jim James, Perform New Song During SXSW Set
The Flaming Lips know how to throw a party, and the band certainly kept things festive during their SXSW performance Friday night in Austin. After teasing fans with the possibility of a surprise appearance from Justin Timberlake, a man with a green cloth mask wrapped around his head strolled onstage…
Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake Collaborating on Coen Brothers Soundtrack
How's this for the strange collaboration of the day: Marcus Mumford of folk-rock superstars Mumford and Sons has teamed up with pop giant Justin Timberlake to record the soundtrack for the forthcoming Coen Brothers movie 'Inside Llewyn Davis?' And while that pairing may sound odd, trust us, there's …
The Strokes Have No Tour Plans for New Album ‘Comedown Machine’
Strokes fans may be stoked about the impending March 26 release of the band's new album, 'Comedown Machine,' but there is less exciting news when it comes to the group's plans to tour behind the disc. During a recent interview with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, bassist Nikolai F…
Replacements Reunion EP Auction Raises More Than $100k for Slim Dunlap’s Medical Care
The Replacements have finished auctioning off all 250 copies of their ‘Songs for Slim’ reunion EP, raising a total of $105,743 to benefit former member Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke last year and now must receive around-the-clock medical care.
Primal Scream Announce New Album ‘More Light’
British rockers Primal Scream have scheduled a May 7 release date for 'More Light,' the follow-up to 2008's 'Beautiful Future' and their tenth overall studio album. As NME reports, singer Bobby Gillespie announced the big news today (Feb. 1) during an interview that aired on…