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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.
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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 punk rockers fared over the years? As you stroll (or scroll) through our Punk Icons Then and Now gallery, salute the worthy and gob on the has-beens.

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Category: Metal, Rock
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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 festivities, and you can check out one new track from the band, 'Last Nite At the Opera,' below.

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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 to perform 'Do You Realize??.' But the mystery guest turned out to be not JT, but My Morning Jacket's Jim James.

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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 a logical reason for it: In addition to providing music, JT also acts in the flick, appearing alongside Carey Mulligan.

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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 Fraiture expressed his desire to hit the road with the Strokes but revealed that no shows have been booked.

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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. 

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Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup to Be Announced By ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic on YouTube

The Bonnaroo 2013 lineup still hasn't been announced, but we now know that when this year's acts are revealed, none other than parody artist and accordionist "Weird Al" Yankovic will do the honors. "I just wanted you to know that I'll be announcing this year's Bonnaroo lineup live on YouTube," "Weird Al" reveals in a new video that surfaced on YouTube today (Jan. 31).

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Flaming Lips’ Super Bowl Commercial Premieres Online

Are the Flaming Lips ready for their closeup? Singer Wayne Coyne and his mates better be, as this Sunday will see the Lips star in their first-ever Super Bowl commercial, which will be beamed into the living rooms, rec halls and barrooms of a billion people around the globe. The spot, which features the catchy new tune 'Sun Blows Up Today,' captures in epic detail a 'Ferris Bueller'-like day in the life of an ordinary suburban family spent rocking out and hanging out alongside the Lips.

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