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.
What Would David Lynch’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ Look Like?
It's long been common knowledge to 'Star Wars' scholars and David Lynch fans that the director was once offered a chance to direct 'Return of the Jedi.'
7 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.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Beck, Thurston Moore and Mike D
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.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Ween
Remember 'The Jane Pratt Show'? Neither do we. Apparently it was a daytime talk show that lasted a mere five months on the Lifetime network back in 1993. Perhaps its short lifespan was in part due to such ill-advised musical guest choices as Ween, the willfully bizarre duo that was best kn…
Are Josh Homme and Trent Reznor Planting the Seeds for Their Own Music Fest?
The way Josh Homme sees it, if things go well on Queens of the Stone Age's upcoming co-headlining tour of Australia with Nine Inch Nails, the concept could be expanded to a sort of touring festival that's inspired by the curatorial aspects of Trent Reznor's Beats Audio streaming music…
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Public Image Ltd.
Given the disastrous experience of the Sex Pistols' sole U.S. tour -- a 1978 jaunt through the deep south that lasted just two weeks before the band broke up in a blur of riots and regret -- the first trip through the states by singer John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten)'s post-Pistols…
Bonnaroo’s 2014 Lineup Is Its Most Melting-Pot Diverse Ever
Jack White, Kanye West and Elton John top the wide-ranging group of artists scheduled to play 2014's edition of the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. This year's fest will take place in Manchester, Tenn., over the weekend of June 12-15.
The Worst Rock Tattoos Ever
When it comes to rock tattoos, there are cool ones, there are bad ones and then there are those that people wake up in a daze with, unsure how they got them and hoping that perhaps they are only temporary (they're not). Not all of the following ink pieces fall into that third category -- but th…
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 …
10 Bands Influenced by Ray Manzarek and the Doors
Jim Morrison's deep, bellowing baritone was the voice of the Doors, but it was Ray Manzarek's signature Vox Continetal organ playing that was the heart and soul of the band's sound.