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Spencer Kaufman is the Editor-in-Chief of Loudwire. He grew up playing stickball and basketball in Brooklyn, N.Y., before graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Communication Arts. He has been a professional music journalist for more than a decade in New York City. He digs punk, hardcore and industrial music, and fondly remembers the time Iggy Pop landed on him after a stage dive. His favorite movie is 'Taxi Driver' and he once played in a fictional college band called the Raging De Niros.
Loudwire Music Festival
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Loudwire Music Festival Set to Launch in 2015

Get ready to rock! We are proud to announce that the inaugural Loudwire Music Festival will take place in Summer 2015 at the 240-acre Jam Ranch in Grand Junction, Colo. While we're not set to reveal the exact date or the lineup right now, we can promise the event will feature big names from the worlds of hard rock, metal, classic rock and alternative rock.

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Category: Concerts
Deftones Chino Moreno Chi Cheng
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Deftones Pay Tribute To Late Bassist Chi Cheng With Never-Before-Released Track ‘Smile’

One year ago today (April 13), Deftones said goodbye to bassist Chi Cheng, who passed away after a 2008 car accident left him mostly in a coma for four and a half years. On the one year anniversary of his passing, frontman Chino Moreno has posted the unreleased song 'Smile' from Deftones' shelved album 'Eros.'

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Nirvana Members With Joan Jett
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Nirvana Members Perform at Small Brooklyn Club Following Rock Hall of Fame Ceremony

Those in attendance at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at the Barclays Center arena last night were certainly treated to a nice surprise when the surviving members of Nirvana performed with various female singers to close out the event. But an even bigger thrill came for those lucky enough to make it into a tiny Brooklyn bar for an after-party where the Nirvana members performed a full set!

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Aerosmith + Slash Set to Announce 2014 U.S. Tour

Two of hard rock's legendary acts are teaming up for a 2014 U.S. summer tour, as Aerosmith will hit the road with Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The news was revealed Friday (March 21) via tweets from members of Aerosmith, as well as Slash himself.

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Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Join Forces for 2014 North American Summer Tour

Two of rock's biggest bands -- Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden -- have announced that they're teaming up for a co-headlining 2014 North American summer tour! The trek kicks off July 19 in Las Vegas and runs through an Aug. 25 gig in Los Angeles.

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Rock and Metal Musicians Share Their Biggest Real-Life Spinal Tap Moments

The legendary mockumentary 'This Is Spinal Tap' celebrated its 30th anniversary this month. The film hit theaters on March 2, 1984, and became the stuff of legend. The movie followed the fictional hard rock band Spinal Tap, who experienced a string

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Two People Killed and Many Injured as Car Plows Into Crowd at South by Southwest Festival

Update 5PM ET: A few key facts in our original story have been changed to reflect new information that has surfaced since the initial reports of the incident. Included among those is the identity of the suspect and a clarification about the two people who were killed.

Horrific news to report out of the popular South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, when a driver attempting to avoid a drunk driving stop smashed through a barricade and plowed into a crowd waiting to get into one of the many venues taking parking in the festival. More than 20 pedestrians were injured outside the Mohawk nightclub and two people traveling on a scooter were killed.

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