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.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Dinosaur Jr. on ‘Late Night With David Letterman’
Sure, David Letterman was probably better known known back in the '80s and early-'90s for booking unknown and sonically challenging bands than he is today.
Coldplay’s ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head': Best Album of All Time, BBC Listeners Say
Coldplay's 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' has been named the favorite album of all time by BBC radio listeners. The 2002 album tops an eclectic list that also finds Keane's 2004 record 'Hopes and Fears' standing tall at the No. 2 spot, beating out classics from the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Queen. The top album was revealed today (April 1) by DJ Jo Whiley at the end of a countdow
Dave Grohl Asked PJ Harvey to Front Nirvana ‘Reunion’
Bringing together the surviving members of Nirvana with a different singer taking over for the late, great Kurt Cobain is a touchy subject, but Dave Grohl reveals he recently came up with the perfect person to fill Kurt's Converse All-Stars: PJ Harvey. Unfortunately, her schedule wouldn't allow it.
Vampire Weekend Premiere Two New Tracks: ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Step’ [Listen]
It's been nearly three years since we've heard new music from Vampire Weekend, but the wait is finally over. The band has premiered two news songs -- 'Diane Young,' the first single off their forthcoming 'Modern Vampires of the City' album, and 'Step,' another cut from the disc -- ahead of the May 7 release date, and you can listen to both in their entirety here.
Adele Not Playing Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Party After All
It turns out those rumors that Adele would be playing Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party next year were nothing more than that: rumors. A White House spokesperson has denied claims the British songbird and Super Bowl halftime star Beyonce had been lined up to perform at Obama's bash next January, blaming the whole fiasco on a British newspaper. “This is 100% false,” the spokesperson said, speaki
The Hold Steady Record Song for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 3
Good news for fans of the Hold Steady, 'Game of Thrones' or both: The Brooklyn indie rockers have recorded a version of 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair' -- a song that turns up several times in George R.R. Martin's 'Song of Ice & Fire' novels -- for the forthcoming third season of the HBO drama.
Morrissey Bashes Jimmy Kimmel, Accuses Host of Ridiculing Depression, Promoting Guns
Whose side are you on? In one corner, you have Morrissey, the staunch vegetarian who bowed out of his scheduled performance on last night's (Feb. 26) episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' because he refused to appear on the same show as certain other guests. The guests? The cast of the A&E reality show ‘Duck Dynasty,' which documents a Louisiana family that owns a business making duck decoys for hunt
Radiohead Will Begin New Album in September
It's still seven long months away, but at least it's a date. Radiohead have revealed plans to return to the studio in September to begin working on a follow-up to their 2011 album 'The King of Limbs.'
The Strokes, ‘All the Time’ [Listen]
It's been nearly a month since Seattle radio station 107.7 The End boasted that it was sitting on a promo copy of a new Strokes single titled 'All the Time' and would be playing it imminently. That didn't happen, and in the weeks since, the New York rockers announced a March release for a new album ('Comedown Machine') and leaked a new tune ('One Way Trigger'). But whatever came of 'All the Time?'
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).
Adele’s Baby’s Name Revealed?
Adele has not revealed the name of her first son since the baby was born last October, but a piece of jewelry worn by the British singer may have given the secret away. Adele was spotted wearing a necklace adorned with the name “Angelo” while shopping in West Hollywood this week, causing suspicion that the moniker is the name of her first born.
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins to Induct Rush Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
This is a big year for Rush, who will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April after more than a decade of being turned down for the honor. And who will be on hand to deliver the induction speech for the legendary Canadian prog-rockers? None other than "self-professed Rush superfans" Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, reports the Cleveland Plain