Carlos Ramirez is a former editor at AOL Music. His writing has appeared on IGN, Bullz-Eye, Ultimate-Guitar, MetalSucks, PopDose, TheGauntlet and many other music destinations. Born and raised in Queens, N.Y., Ramirez resides in Los Angeles with his wife and baby daughter.
See the Cast of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Then and Now
Released in March 1984, Rob Reiner's 'This Is Spinal Tap' is a comedic film about a fictional British heavy metal band.
Colleens, ‘About You’ – Exclusive Video Premiere
To say that the lives of brothers Josh and Jon Harter revolve around music would be a huge understatement.
Prince Brings the Rock on New Song ‘PRETZELBODYLOGIC’
Fresh off his much-hyped appearance on last night's episode of the Zooey Deschanel sitcom 'New Girl,' Prince has started off the week by unleashing a new jam. 'PRETZELBODYLOGIC' is being credited to 3rdEyeGirl, a band lead by the Purple One and featuring guitarist Donna Grantis, drummer Hannah Ford and bassist Ida Neilsen.
Secret Colours, ‘Positive Distractions Part I’ – Exclusive EP Premiere
With its driving backbeat, jagged guitars and a echo-soaked vocals, 'City Slicker' proves the perfect way to kick off 'Positive Distractions Part I,' the new EP from Secret Colours. Based in Chicago, the quartet draws on many of the same late-'60s psych-rock acts that influenced Madchester-era British groups like Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets.
Album Cover Models Then and Now
By now, you’ve probably already read a story on the whereabouts of the ‘Nevermind’ baby, or the porn star gracing the cover of Blink-182’s ‘Enema of the State,’ but there are so many other “Where Are They Now?”-type mysteries left in the world of album sleeves.
Grandhorse, ‘Short Drive With a Kidnapper’ – Exclusive Video Premiere
Boasting such diverse acts such as Pure Bathing Culture, Blitzen Trapper and Glass Candy, Portland, Ore., has been an indie music hotbed for quite some time now. Comprising former members of the Photo Atlas, Aristea and Diesto, Grandhorse is the latest P-Town band to keep your eyes on.
Okapi Sun, ‘Johnny Kiss’ – Exclusive Song Premiere
An "electronic tribal dance party" is what Okapi Sun call their fusion of electro and rock 'n' roll, and Diffuser.fm isn't going to argue with the description.
Animal Parts, ‘Where the Heart Is’ – Exclusive Video Premiere
With its shimmering guitars and breezy vocal melodies, 'Where the Heart Is' would be the perfect addition to any summer morning music playlist. The track comes courtesy of Animal Parts, a Toronto-based quintet lead by vocalist/guitarist Joshua Cockerill, a guy with a singing voice perfectly suited for the group's blend of indie-pop and folk.
The Hold Steady Unveil New Song ‘I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You’
Last week, the Hold Steady announced the March 25 release of a new album called ‘Teeth Dreams’ through their own Positive Jams imprint via new label Washington Square. Today, the Brooklyn-based quintet has debuted ‘I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,’ the first track from the forthcoming album.
Life In Vacuum, ‘Seven’ – Exclusive Song Premiere
The term "post-hardcore" has been bastardized. When it surfaced in the late '80s, it was used to describe many of the bands who's members sprung out of the hardcore scene (Fugazi, Quicksand) but were infusing more melody, dissonant guitar riffs and jagged rhythmic patterns into their songwriting.