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: David Bowie on ‘Johnny Carson’
In honor of David Bowie's 69th birthday, we take a look back at what proved to be a thoroughly Bowie-esque performance on Johnny Carson's straightlaced 'Tonight Show.'
That Time Oasis Split Their Audience With ‘Be Here Now’
One of the biggest and fastest-selling British albums of all time is regarded both as a masterpiece and a massive disappointment.
19 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Nirvana
It's not easy to find tidbits of information even the casual fan doesn't know about Nirvana, but we'll try.
In Defense of … The Flaming Lips’ ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’
When the Flaming Lips scored a Top 10 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1994 with 'She Don't Use Jelly,' the band was widely dismissed as little more than an obscure neo-pyschedelia outfit from Oklahoma City lucky enough to snag approval from MTV tastemakers 'Beavis and Butt-head' and ride it for all it was worth.
16 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Green Day
Formed as a pop-punk band in the late '80s, Green Day got their start as a part of the San Francisco Bay area's DIY punk scene, but they quickly outgrew it.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Alice In Chains on ‘MTV Unplugged’
Maybe this one is more just plain sad than surreal, but it was definitely a shock to see Layne Staley and his band onstage at all in 1996.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Smashing Pumpkins on ‘Pulse Basement Jam’
Not many bands can boast that the third concert they ever played was opening for Jane's Addiction, but the Smashing Pumpkins were never like many other bands.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Blind Melon at Woodstock ’94
Billed as "Three More Days of Peace, Love + Music," Woodstock '94 took all the iconic hippie mythology of the original 1969 festival in upstate New York and wrapped it up in the cynical cultural vibes of Generation X, where commerce overtakes culture as the driving force behind things like, well, gigantic music festivals.
10 Indie Artists Who Will Change Your Life
When Natalie Portman's character Sam delivered to Zach Braff's Andrew that memorable line about the then Shins tune 'New Slang' in the 2004 movie 'Garden State,' she perfectly captured a powerful feeling that all music lovers feel at one time or another.
Why Bon Iver Will Step Up the ‘Wish I Was Here’ Soundtrack
Has it really been two years since we've heard a peep out of Bon Iver, the Justin Vernon-fronted indie-folk act that took the music world by storm a couple years ago, and then basically disappeared?