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.
18 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Lana Del Rey
When it comes to Lana Del Rey, the singer who seemingly appeared out of nowhere in 2011 after her "Video Games' video went viral, finding the central truth to a story so shrouded in rumors, conjecture and myth-making seems nearly impossible.
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.
20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Jack White
With Jack White's second solo album, 'Lazaretto,' out this month and a summer calendar full of headlining gigs and festival dates already heating up, now's the perfect time to check out some crazy and cool facts about the famed White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather rocker that you probably didn't know.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Weezer on ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’
If you happen to be the parent of a toddler and not afraid of television permanently rotting the little dude or dudette's brain -- or if you've ever spent a few hours trying to keep a rambunctious two year old entertained -- you know there are two kinds of children's television shows.
In Defense of … Sonic Youth’s ‘Dirty’
If 1991 was the Year Punk Broke, then 1992 was the year punk's elder statesmen Sonic Youth were supposed to join in on the hit parade.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Sonic Youth on ‘Gilmore Girls’
The backlash that greeted Sonic Youth when they announced plans to appear on the WB teen drama 'Gilmore Girls' was truly something to behold.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – M.I.A on ‘Seth Meyers’
To the majority of the TV-set-owning world, she's known as the (who's that?) girl who flipped the bird during Madonna's halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI, setting off a legal firestorm with the FCC so ridiculous you'd think she flashed her nipple on live TV in front of a billion people.
Sabotaged! How the Beastie Boys Lucked Monster Energy Out of $1.7 Million
"[We're] very lucky," Michael "Mike D" Diamond told a courtroom in New York City's Thurgood Marshall Courthouse on May 27, the opening day of the Beastie Boys' recent jury trial against Monster Beverage Corp. that resulted in a $1.7 million summary judgment in favor the of the group.
TV’s Most Surreal Musical Performances – MGMT on ‘Letterman’
MGMT have never been an easy band to peg down.
10 Awful Albums With One Great Song
One-hit wonders are a dime a dozen in rock music, but to be able to come up with a single great song and then stick it on an album that's otherwise terrible?