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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.
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Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon Discusses Split From Thurston Moore, Breast Cancer Bout

We're not going to say "we told you so," because, well, we never went on the record to express our personal opinion on this subject, but privately, we had our sneaking suspicions that the breakup of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon in late 2011 was caused by infidelity on the part of the former. Turns out we were right, and that a "starstruck woman" from the indie community, as Gordon puts it, also played a role.

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Dropkick Murphys Raise $65K for Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

Boston natives the Dropkick Murphys have always been closely associated with their hometown, and the band has used that connection to help raise $65,000 for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their relatives. The Murphys raised the loot in less than 15 hours by selling a Beantown-themed t-shirt through the merchandise section of their website.

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Daft Punk Premiering New Album In Small Australian Town

Daft Punk have selected Wee Waa, Australia -- a rural town with a population of 2,400 located about 250 miles from Sydney -- to host the world premiere of their new album, 'Random Access Memories.' Thousands of fans are expected to join locals for the "global album launch party," which will take place outside, among the sheep and cattle of the Western Plains during sunset on the evening of May 17, the band announced today (April 9).

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Queens of the Stone Age Announce New Album ‘…Like Clockwork,’ Release First Single ‘My God Is the Sun’

Queens of the Stone Age have announced a June 4 street date for '...Like Clockwork,' their sixth studio album and first studio since 2007's 'Era Vulgaris.' Check out the disc's first single, 'My God Is the Sun,' below.

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Courtney Love To Judge TV Reality Contest?

Why didn't we think of this? When Diffuser.fm unveiled our picks for Rockers We'd Like To See As 'The Voice' Mentors last year, Courtney Love was nowhere to be seen. But in retrospect, the walking drama magnet is the perfect choice to appear as a personality on a reality TV singing competition, and apparently, she's in talks to do just that.

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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 countdown that ran throughout the day.

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Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup Confirmed: The Cure, Mumford and Sons, the Killers and Nine Inch Nails Headlining

The Cure, Mumford and Sons, the Killers and Nine Inch Nails have been confirmed as headliners for Lollapalooza 2013, which takes place in Chicago's Grant Park on Aug. 2-4. The four monsters of alt-rock top a bill featuring dozens of artists, with Phoenix, New Order, the Postal Service and Vampire Weekend among the other top-tiered acts.

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Vampire Weekend Perform ‘Diane Young’ + Other New Songs on ‘QTV’

The Internet was aflutter this morning thanks to Vampire Weekend's appearance on the Canadiann show 'QTV,' where they played three songs from their forthcoming album 'Modern Vampires of the City.' Ezra Koenig and the boys tore through lead single, 'Diane Young' (watch above at 6:20); 'Unbelievers" (below at 19:09); and 'Ya Hey' (below 43:34). The videos also include rather in-depth interviews with VW.

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Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy Pleads Not Guilty to DUI, Hit-and-Run, Meth Possession

Peter Murphy has plead not guilty to all charges stemming from his arrest on Saturday for driving under the influence, felony hit-and-run and methamphetamine possession. The former Bauhaus singer and goth-rock icon was picked up by police Saturday after allegedly rear-ending another vehicle in Glendale, Calif., (it was widely noted that he was driving a Subaru Forester) and driving off to Los Angeles, where another driver blocked his car until the police arrived.

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Flaming Lips Push Back ‘The Terror’ Release Date, Perform Entire Album at SXSW [Listen]

Fans counting down the seconds until the April 2 release of the Flaming Lips' 13th studio album, 'The Terror,' will have to reset their stopwatches -- the band has pushed back the disc's release two weeks, to April 16. But that doesn't mean we'll have to wait nearly a month to hear the songs on 'The Terror,' because frontman Wayne Coyne and co. premiered the album in its entirety over the weekend SXSW -- and lucky for us, one dedicated fan managed to capture audio of the whole set and has post it online for our listening pleasure. 

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Ramones Biopic On the Way, Says Johnny Ramones’ Widow

Late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone's widow Linda thinks the iconic punk band's legacy is pretty well taken care of, save for one missing thing: a Hollywood movie. Linda isn't certain if it will be a full-band biopic, or whether it will be based on Johnny's autobiography, 'Commando,' or something else, but she insists there's something in the works.

"I have offers right now to do a Ramones movie, because there hasn't been one yet," she recently told Rolling Stone. "That's really the only thing left."

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