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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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Depeche Mode Announce North American Tour Dates

Depeche Mode have announced North American dates for the upcoming world tour in support of their 'Delta Machine' album, which drops March 26. The trek kicks off Aug. 22 in Detroit and is scheduled through an Oct. 8 gig in Phoenix, Ariz. Tickets go on sale on April 6 here, and their entire American schedule is available below.

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Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players Rock ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ With John Fogerty + Rick Springfield

Dave Grohl sure has been busy on the late-night talk show circuit lately, what with appearances on 'Chelsea Lately,' 'The Colbert Report' and the 'Late Show with David Letterman' all in the last month or so. Add 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' to that list, as Dave brought his Sound City Players there Tuesday night for a two-song performance that included Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' (watch above) and Rick Springfield’s Sound City collaboration, 'The Man That Never Was' (watch below). CCR's John Fogerty and Rick Springfield were, of course, along for the ride.

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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 hunters.

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Mountain Jam 2013 Adds Gaslight Anthem, Michael Franti & Spearhead + More

Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem, reggae-tinged festival faves Michael Franti & Spearhead and electronic duo Big Gigantic are among the artists that have been added to the lineup of Mountain Jam 2013, scheduled for June 6 through 9 at the Hunter Mountain ski resort in Hunter, N.Y.

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Soundgarden Announce Spring 2013 Tour Dates

Soundgarden are headed back out on the road. Fresh off a round of U.S. dates in support of last year's 'King Animal,' their first album in more than 15 years, the veteran grunge goliaths have announced a second U.S. tour leg that's slated to kick off on May 3 in Atlantic City, N.J., and roll through May 28 in Broomfield, Colo. 

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Trent Reznor Announces Nine Inch Nails Return, Plans Tours for 2013 and 2014

Nine Inch Nails will return to the stage in 2013, with shows booked for this summer and a full-scale U.S. arena tour planned for this fall, NIN mastermind Trent Reznor has announced. The veteran industrial act is "reinventing itself from scratch," according to a statement from Reznor, with a lineup that includes Jane's Addiction's Eric Avery, King Crimson's Adrian Belew and Telefon Tel Aviv's, plus previous NIN collaborators Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin.

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David Bowie: ‘X Factor’ Judge? Simon Cowell’s Trying

"Why Bowie?" asks Simon Cowell upon announcing his pursuit of David Bowie -- yes, that David Bowie -- as a judge on the next season of the U.K. edition of the reality TV singing show 'The X Factor.' The question seems unnecessary -- why not is more appropriate -- but Cowell offers an answer anyway.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Offer Free EP ‘Let the Day Begin’ Ahead of New Album

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's new album 'Specter at the Feast' doesn't drop until next month, but the band is treating fans to a free EP in advance of the disc. To download the set, simply visit blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com and enter your email address to join their mailing list. Moments later, the 'Let The Day Begin' EP will be in your email inbox.

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The Strokes Have No Tour Plans for New Album ‘Comedown Machine’

Strokes fans may be stoked about the impending March 26 release of the band's new album, 'Comedown Machine,' but there is less exciting news when it comes to the group's plans to tour behind the disc. During a recent interview with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, bassist Nikolai Fraiture expressed his desire to hit the road with the Strokes but revealed that no shows have been booked.

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Debut New Single ‘Sacrilege’ Next Monday

Attention, Yeah Yeah Yeahs worshipers waiting patiently for the new single from your favorite band: Your wait is almost over. Singer Karen O and the boys have announced plans to premiere their new single, 'Sacrilege,' next Monday (Feb. 25), finally pushing the promotional machine behind their forthcoming 'Mosquito' album into high gear.

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David Bowie Releasing Record Store Day Vinyl Singles, EP

Record Store Day and David Bowie, together at last! A day after it emerged that Jack White will be the official ambassador of Record Store Day 2013, Bowie has announced that the first two singles from his forthcoming 'The Next Day' album will be available as a limited edition 7-inch vinyl record exclusively on RSD. 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight),' which is due out digitally next week, will be backed by Where Are We Now?'

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