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.
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’
Oh well, whatever...
Classic Rock’s 13 Unluckiest Musicians
For all of their fame and fortune, sometimes things can go very, very wrong.
When Elton John Made His Historic First Tour of Russia
The singer-songwriter insists that he was the first to go behind the Iron Curtain for a simple reason: He asked first.
What Would David Lynch’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ Look Like?
It's long been common knowledge to 'Star Wars' scholars and David Lynch fans that the director was once offered a chance to direct 'Return of the Jedi.'
Call Your Boo – ‘DuckTales’ Theme Gets a Sexy Slow Jam
If you're old enough to remember spending weekday afternoons during the waning years of your pre-'Nevermind' life in front of the TV watching Disney's 'DuckTales' cartoon, you probably know where Ducktails, the dream-pop side project of Real Estate's Matt Mondanile, got its name.
7 Rockers Who Went Broke
Many rock stars have learned that money doesn't buy happiness, but raking in a bunch of loot and then and then losing it certainly can have you singing the blues.
30 Years Later, ‘Spinal Tap’ Still Rings True for Real-Life Rock Stars
Anyone who has ever seen 'This Is Spinal Tap' knows it's funny as all hell.
TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Public Image Ltd.
Given the disastrous experience of the Sex Pistols' sole U.S. tour -- a 1978 jaunt through the deep south that lasted just two weeks before the band broke up in a blur of riots and regret -- the first trip through the states by singer John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten)'s post-Pistols project Public Image Ltd. was bound to be a memorable one.
Tom Petty Doesn’t Want to Be a Human Jukebox
Tom Petty is scheduled to spend much of the next month on the road with the Heartbreakers, including a multi-night stand at the Henry Ford Theatre in Los Angeles and a high-profile appearance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. But fans familiar with Petty's regular set lists may not hear all the hits they're used to.
10 Bands Influenced by Ray Manzarek and the Doors
Jim Morrison's deep, bellowing baritone was the voice of the Doors, but it was Ray Manzarek's signature Vox Continetal organ playing that was the heart and soul of the band's sound.