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Joe Robinson

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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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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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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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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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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Foo Fighters Start New Album Today Says Dave Grohl

It turns out that Dave Grohl wasn't exaggerating when he said there's "pretty much an entire" new Foo Fighters record ready to record. That news, which came from the mouth of Dave last week, was an exciting surprise for Foo fans who were resigned to the idea that the band would be on an indefinite hiatus while Grohl focuses on his 'Sound City' movie, his supporting Sound City Players all-star band and whatever other activities keep the always-busy rocker busy.

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Dave Grohl on New Foo Fighters Album: ‘We Have Pretty Much an Entire Record Ready’

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been insisting that his band is on hiatus ever since he wrote an open letter to fans announcing as much last fall, but it seems he hasn't been entirely truthful. Despite all the talk of his intentions to "pack it in the garage" for awhile, Grohl is now saying that the Foos already have a new album written.

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Grammys 2013: Mumford and Sons’ ‘Babel’ Wins Album of the Year

Perhaps surprising nobody but themselves, Mumford and Sons snagged the biggest award of the night at the 2013 Grammys, winning Album of the Year honors for their critically acclaimed and commercially successful 'Babel.' The British folk rockers beat out some strong competition -- the Black Keys' 'El Camino,' fun.'s 'Some Nights', Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' and Jack White's Blunderbuss' -- to win the award.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Playing With Roger Waters At 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder will join Roger Waters to perform the Pink Floyd classic 'Comfortably Numb' at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert set to take place tonight Madison Square Garden in New York City, Waters revealed during an appearance last night on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.' Vedder, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Coldplay's Chris Martin were added to the concert's lineup late last month, joining a star-studded bill that also includes everybody from Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen to Kanye West and the Who.

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Trent Reznor Reveals Nine Inch Nails Hits Collection, Beats by Dre Streaming Service

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor is profiled in this week's issue of New Yorker magazine, and the article features two revelations. First, a NIN greatest-hits collection featuring two new, previously unreleased songs will be issued sometime in 2014, followed by a new Nails album sometime later in the year. The second revelation? Reznor's previously announced collaboration with the Interscope/Dr. Dre-affiliated Beats by Dre enterprise is a brand-new music-streaming service that he's helping design. It's called Daisy and is expected to launch early next year.

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Green Day Announce ‘¡Quatro!’ Documentary

What comes after '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!?' '¡Quatro!,' of course, although Green Day won't be following their new trilogy of albums with a fourth record. '¡Quatro!' announced today, will not be another album, but rather a documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look into the making-of '¡Uno!,' '¡Dos!' and '¡Tre!'

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Green Day Post ‘¡Dos!’ Video Trailer

A trailer for ‘¡Dos!,' the second offering in the ‘¡Uno!'-‘¡Dos!’-‘¡Tre!’ trilogy that Green Day are releasing over the course of several months, has hit the web.‘¡Dos!’ is due out Nov. 13 and follows hot on the heels of (shocker!) ‘¡Uno!,' which dropped last month. ‘¡Tre!’ follows in early 2013.

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