Spencer Kaufman is the Editor-in-Chief of Loudwire. He grew up playing stickball and basketball in Brooklyn, N.Y., before graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Communication Arts. He has been a professional music journalist for more than a decade in New York City. He digs punk, hardcore and industrial music, and fondly remembers the time Iggy Pop landed on him after a stage dive. His favorite movie is 'Taxi Driver' and he once played in a fictional college band called the Raging De Niros.
Two People Killed and Many Injured as Car Plows Into Crowd at South by Southwest Festival
Update 5PM ET: A few key facts in our original story have been changed to reflect new information that has surfaced since the initial reports of the incident. Included among those is the identity of the suspect and a clarification about the two people who were killed.
Horrific news to report out of t…
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AC/DC Reveal Plans for New Album and Tour
For those about to rock, here's some big news: AC/DC have been relatively quiet these past couple of years, but it looks like 2014 is gonna be a big year for the legendary hard rock act. Singer Brian Johnson says the band plans to hit the studio this spring, as well as plan a new tour.
Facebook Grants Father’s Wish to Create ‘A Look Back’ Video for Late Rock Guitarist
A man in Missouri posted a video yesterday (Feb. 5) on YouTube asking Facebook to create 'A Look Back' video for his late rock guitarist son, who passed away in January 2012. After the grieving dad's video went viral, Facebook has agreed to grant him his wish.
2014 Grammy Awards Snubs Late Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman During ‘In Memoriam’ Segment
As it does every year, the Grammy Awards paid tribute to the musicians who passed away over the past 12 months with an 'In Memoriam' segment toward the end of Sunday night's ceremony. However, there was at least one glaring omission, as there was no mention of late Slayer guitarist Je…
The Pretty Reckless Rock Acoustic Version of ‘Going to Hell’ – Exclusive Video
With the Pretty Reckless gearing up to release their new album, 'Going to Hell' on March 18 via Razor & Tie Records, lead singer Taylor Momsen and guitarist Ben Phillips stopped by the Loudwire studio to perform a stirring rendition of the disc's infectious title track.
Metallica To Begin Work on New Album “In a Couple of Weeks”
One of the most repeated questions in the metal world over the past couple years has been, "When is the new Metallica album coming out?" Now, at least we have an answer as to when the legendary act will commence work on the new disc.
Rock on the Range 2014 Lineup: Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Kid Rock, 5FDP + …
The lineup for the 2014 Rock on the Range festival has just been announced, and it just might be the strongest yet for the premier U.S. hard rock event. The three-day extravaganza will boast headlining performances from Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock, with a bevy of hard rock and…
Joey Jordison: ‘I Did Not Quit Slipknot’
It was shocking news when Slipknot announced in December that they've parted ways with drummer Joey Jordison. Now, it appears as if Jordison himself was the person most shocked by the decision.
Judge Rules in Favor of Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee in Lawsuit Over Roller-Coaster Drum Design
In September 2012, Tommy Lee and Motley Crue were sued by Howard Scott King, who claimed that he gave the Crue drummer the idea for the roller-coaster drum set which he has used on tour in recent years. Now, TMZ reports that a judge has dismissed the lawsuit, clearing Lee of any wrongdoing.
Avenged Sevenfold’s New Album ‘Hail to the King’ Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Hail to Avenged Sevenfold! The California rockers have topped the Billboard 200 album chart with their latest album, 'Hail to the King.'
Will Metallica Rock ‘Enter Sandman’ During Mariano Rivera’s Retirement Celebration?
For nearly 20 years, New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera has been mowing down opposing batters en route to becoming the greatest closer of all time. And throughout the majority of his career, his entry to the mound has been powered by Metallica's 'Enter Sandman.'
Metallica To Play Historic Gig at New York City’s Apollo Theater
The mighty Metallica will bring their metal show to the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, next month. The Sept. 21 gig will celebrate the return of the Mandatory Metallica channel on SiriusXM radio.