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Hey, guys! I grew up listening to classical music, opera and musical theater, but somewhere along the way, discovered rock and metal. Hearing bands like Nirvana, A Perfect Circle, AFI, RED and Seether opened up a new world to me, and I’ve worked in the music business ever since. I graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and started working as a reporter for Gannett Michigan. I also scored my first radio job on an alternative station in Michigan. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Billy Corgan, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and many more. Fun fact: I don’t like going to the movies. I can't sit still that long! Thanks for listening, and God bless!
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Critical Bill press photo
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Mike Scott of Detroit’s Critical Bill Talks New Album, Dirt Fest + More

In a decade of heavy-duty rocking, Critical Bill have blasted their commanding mix of rap, hip-hop and hard rock throughout their hometown of Detroit and far beyond. The band are slated to play Dirt Fest this August, plus release a new album in September, and I chatted with guitarist Mike Scott about what’s new with Critical Bill and why he’s stoked to share the bill with Clutch on Dirt Fest.

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Category: Dirt Fest, Newsletter
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Wilson Press Photo
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Wilson’s Jason Spencer Talks Dirt Fest, New Music Video + More

Detroit-based rockers Wilson are one of Michigan’s most popular up-and-coming bands thanks to their pummeling, snap-tight brand of heavy tracks. I'm definitely excited about Wilson's future and recently had the chance to interview guitarist Jason Spencer about the band’s live show, their new video for 'Better Off (Strictly Doods)' and why they’re stoked to play Dirt Fest 2012 this August. Check it out below!

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Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images
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Top 10 Reasons Why People Get Dumped

Whether you’re the one doing the dumping or getting dumped, dealing with a breakup is never fun. So, what went wrong? According to a survey conducted by Wot Went Wrong this week, “I’m not ready for a relationship” is the No. 1 thing girls hear when they’re getting the boot, and “There’s someone else” is what guys usually hear when they’re getting dumped.

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Category: Newsletter, Weird News
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Anne, Heather and Megan
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How to Properly Crash a Wedding

 

Summer is almost here, and that means wedding season. Chances are, your significant other will drag you to at least one wedding this summer. Let’s be honest: Weddings can actually be really fun. Case in point: I was in a friend’s wedding last weekend, and not only did we get to ride around Lansing in a party bus for hours, but they had a crazy photo booth at the reception, amazing food and an open bar. Proof is in the photo, above.

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Category: Flint News, Newsletter
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Michael Buckner, Getty Images
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Mastodon’s Troy Sanders Says Band is Heavily Influenced by Classical Music

Mastodon are one of the few heavy music bands who can go from playing hard-hitting metal festivals, such as Ozzfest, to indie-flavored festivals, like Pitchfork. What is it about the guys that draws such an assorted audience? According to singer and bass player Troy Sanders, that diversity has a lot to do with the band’s random musical tastes.

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Jonathan Ferrey, Getty Images
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3 Doors Down’s Todd Harrell Loves Making Albums the Old-Fashioned Way

3 Doors Down have sold millions of albums over the years, but if you ask bass player Todd Harrell, the band’s expectations for sales have evolved quite a bit since first spitting out ‘Krytonite’ in 2000.

While the band’s latest assortment of songs, ‘Time of My Life,’ entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 and has achieved major success, Harrell says it’s nothing like the numbers bands saw a decade ago, before the Internet took over the music industry.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Rise Against Frontman: ‘We’re a Basement Garage Band’

Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath was last seen touring hard-working union towns with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, which was no shocker, considering the pop-punk performer has a long history of mixing politics with the arts. His secret to creating a popular song that gets a poignant message across? Make it a fun song, with a deeper, darker meaning.

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Universal Republic
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3 Doors Down Guitarist: Giving Back is the Coolest Thing About Being in Rock

3 Doors Down are long known for their generous charity work. Most recently, the gents joined up with the Home Depot Foundation and the Mission Continues to help rebuild the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center, a home for homeless veterans recovering from substance abuse, mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Megadeth Film Video for ‘Public Enemy No. 1′

Following the major rocking of New York’s Yankee Stadium as part of the Big 4 on Wednesday (Sept. 14), Megadeth added to their rock n’ roll escapades in the California desert over the weekend, shooting the music video for their single, ‘Public Enemy No. 1.’

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover and bass slinger David Ellefson teased fans with a video message explaining a few tidbits from the sandy set. Watch the video, after the jump.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Jane’s Addiction Delay Release Date for New Album Again

The gents of Jane’s Addiction already pushed back the release date for their new album, ‘The Great Escape Artist,’ one week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. Now the guys figure, Why not take a bit more time? Two weeks, to be exact. Due to undetermined reasons, the band has official announced the album will now drop Oct. 18.

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