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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.
SXSW-Tragedy
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Two People Killed and Many Injured as Car Plows Into Crowd at South by Southwest Festival

Horrific news to report out of the popular South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, when a driver attempting to avoid a drunk driving stop smashed through a barricade and plowed into a crowd waiting to get into one of the many venues taking parking in the festival. More than 20 pedestrians were injured outside the Mohawk nightclub and two people traveling on a scooter were killed.

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Guns N' Roses
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Guns N’ Roses Confirm 2014 Las Vegas Residency: ‘No Trickery! An Evening of Destruction’

After teasing fans with clues and billboards throughout the past few weeks, Guns N' Roses have confirmed that they will indeed perform a second residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in 2014. Axl Rose and company's latest Sin City invasion will take place over nine shows running in late May and early June.

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Jeff Hanneman
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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 Jeff Hanneman.

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Al Jourgensen
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Ministry Mastermind Al Jourgensen to Enter Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

Legendary Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen, who helped pioneer the industrial rock movement, has announced that he is checking into a rehab facility on Feb. 3 to combat his alcohol abuse. The rock frontman, who has infamously battled addictions to drugs and alcohol throughout his career, announced the news via a series of colorful Facebook posts.

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Pearl Jam
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Former Pearl Jam Management Executive Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Band

Back in June of this year, we reported on the case of Ricky Charles Goodrich, an executive at Pearl Jam's former management company who was charged with stealing $380,000 from the band over a four-year period. Now, Goodrich has pleaded guilty to 6 counts associated with those charges.

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Metallica with Mariano Rivera
Metallica's 1991 hit "Sandman" was the theme music for New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera. (Getty Images)
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Metallica Rock ‘Enter Sandman’ for Mariano Rivera During Yankee Stadium Ceremony

The day after rocking New York City's famed Apollo Theater, Metallica made their way to another historic Big Apple venue when they showed up Sunday (Sept. 22) at Yankee Stadium to rock 'Enter Sandman' in

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Ozzy and Jack Osbourne
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Ozzy Osbourne’s Son Jack Osbourne To Compete on ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Will we be seeing a waltz to Black Sabbath's 'God Is Dead?' on ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' this season? That could be the case, as Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack has signed on to be one of the celebrity competitors on the show.

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