Spoilers abound below--for a concert film!
My interview with Megadeth last week didn't go too well. The honorable thing to do would be to admit that I was in the wrong, and should have been better prepared. Or I could spell out a number of reasons why I'm not a total unprofessional screw-up, therefore justifying myself to an audience that la ... More >>
By Nate Jackson What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who ... More >>
When metal demigod Dave Mustaine isn't raising eyebrows with his kind words about GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, he's usually melting faces as the frontman for Megadeth. With so many years of rocking under his proverbial belt, Mustaine is entitled to some of the finer things in life. But a ... More >>
Todd OwyoungJames Hetfield in St. Louis in 2008. More photos here.Tickets are on sale now for what's being dubbed The Big Four Live -- a.k.a. the June 22 movie-theater simulcast of the Sonisphere Festival appearances of thrash legends Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. (Now I can't stop ... More >>
Whenever my father and I discuss great concerts he brings up the first time he saw the Jimi Hendrix Experience. "When just those three guys walked out on stage," he always says, "I said there's no way just the three of them could make all that sound like on the record. And they didn't. They made mor ... More >>
As if last week's Rick Astley/Nirvana mashup wasn't good enough, my pal Matt found and posted this fantastic conflation of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" and Bryan Adams' "Run to You." You wouldn't expect that James Hetfield's chipmunk-on-'roids vocals and Adams' epic wintry guitars would mesh so well, ... More >>
Well. That was fucking glorious. Not content with merely revitalizing their sound on record – Death Magnetic, go buy it already – Metallica decided to kick their stage show in the ass and get back to the business of being the best live band in the world. But of course, I'm biased -- I've bel ... More >>
8 p.m. Friday, October 26. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
Then we talk action and politics with Brooklyn Afrobeat aficionados Antibalas.
We've picked our favorites -- let the debates begin
This year, blood-soaked extreme metal took its rightful place in the world of heavy music.
We tell Metallica how to get its act together, tour the state with LL Cool J and listen to Wilco
We chat with a fresh-faced John Oates, pick the brain behind M.O.T.O. and play a scary game with Burnt by the Sun
Friday, June 18; Off Broadway
Our critics enter the summer-movie fray
New books document heavy metal's ugly history
How do washed-up rock stars maintain lavish homes, fancy cars, stripper ex-wives, cocaine habits and scores of illegitimate children? Easy: They co-opt youth culture.
Metallica returns with the most anticipated metal album in ages
Tribute band Battery gets the ultimate thumbs-up from its inspiration
The Fucking Champs wage their solitary war on the wuss hegemony, the indie-rock cabal, the bass and soundmen
Saturday, Feb. 24; Pop's.