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 >>
Sunday, August 26
Better than: Spending a night with anything else that's 23 years old.
Dance is a vital part of Café Tacvba's ethos. A vast number of the Mexican rock legends' songs reference the act, while almost all of them encourage it. Hell, the band's best song ( ... More >>
I spent the past two days at Atlantic City's Bader Field, which played host to the inaugural Orion Music More Festival, a two-day "music, arts and lifestyle" bonanza put together by the thrash kings in Metallica. It was pretty great all aroundJames Hetfield kept referring to the bash as a " ... More >>
This weekend, Metallica will perform 1984's Ride the Lightning and 1991's Metallica during their Orion Music More Festival in Atlantic City. In the spirit of reviving those albums, frontman James Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett talked about select tracks from each album. Today, they look ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, out now: Chris Steffen talks to James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica on the eve of the band's weekend-long Orion Music More festival; and J. Pablo hangs out with the New York hip-hop legend Large Professor.
This weekend, Metallica will perform 1984's Ride the Lightning and 1991's Metallica during their Orion Music More Festival in Atlantic City. In the spirit of reviving those albums, frontman James Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett agreed to look back on a few tracks from both. Here's some di ... More >>
To supplement this year's Pazz & Jop launch, Sound of the City asked a few critics to expand on the reasonings behind their voting. Here, Brad Nelson talks about the much-discussed collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, Lulu, which topped his ballot and came in at No. 94 on the albums poll.
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This is going to make for one heck of a Chance card:
A few months ago our own Kirk Hammett hinted at a new Metallica project that's "not really 100 percent a Metallica record." While Kirk may have jumped the gun a little (and has since been properly punished with a series o ... More >>
Given that Metallica themselves have raised the question, "Can you ever really have enough money? Can you possess enough beachfront properties and Fifties-style hot rods?", it makes sense that the band will have its own Monopoly game, which goes on sale in the band's online store next week. ... More >>
Ooooh plus "Iron Man"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration
Madison Square Garden
Friday, October 30
"When we were down, rock 'n' roll lifted us up," says Tom Hanks in his introductory remarks for the final night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's benefit-concert extravaganza ... More >>
Oh why not.
SXSW Friday Night, March 20
"Surprise!" says James Hetfield, acknowledging the lack of same. Given Metallica fans' historically rational and peaceful responses to disappointment, it would've been way more entertaining perhaps if they'd not shown up, given the ram ... More >>
James MinchinHere's your future
Last week's prediction: From the UK?
Sorry, but aesthetics matter, no matter where you are on the globe. No coincidence that the Somalia-born K'naan learned to speak English off the phonetics on Rakim and Nas albums; talent will travel, before during and after thing ... More >>
photos of Metallica, a few nights earlier at the Nassau Coliseum, by David Atlas
Newark Prudential Center
Saturday, January 31
Metallica's Death Magnetic was supposed to be the band's return to its thrash glory days; it turned out to be much better than that, to my ear, a fusion of the ... More >>