Totally in keeping with Metallica’s longstanding, unflagging embrace of modern technology.
In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla rides the plastic lightning while playing Metallica’s Death Magnetic on Guitar Hero III.
Chuck Eddy has fun with Donna the Buffalo, the Duhks, and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Annie Fischer checks out new Gowanus venue the Bell House.
Amy Linden declares Ne-Yo’s The Year of the Gentleman to be about more than “getting your dick sucked in the club.” Plus reviews of new records from Mogwai, Raphael Saadiq, Ice Cube, and Lindsey Buckingham.
In Books, Ward Sutton reviews Phillip Roth’s 25th novel, Indignation, via cartoon.
In Film, J. Hoberman does revisionist history with Battle in Seattle and Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived.
Chuck Wilson heads to the old West with Ed Harris’s Appaloosa.
Scott Foundas spies on Neil LaBute’s Lakeview Terrace and finishes off his report on the Toronto International Film Festival. Plus reviews of Ricky Gervais’s Ghost Town, Elite Squad, and more.
Not to mention R.C. Baker’s art roundup, Best in Show, Lynn Yaeger at Fashion Week, Michael Musto on why Tyler Perry isn’t doing a woman, Savage Love, and more!