Death Magnetic Turns 10

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Metallica - Death MagneticIt’s difficult to talk about Death Magnetic, which turns 10 today, without talking about St. Anger. So let’s start there. More »

This Is What It Sounds Like When Lugs Try

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Last night in Minneapolis, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo covered Prince’s “When Doves Cry” for an arena full of people and it sucked so bad. It was a sold-out show at the Target Center, which means that almost 20,000 people heard this crazy mess play out. More »

Watch Ghost & Candlemass Members Cover “Enter Sandman” At Metallica’s Polar Music Prize Acceptance

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Winning the Polar Music Prize is a pretty big deal in the recording industry. Founded by ABBA’s manager Stig Anderson, the prize celebrates the “power and importance of music.” Last year, Sting and Wayne Shorter were the Laureates, and past honorees include Paul McCartney, Quincy Jones, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Max Martin, BB King, … More »

Austin City Limits unveils staggering 2018 line-up with ODESZA, Childish Gambino, REZZ, and more

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Austin City Limits is one massive annual event that every devout festival goer ought to check off their festival bucket list at least once. The two weekend Texas throw-down wrangles a staggering herd of talent year after year that brings the best of electronic, pop/rock, and hip-hop to Zilker Park, ACL’s host venue on the banks of the Colorado River with scenic skyline views of downtown Austin. Sitting atop this year’s festival billing is the legendary Paul McCartney, Metallica, Childish Gambino, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, ODESZA, and The National.

Running from October 5–7 and October 12–14, ACL’s expansive 2018 lineup features over 140 live acts, providing a truly cross-genre, mega-festival experience. From Khalid and Shawn Mendez, to Deftones and St. Vincent, and Lily Allen, Børns, and Sylvan Esso in between, the C3 Presents-produced event delivers the full sonic spectrum to satisfy a range of musical tastes. With live performances by Marian Hill, Sophie Tucker, and synth pop rockers CHVRCHES, along with key electronic acts in Justice, Illenium, Rezz, San Holo, and Gryffin, Austin City Limits continues to be at the pinnacle of festival curation.

Tickets are now on sale for both weekends here.

Featured image courtesy of ACL.

Metallica Respond To St. Vincent’s Quip About “Fashion Kids” Wearing The Band’s T-Shirts

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A few days ago, St. Vincent quipped on Twitter about the fashion trend of wearing old metal t-shirts. “I want to be the kind of asshole who sees a fashion kid in a vintage Metallica tee shirt and insists they be able to sing at least one song from ‘Ride the Lightning,'” she … More »

Lil Dicky Is Making A Career Out Of Being Charismatic And Problematic In Equal Measure

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It takes real talent to create a song based on the premise that Chris Brown is the man and end up with something likable. For three minutes and 36 seconds — or 5:21 if you’re watching the music video, as more than 57 million people have so far — that’s the illusion “Freaky Friday” successfully … More »

Metallica Announce North American Tour

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Word just got out that James Hetfield is making his feature film debut as Officer Bob Hayward in the Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile, but it’s also full speed ahead for Metallica’s WorldWired arena tour. The band will be hitting 34 stops missed during the first leg of their North … More »

James Hetfield Lands First Acting Role As A Cop In Ted Bundy Biopic Starring Zac Efron

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Metallica’s James Hetfield has been cast in the upcoming film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile, in which Zac Efron plays the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. It’s Hetfield’s first film role and, as Deadline reports, he’ll be portraying Officer Bob Hayward, who was the first officer to arrest Bundy in 1975. The … More »

Today Is Cliff Burton Day In Alameda County, CA

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Today is Cliff Burton Day in Alameda County, California. Following an online petition that reached nearly 6000 signatures, the Alameda County Board Of Supervisors has decided to honor the former Metallica bassist, who died in a bus accident in 1986 while the band was touring in support of Master Of Puppets, by proclaiming … More »

27 Reissues From 2017 You Should Check Out

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of new releases in stores in a given week, and even more daunting to stay on top of archival reissues. In addition to straightforward LP pressings capitalizing on the vinyl boom, labels are banking on love of physical product and nostalgia when they plan out their release schedule. More »