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    October 31, 2014

    The Six Creepiest Children in Songs

    Happy Halloween! Let's celebrate with a list of the six best cameos from creepy children in song. By Ryan Wasoba See also: The Eighteen Best Concerts in Denver This Halloween Weekend

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    September 9, 2014

    The Ten Best Rock-and-Roll-Themed Pinball Machines

    I am a devoted video-game fan and a constant cheerleader for them to be considered art, but honestly I would give up most of the compelling stories and high-definition graphics in the world for simple pinball machines. They're crafted and mechanical, and when built with a loving hand they can turn a ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Corrosion of Conformity on Arena Shows:"It Is Hard to Latch on to One Pair of Eyes"

    In spite of a mind-boggling amount of personnel changes (including two members leaving and then returning), Corrosion of Conformity has nevertheless remained consistent for over three decades. Currently whittled down to the trio of bassist/singer Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman and drummer Ree ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    The six worst reasons to start a band

    For some dumb reason, everyone wants to be in a rock band. Probably because it's a good way to avoid gazing into the inescapable black hole of painful loneliness. That and rock & roll kicks ass, and gets you chicks or dudes or money or something. The problem with rock music (aside from the talentle ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    The 10 best thrash metal bands

    Thrash metal flayed disco Kiss before binging on high speed guitars, rapid double bass drum and foul lyrics. The emergence of thrash in the early '80s poked fun at a hardcore fan base of metal historians worshiping at the alter of loud and slow. These thrash bands did the world a favor and took meta ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013
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    August 8, 2013

    The ten worst collaborations in metal

    Magic can certainly happen in the recording studio, but with some collaborations, a witch's brew with a horrid stink can also boil over. Huge lottery-sized paychecks evidently blinded these poor fools from seeing what truly awful things they were creating. Where's Marty McFly when you need him? If o ... More >>

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    July 17, 2013

    The ten biggest arguments in metal

    In the company of booze and a bowl, a metalhead's favorite pastime is arguing about all things metal -- the who, what, where, when, why and how something is the best of the best. These arguments typically end with someone spitting out of blood/teeth, bloody noses, fat lips and a cold can of beer on ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    The ten best debut metal albums

    You only get one chance to make a first impression, as they say, and these bands sure made the most of their opportunity. Some of these inaugural releases launched new subgenres, while others have yet to be matched in more two decades. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best debut metal albums. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    If John Dadzie of 12th Planet were president, weed would be legalized

    John Dadzie, the orbital center of Los Angeles' dubstep galaxy known as SMOG, is the mastermind behind 12th Planet. Transitioning from drum and bass to dubstep seems to be a natural course for producers in the past few years, and Dadzie has been at the forefront of that movement's progression. We re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    The ten most disappointing metal albums

    In the darkest recesses of the metal world, truly shitty albums lurk. Now, these albums aren't necessarily 100 percent shitty (there may still be some redeeming music to be found), but they are certainly incredibly disappointing, particularly given the otherwise worthiness of their creators. Plug yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Tom Hunting of Exodus on how building a song is like building the best sandwich possible

    Exodus was founded in 1980 by a group of high school friends that included a pre-Metallica Kirk Hammett and Tom Hunting, the sole remaining original member of the act. The classic line-up also featured Paul Baloff on vocals and Gary Holt, who moved over to guitar when Kirk joined Metallica, just pri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2012

    Metallica at Outside Lands: The five best parts of the band's hometown show in San Francisco

    METALLICA @ OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL | 8/11/12 The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. Metallica, headlining Saturday night of the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, proved just about as huge and satisfying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Charlie Benante is looking ahead rather than reflecting on Anthrax's thirtieth anniversary

    See Also: Sunday: Anthrax at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre Joey Belladonna talks about Married...With Children and rejoining the band Scott Ian on Worship Music, comic books, Doctor Who and interviewing Ozzy Photos: Anthrax at Summit Music Hall, 10/19/11 Review: Anthrax at Summit Music Hall, 10/18/10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Take that, Ticketmaster! String Cheese Incident buys its own tickets and resells without fees

    Ethics be damned, I download music illegally. Why, just the other day, I downloaded Metallica's entire catalogue and then deleted it and downloaded it again just because fuck Metallica. Mostly, though, it's a convenience thing: I would consider buying tracks at a reasonable price on iTunes or some s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Barry Fey on that time that he held a gun to Axl Rose's head and how the business has changed

    ​For years, Barry Fey says, music fans have been needling him to write a book. "You know, people have been saying 'When's the book? When's the book?' for fifteen years," Fey notes. "It was daily, wherever I would go out... 'When's the book? Come on, you've got to write a book!'" Well, he final ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Top five Headbanger's Ball videos

    ​Headbanger's Ball started on April 18, 1987, and ran for nearly eight years. With little regard for a narrow definition of what constituted metal, the show's programmers seemed to embrace it all. So you would see a Poison video, something from Motorhead and then something from the Cult. The e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Ten best Beavis and Butt-head music-video riffs

    ​In honor of MTV's 30th Anniversary this week, we're reflecting on the network's best moments from the past three decades. Today: Our favorite music videos riffed on by Beavis and Butt-head. The duo tackled something around 250 different videos throughout the show's eight seasons, and although ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Megadeth's David Ellefson on the new album, Big 4, corporate sponsors and the band's legacy

    Brandon Marshall​When Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica, he decided to from his own band that would be bigger, faster and heavier. So with that in mind in 1984, he enlisted the help of an eighteen-year old Minnesota transplant named David Ellefson on bass and formed Megadeth. Over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011 sets you up based on musical tastes, finds Adele fans get messaged but not laid

    Jelmer de Haas via ​Online dating, that cesspool of hilarious stories and perhaps even true love. Sure, you could scour OkCupid for witty About Me paragraphs, be completely charmed by his or her fondness for biking in the rain, and then get to the favorites section. Favorite band is T ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011
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    February 8, 2011

    Study shows music piracy on the decline, porn the most popular of it all

    ​Anti-piracy and counterfeiting prevention company Envisional recently released a report detailing the 10,000 most popular files crossing the streams of BitTorrent trackers. Porn has taken the top, uh, seed, followed closely by non-porn film, while music was near the bottom of the list. What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Tonight: 40 Oz. to Freedom at the Bluebird plus a Metallica/Motley Crue tribute at Casselman's

    ​When a band covers a song, it should go one of two ways: Either the remake should be a virtually flawless representation, or come out as a startling contrast from the original. Cover bands, on the other hand, are a different story altogether -- fans go to see them because they want a copy. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    The Big 4: Four reasons to extend your stay in Indio after Coachella that rhyme with Metallica

    Old school metal fans across the country are no doubt peeing themselves right now over The Big 4 (we certainly are). In case you happened to miss the big announcement on Facebook earlier today, four of the metal's venerable titans are going to be together on the same stage for the first time since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    And now, presenting thirty craptastic minutes with thirty different iPhone band apps

    ​ Sometimes we have to wonder if folks that program for Apple's App Store are hell-bent on wasting people's time. We spent an evening with as many artist-specific iPhone apps we could get our hands on and found a few amazing things, a few interesting things and a plethora of pure and total cr ... More >>

  • Music

    May 14, 2009
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    December 26, 2008

    Top Ten Metal Albums of 2008

    In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>

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    November 5, 2008

    Metallica at Pepsi Center

    Photo: Aaron Thackeray See more pics in our slide show Metallica Tuesday, November 4, 2008 Pepsi Center To appreciate Metallica 3.0, you have to make peace with a few things: For starters, you have to reconcile the fact that the Cliff Burton-era lasted only three albums and ended over two decades ... More >>

  • Music

    October 30, 2008
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    September 11, 2008


    Death Magnetic
    Warner Bros.

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    August 21, 2008

    Metallica due at Pepsi Center on November 4

    Update (8/22): Just moments ago, Metallica debuted "The Day That Never Comes," a song from the new record on its website. Meh. While we'll hold out judgement on the rest of the album, this particular tune sounds an awful lot like it could've been an outtake from Metallica (the "Black Album") to us, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    Heavy Metal in Baghdad Puts Things in Perspective

    How many times have you overheard someone in a band grumbling about having to go on first, or not being able to land a weekend slot, or having to play in front of only twenty people? Yeah, those folks would do well to sit down for a chat with the members of Acrassicauda. Reared on Metallica and bill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2008

    Rearview: The Week In Review (5/31/08 - 6/6/08)

    Here's a wrap up of all the exciting stuff you missed this week while you were goggling in amazement at Metallica's insistence that a blogger take down his preview of their upcoming album, thus demonstrating the group's continued lack of anything resembling a clue when it come to these here internet ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008

    Harping on It

    Harptallica enters like a sandman.

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    April 30, 2008

    Flobots Make Television Debut May 19 on Last Call with Carson Daly

    When we last tuned in to As Flobots Turn, our local hip-hop hybrid heroes were steadily ascending Billboard's Modern Rock Chart and getting ready for a gig with Metallica. This week, we find Jonny 5 and the crew still burning up the charts, moving up two spots and edging ever so closer towards numer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2008

    This Just In: Flobots Hottest Brand Going

    Great googly moogly! Are Flobots playing with the house's money right now or what? At this moment, the act is still the top seller at Twist & Shout, outselling new releases from R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails, the Breeders, Raconteurs, Van Morrison and Gnarls Barkley. And next month in Tucson, Jamie Laurie ... More >>

  • Music

    April 10, 2008

    In Flames

    Saturday, April 12, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-837-0360.

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    February 27, 2008

    Q&A With Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine

    In the States, the music of Bullet For My Valentine – the subject of a profile in the February 28 Westword – is typically lumped into the modern rock, hard rock or screamo categories. But as lead singer/guitarist Matt Tuck makes clear in the following Q&A, he considers his band to be part of the ... More >>

  • Music

    January 25, 2007

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Who will be inducted next? Gaze into our crystal ball.

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    August 3, 2006

    Skeleton Witch

    Sunday, August 6, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    August 11, 2005

    Trucks Amuck

    Rockin' Monsters on the Mountain stomps Copper.

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    March 17, 2005

    Killswitch Engage

    Friday, March 18, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

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    February 24, 2005
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    October 21, 2004


    Leviathan (Relapse Records)

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    July 22, 2004


    Some Kind of Monster EP (Elektra)

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    May 20, 2004

    Iron Horse

    Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica (CMH Records)

  • Music

    April 8, 2004

    The Beatdown

    Nothing Else Matters, especially when it comes to local music.

  • Music

    December 18, 1997

    After Further Review

    Putting the season's major releases to the test.

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    January 30, 1997

    Tricky vs. Metallica

    It was the tag-team grudge match of early '97. Guess who won.

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    July 25, 1996
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