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Music, All Shook Down Musicians Are Freaking the Fuck Out Over Cecil the Lion

Musicians Are Freaking the Fuck Out Over Cecil the Lion

Unless you're in the midst of a social media blackout, you will have no doubt heard the heart-wrenching tale of Cecil, the beloved 13-year-old lion who was lured away from the safety of Zimbabwe's protected Hwange National Park, murdered,…
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Music, All Shook Down Brits Are Horrified That Metallica Is Playing Glastonbury -- And They Have a Point

Brits Are Horrified That Metallica Is Playing Glastonbury -- And They Have a Point

A few weeks ago, some people in the U.K., who like their guitars soft and jangly and their vocals sung and not growled, had their knickers in a twist about the fact that Metallica was picked to headline this month's…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle and Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

Sizzle If there is a God, he's probably jealous of what Herbie Hancock can do on the keyboard. We caught the 74-year-old at the SFJAZZ Center on Saturday, and he torched even the high expectations we brought after seeing him…
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Music, All Shook Down What Happens When Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Pat Monahan Hang Out?

What Happens When Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Pat Monahan Hang Out?

The Good Ol' Boys: Here are some of the artists playing this week's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at the Fillmore: Sammy Hagar, Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Train's Patrick Monahan, and guitar deity Joe Satriani. It's a pretty…
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Music, Hagar, Hetfield, Armstrong, and Monahan: What Happens When Aging Rock Stars Hang Out?

Hagar, Hetfield, Armstrong, and Monahan: What Happens When Aging Rock Stars Hang Out?

Here are some of the artists playing this week's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert at the Fillmore: Sammy Hagar, Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Train's Patrick Monahan, and guitar deity Joe Satriani. It's a pretty big haul for the…
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Music, All Shook Down Music Links: 5000 More Songs at Nap's Karaoke, Outside Lands Announces its Lineup, and the James Hetfield Soundboard Goes Android

Music Links: 5000 More Songs at Nap's Karaoke, Outside Lands Announces its Lineup, and the James Hetfield Soundboard Goes Android

Interesting profile of parenting while touring as a band on the road, featuring Neil…
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Music, All Shook Down Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Many More to Play Acoustic Cancer Benefit at the Fillmore

Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Many More to Play Acoustic Cancer Benefit at the Fillmore

Autumns in the Bay Area have long been marked by Neil Young's acoustic Bridge School Benefit concerts at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Starting this year, we're getting a similarly high-profile acoustic benefit concert in the spring. On May 15, Sammy Hagar is…
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Music, All Shook Down Hair-Raising: 5 Famous Follicular Accidents Musicians Have Survived

Hair-Raising: 5 Famous Follicular Accidents Musicians Have Survived

AFI's Davey Havok has probably had more hairstyles than Nikki Minaj has wigs. There's been the Danzig Devilock, the Morrisey Quiff, the Morticia Addams, helmet hair, the emo sweep, weird Flock of Seagulls fluff-related experiments -- Havok has done it…
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Music, All Shook Down James Hetfield to Marin Hikers: "Don't Tread on Me (Or My Property)!"

James Hetfield to Marin Hikers: "Don't Tread on Me (Or My Property)!"

Exit light, enter night, if you will -- but don't go entering into James Hetfield's sprawling Marin County property. The Metallica singer and rhythm guitarist erected a metal fence on his ranch that blocked off a popular trail connecting two…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica's Hetfield Hospitalized, Spinal Tap Rolls On

Metallica's Hetfield Hospitalized, Spinal Tap Rolls On

New Music Express has reported that that Metallica's James Hetfield was hospitalized for "a stomach bug and dehydration," forcing a cancellation of a March 8 Stockholm show .This latest health-related incident parallels a similar incident in Switzerland in 2004…
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Music, Reviewed Metallica

Metallica

It's great to hear guitarist Kirk Hammett soloing again, and Lars Ulrich pounding a kit that sound like drums instead of trash-can lids. And hey, James Hetfield's voice has ceased to crack (he's still no crooner, of course). Not to…
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Film, Head Trip

Head Trip

Perhaps the most unlikely thing to capture on film is the creative process -- the spinning of gears, the tripping of wires, the breaking of hearts, and the snapping of tempers that goes into the making of art. Movies about…
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Music, Reviewed Metallica

Metallica

Pioneering local thrash-metal quartet Metallica hasn't been the easiest band to keep faith in over the last decade. Between its increasingly spotty albums, the anti-Napster fiasco, James Hetfield's trips to rehab, and two years of musical limbo without a bass…
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Fanfare for the Common Band

April 21 "The magic of all this and the beauty of this is that you don't know what the fuck is going to happen," Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said about his band's collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony. He was…
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