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Music, All Shook Down We Are The 17th Most Metal City, Yo

We Are The 17th Most Metal City, Yo

Inspired by a map of metal bands per capita in Europe, journalist Simon Davis created a list mapping the 100 "most metal" cities per capita in the U.S. After Cleveland, Portland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Richmond (as in Virginia), San…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review: A Metal Virgin Goes to Her First Metallica Show

Live Review: A Metal Virgin Goes to Her First Metallica Show

Let me start this by saying: I don’t like Metallica. It’s nothing personal against the band, I just don’t like metal to begin with (be it speed, heavy, or thrash). And yet, when I was invited to Metallica’s show…
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Music, All Shook Down Metal Band Death Angel Reminisces on the '80s and Prepares for Their Upcoming Annual Christmas Shows

Metal Band Death Angel Reminisces on the '80s and Prepares for Their Upcoming Annual Christmas Shows

For metal heads living in the Bay Area in the early to late '80's, the thrash scene here was unrivaled. Metal act, Death Angel, was formed in 1981 by a handful of Filipino cousins, and today still includes founding member…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This Week: Tragedy at The Bataclan

This time last week, coordinated terror attacks across the city devastated Paris. Of the 129 people senselessly murdered, 89 were at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Theatre. As survivors and first responders share full details of…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Revelations, Metallica Phone Mishaps, and Kanye Working at The Gap

This Week: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Revelations, Metallica Phone Mishaps, and Kanye Working at The Gap

While the annual round of always-quotable, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions are coming up first today, elsewhere this week, things have erred on the dark side. From Cyndi Lauper shaming senators for their homophobia and Lauren Mayberry standing…
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Music, All Shook Down Iggy Doesn't Want a Grammy, Bjork Doesn't Want Spotify, and Antemasque Don't Want Their Onstage Kettle

Iggy Doesn't Want a Grammy, Bjork Doesn't Want Spotify, and Antemasque Don't Want Their Onstage Kettle

"I did not want to win that award. My speech would have been like, 'Fuck this. I don’t want it, take it. Get it away from me'. People already hate me enough. I do not need to be hated…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Prince's Fists of Fury, Miley's Golden Lady Legs, and Interpol's Snowstorm Nightmare

This Week: Prince's Fists of Fury, Miley's Golden Lady Legs, and Interpol's Snowstorm Nightmare

"I heard that Metallica needed a bass player, and brother, I was writing letters, made a tape of myself playing and sent it to their management company. Kept making calls trying to get through. I tried for two weeks…
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Music, All Shook Down Exodus Singer Steve "Zetro" Souza on Reuniting With the Band and Listening to Slayer

Exodus Singer Steve "Zetro" Souza on Reuniting With the Band and Listening to Slayer

During the early 1980s, clubs like San Francisco's On Broadway and Ruthie's Inn in Berkeley served as the filthy, beer-and-sweat soaked petri dishes that incubated the Bay Area's thrash-metal scene. The region produced numerous influential bands including Testament, Possessed, and…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: J-Lo Writes a Book, Dave Grohl Goes on "60 Minutes" and The Giants Win!

This Week: J-Lo Writes a Book, Dave Grohl Goes on "60 Minutes" and The Giants Win!

"*Lorde Voice*♪♪♪ But we will never win, Royals ♪♪♪ #sports #topical" Mark Hoppus has suggested a new version of "Royals" in light of the Giants defeating Kansas in the World Series (Twitter) "Congrats San Fran. #Giants Celebrate Safe. Great Job…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lars Ulrich Gets Cold, DMX Gets Scared, Jack White Hangs Out With Santa

This Week: Lars Ulrich Gets Cold, DMX Gets Scared, Jack White Hangs Out With Santa

"We were recording at night and it was freezing sometimes. We had big gas heaters heating up the drum room so Lars wouldn't catch a cold. That studio is now somebody's apartment, by the way. Somebody's living room is…
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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, All Shook Down Photos: The S.F. Giants Celebrate Metallica Day at AT&T Park

Photos: The S.F. Giants Celebrate Metallica Day at AT&T Park

Metallica Day @ AT&T Park Friday, May 16, 2014 Giants fans got a treat Friday when the city's favorite metal boys showed up at A&T Park to perform the national anthem, auction off custom guitars for charity, and throw out…
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Music, All Shook Down Music's Best and Worst April Fool's Day Pranks

Music's Best and Worst April Fool's Day Pranks

Yesterday, as we're sure you all noticed, was that annual day of tomfoolery and japing, known as April Fool's Day. It's a chance for the world to take a step back, take itself less seriously and then annoy the crap…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica's New Song Is an Eight-Minute Bone-Crusher Called "The Lords of Summer"

Metallica's New Song Is an Eight-Minute Bone-Crusher Called "The Lords of Summer"

Metallica has a new song. The Bay Area metal titans debuted a work tentatively titled "The Lords of Summer" at a show in Bogotá, Columbia, last night, after warning Rolling Stone of its impending arrival. It certainly sounds like Metallica:…
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Music, Metallica's Kirk Hammett Talks Fear FestEvil, His New Horror and Metal Gathering

Metallica's Kirk Hammett Talks Fear FestEvil, His New Horror and Metal Gathering

If you couldn't already tell by some of the ghoulish faces painted on his favorite axes, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is a serious horror fan. His San Francisco home houses the world's second-largest collection of horror memorabilia, including rare posters…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica's Grammy Performance: Kirk Hammett on Playing With Pianist Lang Lang

Metallica's Grammy Performance: Kirk Hammett on Playing With Pianist Lang Lang

Across the Internet, a single reaction greeted the news Metallica will be performing at this Sunday's Grammy Awards alongside Chinese pianist Lang Lang: Huh? "We just cannot figure out how 'Metallica' -- which means pummeling, titanic riffs -- and 'classical…
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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 This year's Coachella festival features Outkast, Arcade Fire, Muse, and almost every other band someone said was cool in the last year. Fortunately, a bunch of them have already announced Bay Area shows — and more will in the…
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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 We rounded up the 10 best Bay Area metal albums of 2013, and it wasn't all about Deafheaven — though their breakthrough was arguably the biggest S.F. success story of the year. If you missed Hot Lunch, Vhöl, Grayceon,…
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Music, All Shook Down How the Hell Is Metallica Going to Perform With a Classical Pianist at the Grammys?

How the Hell Is Metallica Going to Perform With a Classical Pianist at the Grammys?

Metallica can't do anything normally anymore. The band put out a concert film that was also a sci-fi doom story -- whose soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy. It played a goddamn headphone concert in Antarctica. And now, Metallica…
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Music, All Shook Down Metallica Finds San Francisco Too Warm, Plays Show in Antarctica

Metallica Finds San Francisco Too Warm, Plays Show in Antarctica

Because San Francisco isn't chilly enough right now, the members of a marginally famous local rock 'n' roll band called Metallica went somewhere a little colder for a one-off show this weekend. Antarctica.…
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