Metal and Hardcore

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    November 21, 2014

    GWAR at Skyway Theatre, 11/20/14

    GWARSkyway Theatre, MinneapolisThursday, November 20, 2014Earlier this year, GWAR -- the intergalactically renowned metal band made up of alien warriors -- appeared on the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series at an emotional time. GWAR had recently been rocked by the overdose of founding member ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    GWAR's Vulvatron: "Ebola Is Not Doing as Well as We'd Hoped"

    GWAR | Skyway Theatre | Thursday, November 20When Dave Brockie --the human avatar of GWAR's hideous, hilarious front-thing, Oderus Urungus -- passed away last year, it was only natural that many fans assumed that it would be curtains for the band. After more than 30 years of blasting worldwide au ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    Mötley Crüe at Xcel Energy Center, 11/15/14

    Mötley Crüe with Alice Cooper Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Saturday, November 15 The best piece of theater in the Twin Cities Saturday night wasn't at the Guthrie, or in a theater at all. It was at Xcel Energy Center, as Mötley Crüe came through town on their last tour, closing out more than 30 ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Can You ID These Bands From Their Famous Typefaces?

    Fact: Any band that uses Times New Roman on its album cover isn't going to make it in the music industry. (Feel free to prove us wrong, though.) Smart typography selection is as important to a band's image as having a memorable logo. In 1937, industrial designer and typographer Gerry Powell desi ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Summer Slaughter Tour at Skyway Theatre, 8/3/14

    The Summer Slaughter Tour Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art is Dying, Goatwhore, Origin, et al Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis Sunday, August 3, 2014 You couldn't have picked a better place to hold a marathon metal festival on a summer Sunday than the Skyway Theatre. In its eighth year r ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson is clueless about punk

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with The Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014

    What the hell is Babymetal?

    Metal as a genre transcends all parts of the world and breaks all cultural and language barriers, from North and South America, to Europe and even Asia. From the early days of metal, and Judas Priest's classic 1979 live album Unleashed in the East (recorded in Tokyo), the music has always been popul ... More >>

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    December 27, 2013

    The Metrodome's musical history: A look back

    On Sunday, the final Vikings' game will take place at the Metrodome, their indoor football home since 1982. And beginning shortly afterward, the Dome will be demolished in order to build the new Vikings stadium. In addition to all of the unforgettable (but mostly frustrating) sports' memories that h ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013
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    August 16, 2013

    Glenn Danzig: Democrats are fascists disguised as liberals

    The name Glenn Danzig has lived in metal and punk fans' vocabularies since 1977, when he started the legendary horror-punk group Misfits. But to music fans who didn't dwell in the underground, Danzig became Danzig in 1988, with the release of his eponymous band's self-titled debut. That album was a ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Glenn Danzig celebrates his legacy

    Evil Elvis recording with members of Prong, Ministry, and Type O Negative

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    April 5, 2013

    Anthrax at First Avenue, 4/4/13

    Metal Alliance Tour III featuring Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail First Avenue, Minneapolis Thursday, April 4, 2013 In the live music world there are two major ingredients: nostalgia and catharsis. There was a heaping helping of both last night in the form of a sweaty, ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Meshuggah at Mill City Nights 2/24/13

    Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders and Intronaut Mill City Nights, Minneapolis Sunday, February 24, 2013This tour so far hasn't gone without a hitch since singer Jens Kidman fell ill to the flu for the first half of this month, Meshuggah returned to the Twin Cities in perfect health and their most stel ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013
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    November 15, 2012

    Metalocalypse's Dethklok at Myth 11/14/12

    DethklokWith Black Dahlia MurderMyth, St. PaulWednesday, November 14, 2012On Wednesday, the doors of Myth nightclub opened a portal to a bizarre, suburban limbo. An odd, eclectic and inarguably sincere mix of fans had gathered to watch a death metal show and, admittedly, the aesthetic of a venue tha ... More >>

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    November 14, 2012

    Dethklok's Brendon Small predicts future of Metalocalypse

    It's hard to believe that it's already been six years since the institution of rock was turned on its face, the fame of the Beatles reduced to mere peanuts in the presence of something so much more important and the inhabitants of the planet rendered lemmings to the Doomsday ticking of Dethklok. Ok ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Powermad's Todd Haug on brewing Surly beer, Minnesota metal, and Dave Chappelle

    The Twin Cities have long had a burgeoning independent metal scene, but few breakout stars. In the '80s, Powermad benefited from the major label rush to take advantage of aggressive trends and briefly joined the Metallicas and Slayers of the world. The group recorded a pair of records at Prince's Pa ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    The 25 creepiest heavy metal album covers

    By Jason RocheHalloween is the time where it's acceptable to wallow in the creepy, the crawly, the dark, and the macabre. Sounds like the themes of heavy metal, year-round! Here then, are those most spine-tingliest metal album covers, for your All Hallow's Eve viewing pleasure. Step inside...

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    August 20, 2012

    Slipknot's Knotfest at Somerset Amphitheater, 8/18/12

    KnotfestWith Slipknot, Lamb of God, Deftones, Machine Head, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse, Dillinger Escape Plan, Prong and GojiraSomerset Amphitheater, Somerset, WisconsinSaturday, August 18, 2012See Also:Slideshow: Knotfest 2012 Music PerformancesSlideshow: Knotfest's People & ScenesSlipknot's ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    15 gorgeous GIFs from Knotfest 2012

    See Also:Knotfest at Somerset Amphitheater, 8/18/12Slideshow: Knotfest 2012 Music PerformancesSlideshow: Knotfest's People & Scenes Knotfest 2012 was nothing if not a vigorous experience. Take it from these three Gojira fans above. For the thousands who gathered in Somerset, Wisconsin, this was ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Inaugural Knotfest brings metal to Somerset

    Slipknot promises apocalyptic chaos and stink

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    August 12, 2012

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

    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 >>

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    July 25, 2012
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    June 4, 2012

    Slipknot launches Knotfest two-day festival in August

    With enough summer music festivals already devoted to tossing as many genres at the stage as possible to see what sticks with the ticket-buying public, it's refreshing to hear details about Iowa masked metal kings Slipknot's new music fete. It's undeniably over-the-top, and shouldn't it be?On August ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Meshuggah at First Avenue 5/13/12

    Meshuggah With Baroness First Avenue, Minneapolis Sunday, May 13, 2012 As if to warm up the new First Avenue sound system for the impending sonic assault, strains from the track "Obisidan" helped brandish the dark and ornate set design for Swedish extreme metal giants Meshuggah. With a dizzying arr ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012
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    February 15, 2012

    Megadeth and Motorhead at Myth, 2/14/12

    Photo by Ryan Siverson​MegadethWith MotörheadMyth, MinneapolisTuesday, February 14, 2012For a slideshow from the concert, click here.With mullets galore and a woman retching her guts out in the parking lot outside Myth, Tuesday night had the potential to turn into a Saturday Night Live sketch abo ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    Impaler's Bill Lindsey talks about the band's recent tour and their return to the 7th St. Entry

    Photos courtesy of Impaler​It's been some time since we last heard from Twin Cities shock rockers Impaler. Since we last met up, the band has been working on all cylinders, playing gigs around town with some well known legendary metal bands like Faster Pussycat and Paul Di'anno. They've also b ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010
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    January 8, 2010

    Slayer cancels North American tour

    Bassist and vocalist Tom Araya's back surgery forces Slayer to cancel most of their 2009 touring plans.

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    December 15, 2009

    Megadeth, Slayer head to Roy Wilkins

    With Testament too? And guess what--tickets are $10.00 cheap.

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    December 9, 2009
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    November 11, 2009
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    October 16, 2009

    Mastodon and Dethklok tonight at Roy Wilkins

    The grand expression of metal at its most unseriously serious hits the Xcel's second stage tonight.

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    September 10, 2009

    Slayer announces new album

    World Painted Blood drops on November 3rd of this year.

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    August 26, 2009
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    June 24, 2009
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    June 17, 2009

    Jendeen and her Wolverines dwell weekly in Hell

    New Wednesday gig finds band at Hell's Kitchen downtown

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    April 29, 2009
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    March 31, 2009

    Misanthropology: Dave Mustaine

    The deposed metal God is here to prove that sour grapes make the finest whine.

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    October 27, 2008

    The Sword and Zebulon Pike tonight at the Triple Rock

    zword.guitar.jpgThe Sword and Zebulon Pike bring Thor's hammer-ons to the Triple Rock Stage.

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    September 3, 2008
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    June 30, 2006


    Eastbound on the 16 bus, 6:25 p.m., Friday, University Avenue, just past Snelling. White guy and black guy, both middle-aged, both well into their holiday binge drinking, sharing a seat. "I'm going down to see Alice Cooper," announces the white guy. "Alice Cooper?" responds his seatmate. "Who's s ... More >>

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    March 1, 2006
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    July 30, 2003

    I Wanna F*&% All Night, and F*&% Every Day

    Radio maven and metal monger Earl Root, bringing you the f-word since 1987.

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