Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of cirrhosis on May 2, the same day as the Golden Gods Awards. It was devastating that on a day meant to celebrate the lives of the best musicians in metal, one of those artists was taken from the world of music. It also came as a shock. In fact, by all accounts ... More >>
When I heard Zakk Wylde was coming to town, I immediately assumed it was by way of Black Label Society. I couldn't wait to see his guitar prowess once again -- including his wonderful dedication to the pinch harmonic -- and his hits from more than two-dozen albums spanning almost 30 years. But this ... More >>
I wasn't raised on Anthrax or Zeppelin, or anything between in regards to the heavy metal alphabet. No, the soundtrack of my youth was classical music. I competed in classical piano competitions for the better part of a decade, and Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus ... More >>
Sometimes help can come from the unlikeliest of places. You might not think of Ozzy Osbourne as a self-help guru, but you sure as hell can't say the the dude doesn't know how to survive. His years of hard living benefit his new book, Trust Me, I'm Dr. Ozzy, out on bookstore shelves today. In the b ... More >>
I was grumblings of the Suns' porous, lackadaisical defense during a recent game when a different debate started between my girlfriend and I.Which Green Day album is "Brain Stew" is on again? The answer, of course, is 1995's Insomniac. But a better question is why such an odd query came ... More >>
Phoenix teems with guitar players, and some of them are actually pretty good. A handful of them are exceptional.
Here’s part two of New Times’ August 15th interview with Sacred Reich/Human Condition guitarist Wiley Arnett.
Jack Ripper A couple of nights ago I hit up a private company party (some masonry outfit, i was just crashing it for the buffet & drinks), and witnessed this kid who calls himself Jack Ripper annihilate his guitar, giving Hendrix's "Star Spangled Banner" a run for its money, busting out Tony Iommi ... More >>
Prodigy Nick Sterling spirals toward stardom
Yet another 80s band makes a resurgence
Blood, sweat and no tears, as Gwar and Derrick May infiltrate the Valley club scene
Black Sabbath reunites to take rock once more into the bowels of hell