Phil Freeman

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  • 5 years ago | Concerts

    First things first: Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela doesn't play flamenco. Its mostly acoustic music features a bit of flamenco, but it's more correct to say the pair mixes jazz, metal, and global influences. However, Rodrigo y Gabriela's so...

  • 6 years ago

    The year’s top ten list for metal music features four ties

  • 6 years ago

    Lita Ford has been a professional musician since she was a teenager. As the tough lead guitarist with L.A. all-female hard rockers the Runaways, the statuesque California blonde held her ground onstage and shredded as ferociously as heroes Ritchie...

  • 7 years ago

    Metallica Death Magnetic (Warner Bros.) Five years after their last comeback, they did it right. Combining the punishing thrash of their early glory years with the thick, bluesy grooves of their Nineties output, the members of Metallica reclaimed ...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    On its self-titled 2005 debut, Calle 13 was hilarious and musically innovative, vocalist Residente's lyrics poking fun at every aspect of contemporary Latin culture while his cousin Visitante's beats combined reggaeton, hip-hop, and funk into a sw...

  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    It's great to hear guitarist Kirk Hammett soloing again, and Lars Ulrich pounding a kit that sounds 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 mention those ...