A few weeks back I discovered the band, Alestorm and their brand of Pirate Metal. Another interesting band I discovered recently is Metalachi, they bill themselves as the first and only metal mariachi band.
VH1.com just put out a list of the "Top 10 Most Legendary Heavy Metal Clubs," and it's a pretty solid list. Granted I haven't been to any of them, mainly because the majority of them are either closed down or in LA, but I am familiar with their infamy.
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with King Diamond.
Much like history's greatest kings, this king was a true gentleman. Hard to believe that gentleman was probably drinking virgin's blood during the interview. Unfortunately, I was limited on time, so please excuse me for not asking more in-depth questions...