August

Indie-Rock

Franz Ferdinand: Spanners in the Works

August 9, 2013

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy discuss their utter disregard for technical playing, their penchant for quirky old gear, and how everything from Angus Young to Talking Heads to classical compositions informed the dual-guitar approach on their new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.


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Album Review: Superchunk - "I Hate Music"

August 3, 2013
Melodic, gorgeously thick guitar hooks reign king throughout much of the 11 tracks
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Rig Rundown: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner

July 17, 2013
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner explains why his first-ever guitar is still his main one, and we get a detailed look at the four-amp, four-pedalboard rig he uses live.
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Album Review: Treetop Flyers - "The Mountain Moves"

May 11, 2013
A vintage-flavored trifecta of solid musicianship, moving vocals, and thoughtful songwriting, The Mountain Moves is a nice listen that’s timed right for summer.
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Rig Rundown - Sigur Ros

May 6, 2013
See how Sigur Ros guitarist Jonsi por Birgisson's rig is customized for his bowing technique and more
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Interview: Marc Ribot - A Rocker in Disguise

May 1, 2013
The avant-garde godfather discusses his groove-heavy new release that flows from light swing to punk jams and everything in between.
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The (Abbreviated) Best Guitar Performances of SXSW 2013

March 27, 2013
In this concentrated land of musical overstimulation, it’d be impossible to give a rundown of every amazing player in Austin’s premier showcase. Here, we offer our discerning highlights.
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Nada Surf: Caws and Effect

April 6, 2012
Frontman/guitarist Matthew Caws candidly discusses his creative process.
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Fearlessly Forward: Lee Ranaldo

March 9, 2012
Amid uncertainty about Sonic Youth’s future, intrepid alt-rock pioneer Lee Ranaldo plows ahead with Between the Times and the Tides—a solo LP that finds the Jazzmastertoting icon collaborating with Nels Cline and avantrock composer Alan Licht on songs that deftly bridge pop, avant, and the singersongwriter ethos.
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Album Review: Imperial Teen - "Feel the Sound"

February 10, 2012
In true Imperial Teen fashion, they deliver just about the perfect blend of bubblegum fuzz with shimmery guitar, melodic synth, danceable beats, and happier-than-thou harmonies.
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Ani DiFranco: History on Her Side

January 4, 2012
DIY acoustic icon Ani DiFranco reveals how her new Magnatone tremolo addiction, Americana legend Pete Seeger, and her newfound ability to relax inspired the album of her career
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St. Vincent: All-Star Dropout

October 18, 2011
Indie-rock Renaissance woman Annie Clark—aka St. Vincent—muses about her vintage Harmony Bobkat, her Silverface Princeton Reverb, and how having the guts to leave Berklee jump-started her career and landed her new album, "Strange Mercy," at No. 19 on the U.S. Charts.
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My Morning Jacket: Gymnasium Americana

June 14, 2011
Jim James and Carl Broemel of the Grammy-nominated My Morning Jacket talk about their treasured tape echo units, the musical magic that happens when you jettison logic, and how tracking live in an old gym helped them create their own universe on "Circuital".
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Ivan Julian: Spleen On His Sleeve

June 14, 2011
Punk veteran Ivan Julian—formerly of Richard Hell & the Voidoids—fesses up about how bassoons, glued-together vintage Strats, Electro-Voice SRO speakers, and acoustic strings on electric guitars led to the magic on his new album, "The Naked Flame".
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Raveonettes: Grave-Pop Serenades

May 17, 2011
The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo talk about their ambient-rock evolution on "Raven in the Grave", strategies for avoiding pattern-based songwriting, and how multiple reverb pedals can create a harmonically raging wall of sound.
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Interview: Moving Mountains - Making Waves

May 4, 2011
Greg Dunn and Frank Graniero of Moving Mountains talk gear, recording, and balancing a full-time tour schedule while still in college.
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J Mascis: Unplugged and Unfazed - But Not Unfuzzed

March 15, 2011
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis picks up his favorite old Martin and Gibson flattops and recruits a host of friends to put together the lushly orchestrated new "Several Shades of Why."
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Interview: Murder by Death's Adam Turla & Matt Armstrong

July 7, 2010
Murder by Death guitarist Adam Turla and bassist Matt Armstrong discuss the band''s eclectic influences, their gear, and how electric cello fits in the mix.
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Interview: Nels Cline

April 15, 2010
The solo legend and lead guitarist comes clean on his beloved Jazzmaster, why he hates class A amps, and his 13-year-old inner shredder.
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