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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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