August

Rock

Nada Surf: Caws and Effect

April 6, 2012
Frontman/guitarist Matthew Caws candidly discusses his creative process.
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Album Review: The Cult - "Choice of Weapon"

April 6, 2012
Choice of Weapon will likely have Cult devotees—and newbies alike—in disbelief that it’s been almost 30 years since the band broke onto the scene.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: A Snow Shovel or a Hair Dryer?

April 6, 2012
Learn how to switch between different alternate-picking patterns.
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Kick Out The Jams: Rhythmic Motifs 101

April 6, 2012
Learn a two-step process for expanding your musical vocabulary.
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Rig Rundown: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach

April 2, 2012
See the guitars, amps, and effects used on tour with the Black Keys.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: 250 Years of "Scarified"

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn the correct way to steal from the classical masters. • Understand the “real” way to play “Scarified.” • Create long, flowing
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Rig Rundown - Guns N' Roses Richard Fortus

March 6, 2012
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where he catches up with Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus. In this segment, we get to see what Fortus is currently using for guitars, amps, effects, and cabinets during the most recent GN'R US tour in early 2012.
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Rig Rundown - Guns N' Roses Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

March 6, 2012
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where he catches up with Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal who shows and discusses all the guitars, amps, and effects pedals he's been using on the US Tour in early 2012.
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Rig Rundown - Guns N' Roses DJ Ashba

March 6, 2012
PG's Tessa Jeffers is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where she meets up with Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba who gives us the scoop on all his touring guitars, amps, and effects that he's using on the current US tour in 2012.
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Album Review: Bruce Springsteen - "Wrecking Ball"

March 5, 2012
Grittier-than-normal vocals and gut-punching lyrics are paired with a sonic palette that, not surprisingly, draws from multiple corners of the American songbook.
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Album Review: Every Time I Die - Ex Lives

February 29, 2012
The hardcore rockers from Buffalo take strides forward in their most elaborate album yet, due on March 6.
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Interview: Heartless Bastards - Arrow

February 22, 2012
Frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom bares her gritty, powerhouse voice to guitarist Mark Nathan’s haunting melodies, realizing the true sound of the Heartless Bastards
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Album Review: Mark Lanegan Band - "Blues Funeral"

February 10, 2012
Lanegan continues a long line of meaningful collaboration, which includes half a decade with QOTSA and three albums with Belle & Sebastian’s Isobel Curtis.
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Keller Williams: Low-End Loop Master

February 10, 2012
One-man jam band Keller Williams reveals the trick to avoiding pesky loop drift, and tells how playing with the string cheese Incident inspired him to dive headlong into bass on his new reggaetrio album.
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Kick Out The Jams: Both Sides of the Field - Outside Playing 101

February 10, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Incorporate more “outside” sounds into your playing. • Learn to use half-diminished and diminished arpeggios over dominant chords. • Create lines that
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: For Those About to Rock

February 10, 2012
How to keep your ears in good condition and also how to deal with any hearing loss you may already have.
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moe. - Happy Accidents

February 10, 2012
Jam-band vets Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier of moe. discuss the art of twin guitars, their lust-inducing gear collections, and how switching up their MOs led to the tonal extravaganza on their new LP, What Happened to the La Las.
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Album Review: Van Halen - "A Different Kind of Truth"

February 7, 2012
A Different Kind of Truth—the band’s first full album with Roth in 28 years—is the type of truth that raises a lot of questions.
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Album Review: moe. - "What Happened to the La Las"

January 10, 2012
On their new album, What Happened to the La Las, the band balances the accessibility of sing-along choruses with fierce guitar playing from Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey.
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Album Review: Heartless Bastards - "Arrow"

January 10, 2012
The band''s latest lineup showcases Wennerstrom’s hauntingly gruff voice dancing with dirty blues-rock riffs in a way that’s distinctive and starkly wholesome.
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