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Rock

Beyond Blues: British Blues

September 20, 2011
The Brit school is a bit more of a mix of major and minor blues scales, as opposed to the straight minor blues sound that’s associated with Texas blues.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Seafood and Juggling—a Love Story

September 20, 2011
The following phrases are so fresh to me, if they had legs they would still be wiggling around in the air.
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Kick Out The Jams: One-Chord Monte

September 20, 2011
Soloing over one chord can either be the most freeing musical experience or the most terrifying.
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CD Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers - "I'm With You"

September 20, 2011
The great news for RHCP fans is that new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer—a longtime Frusciante friend and collaborator who toured with the band for Stadium—is an excellent fit.
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CD Review: Wild Flag - "Wild Flag"

September 20, 2011
Wild Flag is not just a reworked version of Sleater-Kinney, but like that band, it’s so absolutely unique and innovative that it’s scary.
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Primus: 3-Ring Circus

September 20, 2011
Primus’ Les Claypool and Ler LaLonde reveal how friendship and new tone toys helped them resurrect the most bizarre power trio of the last 25 years.
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Rig Rundown - The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

August 30, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Chicago with guitarist Omar Rodrigues-Lopez and check out his live rig
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Reticulated Python Eats Bear

August 16, 2011
Can I bite off a giant arpeggio and digest it in one bear-sized piece? Or will I get better results from dividing up the arpeggio into smaller segments I can digest gradually over time?
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CD Review: Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman - "World Wide Rebel Songs"

August 16, 2011
Thankfully, on his third solo album World Wide Rebel Songs, The Nightwatchman (Morello’s acoustic Johnny-Cash-meets-Che-Guevara alter ego) embraces his amplified roots and tracks with his touring band, the Freedom Fighter Orchestra.
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Rig Rundown - Def Leppard's Phil Collen

August 16, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location backstage at a Def Leppard show to catch up with guitarist Phil Collen and check out his live rig. Phil details his many Jackson PC1 guitars, and later demonstrates how he uses the Floyd Rose and Sustainer pickup.
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Rig Rundown - Thin Lizzy's Vivian Campbell & Scott Gorham

August 1, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the Vic Theatre where he catches up with Thin Lizzy guitar tech Coty Allinson who walks us through guitarists Vivian Campbell and Scott Gorham's current touring rigs.
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CD Review: White Denim - "D"

July 19, 2011
If you ever see Austin’s White Denim live, there’s a fair chance that at some point in the evening you’ll witness the most rippin’ band on the planet.
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CD Review: Fountains of Wayne - "Sky Full of Holes"

July 19, 2011
With their first new release since 2007’s Traffic and Weather, Fountains of Wayne carries on its critically acclaimed brand of shimmery pop.
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CD Review: Various Artists - "The New Universe Music Festival 2010"

July 19, 2011
Last November, in a theater in North Carolina, some of the greatest jazz/rock musicians alive came together for the inaugural New Universe Music Festival.
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CD Review: 311 - "Univeral Pulse"

July 19, 2011
Universal Pulse—311’s tenth studio release—is rife with their signature tasty-waves-and-a-cool-buzz vibe.
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Power Shred: Visualizing the Modes

July 6, 2011
In this column we are going to look at some ways to visualize the notes on the fretboard.
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Rig Rundown - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

July 1, 2011
Premier Guitar's Jason Shadrick is On Location at the House of Blues in Chicago, where he catches up with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Jason talks to Grace and bandmates Scott Tournet and Benny Yurco about their equipment on their 2011 Summer Tour.
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Rig Rundown - Disturbed's Dan Donegan

June 28, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks caught up with guitar tech Trevor Cole who gives us a look at Disturbed's Dan Donegan's array of guitars and lets us in on how Dan has everything set up for their tour.
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Black Country Communion: Rituals of Life

June 14, 2011
Joe Bonamassa and former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes discuss their fateful meeting at NAMM, their reverence for songcraft, and the holy relics used to summon their seething bluesrock rapture on Black Country Communion’s new album, "2".
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Rig Rundown - Billy F. Gibbons - ZZ Top

June 7, 2011
Rebecca Dirks is On Location with Elwood Francis, guitar tech for Billy F. Gibbons to check out Billy's live rig. See the Gretsches and Les Pauls, check out the detailed settings on Billy's Marshal JMP-1s, and learn what strings, picks, and slides Reverend Willy G. uses night after night.
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