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8 Unwritten Laws of Being a Good Bandmate

June 21, 2013
See how many you're breaking, and add your own.
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Rock ’n’ Roll Is a Contact Sport

June 7, 2013
Adrenaline, anger, excess, stupidity, and the inherent danger lurking around pits, stairs, and stages make for thousands of rock-related injuries every year.
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In Defense of Karaoke

May 11, 2013
Karaoke is undeniably ridiculous, yet strangely engaging once you embrace your inner geek. Here are a few tips for those of you brave enough to be idiotic.
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“Hey Jude” Revisited

April 15, 2013
I experienced something in this track that made the song brand new to me. I heard Paul McCartney drop the F-bomb mid-song.
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Hitting the Note (Can Musicians Read Minds?)

March 11, 2013
For musicians, sensing what other players will do is not uncommon—mysterious, ESP-ish surprises occur often during a good jam.
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What's the Rush?

February 4, 2013
Has anyone tracked more mind-blowing, finger-crippling solos than Brent Mason? Photo by Ariel Ellis Just before Thanksgiving, I lead the band for The Scotty McCreery and Friends Christmas Special
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Maybe You Are Living the Dream

January 9, 2013
The co-founder of string-field theory, theoretical physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku suggests we try to develop our abilities to their fullest. His latest book, Physics of the Future,
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How Not to Embarrass Oneself at an Award Show

December 10, 2012
Please consider these few simple acceptance speech suggestions before you receive your justly deserved trophy.
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Shitegeist

November 5, 2012
What do Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Queen, the Beach Boys, Diana Ross, the Grateful Dead, The Who, The Kinks, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Janis Joplin, Buddy Holly, The Doors, Bob Marley, and
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Air Schlep

October 8, 2012
Five years ago, I could carry a guitar on a jet 90 percent of the time. Now it’s 50 percent, at best.
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