October 2016

Artists

Kevin Morby’s Unfancy Sparkle

September 29, 2016
A Brooklyn singer-songwriter makes an acoustic psychedelic album, Singing Saw, using cheap flattops, a Fender Jaguar named Dorothy, studio savvy, and—yes—an actual singing saw.
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Rig Rundown: God Is an Astronaut

September 28, 2016
The instrumental post-rock group shows how they mix tried-and-true instruments with modeling technology for an expansive soundscape set for orbit.
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Six-String Solace

September 27, 2016
Premier Guitar talks to certified music therapists across the U.S. about their specialized approaches to using guitar as an instrument of healing.
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Charlie Hunter’s Impossible Mission

September 22, 2016
How a monster musician fine-tuned his ability to play bass, guitar, rhythm, and melodies—and tell one-liners—all at the same time.
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Rig Rundown: Allah-Las

September 21, 2016
The SoCal surf-garage rockers prove an instrument, a pedal, and lots of reverb is all you need to have a raging dance party.
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Ouija Board Blues: Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

September 16, 2016
With his Epiphone Masterbilt, a Mississippi juke joint owner channels the ghosts of Skip James, Henry Stuckey, and other long-gone guitarists to carry an old, rare, haunting, and influential Delta sound into the present.
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C.W. Stoneking: Tortured Spirits & Two Microphones

September 15, 2016
After pairing his backwoods vocal drawl with a National Duolian for 20 years, the Australian 6-stringer switches to a Jazzmaster and primitive tube combos to project his haunting, primal, and fantastically unique take on American Delta blues.
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Rig Rundown: Los Straitjackets

September 14, 2016
The masked guitarists demonstrate how a pedal-less setup is the right fit for their instrumental brand of surf rock.
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Robot Killers: Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster and “King” Mike Abbate

September 13, 2016
The Jersey punks demonstrate the destructive capabilities of a well-placed fuzz, a spasmodic riff, and vocal lines perennially set to “stun.”
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Super Colliders: Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez and John Dieterich

September 8, 2016
The King Crimson- and John Cage-inspired brothers in guitars analyze their heady prog pop, signature Eastwood axe, and bizarre gig playing for world-class physicists.
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Rig Rundown: AC/DC

September 7, 2016
Angus and Stevie Young might have the simplest rigs in rock—SGs and Gretsches into Marshalls—but their techs explain the nuances that help these Aussies get their signature snarl.
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Troy Van Leeuwen’s Metaphysical Guitar

September 6, 2016
A Queens of the Stone Age 6-stringer grabs his signature Jazzmaster and his “expensive pedalboard,” and joins forces with Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, and sound designer Mike Zarin to create a stunning sonic landscape with Gone Is Gone.
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Devon Allman “Say Your Prayers” Song Premiere

September 2, 2016
Hear the rocking debut track from the 6-stringer’s brawny upcoming third solo album, Ride or Die.
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Tim Commerford: Wakrat and the Power of Now

September 1, 2016
The celebrated Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage bassist explains how his other band's in-your-face, jazz-inspired music is making him play better than ever.
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Rig Rundown: Toto's Steve Lukather

August 31, 2016
The top-shelf guitarist pulls back the curtain on the high-power amps, signature guitars, and boutique pedals he uses to power his live show.
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Forgotten Heroes: Sonny Sharrock’s Footprints on the Moon

August 30, 2016
How the father of free-jazz guitar fought for his uncompromising musical vision—and changed the landscape of improvisation.
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Stranglehold: Kvelertak’s Maciek Ofstad and Bjarte Lund Rolland

August 25, 2016
The Norwegian guitarists reveal the strange pleasures of mangling modern metal.
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Rig Rundown: Deerhoof

August 24, 2016
Despite their penchant for crazy sounds, avant-indie heroes John Dieterich and Ed Rodríguez aren't boutique snobs. Here they walk us through the tools they use to create their cerebral catharsis.
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Stian Westerhus: Daredevil Guitar

August 18, 2016
The Norwegian sonic wirewalker defies the conventions of tone, technique, and composition to create a unique aural universe.
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Rig Rundown: Mutemath

August 17, 2016
Nashville’s electronica alt-rock quartet explains how they cover guitar and bass needs with three instruments, one amp, and lots of pedals.
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