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Ernest Ranglin: Bring the Riddim!

July 24, 2014
The father of ska and reggae guitar reaches out to the people.
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Top 5 Pedals

July 22, 2014
The veteran blues guitarist names his most essential stompboxes.
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Ear to the Ground: Bison’s “One Thousand Needles”

July 21, 2014
The Vancouver rock titans deliver a lengthy, two-song EP that veers sharply away from their party-thrash roots and headfirst into doomy sludge.
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Johnny Winter 1944-2014

July 18, 2014
The Texas bluesman's fiery licks laid the foundation for ’70s blues-rock while honoring the sound and spirit of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
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Ear to the Ground: Playboy Manbaby’s “Choppy Chad”

July 14, 2014
This prank-punk sextet has no interest in melting your face, but they just might melt your grilled cheese sandwich. Check these dudes out before Hugh Hefner’s lawyers make them change their name.
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Ear to the Ground: Shake Some Action!’s “Colors Exploding”

July 11, 2014
Is this Seattle quartet worthy of naming itself after the Flamin’ Groovies’ most famous power-pop hit. Listen for yourself and see….
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Ear to the Ground: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe’s “My Baby”

July 10, 2014
For the last 30 years, saxophonist Karl Denson has done stints with Lenny Kravitz, the Greyboy Allstars, and Slightly Stoopid, but this hard-grooving solo effort is where he really hits his stride.
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Ear to the Ground: Las Sultanas’ “Rober”

July 9, 2014
This all-female Spanish garage-rock outfit writes catchy songs that are perfect for vintage B-movie soundtracks.
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Ear to the Ground: Bonfire Beach's “Spit U Out”

July 8, 2014
In the mood for sultry noise rock? Dexy Valentine sounds like she was born to keep rock ’n’ roll dangerous.
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Ear to the Ground: Strand of Oaks’ “Goshen ’97”

July 8, 2014
This coming-of-age anthem about home recording and Casio keyboards features a raging solo from the one and only J Mascis.
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