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Artists

Dweezil Zappa: Roots and Branches

November 29, 2015
For his first solo album in nearly a decade, Via Zammata’, the bona fide guitar geek looks to his ancestors—and his father, Frank—for inspiration and creates a wild mix of genres that’s uniquely Zappa.
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Caspian’s Philip Jamieson and Calvin Joss: Sonic Sculptors

November 26, 2015
On creating their own effects-laden universe and “unlearning” guitar heroics to create their fourth album, Dust and Disquiet.
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Rig Rundown: Slightly Stoopid

November 25, 2015
Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald double-team guitar and bass duties with a pair of streamlined setups.
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Forgotten Heroes: Pete Cosey

November 19, 2015
A look at the life and legacy of the guitarist Miles Davis recruited in the mid ’70s when he wanted virtuosic playing on par with Hendrix and Muddy Waters.
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Rig Rundown: JD McPherson

November 18, 2015
The retro roots-rocker shows how he gets yesteryear tones with new beauties from Fender, TK Smith, and Texotica.
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Kurt Vile: Just Let It Flow

November 17, 2015
The primal 6-stringer reveals how his theory of the subconscious domino effect shaped his latest solo album.
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Badi Assad: Playing in the Light

November 12, 2015
After a neurological disorder nearly ended her career, the Brazilian nylon-string and vocal virtuoso storms back with an album covering everything from Mumford & Sons to Lorde and Skrillex.
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Rig Rundown: Desaparecidos

November 11, 2015
The indie-rock outfit jams with classic Gibson axes, baritone beasts, tube amps, and enough stompboxes to fill a store.
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Deafheaven’s Kerry McCoy: Grasping at Hooks

November 10, 2015
How a teenage Slayer fan grew up, threw shoegaze, Britpop, and black metal in a blender, and created the perplexingly alluring sound of Deafheaven.
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Leslie West: “Going Down” Exclusive Song Premiere

November 10, 2015
After 50 years fusing power blues, soul, and hard rock, the guitar juggernaut is releasing his 16th solo album.
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Pentagram's Victor Griffin: Commandeering the Low Road

November 5, 2015
The early metal innovator talks about dropped-B tuning, heavy tone, building solos, renovating songs, and his pioneering doom outfit’s improbable resurrection.
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Rig Rundown: The Winery Dogs' Richie Kotzen and Billy Sheehan

November 4, 2015
The power-trio super group fulfills the promise, brings back rock armed with signature instruments from Fender and Yamaha.
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John Fogerty: That Old Travelin’ Bone

November 2, 2015
The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman discusses his new memoir, why cars are crucial to his music, and his latest gear and YouTube video finds.
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Rig Rundown: All Time Low

October 28, 2015
The SoCal punk outfit rocks a mix of classic Fender and ESP instruments with cutting-edge Kemper gear.
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Billy Gibbons: Havana Meets Houston

October 27, 2015
ZZ Top’s guitar wizard honors his childhood roots on Perfectamundo—his first solo record ever—with a mix of Afro-Cuban beats, rumbling Hammond B-3, and plenty of gritty, greasy, growling guitar.
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Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes: Special Forces Ringmaster

October 22, 2015
On musical wizards vs. magicians, the deceptive art of creating a sonic spectacle, and the greasy grooves laid down with best friend Josh Homme on Zipper Down.
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Rig Rundown: Gary Clark Jr.

October 21, 2015
Austin’s hottest son shares why he loves Epiphone Casinos and never thought he was much of an SG guy until the Foo Fighters gave him the ultimate gift.
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Axes & Anchors Cruise Announces Lineup

October 21, 2015
Workshops by Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Marty Friedman, Alex Skolnick, and more.
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Mary Halvorson: There’s Something About Mary

October 20, 2015
A passion for Hendrix, Ornette Coleman, and a Guild archtop paired with a Rat and a delay fuel the avant guitarist’s fiery solo debut, Meltframe.
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Iron Maiden: Out of Thin Air

October 19, 2015
Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, and Janick Gers discuss finding magic in the moment on their latest album, The Book of Souls.
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