August

Album Review

Album Review: John Doyle - Shadow and Light

December 20, 2011
On Shadow and Light, Doyle’s second solo album, we’re treated to two beautifully crafted instrumentals (combined, these intricate medleys total almost 15 minutes) and a rich collection of original songs that tell the story of Irish soldiers, immigrants, lovers, and lost souls.
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Album Review: Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here—Experience Edition

December 20, 2011
While the fine re-mastering job here will make many of these songs a fresh listen again, the real treat of this edition is Disc 2, on which we get to hear the Floyd shaping tracks from WYWH and 1977’s Animals in their preferred laboratory—the stage.
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Album Review: Russian Circles - "Empros"

November 15, 2011
Empros is the album Russian Circles have been striving to concoct since the band’s inception seven years ago.
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Album Review: Carolyn Wonderland - "Peace Meal"

November 15, 2011
Wonderland’s chops are strongly melodic, and she doesn’t get bogged down in riff-based noodling; it’s some of the most musical playing I’ve heard in a long time, and some of the hottest, too.
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Album Review: Rich Robinson - "Through A Crooked Sun"

November 15, 2011
Despite being known primarily as a veteran guitarist, Robinson admirably pulls off a triple-threat of feeling in epic riffs, great singing, and interesting lyrics.
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Album Review: Megadeth - "Th1rt3en"

November 15, 2011
With the release of Th1rt3en—the band''s 13th major recording—Megadeth shows they still have the fire and drive that made them one of the biggest metal acts in history.
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Album Review: Andy Reiss, Ranger Doug, and Bobby Durham - "The Art of the Archtop"

November 15, 2011
If you’re a fan of classic archtop guitar, you’ll be delighted with this beautifully recorded and relentlessly swinging set of tunes celebrating the f-hole sound.
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Book Review: "Diary of a Player" By Brad Paisley and David Wild

October 18, 2011
Brad Paisley knows a thing or two about writing hooks for general music fans while still throwing in enough guitar pyrotechnics to keep his guitar-playing audience happy, if not slightly stunned.
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CD Review: Sleeper Agent - "Celebrasion"

October 18, 2011
The band’s debut full-length release, Celebrasion, celebrates hook-heavy, riff-laden, garage rock and had already enjoyed a wealth of critical acclaim prior to hitting the shelves a few weeks ago.
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CD Review: Kenny Vaughan - "V"

October 18, 2011
The sound of Bakersfield honky tonk—with its punchy Telecaster twang, strong backbeat, and stripped-down instrumentation—permeates V, Kenny Vaughan’s debut solo album.
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DVD Review: Iggy and the Stooges - "Raw Power Live"

October 18, 2011
James Williamson, who took over the guitar throne for Asheton for the band’s most famous album, 1972’s Raw Power, was back in the fold when the band performed the record in its entirety at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Monticello, New York.
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Book Review: "Guitar Etudes: Warmup Excercises for Guitar" By Pat Metheny

October 18, 2011
. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny recently released a book of guitar etudes that outlines what his typical pre-gig routine entails.
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Book Review: "Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History" By Chris Welch

September 20, 2011
Chris Welch takes us on a visual tour through every aspect of the blues god’s long career and unearths some rare photographs and memorabilia that will make even the most jaded Slowhand aficionados take notice.
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CD Review: Vince Gill - "Guitar Slinger"

September 20, 2011
Guitar Slinger is not a self-indulgent guitar-nut record, which will make sense to long-time fans drawn to Gill’s reserved style.
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CD Review: Mastodon - "The Hunter"

September 20, 2011
with The Hunter, Mastodon loosens the recording reins to offer up a wider spectrum of musical goodness.
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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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DVD Review: Deep Purple "Phoenix Rising"

August 16, 2011
Phoenix Rising captures a potentially mind-blowing manifestation of the band storming Japan in December 1975, but this version of Deep Purple rarely catches fire in the manner of the classic Machine Head–era unit.
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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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Book Review: "Flying V, Explorer, Firebird" by Tony Bacon

August 16, 2011
Gear author Tony Bacon’s latest book explores the history of these provocative instruments and explains how they’ve impacted nearly every nontraditional solidbody shape that has come along since.
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