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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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