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Bassists

Rig Rundown: Living Colour's Vernon Reid and Doug Wimbish [2016]

April 20, 2016
Armed with a boatload of pedals of every size and shape, the funk-rock tandem demonstrates the sonic mayhem they create on a nightly basis. Bonus: Bass legend Billy Cox crashes the party!
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High Seas Shred: Axes & Anchors Cruise

April 19, 2016
Aboard an unforgettable floating workshop featuring Zakk, Yngwie, Bumblefoot, Skolnick, Friedman, and a few thousand guitar nerds.
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Spellbinders: Ben McLeod and Charles Michael Parks, Jr. of All Them Witches

March 16, 2016
Nashville-based psychedelic tag-team avoids clichés as they use big tones, open spaces, and surprising improvisations to conjure a new vision of Southern rock’s dark side.
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Rig Rundown: Kurt Vile & The Violators

March 9, 2016
The Philly-based group explains how they use vintage Fender gear, classic tube amps, and a few homemade pedals to produce their brand of psychedelic folk-rock.
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Stomp Stations of the Stars

February 23, 2016
A behind-the-scenes look at eight of the most remarkable pedal collections we’ve seen in quite some time.
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On Bass: The Song Guys, Part 2

February 15, 2016
They might not be household names, but these four stellar bassists offer a wealth of inspiration to tap into.
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Cage the Elephant’s Brad Shultz and Daniel Tichenor

February 9, 2016
For their new album, Tell Me I’m Pretty, the group took a trip to the ’60s in producer Dan Auerbach’s Wayback Machine.
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The AutistiX: Butterflies & Demons

February 1, 2016
Three differently abled young Londoners inspire audiences, filmmakers, and even Sir Tom Jones with relentless humor, fearless performances, and a burning passion.
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La Luz: Doom-Wop Duality

January 28, 2016
Shana Cleveland, guitarist for surf-noir quartet La Luz, discusses sophomore LP Weirdo Shrine.
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Rig Rundown: August Burns Red

January 27, 2016
The Grammy-nominated outfit shows us the Ibanez guitars, Kiesel basses, and Kemper and Ampeg amps that ignite their metalcore sound.
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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson

January 19, 2016
The thrash metal pioneers plot world conquest via Dystopia, an edgy new album that revisits the band’s roaring roots while showcasing the blazing Kiko Loureiro on guitar.
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David Bowie’s Ben Monder and Tim Lefebvre: Just Like That Bluebird

January 15, 2016
The guitar and bass duo takes us inside the sessions for the late rock legend’s prescient and profoundly moving final masterpiece.
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Tortoise’s Jeff Parker and Doug McCombs: Slow ’n’ Steady

January 14, 2016
On the 25-year evolution of the daring rock ensemble, blending genres, trading instruments, and coming out of their all-instrumental shell.
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2016 She Rocks Awards Performance Lineup Announced

January 8, 2016
Performers include Jennifer Batten, Raining Jane, Karmin, Nita Strauss, and more.
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Rig Rundown: The Revivalists

January 6, 2016
The New Orleans rockers show off the gear that powers their energetic live shows.
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Top 15 Rig Rundowns of 2015

December 30, 2015
Take a look at the most popular Rig Rundowns of the year.
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Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister: 1945–2015

December 29, 2015
We celebrate the legendary life of a beloved bassist whose wild authenticity, intense spirit, and guitar-like approach to the 4-string laid the groundwork for a generation of thrash-metal outfits.
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Forgotten Heroes: Robert "Kool" Bell

December 29, 2015
The funk bass legend and coleader of Kool & the Gang talks about developing his low-down sound and his secrets for riding the tide of music history for 50 years.
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Mutoid Man’s Stephen Brodsky and Nick Cageao: Prog Punk Alchemists

December 21, 2015
How the band transformed the vapor trails of metal, pop, space music, and classic rock into sonic gold for their first album, Bleeder.
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Robert Trujillo on Making 'Jaco'

December 10, 2015
Metallica’s low-ender describes how it took six years, 75 interviews, and tracking down one AWOL bass to capture the Jaco Pastorius story on film.
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