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Articles by Chris Kies

Rig Rundown: All Them Witches

March 16, 2016
The Nashville psych-rockers demo the bastardized, oddball vintage gear that fuels their sonic mayhem.
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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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Technically Free: Intronaut’s Sacha Dunable and Dave Timnick

March 3, 2016
On exploring the power-soaked fringes of adventurous metal, changing rigs to nail fresh tones, building tough road guitars, and live-tracking their incendiary new album, The Direction of Last Things.
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Rig Rundown: Wolf Alice's Joff Oddie

February 3, 2016
The Jaguar-brandishing North Londoner dishes on the instruments, stomps, and amps that stir up the Grammy-nominated band’s live mayhem.
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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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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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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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Rig Rundown: Lucero

October 14, 2015
The country-punkers out of Memphis share the roadworthy gear that allows them to seamlessly blend neo-Stax soul and barroom rock 'n' roll.
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Rig Rundown: Eagles of Death Metal

October 7, 2015
The desert-rock party animals discuss the gear that gets the crowd to boogie.
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Gallery: Riot Fest 2015

September 29, 2015
Chicago’s other 3-day festival hosts an eclectic group of artists that span all of pop music.
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Kristofer Steen: Reunited, Relevant—Refused

September 15, 2015
The Swedish hardcore quartet’s longtime guitarist confronts—and conquers—the stigma of reuniting as the revered band’s latest LP makes them relevant once again.
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Rig Rundown: Social Distortion [2015]

September 9, 2015
Guitarists Mike Ness and Jonny Wickersham show off their tried-and-true rock ’n’ roll machines.
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GALLERY: Lollapalooza 2015

August 7, 2015
Three days of guitar highlights from Chicago’s world-renowned festival.
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Rig Rundown: Slipknot

May 20, 2015
We get the scoop on the gear behind Mick Thomson’s and Jim Root’s brutal sound thanks to their signature guitars and 100-watt rock-boxes.
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Faith No More: Resurrection

May 7, 2015
Billy Gould and Jon Hudson discuss the band’s reunion and colorful past.
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The Gear Behind SXSW

April 21, 2015
Get familiar with some hot, new bands and their road-tested rigs.
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GALLERY: SXSW Gear Expo 2015

April 3, 2015
This year's festival had plenty of axes, amps, and stomps for gearheads to dig into.
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GALLERY: SXSW 2015

March 27, 2015
See performance shots of AWOLNATION, Courtney Barnett, Elder, Future Islands, Portugal. The Man, Nikki Lane, and more!
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10 Things We Learned from Paul Reed Smith

March 13, 2015
The famed luthier opens up about getting his start more than 30 years ago, finally building John McLaughlin a guitar, and how many hot wings he can eat in one sitting.
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