December 2016

Articles by Chris Kies

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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10 Things We Learned from 311’s Tim Mahoney

February 20, 2015
311’s guitarist opens up about his dream side project with unlikely heroes, working on an updated PRS signature model, and how he prefers to dress up his tacos.
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10 Things We Learned from Maroon 5’s James Valentine

January 9, 2015
The chart-topping lead guitarist opens up about singing in front of Beatles, failing at guitar design, and why he suffers from G.A.S. just like you.
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10 Things We Learned from Steve Stevens

December 5, 2014
Just prior to the release of Billy Idol’s Kings & Queens of the Underground, his longtime guitarist fielded your questions on PG’s Facebook page, sharing pre-show rituals, his must-have effect, and what he’s got cooking in 2015.
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Tim Mahoney’s Top Five Oddball Pedals

October 20, 2014
311’s tap-dancing guitarist lists his must-have effects.
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Rig Rundown: Cage the Elephant

September 24, 2014
The pop-fused, garage-pysch rockers show us a bevy of their beat-up guitars, road-tested amps, and boutique-loaded boards.
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Rig Rundown: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach (2014)

September 11, 2014
We catch up again with tech Dan Johnson who goes over the equipment changes since 2012, including new kitschy guitars, kooky combos, and why the blues-rock juggernaut needs so much fuzz.
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Opeth: Swedish Floyd

August 26, 2014
Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt disses predictability, explains why he won’t give any musician advice, and admits loving ... Rihanna? Plus, lead guitarist Fredrik Åkesson talks about the making of Pale Communion.
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