Articles by Alex Maiolo

Super Colliders: Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez and John Dieterich

September 8, 2016
The King Crimson- and John Cage-inspired brothers in guitars analyze their heady prog pop, signature Eastwood axe, and bizarre gig playing for world-class physicists.
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Hagstrom Impala Review

April 19, 2016
Scandinavia’s answer to the Jaguar is revived in (most) of its quirky splendor.
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Ride’s Andy Bell: Addicted to Noise

February 8, 2016
The shoegaze vet details his subversive sonic strategies and the creation of the reunited band’s '90s classics.
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Malekko Scrutator Review

December 9, 2015
An uncommonly flexible, friendly, and useful bit-crusher.
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Moog MF Chorus Review

September 17, 2015
The all-analog chorus is a feast of rich modulation sounds.
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ThorpyFX Gunshot Review

September 14, 2015
A well built, intoxicating, and organic-sounding overdrive from the U.K.
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Diamond Pedals Counter Point Delay Review

September 13, 2015
The brand’s newest digital delay spans five decades of delay sounds.
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Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan: If It Ain’t Broke ...

August 3, 2015
The dream-fuzz wizard explains why he still plays the first guitar and amp he bought as a kid.
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Mastodon: Beasts and Beer at Roskilde

July 15, 2015
The metal titans pour hops while headlining one of Europe’s largest music fests.
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Gurus Echosex 2 Review

May 22, 2015
An Italian faux-analog delay that captures the elusive Binson Echorec sound.
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Swervedriver: Shoegazers Ride Again

April 14, 2015
After 17 years of studio silence, Adam Franklin and Jim Hartridge bring back the noise.
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Free the Tone Flight Time Delay Review

March 4, 2015
Rack-mount delay power in an inventive, intuitive stomp.
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Sean Lennon: Ghosts of Music Past, Present, and Future

December 4, 2014
Sean Lennon finds momentum in his psych-rock project with partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl.
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Walrus Audio Descent Reverb Review

September 11, 2014
Shimmering reverb and octave effects unite in what could become an essential shoegazer stompbox.
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Death By Audio Ghost Delay Review

September 9, 2014
Order and chaos live side by side in a wildly expressive digital delay.
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Carl Martin Purple Moon Vintage Fuzz n' Vibe Review

August 21, 2014
Fabulous two-speed vibe effects with blistering silicon fuzz in one box.
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Builder Profile: The Mu-tron Story

September 12, 2013
Mike Beigel talks about the rise and fall of his company Musitronics—a pioneering stompbox outfit that helped shape the sound of the 1970s.
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Endangered Audio Research AD4096 Analog Delay Review

August 31, 2013
An old-school analog delay with a few new tricks.
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JHS Pedals SuperBolt Overdrive Review

August 23, 2013
An overdrive that mimics the low-wattage department store amps of the ’60s.
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Fargen Blackbird VS2 Amp Review

August 2, 2013
The Blackbird draws inspiration from Fender’s blackface era (with much in common with the rare Vibroverb) and is an amazing platform for pedal-heavy rigs.
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