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Album Review: Superchunk - "I Hate Music"

August 3, 2013
Melodic, gorgeously thick guitar hooks reign king throughout much of the 11 tracks
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Interview: Jerry Cantrell - Playing Dumb

July 3, 2013
Cantrell talks about The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here's stomping riffs and melancholy leads, his approach to songwriting, and why he likes to keep himself “kind of stupid.”
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Interview: Middle Class Rut - Unshackled Justice

June 16, 2013
After a false start with DreamWorks Records 13 years ago, Middle Class Rut’s Zack Lopez discusses their new LP, Pick up Your Head, and celebrates the freedoms and confines of the guitar-and-drums format that finally yielded major success—including mainstream radio success and gigs opening for Alice in Chains and Weezer. PLUS! Lopez details his crazy three-rig touring setup.
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Album Review: Queens of the Stone Age - "... Like Clockwork"

June 3, 2013
The dark, cohesive psychedelia of "… Like Clockwork" is unmatched by any of QOTSA’s five previous recordings.
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Album Review: Alice In Chains - “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”

May 20, 2013
AiC is back with a slower-paced, but still hard-hitting album that features some of Jerry Cantrell's most masterful playing yet.
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Interview: Mike McCready on Mad Season Reissue and New Pearl Jam

March 6, 2013
McCready opens up about Mad Season, remembering bandmates Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders, and Pearl Jam’s forthcoming album
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Rig Rundown: Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis

November 27, 2012
PG's Shawn Hammond is on location at the Majestic in Madison, Wisconsin, checking out Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis' rig. In this segment, he shows us his arsenal of modified Jazzmasters, a powerful four-amp setup, and then demonstrates some of the tones in his pedalboard.
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Rig Rundown - Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan

November 20, 2012

PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location in St. Louis, Missouri, talking with the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. In this segment, he discusses his modular preamp system, the handful of pedals he relies on, and his signature Fender Billy Corgan Strats.


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Rig Rundown - Incubus' Mike Einzinger and Ben Kenney

September 12, 2012
PG's Chris Kies is on location in Tinley Park, IL, where he catches up with Incubus' guitarist Mike Einzinger who talks about his current touring rig that includes Ernie Ball/Music Man Guitars, Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers, and an extensive pedalboard and bassist Ben Kenney who talks about his current touring rig that includes Lakland Basses, Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers, and effects pedals from companies like Boss, Ernie Ball, and Fulltone.
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moe. - Happy Accidents

February 10, 2012
Jam-band vets Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier of moe. discuss the art of twin guitars, their lust-inducing gear collections, and how switching up their MOs led to the tonal extravaganza on their new LP, What Happened to the La Las.
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Joel Kosche: Smashing Young Man

May 17, 2011
Joel Kosche talks about how persistence and ambition paved the way from dead-end gigging on the Atlanta circuit to becoming the guitar tech—and then the main axe man— for the chart-topping rock band Collective Soul. Plus, he gives us the lowdown on his go-to studio amps—which he designed and built from scratch.
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Thursday: Melody vs. Discord

April 19, 2011
Tom Keeley and Steve Pedulla of the influential post-hardcore band Thursday discuss the importance of roots, how trust and respect empower their dual-guitar partnership, and how broken gear and effects accidents brought fresh sounds to their new album, "No Devoluci—n".
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Rig Rundown - Deftones' Stephen Carpenter

July 9, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with Deftones' guitarist Stephen Carpenter and they chat about gear. In this segment, Stephen walks us through both his digital and his analog rig, which includes ZVex, MXR and Dunlop pedals running parallel with the computer program Guitar Rig. In addition, he shows off his two Marshall power amps and his collection of signature ESP guitars.
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Interview: The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd on Crazy Guitar Sounds and Vintage Gear

March 4, 2010
The Flaming Lips'' Steven Drozd is a man of many hats - keyboard, guitar and drums. Luckily for us, funky vintage gear nut is one of them.
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