December 2016

Bassists

ARTICLES

Thalia Zedek: Indie-Rock Heroine

November 22, 2016
The influential artist and her new band E explore the dark and noisy side of songcraft with cheap vintage guitars, homemade instruments, unusual chord voicings, and a triangulated collaboration between two guitars and drums.
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Rig Rundown: Band of Skulls

November 9, 2016
The English rock band travels heavy with Fender solidbodies and Gretsch semi-hollows while proving that pedal swaps make a group closer.
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Flower Power Trio: The Stargazer Lilies

October 27, 2016
Guitarist John Cep and bassist Kim Field plant roots in songwriting terra firma while expanding their universe with stereo Marshalls, myriad pedals, vintage gear, and influences ranging from Kevin Shields to bossa nova.
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Rig Rundown: Tim Commerford

October 12, 2016
The Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage bass hero shows us the dual-amp setup he uses to get huge tones with his WAKRAT project.
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Pixies’ Joey Santiago & Paz Lenchantin: Accidental Heroes

October 12, 2016
The guitar-and-bass team discusses their new LP, Head Carrier, and the festering feedback and dissonant dynamics that made the Boston quartet alt-rock legends.
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GALLERY: Riot Fest 2016

October 4, 2016
See what guitars and basses the punks, metalheads, and hardcore rockers used during the Windy City’s other 3-day festival.
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Kevin Morby’s Unfancy Sparkle

September 29, 2016
A Brooklyn singer-songwriter makes an acoustic psychedelic album, Singing Saw, using cheap flattops, a Fender Jaguar named Dorothy, studio savvy, and—yes—an actual singing saw.
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Rig Rundown: God Is an Astronaut

September 28, 2016
The instrumental post-rock group shows how they mix tried-and-true instruments with modeling technology for an expansive soundscape set for orbit.
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Charlie Hunter’s Impossible Mission

September 22, 2016
How a monster musician fine-tuned his ability to play bass, guitar, rhythm, and melodies—and tell one-liners—all at the same time.
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Rig Rundown: Allah-Las

September 21, 2016
The SoCal surf-garage rockers prove an instrument, a pedal, and lots of reverb is all you need to have a raging dance party.
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Robot Killers: Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster and “King” Mike Abbate

September 13, 2016
The Jersey punks demonstrate the destructive capabilities of a well-placed fuzz, a spasmodic riff, and vocal lines perennially set to “stun.”
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Tim Commerford: Wakrat and the Power of Now

September 1, 2016
The celebrated Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage bassist explains how his other band's in-your-face, jazz-inspired music is making him play better than ever.
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Staff Picks: Monster Bassists

August 22, 2016
We’ve discussed underrated guitarists, but what about those holding down the groove? Jazz virtuoso Rez Abbasi joins in the conversation.
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Rig Rundown: Mutemath

August 17, 2016
Nashville’s electronica alt-rock quartet explains how they cover guitar and bass needs with three instruments, one amp, and lots of pedals.
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GALLERY: Lollapalooza 2016

August 9, 2016
Relive all the guitar highlights from one of the longest-running U.S. festivals that celebrated its silver anniversary with sun, fun, and tunes.
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Claypool Lennon Delirium: Captains Fantastic

August 2, 2016
The psychedelic torchbearers lock themselves in the studio, play all the instruments, and open a treasure chest of effects to form a band and make an album.
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Doomabilly: Opossum Holler’s Lloyd Nicely and Shelby Smith

July 27, 2016
We sit down to talk with the Kentucky trio's guitarist and bassist about their adrenalin-fueled mix of B-movie references, grade-A riffs, and smarty-pants chords.
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Brooklyn’s Artful Dodgers: Woods’ Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere

July 19, 2016
The genre-defying New Yorkers take us inside their elegantly eclectic City Sun Eater in the River of Light.
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Rig Rundown: Duran Duran's John Taylor

July 13, 2016
While admitting to not being a gear junkie, the new-wave bass icon explains how he came to love Peavey basses, why they’re comparable to BMWs, and what makes up his signature tone.
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Rig Rundown: The Wild Feathers

July 6, 2016
The Nashville-based rockers are on a tear with their Neil Young-meets-Tom Petty jams. Find out what vibey gear, classic combos, and boutique stomps power their stage shows.
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