June 2020

Artists

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Code Orange: Attack of the Sonic Cyborgs

April 30, 2020
The outrageous guitar assault of Reba Meyers and Dominic Landolina on the band’s new Underneath explosively combines the analog and the digital—yet honors the heavy throb of hardcore’s beating heart.
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Rig Rundown: Elder

April 29, 2020
Swooshing Pink Floyd vibes, kerranging Sleep chugs, and mutating mellow Motorpsycho tones symbiotically swirl in this guitar duo’s growing setups.
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Marty Schwartz Hooked

Hooked: Marty Schwartz on Led Zeppelin's "Over the Hills and Far Away"

April 28, 2020
The popular YouTuber recounts how hearing Jimmy Page's dynamics on the Houses of the Holy classic became his gateway to guitar.
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Pete Yorn Riff Rundown

Riff Rundown: Pete Yorn's "Idols (We Don't Ever Have to Say Goodbye)"

April 27, 2020
The roots-rockin' songwriter breaks down his poppy-drone single from 2019's Caretakers.
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Big Thief’s Adventures in Alchemy

April 23, 2020
Berklee grads Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek discuss their journey from starting out as a guitar duo, then forming a rock band, to making two highly acclaimed—and very different—albums last year.
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Tom Polzine

Rig Rundown: Howling Giant

April 22, 2020
A Reverend V, two fiery British-voiced heads, and some tone-sizzling, time-bending stomps fire this warped comet rider into psychedelic spaces.
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Butch Walker - Hooked

Hooked: Butch Walker on the James Gang's "Funk #49"

April 21, 2020
The guitarist/songwriter/producer reminisces on the riff that got him into the 6-string life and shares a tale of playing the song in front of Joe Walsh.
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Half Hearted Riffer

Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

April 19, 2020
Jason Grandell shows you the slick fretboard moves and precise hammer-ons needed to pull off the lead single from the band's eponymous debut.
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Finding the One

April 17, 2020
Guitarist Jeremy Ivey, PG editors, and our Reader of the Month discuss their personal holy-grail guitars.
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Rig Rundown: Brendan Benson [2020]

April 15, 2020
A trip into the bona fide Raconteurs guitarist's inner lair of rare vintage acoustics, super vibey amps, and a few choice goldtops.
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August Burns Red

Riff Rundown: August Burns Red's "Paramount"

April 12, 2020
JB Brubaker provides the fretboard framework to master the metalcore giant's third single off the 2020 album Guardians.
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John Prine: 1946–2020

April 10, 2020
One of America’s greatest songwriters loses his life to the coronavirus, leaving a legacy of humor, humanity, and erudite craftsmanship in his indelible work.
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Eric Johnson homepage

Eric Johnson on Breaking Patterns to Play with More Freedom

April 9, 2020
On the road during his EJ Vol. II tour, the guitar giant talks about the rewards of varying technique, acoustic versus electric playing, balancing spontaneity and perfectionism, why he chose the pickups for his new “Virginia” signature Strat, and owning the first guitar he ever heard.
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Rig Rundown: Cedric Burnside

April 8, 2020
A true lion of Mississippi hill-country blues continues paving his family’s legacy with a no-nonsense setup.
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Rig Rundown: Ally Venable

April 1, 2020
This up-and-coming Texas-blues rocker walks through how she gets her huge tones.
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Anna Calvi Live Telecaster - homepage

“Seeing Women Play Guitar Is—Annoyingly—Still Something of an Anomaly”

March 31, 2020
British powerhouse Anna Calvi—known for visceral guitar playing and operatic vocals—invites Courtney Barnett, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and others to help rework her 2018 battle-cry, Hunter, into the aptly titled new Hunted.
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Album Spotlight: Matt Wilson & His Orchestra’s When I Was a Writer

March 29, 2020
The former Trip Shakespeare frontman sings about not being able to return, but he’s done just that with 12 new tunes.
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Kvelertak: “Don’t Underestimate the Bongo”

March 26, 2020
The triple-guitar-stoked Norwegian metalists forge Splid, inspired by a vibe-changing new vocalist, a more melodic approach, and monster sounds from the vault of heavy-duty gear—plus bongos—owned by producer/Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou.
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Rig Rundown: Neil Zaza

March 25, 2020
Now that he’s ditched heavy amps for a digital rig, the melodic shredder shares his secrets for utilizing modern modeling tech.
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Buck Curran - homepage

Buck Curran’s Transcendental Folk Guitar

March 24, 2020
The acoustic fingerstylist builds his creative legacy with alternate tunings, drones, and Eastern melodies, and spotlights a community of like-minded players with Ten Years Gone: A Tribute to Jack Rose.
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