April 2020

Bassists

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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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On Bass: Spotlight on Sonny T.

June 28, 2016
When Prince wasn’t playing bass himself, he employed top-shelf bassists like Sonny T. to tackle the low end.
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Rig Rundown: Bloc Party

June 8, 2016
Combine a few tried-and-true guitars, basses, and amps with several dozen pedals, and you’re on the right path to the British pop-rockers’ unique sound.
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Staff Picks: How Low Can You Go?

June 2, 2016
Rage Against the Machine’s low-end steward Tim Commerford and PG editors discuss the bassists we’d want to spend the day with.
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GALLERY: Shaky Knees 2016

May 26, 2016
Situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, this three-day festival included acts like the Kills, My Morning Jacket, Eagles of Death Metal, Deftones, At the Drive-In, Explosions in the Sky, and more.
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Esperanza Spalding: Soul Mining

May 19, 2016
The bass phenomenon goes electric and eclectic to chase her muse through a childhood-inspired wonderland of music, poetry, dance, and theater.
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Rig Rundown: The Darkness

May 18, 2016
Fueled by a pair of brothers rocking Les Pauls and the bass rumbling thanks to Gibson Thunderbirds, this U.K. outfit is here to rock and roll.
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The Jelly Jam’s Profit Sessions Video Premiere

May 18, 2016
This PG exclusive shows new, behind-the-scenes studio footage of the prog-rock supergroup featuring Ty Tabor (King's X), Rod Morgentstein (Dixie Dregs, Winger), and John Myung (Dream Theater).
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Cheap Trick: ... But Don’t Give Yourself Away

May 17, 2016
Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, and … time travel?
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Tal Wilkenfeld: No Limits

May 12, 2016
As the dexterous bassist transitions from sideman to songwriter on her upcoming solo album, she’s adamant about being true to herself, her music, and her expression.
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Rig Rundown: Dawes

May 11, 2016
Grimy Fenders, posh Gretsches, and handmade Gibson knockoffs meet streamlined pedalboards and vintage amps for this L.A. folk-rock outfit featuring Duane Betts on lead guitar.
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Rig Rundown: Killswitch Engage

May 4, 2016
One of metalcore’s biggest bands allows PG to check out their signature instruments and the minimal gear they use to punish crowds on a nightly basis.
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