December 2019
Chris Kies

Chris Kies

Chris Kies has degrees in Journalism and History from the University of Iowa and has been with PG dating back to his days as an intern in 2007. He's now the multimedia manager maintaining the website and social media accounts, coordinating Rig Rundown shoots (also hosting and/or filming them) and product demos, and occasionally writing an artist feature, all while still shooting/editing video for NAMM-show coverage. Other than that, he spends time with his pitbull and enjoys non-guitar-related hobbies.

ARTICLES

Billy Strings: The Long Road Home

November 12, 2019
On his second solo album, flatpicking wunderkind Billy Strings continues to push boundaries, bend genres, and blaze on his amplified flattop—all while on a journey of self-discovery.
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Rig Rundown: Torche's Steve Brooks & Jonathan Nuñez

October 9, 2019
When these metalheads couldn’t lasso the tones in their craniums, Nuñez took the DIY route and launched his own company to create gear for their boards and backline.
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Gallery: Riot Fest 2019

September 27, 2019
Chicago’s three-day, punk-rock carnival was host to Slayer, Jawbreaker, Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Rise Against, Bob Mould, Rancid, Bikini Kill, Lucero, the Struts, and more. Here are our favorite guitar-related moments from the 15th annual gathering.
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Rig Rundown: Thunderpussy's Whitney Petty

September 25, 2019
The guitarist of Mike McCready’s favorite new band uses a straightforward setup that proves a swaggering, punk attitude and greasy rock ’n’ roll isn't just a man’s game.
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Rig Rundown: Baroness [2019]

September 4, 2019
Frontman John Baizley and former Cirque du Soleil shredder Gina Gleason explain the atmospheric metal outfit’s switch to single-coils—and how a fuzz pedal first brought them together.
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Rig Rundown: Covet's Yvette Young

August 28, 2019
The "adventure rock" outfit's frontwoman demos both her classical-piano-inspired fretboard approach and her favorite modulation pedals.
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Rig Rundown: Sleep

July 24, 2019
The sultan of sludge illustrates that his first band is a shuttle for sonic exploration launching into orbit on the backs of triple-humbucker guitars, a sierra of Oranges, and two boards the size of Cape Canaveral.
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Rig Rundown: Cherry Glazerr

July 17, 2019
Grunge songstress Clementine Creevy hits us with the barrage of drives she uses for her band's lo-fi garage sound.
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Gallery: Shaky Knees 2019

May 17, 2019
Good news, folks: Guitar is alive and well! PG headed south to Atlanta for three days to celebrate performances (and gather guitar details) from Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Tame Impala, Tyler Childers, Incubus, the Struts, Cage the Elephant, Tash Sultana, and more!
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Rig Rundown: Polyphia's Scott LePage

May 8, 2019
Aside from melting faces, these younglings don’t take themselves or much else seriously, but one-half of the wise-cracking guitar tandem dishes on his “dope” signature gear from Ibanez and DiMarzio.
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Rig Rundown: Liz Cooper & the Stampede

April 24, 2019
The dreamy, psychedelic-folk rocker explains how a salvaged-spruce offset colored with gobs of vibe, chorus, and trem give her freewheeling, Dead-inspired journeys constant movement and flow.
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Rig Rundown: Hozier

April 10, 2019
On the heels of his No. 1 album, Wasteland, Baby!, Irishman Andrew Hozier-Byrne reveals his connection with “alive” hollowbodies—including gas cans—that torch his moody, soulful blend of rock and blues.
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Rig Rundown: Tom Morello

February 13, 2019
Rock’s biggest “DJ” proves that, though his gear hasn't changed since the early ’90s, he still can rip out fresh ideas with ease and flair.
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Rig Rundown: Emma Ruth Rundle

January 16, 2019
The moody goth-folk songstress and her 6-string compatriot Evan Patterson detail the off-kilter double-cuts, dual-amp configurations, and reverb-dripping boards that give life to their jangly, ambient washes and doomy, crashing crescendos.
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Rig Rundown: Manchester Orchestra

January 9, 2019
Observe how the Atlanta-based rockers keep instruments in the family and take a pragmatic approach by hitting the road with everyman gear to morph between their brutal heavy riffs and beautiful, cinematic soundscapes.
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Rig Rundown: Tera Melos’ Nick Reinhart

January 2, 2019
The Willy Wonka of guitar uses a forgotten Squier, a long-lusted-after Jazzmaster, and a heap of misfit and boutique stomps to warp the instrument into the 21st century.
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Rig Rundown: Julien Baker

November 28, 2018
The melancholic, reverb-loving songstress talks about the Tele, Fender combos, and bountiful board she uses to fill theaters around the globe.
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Album Spotlight: King Buffalo’s 'Longing to Be the Mountain'

November 25, 2018
The Rochester psych-rock trio takes listeners on a steady-building sojourn through a perfect storm, well-timed with epic guitar breaks and expansive touches.
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Rig Rundown: Marilyn Manson

November 21, 2018
Sure, collectible gear can be important to rock stars, but for this mayhem-filled gig, Paul Wiley and Juan Alderete opt for loudness and durability.
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Rig Rundown: Monster Magnet

November 14, 2018
The "space lords" take time for a pit stop with us to cover the everyman Gibsons, scorching Marshalls, and nasty fuzzes that ignite their psychedelic orbit.
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