November 2018

Articles by Chris Kies

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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Matt Pike: Chug, Punch, and Sustain

November 8, 2018
The patient riffer of darkness reveals the sonics secrets—and head space—that drives his bands Sleep and High on Fire.
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Gallery: Riot Fest 2018

September 28, 2018
We cherry-picked the essential guitar-centric happenings from Chicago’s three-day celebration, including performances from Johnny Marr, Elvis Costello, Incubus, Weezer, Bad Religion, Jesus Lizard, and more!
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Rig Rundown: Whitey Morgan and the 78's

September 5, 2018
The modern country outlaws follow only a few rules: beefy Teles, American-voiced amps, and a healthy addiction to compression and phaser.
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Rig Rundown: Todd Rundgren

August 29, 2018
The multi-instrumentalist, producer, and all-around sonic shaman explains the origin story on his No. 1 “Foamy," discusses fixing Clapton’s “Fool” SG, and reveals how he stays musically energized after nearly 50 years.
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Rig Rundown: Pelican

August 8, 2018
See how the twin-guitar attack rocks SGs, classic tube heads, and strategically set delays that help birth epic post-metal jams.
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Summer NAMM 2018 Editors' Picks Day 2

June 29, 2018
Watch the editors discuss their fave gear from Electro-Harmonix, Greer, Reverend, Old Blood Noise Endeavors, and more!
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Rig Rundown: Stone Sour

May 30, 2018
Guitarists Josh Rand and Christian Martucci, as well as bassist Johny Chow, provide the dirt on how a revamped lineup of axes (with passive pickups), no bass amps, and a fresh pile of pedals have reenergized the band’s hard-rock sound.
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Rig Rundown: The Black Angels

May 16, 2018
Discover how these Austin psychers utilize Beatles-inspired guitars with several gnarly fuzzes and lush ’verbs to bridge the vibes of Roky Erickson and Dick Dale.
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Rig Rundown: The Dear Hunter

April 18, 2018
Explore the three keys that propel the band’s prog-rock orbit: custom axes, pedal-platform tube amps, and stompboxes strengthened with modeling tech from Line 6.
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Rig Rundown: Screaming Females

March 14, 2018
Guitarist/singer Marissa Paternoster and bassist “King” Mike Abbate worry little about instrument investments and instead focus on producing raw, energy-fueled, loud-as-hell jams.
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Rig Rundown: Pallbearer

March 7, 2018
Learn how these Arkansas rockers move beyond a wall of dark and heavy doom with various modulations, delays, and deep ’verbs to weave their own complex sonic architecture.
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Rig Rundown: Clutch [2018]

January 31, 2018
Earth-rocking road warriors Tim Sult and Dan Maines show off their Gibsons, Rickenbackers, Orange and Ampeg heads, and their most elaborate boards to date.
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NAMM 2018 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 3

January 27, 2018
Watch the PG crew discuss favorites from Abasi Guitars, Collings, Death by Audio, Crazy Tube Circuits, and more.
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NAMM 2018 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 1

January 25, 2018
The PG editors share their favorite finds from the first day of NAMM.
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Rig Rundown: Periphery [2017]

December 27, 2017
Behind-the-scenes details on the three-headed guitar monster's updated signature axes (and pickups), and their unusual reliance on a blend of 20th- and 21st-century amp technology.
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Rig Rundown: Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky

December 6, 2017
Find out how the shred cat avoids using a sketchy whammy bar by ingeniously implementing two handy stomps.
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Rig Rundown: Gogol Bordello’s Boris Pelekh

November 29, 2017
The ingredients for a gypsy-punk dance party are simple: a sturdy 6-string, a hearty tube amp, and a few essential tone shapers.
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Rig Rundown: Moon Taxi

November 15, 2017
Discover how double-cuts, modeling amps, and a baker’s dozen stomps energize the live rigs for this Nashville guitar duo.
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Rig Rundown: Primus' Larry LaLonde [2017]

November 8, 2017
Try to wrap your head around all the weird noises, tones, and sound effects that “Ler” uses to keep up with Les Claypool.
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