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Articles by Adam Perlmutter

On the Rise! 5 Must-Hear Emerging Acoustic Guitarists

December 26, 2014
A handful of genre-bending players share their vision of contemporary acoustic guitar.
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Steve Gunn: Drifter

December 9, 2014
The Kurt Vile sideman steps out of the shadows to talk about his evolution from suburban skate punk to world-wise roots Renaissance man.
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Daniel Lanois: Sonic Alchemist

December 2, 2014
The celebrated producer and steel-guitar wizard reveals his secrets for coaxing futuristic sounds from vintage gear.
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D’Angelico EX-59 Review

December 2, 2014
Archtop luxury for the rest of us.
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Nels Cline and Julian Lage: Gnarly Humanist and the Twenty-Something Terror

October 7, 2014
Despite a 32-year age difference, the master improvisers from vastly different backgrounds have phenomenal chemistry.
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Taylor T5z Review

October 7, 2014
Combining elements of acoustic and electric guitar design, this hybrid will appeal to players seeking sonic versatility.
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Steve Stevens: Vital to Idol

October 2, 2014
Billy Idol’s riff master talks about recording Kings & Queens of the Underground, developing a signature vibrato, and getting spit on at early Idol gigs.
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Joel Harrison: Seeking Commonality in Sound

August 19, 2014
The avant guitarist travels through very different musical worlds on multiple releases this year, including a duet with Indian sarod master Anupam Shobhakar.
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Aaron Freeman: Return to Form

August 7, 2014
After a quarter century with Ween, the guitarist disbanded the group and got sober. He’s back with new music and that same penchant for dark, funny, and weird.
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Maton SRS 70 Review

July 22, 2014
Australian dreadnought delivers top-notch playability—and a sonic alternative.
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Aram Bajakian: Navigating New Territory

June 12, 2014
From Lou Reed’s last band to Diana Krall’s quartet, this NYC guitarist always pushes boundaries—and himself.
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The War on Drugs: Driving Music for the American Dreamscape

June 3, 2014
Gear fiend Adam Granduciel talks about classic song structures and how ethereal sonics guided the creation of Lost in the Dream.
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Córdoba Acero Review

May 27, 2014
Do Spanish-guitar design elements mean a better dreadnought?
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Peavey ValveKing II 20 Review

April 28, 2014
Classic tube tone and studio-friendly features in an affordable combo.
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Shredding Nylon: Rodrigo y Gabriela

April 18, 2014
The acoustic rockers return to their metal-tinged, dual-guitar roots with 9 Dead Alive.
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In the Studio with Linkin Park

April 17, 2014
Determined not to repeat themselves, the nü-metal pioneers break new guitar ground on their latest album.
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Fender Coronado Review

April 17, 2014
The idiosyncratic ’60s semi-hollowbody returns—with some twists.
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Neon Trees: Pop Psychology

March 18, 2014
Guitarist Chris Allen and bassist Branden Campbell discuss playing with nuance in Neon Trees, an alt-pop rock band with a sound that could be described as new new wave.
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Mogwai’s Post-Rock Roar

January 29, 2014
The Glasgow quintet enters its third decade with stunning creativity—and volume.
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Silvertone Guitars 1423 Review

January 15, 2014
Silvertone revisits a classic with improvements that enhance its stability and versatility.
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