October 2020

 

Tessa Jeffers

Tessa Jeffers

Tessa is a Nebraska native whose career in journalism has taken her from the Midwest to the Middle East and back. In addition to writing about music for publications like SPIN, Tessa has worked as an arts editor and investigative news reporter. Her most challenging role to date was working as a managing editor tasked with reinventing a lifestyle magazine in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. She currently lives in Music City, Tennessee.

ARTICLES

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Freeman Vines and the Hanging Tree Guitars

September 10, 2020
How a rural North Carolina luthier’s instruments unearthed a buried story of the American South.
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Album Spotlight: Thundercat’s Cosmic Tilt-A-Whirl

August 10, 2020
On It Is What It Is, the bassist examines the loss of his best friend, Mac Miller, through a deep-dive, jazz-fusion opus.
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Your Pedalboards 2020: Part Deux

February 14, 2020
We received so many submissions from readers, we had to do a round two. PG's axe-wielding disciples show us their personal pedal masterpieces.
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Your Pedalboards 2020!

February 4, 2020
PG's axe-wielding disciples show us their personal pedal masterpieces.
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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead's Latest LP Pummels and Soars

February 4, 2020
Art-rockers Conrad Keely and Jason Reece make whopping orchestral waves on their 10th studio album, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories.
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Album Spotlight: Jack Barksdale’s Live from Niles City

November 14, 2019
A 12-year-old guitar talent writes and plays songs from the heart.
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Peter Frampton Live Premiere: “Georgia on My Mind”

October 1, 2019
The beloved guitarist is performing on his farewell tour in top form, bringing us a blues classic written by his mother’s favorite composer.
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Album Spotlight: BONES UK

July 2, 2019
The London duo who wrote Loud Hailer with Jeff Beck releases a visceral debut LP with a singularity that shows how guitar can alchemize with EDM.
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Bonnaroo 2019: Full Circle

June 28, 2019
As this annual celebration of music and community approaches two decades in the running, Phish reclaims the festival-circuit reins of the premier festival it helped inspire. Here are some highlights from the Bonnaroo farm.
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The Raconteurs’ Jack White and Brendan Benson

June 6, 2019
The songwriting foils discuss the mini odysseys on their third album together, Help Us Stranger, where they take turns in the driver’s seat and play 6-string in tandem.
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Charlie Sexton’s Bigger Picture

February 28, 2019
Bob Dylan’s guitarist discusses cutting his blues chops with the Vaughan brothers, his latest guitar finds, producing records, and his recent film role as Townes Van Zandt.
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Pedal Alley 2019: Reader Boards

February 14, 2019
Whether it’s collections of old-school straightforward stomps or elaborate circuits for spacey experimentation, each year we’re blown away by the different pedalboard setups our readers come up with. Here’s a dozen for the tonal takeaway.
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Album Spotlight: Susto’s 'Ever Since I Lost My Mind'

December 24, 2018
Take a bleeding heart, some passion, make the guitars rage, and you’ve got an entire package.
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Rig Rundown: Nine Inch Nails

November 7, 2018
Robin Finck and Alessandro Cortini create the perfect drug for NIN fans with a bevy of heavy-hitting custom guitars and basses and a high-tech hybrid setup that marries digital with analog.
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Greta Van Fleet: Sounds Like Freedom

September 25, 2018
The band exploded onto the rock scene in 2017 before they had even made a full album. Now, three Michigan brothers and their best friend are releasing their debut LP, Anthem of the Peaceful Army.
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Album Spotlight: Patrick Droney

August 27, 2018
A virtuoso guitarist with heart delivers a charged debut.
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Song Premiere: Michael Landau’s “One Tear Away”

January 11, 2018
A session legend who's played on classics by Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, and Pink Floyd shares a track from his new album, Rock Bottom.
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Wand: “Bee Karma” Song Premiere

August 10, 2017
The L.A. rockers have a new guitarist, a new album, and this new song that comes with a dancing clown video.
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Gallery: Bonnaroo 2017—U2’s Epic First U.S. Festival Headline Performance

June 22, 2017
The Edge’s guitar playing blew our brains out. Besides that, here’s a glimpse of who played what on the farm, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Royal Blood, Kaleo, Umphrey’s McGee, and others in between.
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Valerie June: In Full Bloom

March 27, 2017
The roots-soul siren embraces her idiosyncratic muse, builds a band of kindred musical spirits, and blossoms bright on her sophomore album, The Order of Time.
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