June Issue

ARTICLES

Ry Cooder: American Reverence

May 8, 2018
After more than 50 years of making music, Ry Cooder returns to his roots with The Prodigal Son, a trenchant spiritual quest that shows he’s still fascinated as ever by the deep mystery of how music connects us to one another.
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John Prine’s Souvenirs

March 29, 2018
With a songbook and album featuring his first new material in 13 years, the folk legend shows that even in the autumn of his career, he has plenty more stories to tell.
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Malcolm Young: 1953–2017

November 21, 2017
The riff-savvy heart and soul of AC/DC dies at 64.
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Samantha Fish: From Cowtown to Coldwater

November 21, 2017
With custom T-style and hollowbody axes, this road warrior travels the byways of rock, country, and hard-core Mississippi hill country blues to make a new album, Belle of the West, with Luther Dickinson.
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Tom Petty: 1950–2017

October 4, 2017
Remembering the legendary singer-songwriter, guitarist, rock ’n’ roll rebel, and ambassador of the American spirit.
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Robin Trower: Have a Blast and Let It Rip

September 12, 2017
More than 40 years into his solo career, the 72-year-old rocker continues to pour his heart into every note he plays, as evidenced by his aptly named new album, Time and Emotion.
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Minus the Bear: Dave Knudson & Jake Snider's "Stabby" Ear Candy

June 2, 2017
Inspired by new producer Sam Bell (Bloc Party, Wombats), MTB’s guitar duo explores new sounds and techniques on the band’s tap- and loop-heavy new album, VOIDS.
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Rhys Chatham: Harmonic Convergence

May 25, 2017
Tele twang’s the thang for the influential punk-minimalist composer, who builds shimmering towers of melody with basic chords, just intonation, and overlapping layers of delay. Sometimes with 400 guitars.
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Kristin Hersh: Raw Bones, Dressed in Colors

February 9, 2017
The Throwing Muses cofounder sets her muscular, riff-heavy ninth solo album aflame with ferocious flatpicking and bravura textures.
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Eric Bell’s Northern Light

November 24, 2016
Thin Lizzy’s founding guitarist opens up about the early days, his exit from the band, and his new solo album, Exile.
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Echoes from the Garage

October 25, 2016
How a savage ’60s movement changed guitar then and now.
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C.W. Stoneking: Tortured Spirits & Two Microphones

September 15, 2016
After pairing his backwoods vocal drawl with a National Duolian for 20 years, the Australian 6-stringer switches to a Jazzmaster and primitive tube combos to project his haunting, primal, and fantastically unique take on American Delta blues.
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The Kills: The Beautiful Chaos of Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart

June 28, 2016
The punch-packing duo digs into the wide-ranging influences, weird alchemy, and haunted guitars on their fifth album together, Ash & Ice.
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Dave Rusan: Building Prince’s Cloud Guitar

June 10, 2016
For his career-defining film Purple Rain, Prince envisioned a strange new guitar to announce his arrival. The Minneapolis luthier who was hired for the job shares the story of how it was made.
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Playing the Angles: Bob Mould

May 30, 2016
The ex-Hüsker Dü leader unleashes jagged stacks of Strats for his darkest, thickest-sounding album in decades and strikes a blow for the sanctity of the rock power trio.
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Vince Gill: Nashville’s Guitar Bard

April 28, 2016
With a new album and a U.S. tour underway, the masterful player and singer takes a groove-heavy trip into the heart and soul of country music. His enviable collection of vintage guitars and cool amps rides shotgun.
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Prince Rogers Nelson: 1958-2016

April 22, 2016
The way to get to know Prince is through his music. A tribute to a true original on guitar, onstage, and beyond.
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American Primitive: Glenn Jones

April 12, 2016
The veteran guitarist and banjo picker reveals his secrets for achieving gorgeous simplicity via the wealth of sounds, colors, and remembrances on his sixth solo album, Fleeting.
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SIMO: New Interview and Exclusive Full Album Stream

January 25, 2016
To set the vibe for his power trio’s second album, JD Simo headed to the Allman Brothers’ Museum in Macon and got his hands on Duane Allman’s ’57 goldtop.
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Kurt Vile: Just Let It Flow

November 17, 2015
The primal 6-stringer reveals how his theory of the subconscious domino effect shaped his latest solo album.
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