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Articles by Emile Menasché

Peter Parcek: Earthy to Ethereal

February 13, 2018
Mustering an army of guitars, amps, and stompboxes, this dirt-pedal fiend explores the frontiers of blues on his new album, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven.
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Kyle Shutt Turns to 'The Dark Side'

September 26, 2017
The Sword axeman talks about the daunting—but, ultimately, incredibly successful—process of reimagining Pink Floyd's definitive album on Doom Side of the Moon.
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Juliana Hatfield: Instincts on Overdrive

July 27, 2017
Working fast and playing all the instruments except drums, the alt-rock icon followed her muse to create her provocative new album, Pussycat.
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Warren Haynes: Capture the Chemistry

June 5, 2017
The hard-working guitarist talks about reaching for new sounds and colors on Gov’t Mule’s 10th studio album, Revolution Come … Revolution Go.
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Havok’s David Sanchez and Reece Scruggs: Guardians of the Riff

May 26, 2017
How the guitar duo put a hammerlock on heavy for Conformicide, a metal manifesto packed with serpentine 6-string and screaming, mega-speed solos.
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STS9’s Hunter Brown and Alana Rocklin: The Head and the Heart

March 2, 2017
The rhythm guitarist and bassist discuss mating electronica with rock, and how to make soulful music with machines—without becoming ruled by them.
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The (Surprisingly Long) History of the Guitar Pick

February 23, 2017
Guitar-like instruments played with some sort of plectrum have existed for centuries, but nearly 100 years ago plectrum innovations sparked a tone and technique revolution.
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Do the Lingo Limbo: A Gear-Shopper’s Guide to Misunderstood Terms

December 5, 2016
38 confusing concepts to conquer before buying your next axe, amp, or stomp.
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Moon Bros: Ready to Launch

November 1, 2016
Fingerstyle guitarist Matthew Schneider’s longtime project appeals to a wider audience with These Stars, an album which showcases his acoustic virtuosity.
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Eric Krasno: Leap of Faith

August 15, 2016
The Soulive and Lettuce guitarist-producer turns singer-songwriter and goes for the soul—plus rock, blues, jazz, and funk—on his new album, Blood from a Stone.
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Partners in Grime: Garbage’s Duke Erikson and Steve Marker

July 6, 2016
The 6-stringers conjure a cornucopia of post-grunge tones and song-fueling riffs to create the big-screen soundscapes on Strange Little Birds.
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Recording: Going Mobile

March 28, 2016
Configured with the right accessories and apps, today’s smartphones, tablets, and laptops let you track virtually anywhere you happen to be. Here’s what you need to know.
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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson

January 19, 2016
The thrash metal pioneers plot world conquest via Dystopia, an edgy new album that revisits the band’s roaring roots while showcasing the blazing Kiko Loureiro on guitar.
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Recording Roundup 2016

November 30, 2015
There’s never been a better time to record guitar. Here’s a look at the newest toys out there.
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Brent Paschke: Pharrell’s Fretman

August 5, 2015
The in-demand session and touring guitarist reveals what it takes to play for chart-topping artists.
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Dwight Yoakam: Seconds of Pleasure

May 26, 2015
The hillbilly rocker riffs on songwriting, reckless recording, and the integrity of musical imperfection.
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Raw Gems: John McCauley of Diamond Rugs

May 14, 2015
Deer Tick’s guitarist/frontman discusses Cosmetics, the new album from his all-star second band.
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In Search of Sun: Beyond Driven

December 22, 2014
This eclectic British metal outfit’s blistering debut generates plenty of light and heat, thanks to contrasting guitarists Rory Kay and David Mena Ferrer.
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Syd Arthur: The Arthurian Knights of Jamalot

October 13, 2014
Canterbury’s prog-rockers reboot for the 21st century.
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Andy McKee: Tapping into New Territory

August 5, 2014
On his new EP, Mythmaker, the acoustic virtuoso introduces surprising new sounds—and a new approach to releasing music.
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