November 2018
Tzvi Gluckin

Tzvi Gluckin

Tzvi Gluckin is a freelance writer and musician. In 1991, he was backstage at the Ritz in NYC and stood next to Bootsy Collins. His life was never the same. He lives in Boston. Follow him on Twitter @TheRealTzvi

ARTICLES

MonoNeon: 21st-Century Dada

October 30, 2018
The minimalist, readymade, multicolored world of bassist Dywane Thomas Jr.
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Tom Morello’s 'The Atlas Underground'

October 18, 2018
The Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist continues to redefine the role and sound of the 6-string with his new EDM-heavy album and his boundless imagination.
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Skating Polly’s Sister Power

August 3, 2018
With their own literal rulebook, a gnarly sounding Fender Duo-Sonic, and a 3-string bass, siblings Peyton Bighorse and Kelli Mayo blend pop hooks and punk grit on their new album, The Make It All Show.
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Here Lies Man’s Marcos Garcia: Afro-Metal Riffmaster

July 5, 2018
Inspired by the hypnotic sound of Fela Kuti’s afrobeat and the grinding fuzz of Black Sabbath, the Antibalas guitarist pares his fretwork to the bone.
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Tal National’s Fleet-Fingered Almeida

June 14, 2018
The Tuareg guitarist braves electric shocks, faulty gear, sandstorms, and bootleggers to make groove-propelled music that crosses cultural and international boundaries.
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Luthierville, U.S.A: High-End Acoustic Builders by Region

June 12, 2018
Steve Andersen, Ed Claxton, Mark Hatcher, Steve Klein, and Steve Kauffman give us the scoop on the acoustic guitar-building scene from different pockets of the country.
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Feeling the Vertigo, Feeding the Vibe: Underøath’s Timothy McTague and James Smith

May 31, 2018
Swearing off solos and flash, the guitarists focus on songcraft, soundscapes, and soul, and strip down with digital modeling for Erase Me, their band’s first studio album in eight years.
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Forgotten Heroes: Can

April 24, 2018
How the devil’s rejects of krautrock, featuring bassist Holger Czukay and guitarist Michael Karoli, fueled the future with their rhythmic, improvisational, textural sound and paved the way for punk, new wave, psych, and ambient music.
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Joe Perry Rides Again!

March 21, 2018
An old-school guitar-slinger makes a new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, and shares nearly 50 years of wisdom on playing slide, open tuning, dialing in monster tones, and seeking the true sound of 6-strings.
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The Guts: Mathcore Mayhem

March 6, 2018
Why British guitarists Dan and Ben Guts divide frequencies and multiply feedback and intensity with such distinctly un-metal instruments.
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The Darkness’ Justin and Dan Hawkins Swan On

February 15, 2018
Guitar-playing brothers keep it sexy, with fat-toned dual Les Pauls, trim glam looks and hooks, and some help from Taylor Swift.
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Felix Martin: Double Trouble

January 12, 2018
This Berklee-educated, Venezuelan-born guitarist with a unique tapping technique plays self-designed 16-string instruments that are two guitars in one.
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The Environmentally Conscious Guitarist

January 5, 2018
Sorry Kermit, it is easy being green. From recycling and repurposing old gear, to the larger movement for harvesting sustainable woods, we explore ways players can soften their impact on the natural world.
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Bootsy Collins: Bass from Outer Space

November 23, 2017
The Parliament Funkadelic legend discusses his new album, World Wide Funk, his 6-foot pedalboard, and his lesser-known guitar playing.
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Cyber Sensei: Mateus Asato

November 2, 2017
A social-media sensation and monster guitarist reveals how he went from posting videos on Instagram to touring the world as a sideman for big-name pop artists.
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Tetrarch’s Diamond Rowe: Flamethrower

October 26, 2017
Get out the way! The rising shred star burns up the fretboard on her band’s new album, Freak.
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Oh Sees’ John Dwyer: 21st Century Renaissance Man

October 23, 2017
Now in the 20th year of his ever-evolving band project, the recently renamed Oh Sees, the DIY road dog lets it bleed onstage and on his new album, Orc.
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Brendon Small: Sh!t I Couldn’t Do a Year Ago

September 22, 2017
After a decade bringing cartoon metal band Dethklok to life, the shredder/comedian riffs about his Galaktikon solo project and how he’s still improving, one day at a time.
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Post-Punk Guitar Antiheroes: Andy Gill, Keith Levene, and Gareth Sager

September 14, 2017
Three influential players who staged a genre-shattering coup that changed the sound of rock guitar.
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Big Walnuts Yonder: Let’s Start a Proj

August 31, 2017
The Tera Melos guitarist and post-punk bass legend reveal how they recorded an experimental new album with Nels Cline and Greg Saunier, and why this proj was such a long time a-comin’.
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