April 2020

Articles by Tzvi Gluckin

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Microtonal Madmen: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s Stu Mackenzie and Joey Walker

May 9, 2017
The Aussie guitarists reveal their strategies for keeping things weird with oddball guitars, twisted meters, and eccentric recording methods.
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John 5: Wired & Inspired

April 25, 2017
In our candid interview, the insane shredder offers practice tips, explains his tone and technique, and jaws about his ripping new album, Season of the Witch.
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Michael Chapman: Humble, Schooled, and Fearless on '50'

March 15, 2017
The English acoustic legend has written songs, collaborated with Mick Ronson and Thurston Moore, and straddled folk, feedback, and New Age for a half-century.
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Oozing Wound’s Zack Weil and Kevin Cribbin: Organic Offense

February 16, 2017
With technical, rhythmic riffs and nasty lead bass tones, this Chicago thrash trio takes the crude metal shtick outside the norm.
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Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze: Post-Jimi Jammer

January 31, 2017
A Strat-wielding sonic shaman creates his own space and time continuum with his still-evolving trio and a uniquely modded vintage Ampeg amp on the new album High Bias.
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Warpaint: The New Style

January 12, 2017
Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman on chops, their affection for dissonant, trance-like melodies, and their latest album, Heads Up.
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Forgotten Heroes: D. Boon

January 10, 2017
The visionary Minutemen guitarist shattered the rock 'n’ roll rulebook, and in the process created a punk-fueled legacy of scaldingly eccentric music.
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Tonal Calculus: Margaret Glaspy

December 13, 2016
A singer-songwriter from a family of guitarists dials in the gnarly sounds that bring her lyrics to life—with help from a Danocaster and a humble, rumbling Fender Champ.
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Thalia Zedek: Indie-Rock Heroine

November 22, 2016
The influential artist and her new band E explore the dark and noisy side of songcraft with cheap vintage guitars, homemade instruments, unusual chord voicings, and a triangulated collaboration between two guitars and drums.
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More Than Beer & Blood: Red Fang’s Bryan Giles and David Sullivan

November 15, 2016
They’re famous for cheeky videos full of booze and entrails, but there’s a lot more going on with Only Ghosts—their new Ross Robinson-produced LP full of pulsing Sunn amps, 5-string Mustangs, and vintage stomps.
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Pixies’ Joey Santiago & Paz Lenchantin: Accidental Heroes

October 12, 2016
The guitar-and-bass team discusses their new LP, Head Carrier, and the festering feedback and dissonant dynamics that made the Boston quartet alt-rock legends.
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Stompbox Savants

September 20, 2016
Eight innovative builders share their design philosophies and describe life on the cutting edge of pedal craft.
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Robot Killers: Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster and “King” Mike Abbate

September 13, 2016
The Jersey punks demonstrate the destructive capabilities of a well-placed fuzz, a spasmodic riff, and vocal lines perennially set to “stun.”
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Claypool Lennon Delirium: Captains Fantastic

August 2, 2016
The psychedelic torchbearers lock themselves in the studio, play all the instruments, and open a treasure chest of effects to form a band and make an album.
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Doomabilly: Opossum Holler’s Lloyd Nicely and Shelby Smith

July 27, 2016
We sit down to talk with the Kentucky trio's guitarist and bassist about their adrenalin-fueled mix of B-movie references, grade-A riffs, and smarty-pants chords.
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J Mascis Keeps It Loud!

July 15, 2016
Alt-rock guitar hero J Mascis might be soft-spoken, but when it comes to guitar, he blasts everything to 10. Get an inside look at the making of Dinosaur Jr.’s new album, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.
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Forgotten Heroes: East Bay Ray

July 7, 2016
The Dead Kennedys guitar guru talks about recording his trademark clean tones, writing classic songs, making amps sing onstage, and the DIY lessons of a career in punk.
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Sonic Bliss: Adam Rudolph’s Guitar Orchestra

June 17, 2016
A composer’s 11-axe orchestra sets Nels Cline, Liberty Ellman, and other top improvisers free to conjure a prismatic universe of sound on a unique new album, Turning Towards the Light.
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Lukas Nelson: The Genuine Article

June 9, 2016
Boasting a prominent bloodline and an enviable gig backing Neil Young, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real demonstrate how to deliver on a moniker.
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The Many Faces of Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean

June 8, 2016
The seasoned psych-rocker/punk/thrasher waxes nostalgic about the glory days of recording, the ghosts of gear’s past, and how some guitars just write the riffs.
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