December 2019

ARTICLES

KXM's Songs from the Pressure Cooker

December 3, 2019
George Lynch and dUg Pinnick reveal how the band wrote and tracked 12 songs in 12 days to create their latest album, Circle of Dolls.
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Brittany Howard: “Isn’t That What Love Is?”

October 31, 2019
The Alabama Shakes siren breaks out on her own with Jaime—a visceral solo album on which she uses a broken Japanese guitar and a laptop to explore the deep dance between heartbreak and happiness.
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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: Tasteful Tech from Down Under

August 8, 2019
Australia’s Jack McEwan and Luke Parish intuitively combine opposite guitar approaches—DI guitar with traditional vintage tones—while experimenting with harmonies, effects, and even droning sitar on their third LP, And Now for the Whatchamacallit.
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Steve Marion: Push the Box

May 30, 2019
The New Jersey guitar anti-hero loosens up and embraces the moment on Till I Burn Up, the latest album by his alter-ego, Delicate Steve.
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William Tyler: 6-String Storyteller

April 25, 2019
On his latest album, Goes West, the fingerstyle guitarist seeks the larger conversation within his instrumental music.
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Geddy Lee’s Magnificent Obsession

March 5, 2019
The Rush frontman talks about his bass-collecting odyssey—the perils of instrument hunting, the book it inspired, his favorite axes and their sounds, and the people who made and played them.
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Jeff Tweedy: The Lone Troubadour

January 31, 2019
The renowned gear collector and Wilco frontman discusses making his new solo album, Warm, with a minimal setup: a ’30s Martin, a ’58 Esquire, and a Fender Princeton.
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Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: Doomsday Melodies

January 10, 2019
Kevin Starrs reveals how his love for Neil Young sonically inspires his music and why he built his latest concept metal album on a bedrock of pop sensibilities.
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Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski: Shades of Black

December 6, 2018
The influential extreme-metal frontman on I Loved You at Your Darkest and why flouting the genre’s mores is essential to its survival.
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Cusack Resound Review

November 6, 2018
Smart switching options and soaring sounds make this veteran pedal outfit's latest reverb stand apart.
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James Williamson: Raw Power

October 11, 2018
The Stooges’ “forgotten boy” is now a patriarch of punk guitar whose passion for playing Les Pauls through dimed Vox AC30s remains undiminished after nearly a half-century.
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Album Spotlight: Anna Calvi’s 'Hunter'

October 9, 2018
A passionate British guitarist creates a supremely confident album full of feedback and fury.
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Mastro Valvola LFO Optical Tremolo Review

September 18, 2018
Optical analog tremolo and a digital brain make this Italian trem’ a grab bag of modulation tricks.
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Tsakalis AudioWorks Phonkify Review

September 15, 2018
Envelope filter and octave combine to reach realms beyond the same old jam and funk riffs.
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Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Review

September 10, 2018
Reverb’s depths made accessible in a small and super-economical package.
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Neko Case: Free Falling

August 23, 2018
The enigmatic songstress and masterful storyteller opens up about Hell-On—her most daring album yet—her love of tenor guitars, and how collaboration opened her creative gates.
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Johnny Marr’s Mancunian Charm

August 6, 2018
The Smiths icon and renowned collaborator and guitarist’s guitarist steps out as a confident frontman on his third studio album, Call the Comet.
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Guild Jetstar Review

July 31, 2018
Another Guild oddity rises Phoenix-like from the ashes—fit and in fighting form.
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Clairvoyant Chemistry: The Damned’s Captain Sensible and Paul Gray

June 26, 2018
The punk-rock godfathers restart their guitar and bass partnership on the Damned’s first new album in a decade, Evil Spirits. And producer Tony Visconti takes their tones to the max.
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Framus Pro Series Teambuilt Television Review

June 7, 2018
The shape of a ’60s German oddity returns in a high quality, ultra-playable, and versatile modern electric.
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