October 2020

 

ARTICLES

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Idles—to the Max, on Ultra Mono!

September 21, 2020
Guitarists Lee Kiernan and Mark Bowen shove the envelope on the band’s new album, stomping in sonic mud puddles and mashing electronic music and hip-hop as they abandon their comfort zone.
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Sima Cunningham & Macie Stewart Have the “Ghosts” of Tweedy, Fripp, Eno & Cline Nodding in Approval

August 13, 2020
Ohmme's guitar duo breaks down their new LP, Fantasize Your Ghost.
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Thorbjørn Risager’s Scandinavian Blues with a Twister

June 4, 2020
The leader of Danish band the Black Tornado distills a range of influences from B.B. King to JJ Cale into a modern take on a classic genre.
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Code Orange: Attack of the Sonic Cyborgs

April 30, 2020
The outrageous guitar assault of Reba Meyers and Dominic Landolina on the band’s new Underneath explosively combines the analog and the digital—yet honors the heavy throb of hardcore’s beating heart.
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“Seeing Women Play Guitar Is—Annoyingly—Still Something of an Anomaly”

March 31, 2020
British powerhouse Anna Calvi—known for visceral guitar playing and operatic vocals—invites Courtney Barnett, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and others to help rework her 2018 battle-cry, Hunter, into the aptly titled new Hunted.
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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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