February 2019

Articles by David Von Bader

Echopark F-1 Fuzz Review

March 31, 2016
Vintage voodoo and rich tones abound in this dual-transistor germanium fuzz.
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Spellbinders: Ben McLeod and Charles Michael Parks, Jr. of All Them Witches

March 16, 2016
Nashville-based psychedelic tag-team avoids clichés as they use big tones, open spaces, and surprising improvisations to conjure a new vision of Southern rock’s dark side.
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Joyful Noisemakers: Sun Club’s Mikey Powers and Shane McCord

February 11, 2016
The guitar tag-team uses bright tones, cheap gear, and a nearly lifelong friendship to craft the feel-good music on their debut album, The Dongo Durango.
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La Luz: Doom-Wop Duality

January 28, 2016
Shana Cleveland, guitarist for surf-noir quartet La Luz, discusses sophomore LP Weirdo Shrine.
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David Bowie’s Ben Monder and Tim Lefebvre: Just Like That Bluebird

January 15, 2016
The guitar and bass duo takes us inside the sessions for the late rock legend’s prescient and profoundly moving final masterpiece.
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Mutoid Man’s Stephen Brodsky and Nick Cageao: Prog Punk Alchemists

December 21, 2015
How the band transformed the vapor trails of metal, pop, space music, and classic rock into sonic gold for their first album, Bleeder.
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Wolf Alice’s Joff Oddie: Pop Goes Boom

December 3, 2015
The Brit noisemaker talks sonic expressionism, the benefits of fingerstyle guitar, and respecting the sanctity of songs.
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PureSalem El Gordo Review

October 12, 2015
A vintage-styling mash-up—and a versatile rock ’n’ roll machine.
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Epigaze Audio Monoceros 838 Echo Review

September 28, 2015
This digital delay makes mind-warping self-oscillation a snap.
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Mulder Audio X-1 Review

August 30, 2015
Diode switching means drive diversity in Mulder Audio’s first overdrive.
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Yellowcake Furry Burrito Review

August 28, 2015
A brutal yet smooth op amp overdrive and fuzz.
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Tame Impala: Psych Wunderkind Kevin Parker

August 26, 2015
The scion of psych discusses the imaginative guitar work and unorthodox soundscapes on his new album, Currents.
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METZ: Alex Edkins’ Relentless Aggression

August 6, 2015
Punk mayhem with jagged riffs, jarring rhythms, and a vintage Jazzmaster.
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Banditos’ Jeffery Salter: Let It Flow

July 21, 2015
He loves Roy and Chet. He studied jazz and classical guitar. He’s played in thrash and punk bands. He even builds his own guitars. And his sextet has just released one of the most compelling roots-rock albums of the year.
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Soaring Aloft: Psych Fest 2015

June 2, 2015
Austin’s Levitation, aka “Psych Fest,” celebrates the resurgence of adventurous, guitar-infused outlier tunage.
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Overdrive Overload: 6-Pedal Review Roundup

May 13, 2015
We see how far Way Huge, J. Rockett, Visual Sound, T-Rex, Sonic Fusion, and Svi Sound can push classic designs without losing their glorious, low-gain goodness.
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Torche’s Triumphant Crush

April 16, 2015
The sludge-metalers deliver a nuanced sonic assemblage of grime and melody.
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Echoes of Sweden: The Amazing’s Reine Fiske

February 19, 2015
The Amazing’s Reine Fiske uses vintage gear to take classic guitar vibes into new realms.
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Maggie Björklund: Visions of Longing and Light

November 27, 2014
The Danish pedal-steel songstress talks about 10-strings, Jack White, and her masterful new album, Shaken.
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GALLERY: Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit

November 6, 2014
The fourth annual NYC pedal bonanza brought together some of the best stompbox makers in the guitar effects world.
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