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Articles by Freddy Villano

Rich Robinson and Marc Ford: Organic Chemistry

August 30, 2018
Ex-Black Crowes guitarists wing it with grace in their rocking band, the Magpie Salute.
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Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean and Robert DeLeo

April 26, 2018
These lions of rock navigate the new Stone Temple Pilots album in the studio and onstage with carefully chosen guitars and basses, honed studio craft, and a new songwriting partner in vocalist Jeff Gutt.
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Mike Gordon: Hooks, Bass Lines, and Thinkers

February 8, 2018
On his fifth solo album, OGOGO, the Phish low-ender trips the light fantastic with flashy LED-equipped 5-strings and a newfound appreciation of pop simplicity.
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Lee Sklar: “Everything I Do Is Etched in Mud.”

February 6, 2018
From whole-note hoedowns to fusion freak-outs, the bass legend talks about his genre-jumping career cutting tracks for James Taylor, Billy Cobham, Carole King, Clint Black, Phil Collins, Warren Zevon, and many others.
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Death from Above’s Jesse Keeler: Like an Ant Looking at the Moon Through a Cloud

November 13, 2017
How the unpredictable bassist uses a guitaristic approach and modern effects to craft the dance-punk duo's wild, wide-eyed sounds.
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Bill Laswell: Four Strings, Zero Limits

July 17, 2017
The bassist and producer uses primal building blocks—a vintage Fender P, R&B roots, and repetition—to create an aural amalgamation of punk, metal, world music, and outrageous improv.
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Earth to Bass: Halo Orbit’s Juan Alderete

June 8, 2017
The ex-Mars Volta low-ender explores his instrument’s sonic outer limits with short-scale axes, a huge array of pedals, and freewheeling playing on the debut album from his new band.
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Luke Temple: Psych-Folk Songster

February 21, 2017
The Here We Go Magic frontman uses intricate nylon-string picking patterns and space-conscious arrangements to craft an enchanting new solo album.
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The Shelters: British Invasion on the Beach

February 6, 2017
Guitarist Josh Jove discusses the band’s blended rock aesthetic on their self-titled debut, which was co-produced by mentor Tom Petty.
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Crobot’s Chris Bishop: Follow the Riff

December 22, 2016
On Welcome to Fat City, Crobot’s lead guitarist finds the grooves that bring his band’s contrasting styles together.
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F.E.A.R Monger: Marillion’s Steve Rothery

October 20, 2016
Armed with uncommon axes and amps, a raft of stompboxes, and mojo borrowed from his 6-string heroes, the veteran prog-rocker creates a world of vivid soundscapes on the band’s new crowd-funded album.
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Tim Commerford: Wakrat and the Power of Now

September 1, 2016
The celebrated Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage bassist explains how his other band's in-your-face, jazz-inspired music is making him play better than ever.
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Stranglehold: Kvelertak’s Maciek Ofstad and Bjarte Lund Rolland

August 25, 2016
The Norwegian guitarists reveal the strange pleasures of mangling modern metal.
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DevilDriver’s Mike Spreitzer Takes the Wheel

June 6, 2016
After 12 years in the groove-metal juggernaut, the guitarist steps up as main composer to craft an album with earthquake riffs, neck-snapping rhythm turns, and panoramic dynamics.
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Esperanza Spalding: Soul Mining

May 19, 2016
The bass phenomenon goes electric and eclectic to chase her muse through a childhood-inspired wonderland of music, poetry, dance, and theater.
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Robert Trujillo on Making 'Jaco'

December 10, 2015
Metallica’s low-ender describes how it took six years, 75 interviews, and tracking down one AWOL bass to capture the Jaco Pastorius story on film.
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Builder Profile: Voodoo Amps

November 14, 2014
Trace Davis’ road to rock-star glory began with a Def Leppard bus driver—and quickly progressed to modding and building amps for the likes of Bill Kelliher, Billy Gibbons, Vivian Campbell, and Richard Fortus.
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