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Gallery: Riot Fest 2019

Chicago’s three-day, punk-rock carnival was host to Slayer, Jawbreaker, Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Rise Against, Bob Mould, Rancid, Bikini Kill, Lucero, the Struts, and more. Here are our favorite guitar-related moments from the 15th annual gathering.

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Anthrax’s Jon Donais

The newest member of Anthrax gets to work during the fan-curated setlist. Here, Jon Donais is using his signature Legator Ninja Reverse 300-Pro that has Fishman Fluence humbuckers. In a 2016 interview with PG he said this about his signature: “Right now I’m with a company out of Burbank called Legator. I love those guitars. I’ve been playing them for almost three years. They’re so easy to play. They sound awesome. I like the shape of them—they’re real thin. It’s light but it still sounds monstrous. I love everything about them.” And the interview concluded with asking Jon his thoughts on joining the legendary thrash band: “It’s just a dream come true. I still look out to the left of me when I’m playing onstage and to see these guys—it’s crazy. I listened to them and they were a huge influence on my playing. All I can say is it is amazing. I get along with them great. I have a fun time. I love playing their music and I can’t complain about anything.”

On her new record with her trio, Molly Miller executes a live-feeling work of structural harmony that mirrors her busy life.

Photo by Anna Azarov

The accomplished guitarist and teacher’s new record, like her lifestyle, is taut and exciting—no more, and certainly no less, than is needed.

Molly Miller, a self-described “high-energy person,” is fully charged by the crack of dawn. When Ischeduled our interview, she opted for the very first slot available—8:30 a.m.—just before her 10 a.m. tennis match!

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard started out as a “joke” band. As guitarist/songwriter Joey Walker says with a grin, “Now the joke’s on us.”

Photo by Maclay Heriot

With their 26th release, Flight b741, the prog-rockers make it hard but highly rewarding for fans to keep up. Behind that drive lies a wealth of joy, camaraderie, and unwavering commitment to their art.

There’s a dangerous, pernicious myth, seemingly spread in perpetuity among fledgling artists and music fans alike, that when you’re a musician, inspiration—and therefore productivity—comes naturally. Making art is the opposite of work, and, conversely, we know what happens to Jack when there’s all work and no play. But what happens when the dimensions of work and play fuse together like time and space? What happens to Jack then? Well, behind such an instance of metaphysical reaction, undoubtedly, would be King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

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Andy Timmons records rare Lennon/McCartney song "I'm In Love" at Abbey Road's Studio Two.

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Ted’s to-go kits: the silver box and the Big Black Bag.

Traveling with a collection of spare essentials—from guitar and mic cables to extension cords, capos, tuners, and maybe even a mini-amp—can be the difference between a show and a night of no-go.

Anyone who’s seen a spy flick or caper movie knows about go bags—the always-packed-and-ready duffles or attachés filled with passports, a few weapons, and cash that’s ready to grab and run with when the hellhounds are on your trail. As guitar players, we also need go bags, but their contents are less dramatic, unless, maybe, you’re playing a Corleone-family wedding.

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