This sneak peek at the indie quintet's upcoming album seamlessly melds Blondie, dream pop, and dub bass sensibilities.

There are roots/dub purists who believe that a restraining order should be issued between the words “white” and “reggae.” But that kind of dismissive opinion is usually reserved for trustafarian college kids experimenting with individuality. Indie-dub quintet Extra Classic comprises five young people with a shared passion for vintage Studio One dub and classic Trojan label rocksteady.

That’s not to say their critically acclaimed 2011 debut was limited to such purism. Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like A Laser Beam owes just as much to the post-shoegaze eeriness of Hope Sandoval’s solo projects with the Warm Inventions as it does to ’70s lovers rock like Louisa Mark’s cover of Bobby Parker’s “Caught You in a Lie.”

And with “A Little Rain,” the newly leaked single from 2014’s Showcase, Extra Classic set the scene for their sophomore album with equal parts indie pop and roots rock. Adrianne Verhoeven croons like “Rapture”-era Blondie alongside Alex deLanda’s sprawling bass lines. Not since Slowdive’s 1993 single “Souvlaki Space Station” has dub bass and dream-pop melded so perfectly. Guitarist Josh Miller’s usual penchant for contrasting such mellow vibes with a post-punk angularity similar to the Slits’ Adele Wilson takes a detour here to deliver a warm, resonating, and rhythmic bounce.

A blind horse wouldn’t be impressed, but this beautiful, double-horned instrument with one-of-a-kind engravings helped make luthier Tony Zemaitis famous.

Though they never reached the commercial success of some of their peers, the Faces have no doubt earned a place as one of the seminal rock ’n’ roll bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Combining influences as varied as instrumental funk à la the Meters, traditional folk music, and a heavy dose of rhythm and blues, the Faces brand of rock ’n’ roll can be heard in some way or another in the music of countless bands that followed. After the Faces folded in 1975, all five members went on to continue making great music, but their chemistry together was undeniable.

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We polled our readers to find the coolest guitar shops in the US, and here are the first half of the results, in no particular order.

The 20 Coolest Guitar Shops in the US, Vol. 1
"We asked PG readers what is the coolest guitar shop they've been to in the US. And while long-gone favorites like Manny's Music (New York) and Black Market Music (San Francisco) came up again and again, there were even more current shops topping readers' favorites list. We compiled the 20 most mentioned stores and quickly realized there were too many great photos we'd have to cut in order to get them all in one gallery. So here's the first installment in no particular order. If you're wondering where your favorite is, it may be coming next time, or we might not be aware of it, so feel free to leave your faves in the comments section."

A recreation of George Harrison's '61 Sonic Blue Strat, hand-painted in psychedelic Day-Glo colors and affectionately named “Rocky.”

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