David Byrne’s 6-string counterpart discusses the tonal, aesthetic, and production particulars influencing her gear for Byrne's HBO and American Utopia Broadway shows.

We caught Angie in the middle of a pedalboard build for solo work, and this is where she’s at so far: (top left) EarthQuaker Devices Spatial Delivery, MXR Analog Chorus, (bottom row) a trio of EQD weirdos (Avalanche Run, Grand Orbiter, and Hoof), a Boss OC-2 Octave, and an Xotic SL Drive. A D’Addario CT-20 Chromatic Tuner keeps her guitars in check, while the Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2 Plus brings the stomps to life.


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