Observe how the Atlanta-based rockers keep instruments in the family and take a pragmatic approach by hitting the road with everyman gear to morph between their brutal heavy riffs and beautiful, cinematic soundscapes.

Before Manchester Orchestra’s headlining Sunday night show at the prestigious Ryman Auditorium, PG’s Chris Kies swooped in to hang with guitarist Robert McDowell who showed off his meat-and-potatoes setup (and guitarist/vocalist Andy Hull’s gear), while bassist Andy Prince (above) explained his move towards an all-tube amp sound that pushed him away from low-end-sucking pedals.

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Designed for bassists, this gain staged preamp/overdrive features Lounsberry’s eye-grabbing graphic appeal and pro-quality construction.

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Matt Bellamy designs his own signature Manson Guitar Works instruments and took ownership of the company when Hugh Manson retired in 2019.

Photo by Debi Del Grande

Muse returns to self-producing on Will of the People, an album teeming with formidable anthems that navigate themes of fear, politics, dystopia, compliance, corruption, and other topics concerning the world order.

Decked out in black ninja-like uniforms with mosaic mirrored masks obscuring their faces, Muse opens their current shows with the powerful, sing-along chant of “Will of the People,” the anthemic title track off their latest album. From that song’s infectious shuffle until the very end of the concert’s encore, people are jumping out of their seats, and appear to be completely mesmerized.

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Nicole Atkins and PG editors share favorite memories from the last concert they attended. Plus, current obsessions!

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