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Veteran members of Melbourne’s heavy music scene came together in 2017 to form Tropical Fuck Storm. From left to right: guitarist/vocalist Erica Dunn, guitarist/vocalist Gareth "Gaz" Liddiard, bassist/vocalist Fiona Kitschin, and drummer Lauren Hammel.

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Created from “acts of desperation,” the inventive Australian rock band’s new release upends the idea of the traditional covers record.

In June 2021, while the pandemic was raging worldwide, Gareth “Gaz” Liddiard, who was isolating during one of Melbourne’s many lockdowns, decided he wanted to cover a Jimi Hendrix song. But the vocalist and guitarist for Australia’s Tropical Fuck Storm didn’t want to cover one of the legend’s hits. “I thought, ‘Let’s do a Hendrix song, but what’s the most ridiculous and ambitious one?’” he recalls. He ultimately decided that Hendrix’s “1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” fit the bill.

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Rig Rundown: Diarrhea Planet

These party-rockin’ tone hunters plug their idiosyncratic axes into gifted Klons, helping them turn Music City into riff city.

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A brief history of Fender’s heavyweight champ amp—plus, how to make it float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

“If an alien came to earth and wanted to hear an American guitar sound, I’d play him my Twin with a set of Jensens.”

I found this statement many years ago and it summarizes my feelings about the Twin Reverb, the flagship of Fender amps. So, let me share my insights about the biggest brother in the Fender family and discuss speakers, tube swaps, and how to unlock its secrets. My goal is to turn you all into educated fans of this legendary amp that has somewhat lost its place in the modern world. But first, a few facts.

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Positive Grid’s Spark 40

One player’s crusade to find a do-it-all, do-it-well practice and travel amp, with a happy ending.

The first practice amp I played through was a beleaguered Peavey in the room where I took lessons with the talented multi-instrumentalist John Curtis. I’m sure I was his worst student, so maybe it was merciful that, with both of us plugged in, this battered amp with most of its dials missing could barely eke out sound.

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