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Rig Rundown: Idles

Watch chaotic co-pilots Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan use five boards to create hip-hop beats, raging elephant sounds, and whatever “genk” is.

Do you hear that thunder? That’s the sound of strength in numbers. Specifically, it's the sound of four 100-watt stacks. (Actually, one is a 200-watt bass tube head.) Idles guitarists Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan finally have the firepower to match their fury. (Original members singer/lyricist Joe Talbot, drummer Jon Beavis, and bassist Adam Devonshire fill out the band. Kiernan took over for guitarist Andy Stewart after 2015 EP Meat was released.)

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Guitar highlights from the South’s live music capital.

Dutch R&B buzzmaker Nick Van Hofwegen of the L.A.-based group Young and Sick rocks a D'Angelico Excel archtop at Austin City Limits 2014.

Inspired by PBS’s long-running Austin City Limits program, the Austin City Limits Festival has gained a reputation since its 2002 birth as a premier soapbox for budding singer/songwriters. While that remains a crucial part of ACL, in 2012 the fest expanded to two weekends, with musical heat from all genres. This year, for example, saw many hip-hop and EDM headliners, though there was plenty of guitar ingenuity as well. We bring you a glimpse of what went down this year in Austin’s Zilker Park.

They once used tons of gear for their textural sonic assaults, but now the alt-rock trio strips it down.

Premier Guitar met with producer, engineer, songwriter and founding Failure member Ken Andrews before the band’s June 8th show at Nashville’s Exit/In. After enjoying great success, breaking up and reforming, Failure is hitting it hard on the road. The band used to tour with fragile amps, tons of stompboxes, and miles of cable, but they now travel lightly with clean modeling technology.

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