Stern, seen here performing at Union Transfer in Philadelphia in late 2023, recorded all of the guitars direct on The Comeback Kid.

In the ten years since her last solo release, Marnie Stern spent time with the house band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Now, the eccentric guitarist has released the aptly titled The Comeback Kid, a marvel of two-handed tapping and eclectic, experimental arrangements.

For Marnie Stern, it’s all about the riff. “I used to have a sign on my wall that said, ‘The Riff! The Riff! The Riff!’” she says. “Because, for me, when you’re working alone, it’s easy to drift away from the riff.”

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