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Tal National’s Fleet-Fingered Almeida

Tal National’s Fleet-Fingered Almeida

June 14, 2018
The Tuareg guitarist braves electric shocks, faulty gear, sandstorms, and bootleggers to make groove-propelled music that crosses cultural and international boundaries.
Rig Rundown: Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids

Rig Rundown: Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids

June 13, 2018
Go inside one of the hottest pop tours of 2018 and dig deep into the gear that Mike Scott, Elliott Ives, and JT himself take on the road.
Rig Rundown: Red Fang

Rig Rundown: Red Fang

June 6, 2018
Witness how 5-string Krautsters, solid-state Sunn heads, and pitch shifters provide the stoner-metal band’s foundation for brute-force tones.
Feeling the Vertigo, Feeding the Vibe: Underøath’s Timothy McTague and James Smith

Feeling the Vertigo, Feeding the Vibe: Underøath’s Timothy McTague and James Smith

May 31, 2018
Swearing off solos and flash, the guitarists focus on songcraft, soundscapes, and soul, and strip down with digital modeling for Erase Me, their band’s first studio album in eight years.
Rig Rundown: Stone Sour

Rig Rundown: Stone Sour

May 30, 2018
Guitarists Josh Rand and Christian Martucci, as well as bassist Johny Chow, provide the dirt on how a revamped lineup of axes (with passive pickups), no bass amps, and a fresh pile of pedals have reenergized the band’s hard-rock sound.
Meshell Ndegeocello: The Melody, the Lyric, and the Beat

Meshell Ndegeocello: The Melody, the Lyric, and the Beat

May 29, 2018
The acclaimed bassist rebuilds a set of cover songs on her latest album, Ventriloquism, while focusing on her personal connection to classic soul and R&B, and creating plenty of room for all-star guitar contributions.
Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Sultan's Curse"

Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Sultan's Curse"

May 27, 2018
Guitarist Bill Kelliher slows down and articulates the nuances to the band's Grammy-winning single from 2017's Emperor of Sand.
Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline Review

Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline Review

May 25, 2018
A classic design filtered through the preferences of an iconic Strat player.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been

May 24, 2018
On the new album Wrong Creatures, the sonic shamans blur the lines between guitar and bass with effects, open tunings, and banks of amps to create a cocoon of sound.
Reggie Lucas: 1953–2018

Reggie Lucas: 1953–2018

May 23, 2018
From playing classic soul to breaking ground with Miles Davis to crafting pop hits for Stephanie Mills and Madonna, the guitarist-producer led a dazzling and varied career.
Rig Rundown: The Breeders

Rig Rundown: The Breeders

May 23, 2018
For nearly 30 years, these alt-rock pioneers have created gristly tones full of attitude and angst. Find out how guitarist Kelley Deal and bassist Josephine Wiggs craft their signature tones.
Rig Rundown: The Black Angels

Rig Rundown: The Black Angels

May 16, 2018
Discover how these Austin psychers utilize Beatles-inspired guitars with several gnarly fuzzes and lush ’verbs to bridge the vibes of Roky Erickson and Dick Dale.
Glenn Branca: 1948–2018

Glenn Branca: 1948–2018

May 16, 2018
Elliott Sharp pays tribute to an experimental guitarist and composer who believed in the power of “ghost instruments”—sometimes conjured in his symphonies by 100 guitars.
Listen to the June 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

Listen to the June 2018 PG Spotify Playlist

May 16, 2018
This month we round up tracks from Stone Temple Pilots, Ry Cooder, Can, Kittie, Graham Coxon, Guthrie Trapp, and more!
Graham Coxon: The Curious Flights of an Art-Pop Aerialist

Graham Coxon: The Curious Flights of an Art-Pop Aerialist

May 15, 2018
Blur’s shape-shifting guitar wizard scores the soundtrack to The End of the F***ing World and reflects on a career as a superstar art-punk, fingerstyle folk ace, and noise-pop maven.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "The Coma Machine"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "The Coma Machine"

May 13, 2018
You may need a neck adjustment after BTBAM axeman Paul Waggoner shows off the main riffer from 2015's Coma Ecliptic.
Rig Rundown: Mike Stern

Rig Rundown: Mike Stern

May 9, 2018
Consistency is key when it comes to this jazz legend’s approach to gear. Check out how one of the most rocking jazzers gets his signature tone.
Ry Cooder: American Reverence

Ry Cooder: American Reverence

May 8, 2018
After more than 50 years of making music, Ry Cooder returns to his roots with The Prodigal Son, a trenchant spiritual quest that shows he’s still fascinated as ever by the deep mystery of how music connects us to one another.
Quicksand’s Walter Schreifels: Post-Hardcore Guitar Hero

Quicksand’s Walter Schreifels: Post-Hardcore Guitar Hero

May 4, 2018
On the band’s first new studio album in 22 years, Interiors, this influential New York rocker expands his sonic ethos to find a fresh musical voice in effects pedals and playing lead guitar.
Daniel Donato Live at PG

Daniel Donato Live at PG

May 4, 2018
One of Nashville's young guns stops by PGHQ for a live jam with a new one-off prototype from Ernie Ball Music Man.