April 2020

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Rig Rundown: Ally Venable

Rig Rundown: Ally Venable

April 1, 2020
This up-and-coming Texas-blues rocker walks through how she gets her huge tones.
“Seeing Women Play Guitar Is—<i>Annoyingly</i>—Still Something of an Anomaly”

“Seeing Women Play Guitar Is—Annoyingly—Still Something of an Anomaly”

March 31, 2020
British powerhouse Anna Calvi—known for visceral guitar playing and operatic vocals—invites Courtney Barnett, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and others to help rework her 2018 battle-cry, Hunter, into the aptly titled new Hunted.
Album Spotlight: Matt Wilson & His Orchestra’s <em>When I Was a Writer</em>

Album Spotlight: Matt Wilson & His Orchestra’s When I Was a Writer

March 29, 2020
The former Trip Shakespeare frontman sings about not being able to return, but he’s done just that with 12 new tunes.
Kvelertak: “Don’t Underestimate the Bongo”

Kvelertak: “Don’t Underestimate the Bongo”

March 26, 2020
The triple-guitar-stoked Norwegian metalists forge Splid, inspired by a vibe-changing new vocalist, a more melodic approach, and monster sounds from the vault of heavy-duty gear—plus bongos—owned by producer/Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou.
Rig Rundown: Neil Zaza

Rig Rundown: Neil Zaza

March 25, 2020
Now that he’s ditched heavy amps for a digital rig, the melodic shredder shares his secrets for utilizing modern modeling tech.
Buck Curran’s Transcendental Folk Guitar

Buck Curran’s Transcendental Folk Guitar

March 24, 2020
The acoustic fingerstylist builds his creative legacy with alternate tunings, drones, and Eastern melodies, and spotlights a community of like-minded players with Ten Years Gone: A Tribute to Jack Rose.
Live at Grimey's: The Wood Brothers

Live at Grimey's: The Wood Brothers

March 19, 2020
In support of their just-released eighth studio album, Kingdom in My Mind, Chris, Oliver, and percussionist Jano Rix strip down some of their newest songs.
Rig Rundown: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

Rig Rundown: Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

March 18, 2020
One of guitar’s most promising young firebrands breaks down his signature D’Angelico, explains why he prefers Boogies, and then demos some vintage stompboxes.
Listen to the April 2020 <i>PG</i> Spotify Playlist

Listen to the April 2020 PG Spotify Playlist

March 18, 2020
This month's playlist includes new tunes from Nili Brosh, Drive-By Tuckers, Sons of Apollo, Alcest, and more.
Riff Rundown: The Jesus Lizard's "Then Comes Dudley"

Riff Rundown: The Jesus Lizard's "Then Comes Dudley"

March 15, 2020
Jagged guitar mastermind Duane Denison unpacks the simple-but-tricky chords and timing of the menacing anti-hero anthem off Goat.
Jeff Parker is “Just Tying to Make Weird Shit”

Jeff Parker is “Just Tying to Make Weird Shit”

March 12, 2020
Tortoise's post-rock experimentalist on how a recent meditative mood led to less improvisation and more hypnotics on the jazz and hip-hop-infused Suite for Max Brown.
Rig Rundown: Opeth

Rig Rundown: Opeth

March 11, 2020
The Swedish prog-metal sorcerers dish on their longstanding PRS ties and uncover why they traded traditional tube amps for swappable high-gain Synergy modules.
Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

March 11, 2020
Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin, PG editors, and our Reader of the Month examine their underlying musical influences.
Long-Overdue Love for Louie

Long-Overdue Love for Louie

March 5, 2020
He played for James Brown, John Lennon, Streisand, Whitney, and countless others. So how come so few guitar nuts know storied session ace Louie Shelton?
Rig Rundown: Josh Smith

Rig Rundown: Josh Smith

March 4, 2020
A bona fide blues shredder breaks down his powerful pedalboard and rips some licks on his trusty Chapin T-style.
36 Must-Hear Gary Lucas Tracks

36 Must-Hear Gary Lucas Tracks

March 2, 2020
The envelope-pushing former Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley collaborator chooses his finest performances on this kaleidoscopic 40-year retrospective.
“All Our Records Are Dark, But to Me This One Was Darker.”

“All Our Records Are Dark, But to Me This One Was Darker.”

February 27, 2020
Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley on their new The Unraveling, and running into Mick Jagger while recording it at the late Sam Phillips' legendary Memphis studio.
Rig Rundown: Jared James Nichols

Rig Rundown: Jared James Nichols

February 26, 2020
No picks needed for this high-octane blues rocker, who keeps it simple with a single-P-90 signature Epiphone and namesake Blackstar head that doubles as his carry-on.
Alcest’s Neige Describes a Place Where Blackness and Beauty Meet

Alcest’s Neige Describes a Place Where Blackness and Beauty Meet

February 25, 2020
The man behind the band that created blackgaze two decades ago discusses supernatural visions, his pragmatic approach to songwriting and tone, his love for the Jazzmaster, and his band’s new album, Spiritual Instinct.
Judas Priest Announces 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour

Judas Priest Announces 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour

February 24, 2020
The tour will feature Sabaton as an opener.