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3 Things That Suck About Music

Ted Drozdowski
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07.17.2014

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It’s the Worst Time to be a Musician: Don’t just take my word for it. The Nashville Business Journal ran a story this month.
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5 Bloodsucking Vampire Rock Songs

Ted Drozdowski
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07.16.2014

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Bloodsuckers are running a close second to zombies as the cool ghouls de jour, with True Blood about to kick into its final TV season and The Strain already sucking in viewers.
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The Power of the Onboard Boost

Peter Hodgson
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07.16.2014

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We love distortion but we know that if our pickups are wound too hot, we’ll lose clarity and articulation.
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Jimmy Page in the ‘60s: His Pre-Led Zeppelin Session Work

Russell Hall
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07.15.2014

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Casual rock fans know Jimmy Page mainly as the pioneering guitarist for Led Zeppelin. For years, however, Page was one the busiest session players in London, laying down tracks for everyone from The Who to Tom Jones to Donovan to The Kinks.
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It Takes Two Baby

Daniel Eriksson
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07.15.2014

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The White Stripes paved the way for the duo as a fully-fledged rock band. They were by no means first, White himself has said that he was inspired by the psychobilly two-piece the Flat Duo Jets. But The White Stripes certainly made it clear that this type of stripped down band sound can achieve mainstream success. The Black Keys is the band that first come to mind as the Stripes’ successors, but who are some of the other rock duos out there? Here’s a handful of bands that you need to check out if you haven’t already!
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On the Road with 311

Anne Erickson
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07.11.2014

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311 first brought their innovative and intense rock-reggae-rap hybrid to audiences in the ‘90s with riff-heavy, funky songs such as “Down,” “Beautiful Disaster” and “All Mixed Up.”
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Lights, Camera, Rock!

Russell Hall
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07.10.2014

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Everyone can reel off the names of singers and musicians who transitioned into acting—think of Sinatra, Elvis and Bowie, for starters. But what about artists who took the reverse course—first launching careers in film, and then going on to showcase their talents as musicians?
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Brazil had No Chance Against the Country of The Scorpions and Rammstein

Russell Hall
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07.09.2014

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Ask the typical American rock fan about German music, and most likely you will get a blank stare, or perhaps some talk about Kraftwerk. While it’s true that bands like Kraftwerk and Can helped lay the groundwork for techno and art-rock, Germany has spawned some of the world’s greatest guitar bands as well. Beginning with The Scorpions, who released their first proper album in 1972, German rock has had hard-rock strains that stand up to the best heavy metal from other countries. Don’t believe it? Then check out the following German bands, all of whom deserve a prime spot in the heavy metal pantheon.
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Southern Pride: Guitar Collector Ronny Proler on the Southern Rock Tribute 1959 Les Paul

Russell Hall
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07.09.2014

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Since getting his first Les Paul four decades ago, the Houston, Texas native has amassed a collection that would be the envy of any enthusiast. Along the way, the 60-year-old musician/collector has cultivated friendships with some of the most acclaimed musicians of our times. Billy Gibbons, Charlie Daniels, Joe Bonamassa and Warren Haynes are just a few of the guitar greats that Proler counts among his friends.
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Gibson Artist Johnny A on “Driven” and Updates to Signature Model

Ted Drozdowski
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07.08.2014

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Johnny A’s debut solo album Sometime Tuesday Morning instantly lifted the gifted Boston-based guitarist out of the rock ‘n’ roll trenches in 1999, with its melody driven approach to instrumental tunes spanning blues, rock, jazz, funk and country — often tackling several of those genres at once. The tracks “Oh Yeah” and “Two Wheel Horse” were radio breakouts, and his rendition of the Jimmy Webb classic “Wichita Lineman” was simply gorgeous.
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