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by Steve Patrick - Senior Columnist – It’s such a rare thing to come across a musical project that can truly be called original, but that’s exactly what can be said of Joe Bonamassa’s latest Blu-ray/DVD releases. The entire project is called Tour de Force – Live in London and [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Instrumental guitarist and composer Alan Williamson is back with his latest studio album. This time around, Williamson pays homage to the 2004 EP that started it all for him by re-recording and re-releasing Another Kind of World. This new release has been [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – You have to admire the sheer honesty of someone who releases an EP instead of a full-length album simply because this is how much top-drawer material they have at the moment. Especially if that someone is an instrumental guitarist – a myopic breed who [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Seven-string guitar virtuoso Michael Abdow returns with his sophomore instrumental solo effort titled Life Symbolic. At this stage of his career, Abdow offers 10 instrumental songs that were written and recorded over the last three years. The songs evolved from [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Dario Lorina has been turning heads on the guitar aficionado circuits for years. First as an awkward, but technically brilliant teenage virtuoso with amateur clips on YouTube, then (at 16) as the late Jani Lane’s underage axeman, and now as the [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – Punk princess Avril Lavigne returns to the scene with her fifth self-titled studio release. The album finds Avril collaborating with Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger. The self-titled release features the edge punk vibe along with heart tugging ballads that have [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – These days when rock is losing its Dionysian steam and ditches its earnest romanticism, other genres lure in those looking for some back-to-the-basics essentials. The Stimulators may not aim at cutting-edge experimentation, but the way they warm your [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and CSN fame teams up with fellow classic rock vet Barry Goldberg and young guitar gun Kenny Wayne Shepherd to refresh some vintage oldies and to concoct some originals. If the cover doesn’t tip you off, then the [...]
by Matt Karpe - Columnist – Female fronted pop punk and rock bands have always existed, but it seems that since Paramore exploded onto the scene nearly ten years ago now, this formula for success has produced an overpopulated sub-genre that is sometimes lacking in diversity. The Nearly Deads, [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – This polished combination of smooth jazz, pop, rock, and fusion should be at the top of this year’s compulsory viewing of each guitar nerd on the planet. And I’m talking about rockers especially, because if you’re a rock fan looking for a first [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – Having made a name for herself and won accolades in the blues and classic rock circles, Joanne Shaw Taylor now seeks to expand her identity with a stunning third album. Part of it is growing up, part – the innate draw of any true artist toward [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Columnist – Starting his career in the early 90s as one of Mike Varney’s protégés, Michael Lee Firkins nevertheless managed to avoid participating in the chops game of the time. Composition, insight, and expression of spontaneous feeling always meant more to him than [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Of all the tools in a guitarist arsenal, the pick may be the most overlooked. The guitar pick, or plectrum, typically is made of plastic, nylon or tortoiseshell but also can be made from rubber, wood, glass or stone. What may not be obvious is that these [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – There are some things in life that are worth waiting for and Paul McCartney & Wings’ new Blu-ray/DVD Rockshow is most certainly one such thing. The deluxe 2013 release of Rockshow is a welcome treat for those McCartney fans who did not see Rockshow during [...]
by Joe Mis - Senior Columnist – Sabinas Rex is a massive, New York based rock opera project masterminded by Vlado Kormos. If an album could be rated solely on packaging this one would get perfect scores everywhere – but in this case the content comes pretty darn close to matching the [...]
by Steve Patrick - Columnist – Earlier this year, legendary rock band Deep Purple treated their countless fans to a new studio effort, their first in eight years, and therefore added another worthy chapter to the already rich history of a band that has 45 years under its belt. The album, [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – The wait is finally over. Nine years in the making, Las Vegas singer songwriter Todd Kerns has released a solo album entitled Borrowing Trouble. Dedicated in the memory of Greg Verdusco, Borrowing Trouble is a very up close and personal acoustic album. Todd [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Glenn Hughes, the voice of rock, has quite the reputation in the music world, but he has been able to be somewhat off of the radar. Now sober and ready to conquer the music world, Hughes has released Live in Wolverhampton. He is known for his work in Trapeze, [...]
by Jenn Carbaugh - Columnist – Kemilon is a metal band based in Montreal, but they originally formed in Sherbrooke by current guitarist Chris Geoffroy in 2007. Since the formation of this band, there have been several lineup changes. Despite the changes, Kemilon has released their newest [...]
by Alissa Ordabai - Senior Columnist – The big question with yet another posthumous Hendrix release is whether Jimi would have consented to it if he was still around. The brutal reality is that he isn’t around, and decisions are now in the hands of business people. Either way, parents [...]
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