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  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce UK Tour Dates

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce UK Tour Dates

    Though North American dates are still TBA, Red Hot Chili Peppers fans across the pond will be glad to know that the funk-rock quartet has announced a ten date trek of the UK and Ireland. Set for November, the full-fledged tour will be their first in the area since 2006. Anchored by bassist Flea, the... »

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  • SD Curlee Brand Revived With New Bass Guitar

    SD Curlee Brand Revived With New Bass Guitar

    The S.D. Curlee bass, made popular in the 1970’s, has been reborn at the hands of Birdsong Guitars’ Scott Beckwith. Once described as the “poor man’s Alembic,” the S.D. Curlee brand went under in 1982 after business decisions that led to key members leaving. The new SD Curlee Classic is a new take on the... »

  • An Interview with Adam Nitti

    An Interview with Adam Nitti

    Rounding out our interviews from the Gerald Veasley Bass Boot Camp is our conversation with Adam Nitti. Based in Nashville, the bassist and educator has run the gamut of the music industry, from session work to touring to producing to teaching and more. His credits include working with artists like the Dave Weckl Band, Steven... »

  • Led Zeppelin: Dazed And Confused (Live, 1969)

    Led Zeppelin: Dazed And Confused (Live, 1969)

    Recorded live for Denmark Radio in 1968, here are the boys from Led Zeppelin performing “Dazed and Confused”. John Paul Jones and John Bonham really get things rocking around the five-minute mark. »

  • Stick Men and Adrian Belew Power Trio Unite for “2 of a Perfect Trio” Tour

    Stick Men and Adrian Belew Power Trio Unite for “2 of a Perfect Trio” Tour

    Tony Levin and the Stick Men will be teaming up with the Adrian Belew Power Trio for the “2 of a Perfect Trio” tour this Fall, which will make its way from coast to coast and into Canada between September and October. Combined, the group features three King Crimson members and the tour name is... »

  • ESP Unveils LTD J-Series Basses at Summer NAMM 2011

    ESP Unveils LTD J-Series Basses at Summer NAMM 2011

    For Summer NAMM 2011, ESP Guitars has unveiled the LTD J series basses, including the J-204 and J-205 models. Built for quality while “remaining within a budget,” the basses are designed with a classic style. The J-204 and J-205 (4- and 5-string, respectively) feature alder bodies, maple necks, and rosewood fingerboards. The old school look... »

  • Selecting a Direct Box

    Selecting a Direct Box

    Q: I’m looking to upgrade my setup a little… shrink down my 4×10 cab to a equal power 2×10 and maybe buy a DI box for a live PA setting and a studio recording setting. In looking through the number of DI boxes, it’s hard to see what exactly makes a pedal a “Direct Box”... »

  • Rick Reese with the John Sutton Band: Steal My Kisses

    Rick Reese with the John Sutton Band: Steal My Kisses

    When bassist Rick Reese wants to lay it down, he means it. Rick sent us this video of The John Sutton Band performing a live cover of Ben Harper’s “Steal My Kisses” (which features one of my favorite bassists ever on the original, Juan Nelson). Check out Rick’s “floor bass solo” in the middle of... »

  • Paul McCartney’s “The Family Way” Remastered and Re-Released

    Paul McCartney’s “The Family Way” Remastered and Re-Released

    In 1966, the music of Paul McCartney was featured as a soundtrack to the film, The Family Way, directed by Roy Boulting and starring Hayley Mills. The film’s soundtrack was released in January, 1967, with the title The George Martin Orchestra, The Family Way (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), and won the Ivor Novello Award the... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Peter “Janus” Zarate

    Reader Spotlight: Peter “Janus” Zarate

    Meet Peter “Janus” Zarate, a bassist from San Jose, California who counts a “old top hat with modified goggles” as part of his gear. Peter is our player in the spotlight for July 26, 2011. Bio: I’m a San Francisco Bay Area native and left-handed bassist with a penchant for the peculiar and the macabre.... »