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  • Eyal Amir: Latin Dream

    Eyal Amir: Latin Dream

    You know when you stumble upon a random video, and you were really glad you did? This is one of those videos. The tune is “Latin Dream”, which bridges so many styles and rhythms at once it makes it hard to classify it as anything other than awesome. Bassist Jonathan Levy switches effortlessly between unison... »

  • Big Sir Releases “Before Gardens After Gardens” and Announces Tour Dates

    Big Sir Releases “Before Gardens After Gardens” and Announces Tour Dates

    Big Sir has released their fourth album, Before Gardens After Gardens. Part electronica and part indie rock, the band is a collaboration between Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete and vocalist Lisa Papineau who provide the foundation for the music. Before Gardens After Gardens deals with life and death, as the both Alderete and Papineau were... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Jessica Karjanis

    Reader Spotlight: Jessica Karjanis

    Meet Jessica Karjanis, a bassist from Stamford, Connecticut who is about as versatile as they come. Jessica plays electric, upright (and cello), in bands ranging from original hard rock to bluegrass to metal. Jessica is our player in the spotlight for the week of February 21, 2012. Bio: I’m a 27-year-old teacher who spends the... »

  • Genz Benz Introduces Focus LT Series Bass Cabinets

    Genz Benz Introduces Focus LT Series Bass Cabinets

    Genz Benz expanded their cabinet offerings with the introduction of the Focus LT series at NAMM this year. The lineup includes a 1×12, a 2×10, a 1×15, and a 4×10. Designed to be compact and high-powered, the Focus LT series have a smaller stage footprint to save space during performances. Each of the cabinets carries... »

  • Earth, Wind and Fire: “That’s the Way of the World”, Live (1981)

    Earth, Wind and Fire: “That’s the Way of the World”, Live (1981)

    Of all the great EWF songs out there, “That’s the Way of the World” might be my favorite. Here’s the band performing that tune line at a 1981 concert in Oakland, and they are in top shape. Of course, the legendary Verdine White is helping to lay down the “almighty groove.” As one commenter reacted,... »

  • Metallica Presents the Orion Music + More Festival

    Metallica Presents the Orion Music + More Festival

    Metallica has announced the Orion Music + More Festival, a two-day event full of music, entertainment and culture named in part as a tribute to bass legend Cliff Burton. (“Orion” was the instrumental hit penned by Burton featured on the group’s Master of Puppets album.) The band itself will be headlining each night’s festivities with... »

  • Boulder Creek Introduces JB and RB Series Electric Basses

    Boulder Creek Introduces JB and RB Series Electric Basses

    Boulder Creek launched two new lines of electric basses at NAMM this year with the JB and RD series. The two models are aimed at jazz and rock styles, respectively. This new line of solid body basses is a first for Boulder Creek, who is known for their acoustic basses. Available in 4-string, 5-string and... »

  • TonalEnergy: A Look at the Tuning App (and More) for iOS

    TonalEnergy: A Look at the Tuning App (and More) for iOS

    While there is no shortage of good tuners out there in the App Store, there are few that are quite as informative (and pretty) as TonalEnergy. This app is specifically designed for individuals or large ensembles in an attempt to help musicians improve their intonation and tone. Most functions of TonalEnergy’s tuner are designed to... »

  • Damian Erskine, Federico Malaman and Dane Alderson NAMM Jam

    Damian Erskine, Federico Malaman and Dane Alderson NAMM Jam

    Once again, we have proof that all you really need is bass. (Well, maybe with a little help from Andrew Fisenden, who is doing some nifty percussion work.) Here’s Damian Erskine, Federico Malaman and Dane Alderson performing at the TecAmp booth at NAMM last month. As we like to say, “the only thing better than... »

  • Top 10: The Felix Pastorius Interview, More Bass Gear from NAMM, Plus the Top Bass Videos and More

    Top 10: The Felix Pastorius Interview, More Bass Gear from NAMM, Plus the Top Bass Videos and More

    The top 10 most read features on No Treble last week included plenty of new bass gear, plus our exclusive interview with Felix Pastorius, Ryan Madora’s latest entry in her “I Wish I Knew That” column, our bass of the week, and a bunch of top bass videos. Our NAMM coverage is still coming, and... »