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  • Getting Noticed – Part 3: Working Your Local Music Scene

    Getting Noticed – Part 3: Working Your Local Music Scene

    Editor’s note: Damian wraps up his series on Getting Noticed Out There with some advice on connecting with your local music scene. Check out Part 1: Your Demo and Part 2: Social Media. Q: I’ve reached the point where I know I need to meet new people to get my career up to the next... »

  • Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang: Jerry Was a Racecar Driver

    Les Claypool’s Duo De Twang: Jerry Was a Racecar Driver

    This is “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver” like you’ve never heard it. Filmed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October 2012, Les Claypool and guitarist Marc “Mirv” Haggard tackle the Primus song in a bluegrass fashion, but that doesn’t stop the bassist from unleashing his signature style. Claypool shouts, “Look at me, Mirv, I’m... »

  • Billy Cox and The Band of Gypsys Experience Announce Tour Dates

    Billy Cox and The Band of Gypsys Experience Announce Tour Dates

    Billy Cox will be paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix on a week-long tour of the northeastern U.S. in mid-June with his group The Band of Gypsys Experience. Cox, who anchored the original Band of Gyspys with Hendrix in the ’60s, will be performing the legendary guitarist’s classics including “Machine Gun” and “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),”... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Sal Pisciott

    Reader Spotlight: Sal Pisciott

    Meet Sal Pisciott, a bassist who describes his band and music as “blues-punk” and who caught our attention with both his story and his witty bio. Sal is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of June 3, 2013. Bio: I’m a 21 year-old musician and student living in Queens, New York. Majoring... »

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  • moe. with Victor Wooten: “Kyle’s Song”

    moe. with Victor Wooten: “Kyle’s Song”

    A couple of weeks ago, the Summer Camp Music Festival took place in Chillicothe, IL. Thanks to a guy named Kyle Hess, we have some pretty cool footage to watch. Kyle recorded this private set of moe. and Victor Wooten playing the moe. tune “Kyle’s Song” (a happy coincidence for the lucky videographer). Rob Derhak’s... »

  • Nine Inch Nails Announce Tour Dates, New Album

    Nine Inch Nails Announce Tour Dates, New Album

    Weeks after Eric Avery announced his departure, Nine Inch Nails has announced that they’ll be touring starting this summer. Bandleader Trent Reznor has recruited longtime NIN collaborator and guitarist Robin Finck to fill out the ensemble for the trek, which consists of festivals across the world. Things kick off July 26th at Japan’s Fuji Rocks... »

  • Iron Ether Introduces Subterranea Synth/Octave Pedal

    Iron Ether Introduces Subterranea Synth/Octave Pedal

    Iron Ether’s newest pedal is a multi-timbral analog synthesizer and octave pedal. The handmade “Subterranea” pedal features three synthesized voices that track the input pitch, two of which have selectable waveforms and a third that has its own unique sound and lowpass filter. Iron Ether says all of the voices can be mixed together to... »

  • Left Hand Technique: Pivoting

    Left Hand Technique: Pivoting

    Although I advocate a traditional left hand foundation (i.e. 1-2-4 fingering system), any bassist who plays long enough will come across passages that don’t lie well using this fingering system. “Pivoting” can be an attractive solution for such passages. Often, especially when playing two consecutive notes on the same string more than a step apart... »

  • Weather Report: Finale At Reading (1978)

    Weather Report: Finale At Reading (1978)

    Over the years, we’ve been treated to some videos of Weather Report’s 1978 performance in Reading and Washington, Pennsylvania. These videos, shared by Rick Suchow, were filmed by Dr. Fred Erskine, the father of drummer Peter Erskine. As Rick shared previously, “The sound came direct from the front-of-house mix board, engineered by Brian Risner, and... »

  • Mingus Speaks: Interviews with Charles Mingus (1972-1974)

    Mingus Speaks: Interviews with Charles Mingus (1972-1974)

    In 1972, Charles Mingus was making his return to the music scene, after a six or seven year layoff. Playboy writer John F. Goodman reviewed Mingus’ comeback concert that year, which brought the two together for various interviews between 1972 and 1974. The interviews were recorded by Goodman for a proposed memoir. Forty years later,... »