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  • Xotic Unveils Chuck Rainey Signature Bass

    Xotic Unveils Chuck Rainey Signature Bass

    Bass legend Chuck Rainey has a new signature model from Xotic called the XPJ-1T, a bass designed with versatility in mind. Rainey collaborated with Xotic on the bass which features a P/J pickup configuration with elements of the company’s XP and XJ models. The XPJ-1T starts with a ash body and a bolt-on maple neck... »

  • Ojay: Funky Newcastle Street Performance

    Ojay: Funky Newcastle Street Performance

    We’ve featured Ojay before, with one of his awesome solo bass performances on a Newcastle street in the UK. Here’s another, recorded back in 2011. I’ve played out in the cold before, and I’m sitting here wondering how in the world Ojay is doing what he’s doing. Looks nasty out there. »

  • Best of 2013: The Top 10 Most Watched Bass Videos

    Best of 2013: The Top 10 Most Watched Bass Videos

    We post a different video pretty much every day on No Treble, and out of the 360 or so we’ve posted in 2013, these 10 were the most popular. There were so many great videos this year, it is difficult to limit them to just ten. But that’s the name of the game. Thank goodness... »

  • In Memoriam: Dwayne Burno

    In Memoriam: Dwayne Burno

    Jazz bassist Dwayne Burno has passed away of undisclosed causes at the age of 43. Born in Philadelphia, Burno was a mainstay of the New York City jazz scene for the past two decades. His resume includes work with legendary artists including Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Henderson and many more. Burno started... »

  • Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of December 22nd

    Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of December 22nd

    This year is almost in the books, and we have one more weekly top 10 to get before ’14 begins. This week’s list features a few top 10 lists – part of our Best of 2013 spotlights we’re running all week. Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Happy holidays and here’s to an even better... »

  • Best of 2013: The Top 10 Ask Damian Erskine Columns

    Best of 2013: The Top 10 Ask Damian Erskine Columns

    Damian Erskine was No Treble’s first regular columnist, and he has been going strong every Wednesday afternoon since June, 2009. We feel very lucky to have him and based on readership, you all agree. Here are Damian’s top 10 most popular columns this year, based on readership. There’s a lot of great advice in here!... »

  • OM: State of Non-Return

    OM: State of Non-Return

    Our friend Lyall Storey sent us this video of OM performing “State of Non-Return,” saying the doom metal band is a prime example of “no treble”. OM consists of just a rhythm section with Al Cisneros on bass and vocals, Emil Amos on drums and Robert Lowe on percussion. Cisneros delivers his signature thick, crushing... »

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  • Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Amps & Cabs

    Best of 2013: The Top 10 Reader Favorite Bass Amps & Cabs

    We covered a lot of bass gear news in 2013, and there’s just too much to try to pack into a single Best Of list. So this year, we’re featuring the top 10 most popular gear stories in various bass gear categories. Kicking things off is the top 10 most popular bass amp and cabinet... »

  • How to Play A Funky Bass Line

    How to Play A Funky Bass Line

    Thomas Risell, the man best known as MarloweDK sent me this video over the holidays. It starts off – appropriately – with MarloweDK saying “How to play a funky bass line”. This is a demo of a theme song Thomas wrote for a TV program about social media. So it is fitting one of the... »

  • Dream Theater Announces 2014 North American Tour Dates

    Dream Theater Announces 2014 North American Tour Dates

    After announcing European tour dates, Dream Theater has revealed their North American tour plans for 2014. The prog metal outfit will be kicking things off at Toronto’s Massey Hall before covering the States in the Northeast, Midwest, and West Coast. Their trek is capped with three dates in Mexico. “We are all really pumped and... »