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  • The Winery Dogs Dish Up “Dog Treats” Special Edition Box Set

    The Winery Dogs Dish Up “Dog Treats” Special Edition Box Set

    The Winery Dogs have something special for you — . They’re not Milk-Bones, as you know. It’s a re-release of the self-titled album from the supergroup, featuring rock bassist extraordinaire Billy Sheehan and cohorts Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen. The Dog Treats special edition features not only the debut album from 2013, but also a... »

  • Gibson Introduces Memory Cable With Built-In Recorder

    Gibson Introduces Memory Cable With Built-In Recorder

    Gibson has unveiled a new development in the world of instrument cables with the introduction of their new Memory Cable. The cable, which works on bass, guitar or keyboards, has a built-in recorder that can save up to 13 hours of playing to a microSD card. The TASCAM-designed component captures audio at 44.1kHz/16-bit resolution and... »

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  • Steve Metcalf: Coldplay’s “Magic” Bass and Mandolin Cover

    Steve Metcalf: Coldplay’s “Magic” Bass and Mandolin Cover

    Steve Metcalf has done it again. Here’s a fantastic version of Coldplay’s “Magic” performed on upright bass and mandolin. As usual, Metcalf’s phrasing and melodic touch puts this one over the top. “I’m not really a fan of Coldplay,” he admits, “but this song is actually pretty rad. I hope ya’ll like my rendition!” »

  • Happy Fifth Birthday, No Treble

    Happy Fifth Birthday, No Treble

    Every May 2nd, we celebrate No Treble’s birthday with a post. Today – No Treble’s 5th birthday – is pretty amazing to me. First, I’m surprised it has already been five years since I pushed the button to launch this site sometime after midnight on May 2nd, 2009. Second, we just hit 100,000 fans on... »

  • Bass of the Week: KlangKraft Tiefdruck IV EMG

    Bass of the Week: KlangKraft Tiefdruck IV EMG

    This week we take a look at the Klangkraft “Tiefdruck” IV EMG, a bass the company designed with modern rock and metal players in mind. The body features nice 3D body shaping for comfort with a matte black finish for aesthetic appeal. The European-made bass is created with an ash body, hard rock maple neck,... »

  • Rockin’ With Rocco: An Interview with Francis “Rocco” Prestia

    Rockin’ With Rocco: An Interview with Francis “Rocco” Prestia

    Few bassists have a style that is as instantly recognizable as Francis “Rocco” Prestia’s funky, bubbly ghost and 16th-note playing. His work with Tower of Power has shaped what is expected of a funk bassist in terms of playing in the pocket and has subsequently inspired countless bass players. Prestia himself is humble about his... »

  • Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters: “Butterfly” Live with Marcus Miller

    Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters: “Butterfly” Live with Marcus Miller

    Herbie Hancock took the stage at the Tokyo Jazz Festival in 2005 with a version of the Headhunters which included bassist Marcus Miller. Here the group performs “Butterfly”, which appeared on Hancock’s 1974 album Thrust. Marcus starts things off on bass clarinet before picking up his bass. And at that point, things get extra groovy.... »

  • In Memoriam: Paul Goddard of Atlanta Rhythm Section

    In Memoriam: Paul Goddard of Atlanta Rhythm Section

    Atlanta Rhythm Section bassist Paul Goddard has passed away, according to news reports and confirmed by the band on their Facebook page. He was 68. Goddard was among the founding members of the band in 1970 when the former members of the Candymen and the Classics IV became the session band for Studio One in... »