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  • Ed Breckenridge Joins Angels & Airwaves

    Ed Breckenridge Joins Angels & Airwaves

    Blink 182 guitarist Tom DeLonge took to his Instagram page to announce that his band Angels & Airwaves has recruited former Thrice bassist Ed Breckenridge to join their ranks. “We welcome Ed Breckenridge to the gang- Formerly of the post-hardcore band #Thrice,” he wrote. “He is a perfect fit for this group of punk rock... »

  • In Memoriam: Charlie Haden

    In Memoriam: Charlie Haden

    American jazz bassist Charlie Haden, who made waves with artists like free jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Keith Jarrett, has passed away after a prolonged illness, according to a statement from ECM Records. He was 76. Born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937, Haden was raised on a farm and started on bass at an... »

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  • Dean Markley Introduces Blue Steel Nickel-Plated Bass Strings

    Dean Markley Introduces Blue Steel Nickel-Plated Bass Strings

    After keeping them to limited to artists and exclusive dealers, Dean Markley has launched a nickel-plated version of their Blue Steel bass strings. Similar to the stainless steel set, the Blue Steel Nickel-Plated strings are cryogenically frozen with liquid nitrogen to improve their lifespan. The company describes the strings as gentler to the touch. Nickel... »

  • Rufus Reid’s Out Front Trio: Come Rain or Come Shine

    Rufus Reid’s Out Front Trio: Come Rain or Come Shine

    Rufus Reid has a vibe on bass that will fill an entire room. Check out this video of his Out Front trio performing the jazz standard “Come Rain or Come Shine” live at Dizzy’s and you’ll see what I mean. Reid’s distinct tone and cooler-than-cool phrasing sets the tone as he plays the melody and... »

  • Conquering Dystopia’s Debut Album Released on Vinyl

    Conquering Dystopia’s Debut Album Released on Vinyl

    Conquering Dystopia’s self-titled debut album has made its way to another format — . With Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) on bass, the record is a force of instrumental death metal that lasts nearly an hour. The remaining members of the band are Jeff Loomis (guitar), Keith Merrow (guitar), and Alex Rudinger (drums.) You can check... »

  • Bass of the Week: Paul Belgrado Stringed Instruments Custom AG #1

    Bass of the Week: Paul Belgrado Stringed Instruments Custom AG #1

    This week we check out the Custom AG by Belgian luthier Paul Belgrado. Finished in a root beer color nitrocellulose finish, the bass gives an air of classic ideas with a modern approach. The AG is built with an alder body, maple neck, and madagascar rosewood fingerboard. It gets its meaty sound from a pair... »

  • Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

    Carol Kaye Gives Gene Simmons a Bass Lesson

    Here’s something I never thought I’d see. Studio legend Carol Kaye gave KISS bassist Gene Simmons an impromptu bass lesson at Sunset Sound studios in Hollywood, and luckily cameras were rolling to catch it. The clip is an outtake from the 2012 documentary . After showing off a few licks, Simmons points out a particular... »

  • Deltron 3030 Continues U.S. Tour with Juan Alderete, Announces European Dates

    Deltron 3030 Continues U.S. Tour with Juan Alderete, Announces European Dates

    Hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030 is continuing to tour in support of their latest release, , which dropped in September. The group, featuring the core of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, features bass extraordinaire Juan Alderete laying down the low end. The North American leg of their tour wraps up... »

  • Musical Diplomacy: Bassists, Drummers and Locking In

    Musical Diplomacy: Bassists, Drummers and Locking In

    Q: I’m having trouble grooving with the drummer in my band. My bread and butter is hip-hop and R&B, and he is coming from the world of straight-ahead jazz. We play in a very backbeat-oriented group, and the only time there is ever a pocket is if I put him in mine and carry him... »

  • Dirty Loops: Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover)

    Dirty Loops: Wake Me Up (Avicii Cover)

    Dirty Loops has just released a new cover video, this time tackling Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” Taking a more laid back feel than their previous covers, the clip has bassist Henrik Linder taking a more chordal approach. And no, your eyes do not deceive you. The bassist is using his Mattissonbass that features true temperament... »