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  • Steel Pulse: “Biko’s Kindred Lament”, Live (1979)

    Steel Pulse: “Biko’s Kindred Lament”, Live (1979)

    I’ve been checking out a lot of reggae lately, but one album always sticks with me: Steel Pulse’s Tribute to the Martyrs. My friend John gave it to me years ago and I still play it regularly, thanks in large part to the heavy bass grooves emitted by Ronald “Stepper” McQueen. As the title suggests,... »

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  • Rush’s “Caress of Steel” Reissued on High-Quality Vinyl

    Rush’s “Caress of Steel” Reissued on High-Quality Vinyl

    1975 was quite a year for Rush, which released two albums, both of which have been newly remastered and re-released this year on vinyl. The first, Fly By Night, was reissued in January, and now the second album from 1975, Caress of Steel, has been given the star treatment. The original analog masters of the... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Jay Yaws

    Reader Spotlight: Jay Yaws

    If you lean more to the old school then you’ll see Jay Yaws is a bass player’s bass player. Just take some of the phrases from his story and you’ll see: “providing a solid foundation”, “serve the song”, and “that endless search for the perfect tone”. We dig all those things, and so Jay was... »

  • Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

    Ibanez Announces Talman Bass Series

    Ibanez is taking a page out of the old school with their new Talman Bass Series, consisting of the TMB300 and TMB100. The basses, which feature a retro aesthetic, share many of the same features with the 300 having an edge in features. Both models are built with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood... »

  • Tower of Power: “Soul With a Capital S”, Live (2008)

    Tower of Power: “Soul With a Capital S”, Live (2008)

    Bass legend Francis “Rocco” Prestia shared this video on his Facebook page the other day, and I can only imagine that thousands of people around the world started moving in their seats. This clip of “Soul With a Capital S” is taken from the band’s 40th Anniversary at the Fillmore West. Most bass players dream... »

  • JJ Grey and Mofro Release “Ol’ Glory”

    JJ Grey and Mofro Release “Ol’ Glory”

    JJ Grey and Mofro’s latest, Ol’ Glory, shows off the Southern band’s mix blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, and R&B. Featuring Todd Smallie on bass, the band churns out a phenomenal groove. The 12-song set, recorded at Retrophonics Studio in St. Augustine, Florida, also includes work from guests Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) on dobro... »

  • Bass of the Week: Bruno Régis Custom 4-String Bass

    Bass of the Week: Bruno Régis Custom 4-String Bass

    I love checking out fledgling bass builders and self-starters, so when Alain Guiraud sent a note about his new bass, I got just as excited as he did. His friend and guitarist Bruno Régis created an axe that mixes and matches features from a handful of basses. Guiraud says it is his friend’s first order,... »

  • Improving Your Musical Ears

    Improving Your Musical Ears

    Being a musician requires a great number of skills. However, the aural component is by far the most prevalent. So, to perform at the highest levels, we must have good listening skills. Ultimately we need to hear, and understand, exactly what is happening around us. Only when we can do this can we respond in... »

  • Royal Blood Covers The Police’s “Roxanne”

    Royal Blood Covers The Police’s “Roxanne”

    Mitch (host of Groove here on NT) sent me this video of Royal Blood performing a cover of The Police’s “Roxanne”. It has been a while since we’ve shared a Royal Blood video, so it was great timing. After the video, be sure to check out our interview with Mike Kerr – the bassist/vocalist in... »

  • Imagine Dragons Release Smoke + Mirrors

    Imagine Dragons Release Smoke + Mirrors

    Imagine Dragons’s sophomore effort, Smoke + Mirrors is already generating heat with the single “I Bet My Life.” Britain’s Q Magazine has already given the album high marks — four stars — and compared the Las Vegas band’s vibe to that of “Songs From the Big Chair”-era Tears for Fears. It says the album is... »