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  • In Memoriam: Chris Squire

    In Memoriam: Chris Squire

    Bass legend Chris Squire, who stood at the helm of progressive rock in Yes since 1968, has died of cancer. He was 67 years old. Yes released a statement on their Facebook page announcing the news. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our... »

  • Weather Report’s “Sweetnighter” Gets Limited-Edition Vinyl Release

    Weather Report’s “Sweetnighter” Gets Limited-Edition Vinyl Release

    Weather Report’s 1973 album, Sweetnighter, has been released in a 180-gram vinyl audiophile limited edition. The record, the legendary jazz fusion group’s fourth, features two bassists — founding bassist Miroslav Vitous (who handles both acoustic and electric bass here, on what would be his last album as the group’s principal bassist) and multi-instrumentalist Andrew White... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Super Powers

    The Lightbulb Moment: Super Powers

    “We can fly!” “You can fly!” “We can fly!!” “Come on, everybody! Here we gooooooo… Off to Neverland!” With just a few happy thoughts and a sprinkle of pixie dust, Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael swooped around the nursery, singing, laughing, and soaring with the greatest of ease. It was off to Neverland for... »

  • The Electric Flag: Over Lovin’ You, Live 1967

    The Electric Flag: Over Lovin’ You, Live 1967

    I love discovering older bands that I missed, and The Electric Flag is definitely one of them. The short-lived band fused blues, rock, and soul for a an upbeat sound. Electric Flag was anchored by bass great Harvey Brooks, who also worked with Bob Dylan, The Doors, and Miles Davis. His active bass line drives... »

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  • Bikini Kill Reissue Includes Music Previously Unreleased on CD

    Bikini Kill Reissue Includes Music Previously Unreleased on CD

    Bikini Kill, a band at the heart of the 1990s riot grrrl movement, has reissued The First Two Records, which combines the band’s self-titled six-song EP and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah record into one package. Part of the latter record featuring founding bassist Kathi Wilcox, was actually half of an UK album the band shared... »

  • Geddy Lee on Developing His Right-Hand Picking Technique

    Geddy Lee on Developing His Right-Hand Picking Technique

    Fender shared a great video featuring Geddy Lee talking about his right-hand picking technique – one he says developed after touring with Primus back in the early 2000s. Geddy was inspired by Les Claypool, and incorporated more of a flamenco-style approach as a result. »

  • Motörhead Announces North American Tour Dates

    Motörhead Announces North American Tour Dates

    Lemmy Kilmister and Motörhead are headed back out on the road. The band has announced a North American tour for August and September that will span from California to New York with several stops in between. The string of dates kicks off August 19th in Riverside, California with Saxon and Crobot in support. Motörhead will... »

  • Olivier Babaz: Bass & Kalimba Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

    Olivier Babaz: Bass & Kalimba Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

    Olivier Babaz has a specialty in performing double bass, kalimba, and shaker simultaneously to create a unique and beautiful texture. His latest video takes on the iconic Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven,” and it has to be seen to believed. Babaz starts the melody on the kalimba before switching to focus on bass during... »

  • Unusual Version of David Lee Roth’s Debut Solo Album Reissued

    Unusual Version of David Lee Roth’s Debut Solo Album Reissued

    Did you miss the Spanish version of David Lee Roth’s Eat ’Em and Smile album back in in 1986? Or you didn’t know it existed at all? Don’t worry. Most people don’t know about it. But now, the album, titled Sonrisa Salvaje, is available again on CD, and this time, it’s the remastered version. The... »

  • Learning Music by Writing Down Your Transcriptions

    Learning Music by Writing Down Your Transcriptions

    Q: I have been practicing bass on my own for two years while attending college. My goal is to become a working musician and I would like to at least get a gig at a church this year. I’m at a point now where I can hear a piece of music and get pretty close... »