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  • W.A.S.P. Releases New Album, Four Years in the Making

    W.A.S.P. Releases New Album, Four Years in the Making

    Stalwart metal band W.A.S.P. has released its latest album, Golgotha. “There are times in any band’s career that somehow all things mesh together. Their experiences, influences, and personal timing bring them into a common space,” said frontman Blackie Lawless of the album, which features longtime bassist Mike Duda. “This has happened with this record. Four... »

  • From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians

    From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians

    The bass is an incredible instrument. It’s never too late to start playing and there’s always something to learn for those who have already started. But sometimes we hit ruts in our growth that will wear us down. That’s why we’ve compiled advice for up-and-comers from ten of the world’s foremost bassists across a variety... »

  • The Interludes, Featuring Ryan Madora: The Lizard

    The Interludes, Featuring Ryan Madora: The Lizard

    Earlier this year, Nashville bassist and No Treble contributor Ryan Madora released the self-titled debut with her new group, The Interludes. Inspired by the great rhythm sections from Stax, Motown and Muscle Shoals, the band’s vibe throws back to the instrumental stylings of Booker T. and the MG’s while bringing a modern touch of Medeski,... »

  • Snail Moves Forward with “Feral”

    Snail Moves Forward with “Feral”

    Heavy rock band Snail’s latest album, Feral, combines emotionalism, psychedelia and sonic heft. The band returned to music making in 2008 after a short-lived initial career in the early 1990s, when they released one album and one EP. Feral is the band’s fourth 21st century studio album. The record includes two songs contributed all, or... »

  • Phil Lesh Diagnosed with Cancer

    Phil Lesh Diagnosed with Cancer

    Bass legend and Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has revealed that he is battling bladder cancer. He made the announcement on the Terrapin Crossroads Facebook page while explaining canceled performances later this month. “I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in early October, and have spent the last few weeks at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale... »

  • Can Hanging a Bass on the Wall Damage the Neck?

    Can Hanging a Bass on the Wall Damage the Neck?

    Q: I have several basses that I keep out of the case both on wall displays and on a Hercules stand for easy access. I’m wondering if there are any ill effects on the neck of the bass if it is left suspended by the headstock on a hanging stand for an extended period. Music... »

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  • Zander Zon & Miki Santamaria: Eleanor Rigby

    Zander Zon & Miki Santamaria: Eleanor Rigby

    Just yesterday, I was thinking it has been a while since we’ve seen a video by Zander Zon. This morning I opened my email and saw a note from Zander. Not only is there a new video, it features another of our favorite bassists here, Miki Santamaria. The duo take on The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”.... »

  • Coheed and Cambria Tour, Release New Album

    Coheed and Cambria Tour, Release New Album

    Coheed and Cambria’s latest album, The Color Before the Sun, is something different – it’s not a concept album. According to Rolling Stone, the album was recorded live in the studio with Zach Cooper on bass, and the songs, instead of having a sci-fi concept, reflect bandleader Claudio Sanchez’s impending fatherhood. “This is a new... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Eero Pakkanen

    Reader Spotlight: Eero Pakkanen

    When Eero Pakkanen shared his story with us, it wasn’t a long one, but it was one that caught my attention. Eero is a bass player’s bass player. It almost didn’t start out that way (be sure to read the part about how he got his start). All said, this week’s reader in the spotlight... »

  • Abraham Laboriel: Case of the Blues

    Abraham Laboriel: Case of the Blues

    Every time I watch Abraham Laboriel, it’s like a masterclass in “how it’s done.” His playing exudes musicality that lets his personality shine through, giving us all something to strive toward. Here’s a great clip of the master improvising a blues along with Hadley Hockensmith on guitar, Bill Maxwell on drums, Greg Mathieson on organ,... »