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  • Neil Young Releases Live Material From “This Note’s for You” Era

    Neil Young Releases Live Material From “This Note’s for You” Era

    Recordings from Neil Young’s 1987-88 live dates fronting the Bluenotes (his regular backing band Crazy Horse augmented by a horn section) comprise Bluenote Café, a new release from the Neil Young Archives Performance Series. Performances by bassists Billy Talbot and the late Rick Rosas are captured on the set, which features songs from shows performed... »

  • Anders Kjolholm Leaves Volbeat

    Anders Kjolholm Leaves Volbeat

    Volbeat bassist and founding member Anders Kjolholm has announced that he’s left the band. The group, which is reportedly in the studio for their next album, posted a message on their website with the information. “In connection with the planning and preparation of Volbeat’s extensive future plans and wishes for 2016 and onwards, Volbeat and... »

  • Acoustic Amplification Introduces Class-D/Neo Series

    Acoustic Amplification Introduces Class-D/Neo Series

    Acoustic Amplification has introduced a new series of Class-D/Neo bass amplifiers including heads, cabinets, and combo amps. The new models are approximately 40 percent lighter than the company’s previous models. New head units include the B300HD, B600HD, and the B1000HD. Common controls on each head are a blendable overdrive circuit, an Acousti-Comp compression, a Notch... »

  • Rush: Xanadu (R40 Live)

    Rush: Xanadu (R40 Live)

    Rush hit the road this year for their “R40” tour – celebrating 40 years as a band. Each concert was a major production too: elaborate sets and the band starting with their newest work – Clockwork Angels – and moving back in time through their catalog. As they worked back, sets and equipment changed to... »

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  • Set Released Covering Last Years of Jazz Great Oscar Pettiford’s Career

    Set Released Covering Last Years of Jazz Great Oscar Pettiford’s Career

    Much of the work of late bebop pioneer Oscar Pettiford is now available in one package: The Classic Albums 1953-1960. The five disc set includes recordings made after the jazz double bassist began using the cello in earnest as his secondary instrument following an arm injury. The late Pettiford, who was a composer and bandleader... »

  • SolidGoldFX Introduces The Apollo II Phaser Pedal

    SolidGoldFX Introduces The Apollo II Phaser Pedal

    SolidGoldFX’s Apollo phaser has been updated to The Apollo II. The stompbox combines an all-analog, four-stage phaser circuit with the company’s tap tempo microprocessor. The Apollo II now has an 11-position detent knob that controls a variety of distinct waveforms. Combined with its three different rhythmic patterns, SolidGoldFX says the pedal offers a vast array... »

  • Talking Technique: The Permutation Exercise

    Talking Technique: The Permutation Exercise

    To start things off in this new series, we’re going to be working on our left hand dexterity with the “Permutation Exercise”. Each finger is assigned a number: 1 for index 2 for middle 3 for ring and 4 for our pinky By practicing each variation or permutation of the numbers 1, 2, 3, and... »

  • Project RnL: Expiration Date

    Project RnL: Expiration Date

    Project RnL and bassist Or Lubianiker shared this video earlier this week, and it is another solid performance by one of our favorite bands. “We’ve been working recently on an ‘electronic’ live setup, and here’s our first attempt at it,” they shared. The song is “Expiration Date,” originally written by Pomplamoose. »

  • Saxon’s Latest is a Battering Ram

    Saxon’s Latest is a Battering Ram

    British heavy metal band Saxon has released its 21st studio album, Battering Ram. The record features bassist Nibbs Carter, who has been with the band since 1988. Known as one of the leading bands of the 1970’s New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Saxon evokes some of its early 80’s sound on the album. If... »

  • Stuart Hamm Announces Winter Tour

    Stuart Hamm Announces Winter Tour

    Stuart Hamm is hitting the road again in support of his latest album, The Book of Lies. The winter tour will include four solo dates before bringing on the bassists’s band consisting of guitarist Alex Skolnick and drummer Joel Taylor. Hamm’s outing focuses on the West Coast and Midwest. The solo dates start November 27th... »