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  • System Of A Down Announces 2018 Tour Dates

    System Of A Down Announces 2018 Tour Dates

    After teasing the news on Facebook, System of a Down has announced they will be returning to the stage in 2018. The band, anchored by Shavo Odadjian, will be playing at least five shows this October including a headlining spot on the Aftershock Festival. Three of the other dates include support from At The Drive... »

  • Hiwatt Unveils DR401 400w Bass Head at MusikMesse

    Hiwatt Unveils DR401 400w Bass Head at MusikMesse

    Hiwatt was on hand at this year’s Musikmesse to unveil the DR401, which they declare as the “most powerful all-tube bass amp in the world.” The tube head features three ECC83’s and one ECC81 in the preamp with a whopping eight KT88’s in the power section to produce 580 watts RMS before clipping. Custom made... »

  • Joanna Dudkowska: Bach Cello Suite No. 1, I. Prelude

    Joanna Dudkowska: Bach Cello Suite No. 1, I. Prelude

    We’ve seen plenty of bassists tackle Bach’s Prelude to the first Cello Suite, but never quite like this. Polish bassist Joanna Dudkowska produced this video performing the iconic piece in her many personas. “The film presents four of my various music personalities,” she shares. “I work as a session musician in Poland. I wanted to... »

  • Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band Release “On Call”

    Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band Release “On Call”

    Peter Erskine and his Dr. Um band are back at it, and this time they’re “On Call”. The new double album features a CD of studio recordings plus a CD of a live performance in Ochiobello, Italy on July 30, 2017. The former Weather Report drummer’s band once again includes pianist John Beasley, saxophonist Bob... »

  • Leland Sklar Joins Judith Owen for Spring Tour

    Leland Sklar Joins Judith Owen for Spring Tour

    Singer-songwriter Judith Owen has announced a new spring tour in support of her upcoming album redisCOVERed, which will feature reworked songs ranging from Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” to Drake’s “Hotline Bling”. The trek will once again be anchored by Owen’s friend and bass legend, Leland Sklar. “Of course I’ll be touring from here... »

  • Darkglass Electronics Unveils Darkglass VST Plugin by Neural DSP

    Darkglass Electronics Unveils Darkglass VST Plugin by Neural DSP

    Darkglass Electronics has partnered with Neural DSP Technologies to create the Darkglass Ultra VST Plugin. “We have spent the past 6 months developing circuit modeling and digital signal processing techniques,” Darkglass’s Franco Azocar explains. “Partnering with Neural DSP, our first product is a plugin modeled on Darkglass’ Ultra pedal series.” The plugin models the Darkglass... »

  • Two Bass Hit: An Interview with Jeff Pinkus and Steven McDonald

    Two Bass Hit: An Interview with Jeff Pinkus and Steven McDonald

    The Melvins have followed up last year’s double album, A Walk with Love & Death, with a double bass album. features both Steven McDonald and Jeff Pinkus laying down the low end on original tunes plus some outstanding covers. The album title is a riff on the name of a record by the Butthole Surfers,... »

  • Flea’s Memoirs Available for Preorder

    Flea’s Memoirs Available for Preorder

    Four years ago, we reported that Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea was working on an autobiography. Now the influential bassist’s book has a title and a release date. Acid For the Children will be released on September 25th via Grand Central Publishing and will cover Flea’s upbringing, the trials and triumphs of the Chili... »

  • Gruv Gear Unveils David Ellefson “Recoil” Signature Strap

    Gruv Gear Unveils David Ellefson “Recoil” Signature Strap

    Gruv Gear has announced a new model to their signature strap series by way of a collaboration with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. The Recoil was designed and developed with the bassist and approved by bass health expert Dr. Randall Kertz. “Based on Gruv Gear’s popular SoloStrap Neo, this exclusive new design features unique front and... »

  • Rockboard Announces Cinque Pedalboards for 2018

    Rockboard Announces Cinque Pedalboards for 2018

    After revamping the 2018 Rockboard series of pedalboards, Warwick’s W-Music Distribution has announced the Cinque 5.2, Cinque 5.3, and Cinque 5.4 boards. The largest of the series, the models carry the same features including U-shaped vertical support braces and a streamlined frame design. “Based on only one folded cold-rolled aluminum sheet for the board frame,... »