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  • The Incognito Bass Book Now Available

    The Incognito Bass Book Now Available

    Incognito has been putting out great music since 1981, with most of their greatest songs being fueled by incredible bass lines. Now bassists can dig into the music with The Incognito Bass Book from Bassline Publishing. Transcribed and compiled by Stuart Clayton, the book features songs from throughout the British acid jazz band’s career. “From... »

  • Entheos Releases “Dark Future”

    Entheos Releases “Dark Future”

    Entheos has returned with their second full length album, entitled Dark Future. Anchored by bassist Evan Brewer, the recording is described by the band as an expansion on their songwriting. “We wanted to evolve the sound a little bit,” drummer Navene Koperweis says. “Evan wrote a lot more. You can feel [guitarist Travis LeVrier’s influence... »

  • Fender Unveils Limited Edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz Bass

    Fender Unveils Limited Edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz Bass

    U2’s Adam Clayton is getting a new pair of special basses from Fender this year. The limited edition Adam Clayton Precision and Jazz basses come with maple fingerboards and a unique purple sparkle finish. Both basses are built with an alder body, carbon-reinforced maple neck, and maple fingerboard that’s adorned with abalone inlays. Fender fits... »

  • Thundercat: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    Thundercat: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    Thundercat has a style all his own. His playing is unbelievable and his songs are earworms. That’s evidenced on his recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert from October. With bandmates Dennis Hamm, Justin Brown, and Miguel Antwood Ferguson, the bassist plays through three tracks from his album, Drunk: “Lava Lamp,” “Friend Zone,” and “Them Changes.” Check... »

  • R.E.M. Releases “Automatic For The People” 25th Anniversary Reissue

    R.E.M. Releases “Automatic For The People” 25th Anniversary Reissue

    It’s been 25 years since R.E.M.’s iconic album Automatic For The People and Concord’s Craft Recordings is celebrating with a deluxe reissue. Available in three versions, the remastered album includes their hits “Nightswimming,” “Man on the Moon” and “Everybody Hurts.” While it’s a hugely important record to so many people, the band members didn’t necessarily... »

  • Acoustic Amplification Introduces B410C Bass Cabinet

    Acoustic Amplification Introduces B410C Bass Cabinet

    Acoustic Amplification expanded their bass amplification lineup with the B410C bass cabinet. Featuring a 4×10-inch speaker configuration, the cab handles up to 400 watts at 8 ohms. The cab’s traditional ferrite speakers are also accompanied by a defeatable high-frequency horn driver. “This great cab harkens back to the original bass speakers that consistently delivered amazing... »

  • Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli

    Stories Behind the Songs: Kenny Passarelli

    Kenny Passarelli’s place in music history was cemented when he co-wrote Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” but that just scratches the surface of his career. He also worked with Elton John, Hall and Oates, Stephen Stills, Tommy Bolin, Dan Fogelberg, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and more. Naturally, he has more than a few stories to... »

  • Snarky Puppy Announces 2018 Tour, GroundUp Music Festival

    Snarky Puppy Announces 2018 Tour, GroundUp Music Festival

    Michael League and Snarky Puppy have announced a U.S. tour for 2018 with support from fellow GroundUP artists Forq, Alina Engibaryan, Sirintip, and Banda Magda. The Grammy-winning band will begin their trek in Atlanta, Georgia on February 14th before heading north to Maryland then west. It is currently slated to wrap up March 4th after... »

  • S.I.T. Strings Introduces the Foundations Bass Strings

    S.I.T. Strings Introduces the Foundations Bass Strings

    S.I.T. Strings unveiled a new set of bass strings called the Foundations line at Bass Player Live this year. The new strings are built with a “state-of-the-art core material” that the company says makes them extremely responsive. “Designed to be the brightest and most flexible bass string available, The Foundations are sure to become the... »

  • Metallica’s Remastered “Master of Puppets” Box Set Features Cliff Burton Interviews, Jason Newsted Auditions

    Metallica’s Remastered “Master of Puppets” Box Set Features Cliff Burton Interviews, Jason Newsted Auditions

    31 years after its release, Metallica is paying tribute to their iconic Master of Puppets with an incredible reissue box set. The band’s third album has been remastered for sound quality in CD, vinyl, and digital formats. An expansive deluxe box set includes the album in several formats and much more with three vinyl records... »