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  • Evan Marien Releases “Artifacts”

    Evan Marien Releases “Artifacts”

    Bassist/multi-instrumentalist Evan Marien has released his latest solo effort, Artifacts. Marien composed, produced and mixed the album, which he said “slowly took shape over three years–a painstakingly careful process to produce some of the most unique sounds and textures that reflect what I’ve seen and heard in my life.” Marien said he’s particularly proud of... »

  • Three Rainbow 1979 Live Sets Available in One Package

    Three Rainbow 1979 Live Sets Available in One Package

    When Rainbow hit the road in 1979, the band looked different. Singer Ronnie James Dio had exited and Graham Bonnet had taken over vocals for the Ritchie Blackmore-led band. Guitarist Blackmore’s Deep Purple bandmate, bassist Roger Glover, had also newly joined the fold as both bassist and producer, and the reformed group recorded a commercially... »

  • Hendrix Live Album from 1970 Atlanta Set Released, Show Also Focus of Documentary

    Hendrix Live Album from 1970 Atlanta Set Released, Show Also Focus of Documentary

    On July 4, 1970, the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed in front of 300,000 people at the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, which was viewed as a kind of “Southern Woodstock.” Hendrix’s bassist for the performance was Billy Cox (who also played with Hendrix at Woodstock), who is interviewed (as is Paul McCartney) in the documentary... »

  • Michael Manring’s First Solo Album Remastered, Reissued

    Michael Manring’s First Solo Album Remastered, Reissued

    Jazz fusion/experimental bass virtuoso Michael Manring’s first solo album, Unusual Weather, is now available in a remastered and repackaged CD edition. Adventure Music is behind the reissue of Manring’s 1986 solo debut, which first appeared on Windham Hill Records, where he acted as house bassist. A student of the late, great Jaco Pastorius, Manring is... »

  • Motörhead Returns with Some “Bad Magic”

    Motörhead Returns with Some “Bad Magic”

    Well, now that Lemmy has switched from Jack and Coke to vodka and orange for his health, the bassist in shape to support his stalwart metal band Motörhead’s latest, Bad Magic. Motörhead, celebrating its 40th anniversary, retains its signature driving sound on Bad Magic (its 22nd studio album), which is being promoted as the group’s... »

  • Disturbed Ends Four-Year Hiatus With New Album

    Disturbed Ends Four-Year Hiatus With New Album

    Disturbed has returned after a four-year hiatus with the album, Immortalized. The metal band’s break was a deliberate one, and it never signaled a potential breakup. As guitarist Dan Donegan told Billboard, the band members said to themselves, “ ‘Let’s put the brakes on for a minute here. Let’s walk away from it and give... »

  • The Sword Releases Fifth Studio Album

    The Sword Releases Fifth Studio Album

    Austin’s The Sword has changed up its sound profile yet again on its fifth studio album, High Country, which marks a departure from 2012’s Apocryphon. As a review in Blabbermouth puts it, “this album freaking swings as much as it strains speakers.” The review also singles out Bryan Richie’s bass work, particularly on what it... »

  • Rivers of Nihil Releases Second Album

    Rivers of Nihil Releases Second Album

    Death metal band Rivers of Nihil has released its sophomore effort, Monarchy. The album came together after extensive touring following the Pennsylvania-based band’s debut album and the addition of several new members. It also marked a different recording method for the band, which, instead of heading directly into the studio to record, worked on songs... »

  • Twelfth Spock’s Beard Album Different, But In a Familiar Way

    Twelfth Spock’s Beard Album Different, But In a Familiar Way

    Progressive rockers Spock’s Beard are back with the band’s twelfth studio album, The Oblivion Particle. “I think the opening track ‘Tides of Time’ is classic Spock’s in terms of arrangement and style, but everything else is fairly different,” said bassist Dave Meros. “That said, the whole album is still within the parameters of what people... »

  • Lee Ritenour Teams With Two Bassists on Latest Album

    Lee Ritenour Teams With Two Bassists on Latest Album

    Fourplay founding member Lee Ritenour’s guitar work is all over popular music — he’s played more than 3,000 sessions, with everyone from Pink Floyd to Dizzy Gillespie, earned a Grammy for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, and netted 17 more Grammy nominations besides. The jazz player’s latest album, A Twist of Rit, sees him... »