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  • Rancid Returns with “Trouble Maker”

    Rancid Returns with “Trouble Maker”

    Legendary punk band Rancid has returned with their ninth album, Trouble Maker. Anchored by bass freak Matt Freeman, the 19-song collection runs from blistering riffs to ska-infused jams. Freeman’s lines continue to be rooted in driving the song while bringing a melodic element to the grooves. For proof, check out the band playing the album... »

  • Bakithi Kumalo Anchors New Paul Simon “The Concert in Hyde Park” DVD

    Bakithi Kumalo Anchors New Paul Simon “The Concert in Hyde Park” DVD

    In 2012, Paul Simon reunited with his Graceland musicians to perform special concert at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London. Held at Hyde Park, the concert also featured special appearances by Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Jimmy Cliff. The whole cast was anchored by the unshakeable bass grooves of Bakithi Kumalo. Luckily, it’s... »

  • Peter Dominguez Releases “Groove Dreams”

    Peter Dominguez Releases “Groove Dreams”

    Peter Dominguez has released Groove Dreams, an intimate and jaw-droppingly beautiful new solo double bass album. While the 10-song collection varies in content from jazz standards to new compositions to pop ballads, there is one common thread throughout: the late, great jazz legend Milt Hinton. Dominguez, who is a professor of jazz studies and double... »

  • Simon Sammut Returns With “Crossing”

    Simon Sammut Returns With “Crossing”

    Bassist Simon Sammut has released his sophomore solo album called Crossing. Following up on 2011’s Bassic Attitude, the effort is an evolution of his sound, which he describes as “fluid in texture and inspiration.” “The musical score and complimentary paintings are based on a common theme of ‘crossing,'” he writes. “Essentially it is about crossing... »

  • Roger Waters Releases Fifth Solo Album

    Roger Waters Releases Fifth Solo Album

    Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters is back with his fifth solo album, entitled Is This The Life We Really Want? It’s his first studio album since 1992’s Amused to Death. As one might expect from the songwriter’s past and present stances, the album is politically-charged. Although he regularly expresses his opinions on the current... »

  • Trevor Dunn Anchors New John Zorn Album

    Trevor Dunn Anchors New John Zorn Album

    Composer John Zorn has released the sixth album with his 21st-century ensemble Simulacrum, called The Garden of Earthly Delights. The powerhouse band is comprised of bassist Trevor Dunn, keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Kenny Grohowski, guitarist Matt Hollenberg, and vocalist Sara Serpa. The exploratory album celebrates the 500th anniversary of the death of renowned painter Hieronymus... »

  • Asia Release Live CD/DVD Set Featuring the Late John Wetton

    Asia Release Live CD/DVD Set Featuring the Late John Wetton

    Asia has released a 2-CD/DVD live set called Symfonia – Live In Bulgaria 2013. The release captures the band in a concert at a second-century Roman theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. It also features the lineup of original Asia members John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes with guitarist Sam Coulson.... »

  • Thundercat Releases “Drunk”

    Thundercat Releases “Drunk”

    Thundercat’s long awaited full-length followup to 2015 EP The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam is finally out. Drunk is a 23-track exploration of the bassist/vocalist’s dark humor marked by shorter, more intense musical vignettes. As always, his unique six-string chordal playing creates a dream-like sonic playground punctuated by funky licks and quirky lyrics. Thudercat,... »

  • Peter Erskine Releases New Albums with Benjamin Shepherd and Damian Erskine

    Peter Erskine Releases New Albums with Benjamin Shepherd and Damian Erskine

    Drum legend Peter Erskine has worked with a slew of the world’s best bass players, and that’s once again documented on two new albums from his projects. First up, Erskine’s “Dr. Um” band has followed up their successful debut album with Second Opinion. Where the original album featured Janek Gwizdala, the former Weather Report drummer... »

  • EchoTest Releases Third Album, “From Two Balconies”

    EchoTest Releases Third Album, “From Two Balconies”

    Ever since Julie Slick teased the album back in October, we’ve been patiently waiting for the new EchoTest album. Now we’re basking in the goodness that the band calls From Two Balconies. Slick shares bass duties in the band on her Bass VI with fellow phenom Marco Machera, who plays on a five-string. Slick gave... »