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  • “Queen Forever” Compilation Gets Vinyl Treatment

    “Queen Forever” Compilation Gets Vinyl Treatment

    Vinyl-loving Queen fans can now get their hands on a 4-LP version of last year’s Queen Forever compilation, which included a “lost” ballad version of late singer Freddie Mercury’s “Love Kills.” Queen Forever focuses on the band’s love songs and includes work from its now-retired bassist John Deacon. Deacon’s work is not only present throughout... »

  • Aquarium Rescue Unit, Featuring Oteil Burbridge, Announces 2015 Reunion Tour

    Aquarium Rescue Unit, Featuring Oteil Burbridge, Announces 2015 Reunion Tour

    The quirky jam legends of Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit have announced they will be reuniting this summer for a handful of tour dates presented by Relix Magazine. Originally formed in 1988, the band will hit the road with its classic lineup of Hampton, guitarist Jimmy Herring, drummer Jeff Sipe, and bassist... »

  • Incubus Returns With First of Two Planned EPs for 2015

    Incubus Returns With First of Two Planned EPs for 2015

    Incubus has released the first of two EPs slated for release this year. The rockers’ first EP of the year, Trust Fall (Side A) features four songs, including the title track “Trust Fall,” which bassist Ben Kenney calls “our seven-minute FM-radio opus… It’s our ‘Stairway.’” The last bit of that comment is a little tongue-in-cheek... »

  • Six Feet Under Releases 11th Album

    Six Feet Under Releases 11th Album

    Death metal band Six Feet Under, originally formed as a side project from Cannibal Corpse by frontman Chris Barnes, has released its 11th album, Crypt of the Devil. The record was recorded bassist/guitarist Phil Hall’s studio in Virginia, which is where Hall tracked its bass and guitar parts. The sound achieved is just what you’d... »

  • METZ Releases Sophomore Album

    METZ Releases Sophomore Album

    Post-punk trio METZ has released its second effort, II, which the band describes as a “heavier, darker, and sloppier” album than its debut. The band, with Chris Slorach on bass, wrote the record over the course of about six months and recorded II in three different Canadian studios. The trio have created a loud, intense... »

  • Hiatus Kaiyote Offers Up Progressive Soul

    Hiatus Kaiyote Offers Up Progressive Soul

    Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote’s latest album Choose Your Weapon, is a 70-minute monster. Bassist Paul Bender calls it “huge, massive, complex puzzle,” according to The Guardian. The band’s sound has been described as “future soul” and progressive. It’s pretty singular. Check out “Breathing Underwater” from Choose Your Weapon: Choose Your Weapon is , and as... »

  • Miles Mosley and Thundercat Get Epic on Kamasi Washington’s New Album

    Miles Mosley and Thundercat Get Epic on Kamasi Washington’s New Album

    Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington pulled in not one, but two top-notch bassists for his latest, The Epic. Miles Mosley (Jeff Beck, Joni Mitchell, Common) handles acoustic bass on the record and Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, ex-Suicidal Tendencies) is on electric in the 10-piece-jazz band assembled by Washington. The album lives up to... »

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  • Book Teaches Plectrum Playing, for All Ability Levels

    Book Teaches Plectrum Playing, for All Ability Levels

    Just about everything you need to know about playing bass with a pick is covered in Stuart Clayton’s Plectrum Techniques for Bass Guitar. The book, with 201 exercises, can be used by every player — from beginner to advanced. The book also includes four study pieces. All are supported by downloadable audio. Chapters cover triplets,... »

  • D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” Gets 15th Anniversary Vinyl Release

    D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” Gets 15th Anniversary Vinyl Release

    D’Angelo’s Voodoo was a delight for bass/soul fans, offering up grooves from star session player Pino Palladino. Inspired by old-school soul and R&B, the 2000 record is now considered a classic, and it’s getting the kind of treatment a classic deserves — a reissue on heavyweight white vinyl. The reissue has appeared as D’Angelo prepares... »

  • Paul McCartney Adds “Out There” 2015 U.S. Tour Dates

    Paul McCartney Adds “Out There” 2015 U.S. Tour Dates

    Paul McCartney has plotted more U.S. Tour Dates as part of his continuing “Out There” trek, including two festival appearances. The former Beatles bassist, who is currently making his way through Japan and South Korea, will be heading back to the States starting June 19th at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. He then... »