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  • Deep Purple “Phoenix Rising” DVD Released

    Deep Purple “Phoenix Rising” DVD Released

    Deep Purple’s history is examined in Phoenix Rising, a DVD/CD package that includes the film “Gettin’ Tighter,” which tells the band’s story revolving around its Mark IV lineup and eventual demise through in-depth interviews, never told stories and backstage footage. In addition to the 90-minute documentary, 30 minutes of never-before-seen concert footage from their 1975... »

  • Tony Campos Joins Soulfly

    Tony Campos Joins Soulfly

    Former Static-X bassist Tony Campos has joined the ranks of the metal outfit Soulfly, replacing Bobby Burns. Burns, who was in the band for seven years, left last July. Though the group had been performing with a fill-in, Campos will be the permanent bassist, with his first Soulfly show will be on July 31 at... »

  • Custom Shop: Verellen Amplifiers

    Custom Shop: Verellen Amplifiers

    So far in the Custom Shop series, we’ve asked luthiers about building custom bass guitars. This time we got the chance to talk to Ben Verellen to look into a perhaps lesser-known market: custom amplifiers. Based in Seattle, Washington, Ben Verellen of Verellen Amplifiers grew up playing bass and eventually decided to go to school... »

  • The O’Jays: For The Love of Money

    The O’Jays: For The Love of Money

    Here’s another iconic bass line that everyone should know, penned and recorded by Anthony Jackson for the O’Jays. This clip shows bassist Curtis Teel adding his own groove to it to make people shake their money makers for this performance on Soul Train in 1974. »

  • Ben Williams Releases Debut Album “State of Art”

    Ben Williams Releases Debut Album “State of Art”

    Ben Williams won the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition in 2009, and with it, a recording contract with Concord Jazz. Over the last two years, Williams has been recording with several artists on the label, and has now released State of Art, his debut album as a leader. This album offers a unique blend of... »

  • 311 Announces Unity Tour 2011, Release New Single

    311 Announces Unity Tour 2011, Release New Single

    In gearing up for their new album due mid-July, 311 has announced an extensive amphitheater tour about the U.S. The Unity Tour 2011 begins July 6th in Wichita, Kansas and will include support from Sublime with Rome, DJ Soulman, and DJ Trichrome. The schedule also has the band’s first 3-day 311 Pow Wow Fest, which... »

  • Approaches to Music Arranging

    Approaches to Music Arranging

    Q: How do you go about making your song arrangements? Do you have a plan from the beginning for the different instruments, or do you let the other musicians fill in the gaps based on their experience/ideas? I imagine that the distance between what you intend to create vs. what you actually create is much... »

  • Weather Report: River People, Live (1978)

    Weather Report: River People, Live (1978)

    Here’s a clip from the Weather Report concert in Offenbach, Germany on September 29, 1978. The group is performing “River People”, composed by the one and only Jaco Pastorius. »

  • Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run Re-Issued

    Paul McCartney: Run Devil Run Re-Issued

    Paul McCartney‘s catalog of re-issued albums adds one more to the list with the re-release of Run Devil Run. Originally released in 1999, this was McCartney’s first project following the passing of his wife, Linda. For this album, McCartney decided to return to the music of his roots, blending both popular and lesser known 1950’s... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Kent Beatty

    Reader Spotlight: Kent Beatty

    Meet Kent Beatty, a bassist from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and our player in the spotlight for June 28, 2011. Bio: Upcoming bassist Kent Beatty has been on his way to the forefront of modern bass playing since he started at age 12. Influenced by such legends as Flea, Les Claypool, Victor Wooten, and Stuart Zender,... »