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  • Ortega Guitars Releases the QUANTUMloop

    Ortega Guitars Releases the QUANTUMloop

    Germany’s Ortega Guitars has unveiled the QUANTUMloop. The device is a looper pedal with a built-in multi-digital percussion stompbox featuring 16 factory samples plus four customizable sample slots. The QUANTUMloop offers up to five minutes of loop time with an unlimited amount of overdubs. Other features include a solid mahogany wood housing, a trigger input,... »

  • Blues Beatles: Love Me Do

    Blues Beatles: Love Me Do

    Readers always get a kick out of the Blues Beatles and their re-imagined covers of Beatles’ tunes (we do too). Here’s the band performing “Love Me Do,” with some excellent bass playing and backing vocals by Bruno Falc√£o. I’m also digging the organ and the sax on this one. »

  • Between the Buried and Me Releases “Automata II”

    Between the Buried and Me Releases “Automata II”

    Between the Buried and Me have followed up Automata I from earlier this year with it’s conclusion, Automata II. The two-part concept album is based around the idea of being able to view the dreams of others. “Automata II sees us at our most dynamic and most creative,” says bassist Dan Briggs. “It feels like... »

  • Ron McGovney Opens Up About Being Replaced in Metallica by Cliff Burton

    Ron McGovney Opens Up About Being Replaced in Metallica by Cliff Burton

    The legendary Cliff Burton is often thought to be Metallica’s first bassist since he is featured on all the early recordings. It was, however, Ron McGovney who first held down the low end in the band. McGovney recently opened up about the transition to Burton as Metallica’s bassist in a new interview on Chris Jericho’s... »

  • What A Day: Last Calling

    What A Day: Last Calling

    The bass/vocal duo What A Day is back with a new song called “Last Calling.” As always, Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie deliver gorgeous and haunting melodies overtop of Joly’s creative bass work. »

  • Pickpocket Releases “Permutations”

    Pickpocket Releases “Permutations”

    Australian instrumental funk band Pickpocket have returned with a new EP called Permutations. Anchored by bassist Craig Strain, the band explores their sound even further this go around. “This release sees the band delving into some deeper grooves and richer harmonic textures while paying homage to our musical roots and attempting to push into newer... »

  • Idiotbox Effects Releases the Blackout Fuzz Pedal

    Idiotbox Effects Releases the Blackout Fuzz Pedal

    Idiotbox Effects has launched the Blackout, a pedal that contains two muff circuits mixed parallel. Each has its own Fuzz, Tone, and Output controls while having different tone voicings. The top circuit has a traditional muff tone control; the bottom is more of a mid boost/scoop control. “This thing is a sonic beast and capable... »

  • Cheikh Ndoye: “Giant Steps” on Bass Xalam

    Cheikh Ndoye: “Giant Steps” on Bass Xalam

    We’ve featured Cheikh Ndoye on traditional African bass instruments before, but his latest video is amazing. He performs the infamous John Coltrane song “Giant Steps” on the Bass Xalam. He plays through the melody and walks two choruses of the song that would be difficult on an electric bass. »

  • Sam Bevan Releases “Emergence”

    Sam Bevan Releases “Emergence”

    Bassist Sam Bevan has released Emergence, an album of original modern jazz that draws from his time in the San Francisco Bay area. Bevan is based in New York City but spent 16 years in the Bay and used some of his friends from the area on the record. “Drawing from jazz, gospel, Afro-Cuban and... »

  • Primus Adds to Final 2018 Tour Dates

    Primus Adds to Final 2018 Tour Dates

    After announcing the final batch of tour dates in support of their latest album, The Desaturating Seven, Primus has listened to the fans and added a handful more dates for the rest of the year. The band has been performing the album, which is based on a trippy goblin-themed children’s book, in full during their... »