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  • Hawktail: Live at Reverb Sessions

    Hawktail: Live at Reverb Sessions

    Paul Kowert is best known as the bassist for the Punch Brothers, but he took his band Hawktail to the Reverb.com studios to play a couple tunes. The performances of “Say Old Man, Can You Play The Fiddle?” and “In the Kitchen” display the bassist’s virtuosity in a beautiful bluegrass setting. “Through both tunes, Paul... »

  • Phronesis Releases “We Are All”

    Phronesis Releases “We Are All”

    Jazz trio Phronesis has released their eighth album, entitled We Are All. The band, which was formed by bassist Jasper Høiby, dig deep to create expressive textures with a unified sense of melody. We Are All is a continuation of their unique instrumental sound, but it also leans on the message of togetherness. “More than... »

  • Dave Schools Shares “Bass Godz” Playlist

    Dave Schools Shares “Bass Godz” Playlist

    If you’re looking for some bass-heavy tunes featuring some of the greatest players to ever pick up our instrument, Dave Schools has you covered. The Widespread Panic bassist curated a Spotify playlist of 21 songs with bass lines that “influenced and perplexed” him as a young player. “It is not meant to be a Top-21... »

  • Electro-Harmonix Announces the Mod Rex Polyrhythmic Modulator Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix Announces the Mod Rex Polyrhythmic Modulator Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the Mod Rex polyrhythmic modulator pedal featuring four independent modulation sections synced in time. Each of the sections can be tweaked to create unique sounds. “MOD delivers vibrato, flanger, chorus or phaser. TREM features tremolo. PAN modulates between left and right in stereo operation and FILTER offers a choice of a modulated... »

  • Dunlop Introduces New BMF Guitar Straps

    Dunlop Introduces New BMF Guitar Straps

    Dunlop has expanded their BMF line of guitar straps with two new options. The first is a strap made from belt leather, which the company says get better with age. They come in brown and black. “Comfortable on your shoulder from the start, Belt Leather Straps become even softer as you wear them in, and... »

  • Rush to Issue 40th Anniversary Edition of “Hemispheres”

    Rush to Issue 40th Anniversary Edition of “Hemispheres”

    Rush’s seminal album Hemispheres will be getting a 40th anniversary reissue on November 16th, the band revealed. The new release will come in four packages: a super deluxe edition, a two-CD deluxe edition, a 3-LP deluxe edition, and a deluxe digital edition. Released in 1978, Hemispheres cemented the more progressive sonic approach that Rush started... »

  • Beyond Creation: “Entre Suffrage Et Mirage” Studio Playthrough

    Beyond Creation: “Entre Suffrage Et Mirage” Studio Playthrough

    I always love a good metal playthrough video, and Beyond Creation never disappoints. Here’s the entire band playing through the song “Entre Suffrage Et Mirage” from their upcoming album, Algorythm. Bassist Hugo Doyon-Karout absolutely shreds throughout the clip with some sweet bass melodies thrown in at the end. Keep in mind he’s playing a fretless... »

  • Tim Lefebvre Featured on Donny McCaslin’s “Blow.”

    Tim Lefebvre Featured on Donny McCaslin’s “Blow.”

    Donny McCaslin has released Blow., an album his website says “fully realizes [David] Bowie’s influence and McCaslin’s evolved artistic direction.” The saxophonist worked with the pop megastar on Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, which was released just days before Bowie’s death in 2016. “Before working with him, things like this didn’t seem possible to me,” McCaslin... »

  • Orange Amplification Adds 1×12 to OBC Bass Cabinet Line

    Orange Amplification Adds 1×12 to OBC Bass Cabinet Line

    Orange Amplification has expanded their OBC line of bass cabinets with the OBC112. The 1×12 bass cab is constructed with 15mm birch ply to make it lightweight while packing a punch. “With rear porting and featuring a 400 Watt Lavoce Neodymium 12″ bass speaker, the OBC112 produces a surprising amount of bottom end despite its... »

  • Christian McBride’s New Jawn: Middle Man

    Christian McBride’s New Jawn: Middle Man

    I was lucky enough to catch Christian McBride’s New Jawn at Blues Alley in DC a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been reeling ever since. The band’s raw energy and unfettered power left me inspired (and waiting for their new album to drop). The New Jawn has no chordal instrument, leaving plenty of room for... »