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The Specials Return With “Protest Songs 1924-2012”
New Albums

The Specials Return With “Protest Songs 1924-2012”

English Two-Tone band The Specials have returned with a themed album. “Protest Songs 1924-2012” collects songs with a message from the 88 year period. Horace Panter says the record was influenced by the upheaval of the past two years.

Mattoverse Unveils the Just A Phase Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Mattoverse Unveils the Just A Phase Pedal

Mattoverse’s newest pedal may be called “Just a Phase,” but the company says it’s much more than just another phaser. The three-knob stompbox features an all-analog signal path with eight digitally-controlled waveforms.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Unveil World Tour Details
Concerts & Tours

Red Hot Chili Peppers Unveil World Tour Details

After teasing their world tour with a spoof video last month, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a full itinerary of their upcoming global trek, and it’s going to be epic.

Eventide Audio Introduces the TriceraChorus Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Eventide Audio Introduces the TriceraChorus Pedal

Eventide has expanded its line of effects pedals with the TriceraChorus. Inspired by the Tri-Stereo Chorus of the late ’70s and early ’80s, the pedal combines stereo bucket brigade-style chorusing with their MicroPitch detuning.

Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke Announce December Tour
Concerts & Tours

Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke Announce December Tour

Last year, Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke reunited to release “Noon”, which marked their first album together in 15 years. Now they’re breaking another dry spell by touring together for the first time in 16 years.

“The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At the Apollo” Now Available
New Albums

“The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At the Apollo” Now Available

Daptone Records has been leading the resurgence of classic soul since its inception in 2001. The label, co-created by bassist Gabriel Roth (AKA Bosco Mann), is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a 2-disc live album.

Jukka Gustavson & Street Level, Featuring Jan-Olof Strandberg, Release “Natural High”
New Albums

Jukka Gustavson & Street Level, Featuring Jan-Olof Strandberg, Release “Natural High”

Sometimes you can’t let a good thing get away. That’s why after a few gigs together, Jukka Gustavson, Jan-Olof Strandberg, and Thomas Törnroos created a band and stuck together to make an album. “Natural High” is the group’s debut recording.

Esperanza Spalding Releases New Album, “Songwrights Apothecary Lab”
New Albums

Esperanza Spalding Releases New Album, “Songwrights Apothecary Lab”

Esperanza Spalding has released her eighth album as a leader, entitled “Songwrights Apothecary Lab”. Building off of the three-song EP from April, the album contains twelve songs.

MXR Introduces the Deep Phase Pedal
Pedals & Effects

MXR Introduces the Deep Phase Pedal

MXR is now shipping the Deep Phase Pedal, which they say delivers “uniquely expressive vintage phaser tones.” The stompbox works well on both bass and guitar.

In Memoriam: Steve Rabe
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Steve Rabe

Steve Rabe, founder and chief engineer of SWR Engineering, has passed away, his family announced. He was 73 years old.

Bass of the Week: AST Basses & Guitars The Dawn Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: AST Basses & Guitars The Dawn Bass

AST Basses & Guitars celebrated their 100th instrument by creating a masterpiece called The Dawn Bass. The six-string bass sports a quilted maple top that’s inlaid with padauk and ebony to create a Japanese theme.

Mark Hoppus is Cancer Free
News

Mark Hoppus is Cancer Free

After revealing he’d been battling cancer back in June, Mark Hoppus has some great news. The Blink-182 bassist took to Instagram to say he’s cancer-free.