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  • Steve Lawson: Transcendence And Decay

    Steve Lawson: Transcendence And Decay

    Steve Lawson has a new album coming soon (available now for his subscribers!) called Beauty and Desolation, and it’s gorgeous. Lawson, who is a master of soundscapes, improvised the entire seven-song collection with his bass and an MPC-style MIDI controller called the Quneo for beats and piano parts. “Improvising allows me to play music that... »

  • The Wood Brothers Extend Tour Dates Into 2019

    The Wood Brothers Extend Tour Dates Into 2019

    The Wood Brothers have been on tour for most of 2018, and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down. They’ve just tacked on more dates to their fall tour that will take them into January 2019. The newly announced dates kick off November 9th in Ithaca, New York before jumping down to Texas and... »

  • Primus: “Tommy the Cat” with Upright Bass

    Primus: “Tommy the Cat” with Upright Bass

    Wayne Brannon shared this video on the No Treble Facebook group, and it got my attention. “A little fun! From 1992, Primus appears as Bob Cock and His Yellow Socks for a jazzed up version of ‘Tommy The Cat’!” he wrote. Les Claypool’s bass line on the song is so iconic that hearing him take... »

  • Rise Against Releases “The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1”

    Rise Against Releases “The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1”

    Rise Against has reimagined parts of their catalog with a new release called The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1. The compilation album features songs from their albums Wolves, Appeal to Reason, The Unraveling, Revolutions per Minute, and Endgame with acoustic or alternative instrumentation. It is, of course, anchored by bassist Joe Principe, who takes up... »

  • Dug Pinnick Steps Down From MC5 50th Anniversary Tour, Billy Gould Steps In

    Dug Pinnick Steps Down From MC5 50th Anniversary Tour, Billy Gould Steps In

    Wayne Kramer’s MC5 tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kick Out the Jams has gotten a bit of a shakeup. Fronted by Kramer, the band was scheduled to be filled out with King’s X bassist Dug Pinnick, but he’s left the tour. Faith No More’s Billy Gould will now fill in on the entire outing.... »

  • Trip Wamsley Releases “Shibboleth”

    Trip Wamsley Releases “Shibboleth”

    Trip Wamsley has released Shibboleth, a new solo album featuring three drummers alongside the bassist performing everything else. “Shibboleth” is defined as “a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning.” “Does it meaning anything?” Wamsley asks. “Is it realistic or... »

  • Cusack Music Introduces Resound Reverb

    Cusack Music Introduces Resound Reverb

    Cusack Music has introduced the Resound Reverb pedal, which offers eight reverb programs plus eight user programmable presets in two banks. The center of the pedal features a large 10mm, four-color LED that indicates the bank with left and right side LEDs to indicate the preset selected in that bank. It has knobs for two... »

  • Bass of the Week: Emiliano Bernal Burzaco Series BS0001

    Bass of the Week: Emiliano Bernal Burzaco Series BS0001

    Extended range bassist Lucas Gonzalez was approached by luthier Emiliano Bernal to collaborate on a series of ERBs. He shared the first of the results with us, dubbed the Burazco Series BS0001, and it’s beautiful. The hand-crafted instrument is built with a Bolivian mahogany body, a zebrawood top, and a two-piece quartersawn hard rock maple... »

  • Darryl Anders and AgapéSoul Release “Conversations”

    Darryl Anders and AgapéSoul Release “Conversations”

    Bassist Darryl Anders and AgapéSoul have released their long-awaited sophomore album, Conversations. Similar to their first album, the modern soul band dishes out beautiful melodies and lush harmonies held together by Anders’ rich bass tone. This time around they called upon some fantastic guest artists including Tommy Sims, Geoffrey Williams, Eric Gales, Paul Jackson Jr.,... »

  • The Violent Femmes Unveil Fall Tour Dates

    The Violent Femmes Unveil Fall Tour Dates

    The Violent Femmes have announced a new set of fall tour dates. Starting October 26th at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the trio will visit New York, Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, and Michigan during the trek. The band is, of course, driven in part by the unmistakable acoustic bass guitar of Brian Ritchie. Check... »