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Concerts & Tours

Medeski Martin and Wood Tour Dates

Medeski Martin and Wood have kicked off their 10 day west coast tour, beginning in San Diego, California. The experimental jazz group, featuring Chris Wood on bass, will be trekking in support of their recently released box set, Radiolarians: The Evolutionary Set. The collection includes the Radiolarian albums I, II, and III, a 10 track disc of remixes, a live...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Ansir Amico

Ansir Music has announced the release of their new Amico line of basses. The new bass, designed based on an idea by bassist Joey Green, is available in 4, 5, 6-string, and left-handed versions. Ansir basses are custom made using the bassist’s choice of woods and customized neck angles determined from the player’s measurements and preferences. Each bass is fitted...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Warwick RockBass Alien

Warwick has announced a budget version of their existing acoustic bass, the Alien. The new RockBass Alien models are available as Standard or Deluxe, 4- or 5-string, with or without frets. The Standard version features a spruce top and laminated agathis wood for its back and sides. The laminated woods increase the instrument’s stability and strengthen it for performance. The...

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Stanley Clarke helps present basses for charity

Stanley Clarke was a special guest at the Grammy Museum during a ceremony that introduced five new upright basses, which will be auctioned for charity. The basses, which were designed by artists from the Walt Disney Animation Studio, feature a New Orleans theme, an Enchanted Princess, Dumbo’s Pink Elephants, a Cheshire Cat grin, and a Genie. They will be auctioned...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: White Horse BP35

The instrument and gear makers at Gear4music.com have debuted a new bass amp in their White Horse line. The BP35 Bass Guitar Amp shares the same sound and controls as the larger White Horse amps, but in a more compact version featuring a 10” speaker. Bright and boost switches in conjunction with a 3 band EQ give you the ability...

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Railroad Earth recruits Andrew Altman

Early last month, we reported on bassist Johnny Grubb’s departure from the popular jam band Railroad Earth. The band has recently filled the vacant bass position with Andrew Altman, formerly of the Codetalkers. RRE posted a message on their site saying, “He initially made an impression on the band when The Codetalkers opened for Railroad Earth in North Carolina a...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Keith McMillen K-Bow for Bass

Keith McMillen Instruments has just released a video featuring their revolutionary product, the K-Bow, on a bass. The K-Bow is a specialized bow that utilizes Bluetooth technology to transmit data to its own comprehensive suite of software on your computer. The software then manipulates different effects, tones, loops, and more to give you a fluid and inspiring way to create...

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David Ellefson rejoins Megadeth

After an 8 year break, David Ellefson will finally be returning to the legendary multi-platinum group, Megadeth. This comes just in time for the upcoming tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of the iconic album Rust in Peace, which begins March 1 in Spokane, WA. The tour will include the band playing Rust in Peace in its entirety, as well as...

New Albums

Melissa Auf Der Maur announces new album, releases video

The strong-willed Melissa Auf Der Maur has confirmed that she will be releasing a new 12-song solo album due out on March 23rd. The new album, entitled Out of Our Minds, promises to be an ambitious piece of conceptual art that will also include a film by Tony Stone that was debuted at Sundance. Trailers and info on the film...

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Phil Lesh celebrates 70 with charity show

Former Grateful Dead and current Furthur bassist Phil Lesh will be celebrating his 70th birthday with a giant concert, being billed as “Furthur and Friends.” The concert will take place on Friday, March 12th, although Lesh’s actual birthday is the 15th, at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Auditorium. The event will also be a special benefit for the Unbroken Chain Foundation....