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Summer NAMM Gear Watch: Fleabass Street Bass
Bass Gear, Summer NAMM

Summer NAMM Gear Watch: Fleabass Street Bass

The Fleabass line will be expanding with the coming of the Street Bass model, due to ship in late July. The Street Bass is an even more affordable version of the already available Touring Bass, which Flea himself is using to tour and write the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album with. The Street model varies from the Touring Bass...


Help Kickstart Tri-Fi’s New Album

Jazz trio Tri-Fi, featuring bassist and Scott Lafaro expert Phil Palombi, have announced that they are in the process of creating a new album. The CD will be their third album, following up on 2007’s Postcards. To fund the project, they have created a Kickstarter account, which asks for donations in return for gifts, ranging anywhere from a digital download...

Gear Watch: The Guitar Grip
Accessories & Strings

Gear Watch: The Guitar Grip

Grip Studios has added to their line of Custom Guitar Hangers, featuring wall hangers in the shape of hands. Made in Detroit, the hangers come in standard or made to order custom designs with high gloss finishes, and support basses and guitars. Two new designs will be released in July 2010, called Bella Rose and Woody. You can also get...


Fender Announces Rock & Roar Giveaway

As a part of the promotion of the new Green Day: Rock Band video game, Fender has announced the Rock & Roar Giveaway. The grand-prize winner receives an autographed Squier by Fender Mike Dirnt Precision Bass Gutar, a Fender Rumble 15 combo amp, and a copy of the new Green Day: Rock Band game. Five runner-ups will also win the...

Concerts & Tours

Primus Gears Up for 2nd Annual Oddity Faire Tour

After announcing a summer tour, Primus will also be taking part in the 2nd annual Oddity Faire Tour, which is being billed as a “freak show like no other.” The tour is a multi-medium event, including musicians as well as other performers. The acts joining the trio for the trek will be rotating throughout the tour, but Mariachi el Bronx,...

New Albums

Mike Watt’s Floored by Floor Announces Debut Album

Punk legend Mike Watt’s supergroup project, Floored by Four, has announced that they will be releasing a self-titled debut album, due out September 28 on Chimera Records. This will be their first recording together, a little over a year after their first live performance. The other band members include Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, former Cibo Matto keyboardist Yuka Honda and...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Pigtronix EP2 Envelope Phaser

Pigtronix has introduced their latest analog effects pedal: the EP2 Envelope Phaser. The EP2 is a redesign of the company’s original Envelope Phaser, but still features the option of both envelope and LFO modulation. Among the new features is a “Staccato” function which accommodates tight funk bass by “listening” to your playing and discharging the envelope between your notes. This...

Concerts & Tours, Player News

Tal Wilkenfeld Breaks from New Album to Tour with Herbie Hancock

After announcing her work on several upcoming albums, Tal Wilkenfeld revealed that she will be joining Herbie Hancock on the road as he tours in support of his newest effort, The Imagine Project. Wilkenfeld broke the news on her Facebook page, adding that to do so, she will be taking a break from making her new album. The tour will...

Player News

Adam Clayton Sues U2 Financial Mastermind

U2’s Adam Clayton is beginning another legal battle, only months after accusing his assistant of stealing millions of dollars. Now the bassist is suing his band’s “financial controller,” Gaby Smyth, for alleged negligence. Clayton lodged papers against Smyth on June 4th, and though not all of the details are clear, the claim is in reference to investments made on the...

New Albums

Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna Partner Up With Wolfgang’s Vault

If you love Jack Casady, then you’ll be happy to know that Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Hot Tuna have made a partnership with Wolfgang’s Vault, the world’s largest archive dedicated to live music spanning the last five decades. The site contains exclusive free streaming concert recordings and downloads for purchase, including Jefferson Airplane playing the opening of the Fillmore...