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Tal Wilkenfeld Featured on Three Upcoming Releases

Tal Wilkenfeld has announced she will be featured on three upcoming albums. The Australian bass phenom has been busy working in the studio with Herbie Hancock, Macy Gray, and Lee Ritenour on their latest projects. Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project sees Wilkenfeld collaborating on the songs “A Change is Gonna Come” (featuring James Morrison), and “Don’t Give Up” (featuring John...

Concerts & Tours, Player News

Andy Hess Joins Rhythm Devils for Summer Tour

Former Gov’t Mule bassist Andy Hess will be hitting the road this summer with The Rhythm Devils, featuring Grateful Dead drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. The band will also showcase Sikiru Adepoju, Davy Knowles, and guitarists Keller Williams and Tim Bluhm, who will trade duties throughout the tour. According to the Rhythm Devils website, the group will “take music...

Robert Trujillo Helps Pastorius Family Reclaim Jaco’s “Bass of Doom”
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Robert Trujillo Helps Pastorius Family Reclaim Jaco’s “Bass of Doom”

After a long and frustrating legal battle, Jaco Pastorius’ family have finally regained ownership of his legendary “Bass of Doom”, thanks to Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. The news comes via a statement on The bass, which was stolen from a Manhattan park bench in 1986, resurfaced in early 2006 in a New York guitar shop. The owner reportedly refused...


TC Electronic Announces PolyTune for iPhone, Free Download Promotion

TC Electronic has announced that they will soon be releasing the iPhone version of their revolutionary PolyTune pedal tuner. The new app, which is a 1:1 port of the original, will be available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The PolyTune allows players to tune all strings simultaneously by strumming on your bass (or other instrument), even down to...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: FEA Labs Opti-FET Compressor Pedal

FEA Labs has unveiled the newest pedal in their product line: the Opti-FET Compressor. The pedal uses a combination of optical elements for compression as well as 100% “class A” FET-discrete amplification for the signal path. The Opti-FET has a side-chain control circuit with a 3-band equalizer and a loop to give you tons of control over your compression. The...

Christian McBride to Interview, Perform with Esperanza Spalding
Concerts & Tours

Christian McBride to Interview, Perform with Esperanza Spalding

Christian McBride will be hosting an intimate one-on-one conversation with Esperanza Spalding after she gives a performance in an event presented by Jazz House Kids. The two jazz bass stars will also perform together, marking their debut duet performance. The evening’s proceeds benefit Jazz House Kids, an arts enrichment organization created to inspire and motivate children of all backgrounds by...

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Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock Joins The Faces for Reunion

Sex Pistols founder Glen Matlock will be filling in on bass for the reunion of classic Brit rock band the Faces. The punk legend will be taking the place of original Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who passed away in 1997. The rest of the reunited band includes original members Ronnie Wood on guitar, drummer Kenney Jones, and keyboardist Ian...

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James LoMenzo to Replace Paul Gray on HAIL! Tour

Last month, we reported that Slipknot bassist Paul Gray would join metal supergroup HAIL! for their upcoming European and Asian tour dates. After Gray’s untimely death on May 24th, HAIL! announced that James LoMenzo would fill in on bass. The group released a statement on the situation: “On Monday we were dealt a devastating blow with Paul’s passing two days...

New Albums

Bad Religion Releases Free Album, Plans for Another

To celebrate 30 years of their music, punk legends Bad Religion have recently released a new live album, 30 Years Live, and are giving it away for free on their website. The Southern California based group, which formed in 1980, took recordings compiled from their spring 2010 tour to build the track list. In an interview with Room Thirteen, bassist...


Furthur Festival: Phil Lesh’s Throwback to Grateful Dead

After pondering which festivals they would play, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir of Furthur decided to just make their own. The Furthur Festival will take place at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California on May 29th and 30th, with an “Open Aire Soundcheck” scheduled for the 28th. In a throwback to Lesh’s and Weir’s former band,...