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Rush Extends Time Machine Tour To UK and Germany (and Maybe More)
Concerts & Tours

Rush Extends Time Machine Tour To UK and Germany (and Maybe More)

Rush has just announced a new string of UK dates next spring as part of their Time Machine Tour. The tour will start in Dublin, Ireland, the first time the band has performed there. The last stop of the announced dates includes the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany, and more European dates are likely to be announced soon. The tour includes...

Luthman Introduces Jazzette Bass
Bass Gear

Luthman Introduces Jazzette Bass

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Fender Jazz bass, Luthman has released the Jazzette bass. Available in 4, 5, and 6-string models, the Jazzette is not merely a copy of the icon, but a new design created with a “Luthman’s eye.” The body is your choice between alder or ash, with a custom upgrade option for more exotic tops....

Peter Hook Brings “Joy Division” Tour to U.S.
Concerts & Tours

Peter Hook Brings “Joy Division” Tour to U.S.

Peter Hook is bringing his band, The Light, to the U.S. in December for a 10-stop tour. The group will play Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album in its entirety. Hook, who was bassist for the groundbreaking rock band during their four-year run, will actually be singing, while his son Jack plays bass. “When I decided to sing, I realized I...

Albion Musical Instruments Unveils ABH Series of Amplification
Bass Gear

Albion Musical Instruments Unveils ABH Series of Amplification

Albion Musical Instruments has just released details of their upcoming ABH line of bass amplification products, including 2 heads, 2 combos, and 4 new cabinets. Albion is the brainchild of Steve Grinrod, who besides being a musician, held chief engineer and chief designer positions at Marshall Amplification and VOX. At the forefront of the series is the ABH300H, a 300...

Anthony Crawford Releases Urban Jazz
New Albums

Anthony Crawford Releases Urban Jazz

Jazz bassist Anthony Crawford has released his debut CD, Urban Jazz, on Hydro 6 Records. The 11-track album is exactly what the title implies: a cool hybrid of Jazz, hip-hop, pop, funk, and smooth listening. The opening track and lead single, “Windy Days,” is a great R&B flavored tune with a bass melody that lets Crawford’s 6-string Roscoe really sing....

Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History
New Albums

Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have compiled a new book, chronicling their 27-year existence together as a band. The 256 page book, entitled An Oral/Visual History by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is a compilation of their triumphs and tribulations as they worked their way up from the Los Angeles underground scene to headlining arena shows. It includes stories told...

Gear Watch: Hoyer Guitars Reissue Eagle Bass Prestige
Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Hoyer Guitars Reissue Eagle Bass Prestige

Hoyer Guitars has released a reissue of their classic Hoyer Eagle Prestige Bass, featuring many of the same characteristics of the original 1970’s model including a neck-through-body construction, Eagle-typical headstock, Eagle-shaped inlays, and a burr walnut top. The bass has a 33.5” scale, with an ebony fingerboard and 20 medium jumbo frets. The bass’s pickups are Hoyer custom HHB-106 humbuckers....

Racer X and Juan Alderete: Scarified
Bass Videos

Racer X and Juan Alderete: Scarified

Long before he joined the ranks of Mars Volta, Juan Alderete was the metalhead bassist in Racer X, with guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert. This song, Scarified, is proof of Alderete’s own virtuosity. Check out the solo licks and the unison tapping. It’ll melt your face.

Fab: New Paul McCartney Biography
New Albums

Fab: New Paul McCartney Biography

A new biography on former Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, penned by Howard Sounes, has just been released by Da Capo Press. Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney offers an extremely detailed look at the bassist’s life, from childhood to fame with the Fab Four, post-Beatles career and up through modern day. The 656-page book includes more than 200 interviews...

Boris Kozlov Releases “Double Standard”
New Albums

Boris Kozlov Releases “Double Standard”

Jazz bassist Boris Kozlov has released a new solo bass CD, Double Standard, featuring a mix of originals and jazz standards. The entire album is made of single-take, solo bass tracks with the exception of “RGB/Self Portrait in 3 Colors,” which has the bassist layering arco tracks on the Charles Mingus ballad. That track is especially poignant since the entire...