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Apps

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...

Player News

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...

Player News

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...

Events

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,...

Summer NAMM

Summer NAMM’s “Wanna Play Sunday” to Feature Victor Wooten

This year’s Summer NAMM show in Nashville will include the first ever “Wanna Play Sunday,” which will be open to the public. The event takes place on Sunday June 20th (the last day of NAMM), and will include music education sessions on how to get endorsed, how to set up a home studio, and more. Also on the itinerary are...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Pro Tone Pedals Blasko Bass Overdrive Pedal

Pro Tone Pedals has teamed up with metal bassist Blasko to produce the Blasko Bass Overdrive Pedal. The pedal is designed to be tonally versatile, which is “something Blasko needs as he rips through rock anthems as well as ballads onstage with Ozzy Osbourne.” The Blasko pedal, which is hand made in the USA, has a Baxandall EQ, and features...

Contest

NPR’s Carrie Brownstein Announces Bass Solo Contest

Carrie Brownstein, former guitarist for Sleater-Kinney, has announced a bass solo contest on her NPR Blog, Monitor Mix. After receiving bass solos on her voicemail from her friend, she thought “If one bass solo could make my day, how would I feel after hearing 10 bass solos, or 20? More importantly, how would you feel? I bet you would feel...