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Concerts & Tours

Thundercat Announces 2021 Tour Dates

Bass phenom Thundercat has announced a substantial North American tour this fall to support his 2020 Grammy-winning release, “It Is What It Is”. Rapper Channel Tres will be opening the show for much of the outing.

Bass Videos

Stanley Clarke’s Bass Nation: Finding My Sound

In episode two of his new YouTube show, Bass Nation, bass legend Stanley Clarke talks about a question he gets from students of all levels: How do I find my sound? Verdine White and Thundercat joins him in the discussion.

2020 Reader Favorites

2020 Reader Favorite Bassists – #6: Thundercat

Thundercat released his fourth album this year, had his bass featured as Bass of the Week, and entertained us with videos that show off not only his incredible musicianship but also his humor. He makes the “Reader Favorite” list at #6.

Bass Videos

Thundercat: Them Changes (with Ariana Grande, DOMi & JD Beck)

Thundercat took part of the Adult Swim Festival last month. During his set, he was joined by Ariana Grande for a performance of the bassist’s tune, “Them Changes.”

Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Ibanez TCB1006 Thundercat Signature Bass

Thundercat’s bass is as unique as his playing, so this week we’re taking a look at his signature model from Ibanez. The massive six-string hollow body is made in the company’s Japanese custom shop with curly maple for the back and sides and quilted maple for its top.


Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, and John Patitucci to Host Free Webinar on Extended Range Basses

This week on their recurring Zoom bass webinar series, the trio of Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, and John Patitucci will be exploring the topic of extended-range basses. The webinar will include an impressive line-up of several bassists and luthiers.

Bass Videos

Best of Office Hours: Thundercat Plays “Guess the Bassline”

Best of Office Hours recently had Thundercat on as a guest for a “Guess the Bassline” segment. We won’t share any spoilers here, other than to say this is pretty hilarious.


Nick Wells Announces “Beneath the Bassline: Turned Up To 11”

Filmmaker Nick Wells has announced the followup to his popular bass documentary, “Beneath The Bass Line.” The sequel, “Turned Up To 11,” dives into some of the more outrageous gig stories and “Spinal Tap” moments from the world’s best bassists.

New Albums

Thundercat’s “It Is What It Is” Now Available

Bass phenom Thundercat has returned with his fourth studio album, entitled “It Is What It Is.” The release is a reflection on existence filled out by his unreal bass playing and sense of humor.

Bass Videos

Thundercat Breaks Down His Favorite Bass Lines

I love it when bassists share their inspiration – the players and lines that stick out to them over their lives. Pitchfork posted this incredible video with Thundercat, who breaks down some of his favorite lines and players (and more).

Bass Videos

Thundercat: Black Qualls (Live)

Thundercat is set to release his latest album, “It Is What It Is,” next month and is currently on the biggest headlining tour of his career. Last week, he performed “Black Qualls” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Bass Videos

Thundercat: “Heartbreaks + Setbacks” Live on KCRW

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner recently announced a new album, which sent me into a spiral of watching his YouTube videos. Here’s a clip from five years ago when he visited KCRW with his trio to perform “Heartbreaks + Setbacks.”