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Judas Priest

Defenders Of The Faith: 30th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition
Heavy Metal Validation

In the early ’80s, heavy metal was mainstream fare and competition was fierce. Thanks to MTV, the genre received tremendous exposure. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal was in full swing, but Judas Priest held the young upstarts at bay. They also battled Metallica, (more…)

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Andy Brown


Chicago-based Andy Brown is 40 years old – meaning that some of the songs here were popular decades before he was born, as well as illustrating his maturity, along with the fact that he’s done his homework. Some of Brown’s studies were with Cal Collins, Ted (more…)

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Frank Meyers

History Of Japanese Electric Guitars
Impossibly Cool Guitars

Frank Meyers’ first axe was a ’63 Fujigen EJ2 – a cheap-o, two-pickup solidbody like so many Japanese electrics used by beginner guitarists the world over. Though unremarkable, it spurred in him a love of the instrument that inspired this book. Meyers spent 15 years researching Fujigen (more…)

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Jorma Kaukonen

Ain’t In No Hurry

In a career that spans a large portion of modern rock and roll history, Jorma Kaukonen has always had the patience and taste that make this one of the most aptly titled records in recent years. Now that he focuses on folk music and the blues, (more…)

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I Wasn't Born To Lose You

The shoegaze revival is peaking, so what better time for one of its leading lights to hop on the wagon while the hopping is hot, right? Not so fast. Swervedriver reunited seven years ago and has been touring semi-regularly and writing since. This is the band’s (more…)

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Norman Blake

Wood, Wire & Words

Long time gone. It’s been four years since Norman Blake’s last album – and 30 years since he last recorded his own original music. Now 77, he suffered a mini stroke several years back that required prolonged recovery. Now he’s returned, and this new album is (more…)

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The Minus 5

Dungeon Golds

Former R.E.M. fifth man Scott McCaughey is more significantly the longtime leader of Pacific Northwest rock legends Young Fresh Fellows, the brilliant Baseball Project, and the Minus 5. Considering the latter collective’s revolving cast, it’s remarkable that McCaughey has flown under the radar to the (more…)

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The Jayhawks

Live At The Belly Up

Recorded in January 2015, this digital-only live show captures the legendary Minneapolis alt-country outfit’s 1997 lineup running through chestnuts from throughout their catalog, including some of their more decidedly un-Americana tracks. Lead guitarist and vocalist Gary Louris sounds more effortless than ever, channeling Crazy Horse ferocity, (more…)

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Dave Stryker and Steve Johns

Messin' With Mister T and Family
Rippin' The Blues

Dave Stryker is becoming the go-to guy for bluesy bop guitar. And he keeps finding clever ways to do it without sacrificing soul or integrity. His last record, Eight Track, was a collection of ’70s pop classics redone as swinging jazz tunes. This latest record pays (more…)

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Tyler Morris

And So It Begins

It seems like everybody loves a guitar prodigy, and 16-year-old Tyler Morris has been thrust into the spotlight. Since the age of 12, Morris has been entertaining audiences with his fleet-fingered dexterity and boyish charm. Along the way he’s racked up a number of guest (more…)

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