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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Anthrax Issue Open Letter to Fans


Anthrax has issued an open letter to fans, expressing gratitude for what it calls “one of the best years of our career” following last September’s release of its latest album, Worship Music.  The letter reads: “To our Fans and everyone who has supported Anthrax and Worship Music: “It was a little more than a year ago – September […]

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Crenshaw Launches Subscription Series for New Releases


Marshall Crenshaw is distributing his newest music via a subscription-based service. The singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer made the move after conducting a funding campaign that asked fans to pledge money, and in exchange for their donations (which ranged from $1 to $5,000), they are sent a series of three-song/45-rpm vinyl EPs, six of which the artist plans to release over […]

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Danny Schmidt

Man of Many Moons
Red House Records

On his second Red House Records release, Danny Schmidt displays the same level of wit and lyricism that made his last release such an artistic success. Undoubtedly, Schmidt writes great songs. Man of Many Moons includes 10 new originals and one cover – “Bucket of Rain” by Bob Dylan. His version of this rarely covered […]

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6th Greensboro, NC Guitar Show



at the Painted Plate, 2001 N. Church St., Greensboro, NC. Show hours 12-5pm (dealer load-in 9am). For more info, contact, (336) 544-2077.

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Southeastern Guitar and Amp Show


9/24/2011 – 9/25/2011

at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC. Load-in Friday. For more info, contact Mojo Musical Supply,, (800) 927-6656 ext. 2077,

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Social Distortion

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

After 30-plus years, seven studio albums, a live album, and two DVDs, Social Distortion may have just released its masterpiece. The band came rocking out of Fullerton, California, in 1978, playing a tough brand of rock equally inspired by the Rolling Stones, punk, and Hank Williams. They’ve been through ups and downs, drug addiction and […]

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Steve Vai Releases Mic Locker App


Guitarist/composer Steve Vai has teamed with Allen Sides to create an iPhone/iPad app called the Oceanway Microphone Locker. Based on the CD-ROM Sides created in the ’90s, it utilizes mics from his collection at Ocean Way Recording studios, Hollywood, and allows recording engineers to readily match microphones to instruments. Sides is a Grammy-winning engineer and an authority […]

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Brian Wright

House On Fire
Sugar Hill

Brian Wright draws on the stylistic legacies of an eclectic bunch of influences, some quite obvious. There’s no mistaking his debt to classic Velvet Underground in “Striking Matches,” but less obvious is the sense of abandon mixed with desperation that ties it to the music of Roky Erickson’s 13th Floor Elevators. Wright plays all instruments […]

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Main Drag Music Set to Host NYC Stomp Box Exhibit


The NYC Stomp Box Exhibit at CMJ Music Marathon 2012, slated for October 19-20, will be hosted this year at Main Drag Music in Brooklyn. The free event allows guitarists to test and A/B pedal effects of the same kind (from MOOG to Strymon) directly into headphones through amp emulators. For more, visit

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Jonathan Kreisberg

New For Now Music

There’s a whole new generation of jazz guitarists very conversant in the traditional language of the form, but with their own other influences. Jonathan Kreisberg is at the top of that list. On Shadowless, cuts like “Twenty One” are the perfect intro to this adventurous player. Its opening statement by Kreisberg and Will Vinson (on […]

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