As a child of four, Mike Matthews’ mother taught him how to play classical-style piano. Formal lessons followed; the child took to the instrument, and performed at elementary-school concerts from the time he was in first grade. His interaction with the instrument led to one of his fondest – and most prescient – childhood memories; […]
Monthly Archives: July 2013
The Mooer Yellow Comp Optical Compressor is the latest addition to the company’s line of micro pedals. With a metal housing and true-bypass wiring, the company says it offers classic optical compression sound, but with smooth attack and natural decay. It measures 3.68″ × 1.65″ × 2″ and weighs 5.64 ounces. See more at www.danabgoods.com.
G&L’s new Tribute Series Superhawk has a maple body, maple neck, Paul-Gagon-designed bridge and neck pickups, three-position selector and a Tone control with push/pull to split the coils on both pickups, G&L Saddle Lock hardtail bridge. Its neck has a 12″ radius, 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 1.75″-wide nut.The standard version has an Ivory finish […]
Dean Zelinsky has launched a new line of Private Label Guitars and is selling them direct online. The instruments utilize Zelinsky’s patent-pending Z-Glide Reduced Friction Neck, which engraves patterns into the back of the neck to reduce surface area, which the company says gives the player greater mobility and enhances the guitar’s playability. Models include […]
The doom-rock scene is experiencing a resurgence, and there’s plenty of good ol’ Sabbath-begot heaviness around to jack up your big ’70s-styled headphones down in the basement. This Richmond, Virgina, ﬁve-piece does it especially well. Windhand just gets it more right, as it were, than what’s been unleashed lately. The requisite doom elements are here; […]
Arizona-based Crimsontone Amplifiers is staging a contest to name its new compact 20-watt head. It has two high-gain channels with Master Volume, independent Gain controls, class A/B output through Mercury Magnetics transformers, 12AX7 preamp tubes, two 6V6 output tubes, shared three-band EQ with frequency Shift switch on its Bass and Treble controls, a Blend control […]
Cort Guitars’ new nylon-string Sunset NY has a chambered mahogany body with a spruce top, bolt-on mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard, 25.6″ scale, the company’s Classic tuners, a rosewood bridge, and B-Band two-band electronics. It ships with D’addario strings. For more information, visit www.cortguitars.com.
Antiseen celebrates 30 years of raw, southern punk-and-roll with their latest CD. It’s an impressive milestone for any band, much less a rag-tag group of fringe-dwellers. Is that part of the reason New Blood sounds as vital and throttling as anything the band’s done. The scruffy underdog factor? Maybe. But there’s no denying the strength […]
Joe Satriani has announced that Living Colour will support him on the West Coast leg of his upcoming U.S. tour, beginning in Seattle October 22 and concluding October 26 at the Fox Theater, in Oakland. The tour launches August 29 in San Diego, with Steve Morse as support on the first leg. Satriani’s band includes Mike […]
The teenagers who began the Bearfoot Bluegrass Band in 2006 have matured into young adults. As they’ve matured, so has their music. Even their name has changed slightly; it’s been shortened to Bearfoot. The name change coincides with a change in personnel. Two of the original band members, mandolinist Jason Norris and singer/ﬁddler Angela Oudean, […]