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Bass Player Demos the American Standard Dimension Bass V

Ed Friedland of Bass Player magazine recently got his hands on an American Standard Dimension Bass V and tested a variety of its tones in both fingerstyle and with a pick. “It’s a slightly different voice for Fender, but not so different that it won’t appeal to a straight-ahead P Bass or Jazz Bass person,” Friedland said. “It’s definitely worth checking out.” Watch the demo below. ...

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Go Inside the Studio with Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa’s latest solo album Different Shade of Blue hit shelves Sept. 23, and the guitar slinger let fans check out the recording process with a series of behind-the-scenes videos. The album is Bonamassa’s first studio offering in two years, not to mention the first in his career to feature all original material. Check out one of Bonamassa’s latest video diaries below. [youtube ...

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Honeyblood Covers Green Day in New AV Club Session

Scottish duo Honeyblood is known for their shoegaze sound, but they dipped into some mid-1990s pop punk for their recent AV Undercover session, tackling Green Day’s “When I Come Around.” Watch the young group perform the track at the AV Club’s Chicago headquarters in the clip below. ...

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Historic Music Venues: Chicago’s Metro

Nestled in the shadows of  Wrigley Field in the North Side of Chicago, Metro might seem like a nondescript joint upon first glance. But walk through the building’s modest front hallway and into the expansive main room, and it’s clear that this spot is ready to rock. With a long and storied history of remaining on the cutting edge of the music industry, Metro is truly a vanguard and has been for over 30 year ...

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Watch Alt-J in Studio for KEXP

Alt-J has garnered much critical and commercial acclaim for sophomore album This is All Yours, with its lush layers and the delightfully surprising sonic gems that seemingly pop up in every song. And as the quartet has been touring to support the record, Alt-J’s path went through Seattle’s KEXP studios, where the guys played several This is All Yours tracks. Watch Alt-J perform “Every Other Freckle,” “Left ...

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Hear New Smashing Pumpkins Track ‘Being Beige’

New Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy is due out Dec. 9, and frontman Billy Corgan has now shared its first track. “Being Beige” begins as a sparse, acoustic affair, but the song soon builds and soars with a catchy chorus. “People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can’t,” Corgan tells Rolling Stone of the track, which features Tommy Lee on drums. “But if there’s honesty in this lyri ...

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J Roddy Walston and the Business Live at the Troubadour

J Roddy Walston and the Business didn’t literally light the stage on fire Thursday night at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., but they sure as heck tried. Rolling through Los Angeles in support of latest album Essential Tremors, the Baltimore-based outfit delivered the explosive energy of 1,000 bottle rockets going off at once. Their tight 16-song set showcased the band’s bombastic take on good ol’ ...

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Foo Fighters Unveil New Single ‘Something from Nothing’

With the heavily anticipated Sonic Highways coming out Nov. 10, Foo Fighters have released a new single titled “Something from Nothing.” The track, which was recorded in Chicago with star producer Steve Albini, starts slow but it builds to quite an aggressive ending. It’s pure Foos, for sure. Check out “Something from Nothing” below. ...

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Vintage Gear Reviews Fender ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb

Vintage Guitar features the Fender ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb in its November issue, offering a detailed review of the reissued amp which features the old-school silver-and-turquoise silkscreened faceplate and aluminum “drip edge” grille trim. VG tested out the amp in conjunction with a Fender 60th Anniversary Commemorative Strat. “The Vintage channel proved to be everything players for decades have come to d ...

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