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Clean Water Charities Benefit from Limited Edition GS Mini Acoustic Guitar

Trees rescued in mine remediation efforts in Washington are being given new life as limited edition acoustic guitars. A percentage of proceeds from Holden Village Taylor GS Mini sales will benefit clean water projects in Central America under the direction of two water organizations; Living Waters for the World and El Porvenir. In order to clean up the water supply near an old mine in Washington, century-ol ...

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Banjo Boom: Beautiful or Bold, These Banjos Rule

Recently I took a little road trip to visit the Museaum of Making Music, or MOMM in Carlsbad, CA. It was chock full of cool historic gear and some fun interactive surprises. But what really caught my eye was the special banjo exhibit: The Banjo: A New Day for An Old Instrument. The idea that banjo is coming into its own has been simmering in the back of my brain, and this just confirms it. Ranging from simp ...

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Exclusive Song Premiere: Big Little Lions "The Way Home"

Here’s a treat! It’s a new track from Big Little Lions called, “The Way Home,” from their upcoming EP, Paper Cage, slated for release May 6. Chock full of folky goodness, “The Way Home,” surprises with a driving, clap-along beat and some pretty sweet whistling. Big Lions’ Helen Austin and Paul Otten impress with solid songwriting and perfect vocal harmonies. Not to mention extremely able fingerpicking! “The ...

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New Kris Orlowski Album ‘Believer’ Out Now

Seattle-based band Kris Orlowski has released its first full length album, Believer. The album was produced by Martin Feveyear (Queens Of The Stone Age, The Lumineers, Death Cab For Cutie) of Jupiter Studios in Seattle. Believer is made up of songs woven together along the West Coast: from the salty shores of Seaside, OR, and Orcas Island’s Doe Bay, to the corners of Orlowski’s Seattle apartment – as well a ...

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Update: Malcolm Young "Taking a Break" from AC/DC

It seems there's some sad truth behind the speculation surrounding AC/DC's imminent breakup due to Malcolm Young's health issues. The classic hard rock band may not be breaking up, but their rhythm guitarist is, for the moment, stepping down to deal with health issues. Here's the official statement from the band, which appeared earlier today on their official Facebook page: "After forty years of life dedica ...

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Listen: Rare Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun" Demo

Soundgarden are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their hit record Superunknown with a couple special reissue packages, available on June 3, 2014 via A&M Records/UME. The Deluxe Edition is a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along with disc two consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more. The Super Deluxe Edition is a 5-CD package featuring the remastered album, additional demos, rehea ...

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Preview Yesway’s Debut Album

Yesway is the creation of best friends Emily Ritz and Kacey Johansing. Johansing, in addition to a budding solo career following the release of her Grand Ghosts LP last year, has lent her talents to projects such as Geographer, while Ritz is an active member of the band DRMS. Four years ago, the two began playing music together in the experimental folk ensemble Honeycomb, which initiated their path toward g ...

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Dog Camp: Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy Discuss the Winery Dogs' Immersive New Camp for Musicians

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with three of rocks' most talented musicians, here’s your opportunity. Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy — better known as the Winery Dogs — have announced Dog Camp, their first-ever immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels. The event is set for July 21 to 25, 2014, at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. Attendees wi ...

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Report: AC/DC to Call It Quits Due to Malcolm Young's Illness?

According to several media reports posted earlier today (mostly out of Australia), AC/DC might be calling it quits very soon — due to the serious illness of guitarist Malcolm Young. Perth, Australia, radio station 6PR reported that Young, 61, and his family are moving back to Australia due to Young's illness; entertainment commentator Peter Ford tweeted that there is a “sad detail” behind the band’s decisio ...

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Review: Seymour Duncan Whole Lotta Humbucker Pickups

London in the early Seventies was the center of the guitar universe, the place where some of the greatest players of the classic rock era were living, performing and recording. Seymour Duncan was there too, sought by the famous and soon-to-be-famous for his skills as a guitar tech and his ability to uniquely rewind a pickup so that it matched a player’s voice and style. Duncan’s pickups were an ingredient i ...

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