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The Seven Most Underrated Guitar Harmonies in Rock

When you think about guitar harmonies, what’s the first song that comes to mind? Classic rockers might recall “Hotel California” by the Eagles, “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by the Scorpions or Boston’s “More Than a Feeling.” Shredders might think of Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Black Star” or “Go Off!” by Cacophony. While these tunes are popular (and for good reason), there are plenty of harmonized guitar parts that ...

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Dave Mustaine: “Me and James Hetfield Are Among the Fantastic Four of Rhythm Guitar”

Megadeth may be known for making technical, complex music, but underneath it all frontman Dave Mustaine appreciates the value of a strong rhythm guitarist. In a new interview with Rock Cellar Magazine, Mustaine calls out the players he puts in his “Fantastic Four” of rhythm guitar. He gives special props to Metallica’s James Hetfield, who was Mustaine’s onetime bandmate during his tumultuous tenure in the b ...

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Watch How Children React to Nirvana

Fine Brothers Entertainment, the makers of “Kids React” videos, are back with a new clip showing how kids react to hearing Nirvana for the first time. In this new clip, the kids listen to a selection of track from Nirvana’s brief catalog. About the only two things they can agree on is that the music is laidback and they can’t understand what Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is singing. Among the typical comment ...

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Night Ranger’s Jack Blades and Brad Gillis Talk New Album, 'Don't Let Up'

It’s been 35 years since Night Ranger released their guitar-driven debut, Dawn Patrol. The album ushered in the band’s hook-laden, twin-guitar sound—a sound heard on songs like “Don’t Tell Me You Love” and “(You Can Still) Rock in America.” The band also helped define the Eighties with songs like “When You Close Your Eyes,” “Sentimental Street” and, of course, “Sister Christian." Today (March 24), the band ...

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Andy Summers Discusses His New Album, ‘Triboluminescence’

Andy Summers rose to fame in the late Seventies and early Eighties as the guitarist of the legendary, multi-million-selling rock band the Police. Summers’ innovative guitar sound was a key element of the band’s strength and popularity, creating a new paradigm for guitarists that is still widely imitated today. Summers’ new solo album, Triboluminescence (released today, March 24), is the natural followup to ...

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14 Great Rock Covers from the Last Two Decades

I’m a big fan of heavy, modern rock groups that can take an old song and breathe life back into it. For example, I’d probably never listen to “Word Up” voluntarily, were it not for Korn’s awesome rendition on seven-string guitars. To me, it’s like trading in an old, worn-out cell phone for something brand new and interesting. So I’m rounding up some of my favorite—dare I say “the greatest”—rock covers I’ve ...

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Reggie Young: Legendary Memphis Session Guitarist to Release Debut Solo Album

The name Reggie Young might not be one that you recognize right away, but you know him. You’ve heard him countless times. The guitar on Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto"? That's Reggie Young. Dusty Springfield's “Son of a Preacher Man"? Also Reggie. The same goes for Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind," Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and Dobie Gray's "Drift Away." He’s also the guy pla ...

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Deconstructing Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” Riff

“Manic Depression” is one of several original stand-out tracks on Are You Experienced, the 1967 debut album by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The song is built on an ascending riff that move along relentlessly using major arpeggios and chromatic runs. It’s also performed in a triple meter, making it, in essence, a hard-rocking waltz. In this Riff Deconstruction, Sean Daniel digs into the “Manic Depression” ri ...

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Steve Hackett Releases New Album, ‘The Night Siren’

Guitar virtuoso and rock legend Steve Hackett, formerly of Genesis, released his latest album, The Night Siren, today through InsideOut Music (Sony). As implied by its title, The Night Siren is a wakeup call—the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division—and Hackett discusses the album in detail in a brand-new interview video that you can watch here. The Night Siren showcases Hackett’s v ...

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Art of Anarchy's Next Chapter Begins with New Album, 'The Madness'

Today, Art of Anarchy release their latest album, The Madness. AOA’s band members have collectively sold tens of millions of albums worldwide and have a rock pedigree on which most artists would be content to rest their laurels. But while the band possesses the star power of a rock “super group” in spades, their focus is squarely on songwriting and musical craft. Lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal did tim ...

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