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Benjamin Booker Performs Live on 89.3 the Current

Young New Orleans-based singer/songwriter Benjamin Booker has been on a quick and rapid rise, from playing small gigs around the south to signing a deal with ATO Records to his upcoming Aug. 19 major label debut. As the story goes, Booker was playing a show in Florida that ATO General Manager Jon Salter attended on a tip from music blogs.  Booker was signed on the spot, and now is working with Andrija Tokic ...

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Listen to Weezer’s New Single ‘Back to the Shack’

With a new album called Everything Will Be Alright in the End coming out Sept. 30, Weezer has dropped a new single, a catchy number called “Back to the Shack.” The album reunited the band with the Cars’ Rick Ocasek as producer, as he lent his hand to the iconic Blue and Green records, and Weezer’s classic sound is definitely evident in this latest offering. In “Back to the Shack,” frontman Rivers Cuomo sing ...

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Listen to Weezer’s New Single ‘Back to the Shack’

With a new album called Everything Will Be Alright in the End coming out Sept. 30, Weezer has dropped a new single, a catchy number called “Back to the Shack.” The album reunited the band with the Cars’ Rick Ocasek as producer, as he lent his hand to the iconic Blue and Green records, and Weezer’s classic sound is definitely evident in this latest offering. In “Back to the Shack,” frontman Rivers Cuomo sing ...

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Johnny Marr Announces Details of Second Solo Album

Fender signature artist Johnny Marr will release his second solo album, Playland, on Oct. 7 via Warner Music Group. In 2013, the legendary guitarist for the Smiths enjoyed a monumental start to his solo career with an abundance of critical acclaim (including the honor of being named NME’s ‘Godlike Genius’) for his Top 10 debut solo album The Messenger. Meanwhile, his shows were celebrated for his ability to ...

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Praise for the Fender “Blackface” Twin Reverb from Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar recently posted their list of “5 Amps That Define the Music We Hear-and the Gear We Play,” and it included the Fender “Blackface” Twin Reverb. The article gives a brief history of the Fender Twin, which was first introduced in September 1963. “The classic Twin sound is the powerful, bell-like tone of early blackface models,” notes PG. “Twins have been used by the Beatles, Mike Bloomfield, Jer ...

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Smashing Pumpkins Set to Reissue Adore

  In 1998, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore was released as a follow-up to the smash 1995 double album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and its focus on folk and electronic elements surprised fans. Even the album title, as Billy Corgan mentions in the booklet that accompanies the upcoming Universal Music Enterprises’ 107-track, six-CD/DVD reissue of the epic disc—due Sept. 23—was misunderstood. “The fun ...

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Dawes Featured in Guitar Center’s July Buyer’s Guide

Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith and bassist Wylie Gelber are featured on the cover of the latest buyer’s guide from Guitar Center. Inside the guide, the duo talked about their musical upbringing and how the band was an evolution of Gelber and Goldsmith’s previous group Simon Dawes. “I started playing guitar when I was 12, but, again, I was making music with Blake [Mills, co-founder of Simon Dawes]. I think ...

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Tom Petty Featured on Cover of Men’s Journal

Rock icon Tom Petty and his custom built Fender Kingman acoustic guitar are featured on the August cover of Men’s Journal. Inside the issue, Petty discusses some of the classic songs he’s created in his plus 40-year career and dishes on his upcoming new album, Hypnotic Eye, due out July 29. An online version of the article teases eight of the things the magazine learned during their Petty profile, including ...

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Legendary Guitarist Johnny Winter Passes Away at 70

#474691341 / gettyimages.com The legendary Johnny Winter, a Texas-bred guitarist who was a standout in the world of blues and rock since the 1960s, passed away on Wednesday at 70. Winter died in his hotel room in Zurich while on tour in Europe. According to The L.A. Times, his public relations manager John Lappen said that Winter, who had emphysema, was recently diagnosed with pneumonia. Known for his high- ...

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