Look around you. There seems to be a seven-string renaissance happening at the moment. Actually, eight-string guitars seem to be going pretty strong, too. But there's something particularly satisfying about plugging in a seven and riffing out in between the traditional ranges of the guitar and bass.
Lamb of God -- who happen to be on the cover of the March 2012 issue of GW -- have issued a new iPhone app called the "Vox of God." It's a voice-modulating iOS app developed for Lamb of God in support of their new album, Resolution, and 2012 tour.
Here's part two of my recent interview with guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio. To read part one, which focused on Skolnick's unique journey as a jazz player, head here. When we left off, Skolnick was answering questions from readers about a variety of topics.
Ringo Starr has announced that there will be another All Starr Band tour this summer, and he's named the new band lineup. This time around, the band will include Starr, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette.
Punch Brothers are not a bluegrass band. While you might be fooled into thinking otherwise by their traditional instrumentation and blinding picking chops, a quick listen will prove they are a highly evolved mutation of Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys. Led by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, the group takes influences ranging from Radiohead to Bach to Earl Scruggs and combines them into a strikingly unique brand of acoustic music.
UK rockers Band of Skulls released their latest album -- Sweet Sour -- in the US today via an iTunes exclusive. They've also chosen today to release the music video for the album's title track, which you can check out below.