Indie duo Magic Wands will release their first full-length album, Aloha Moon, April 24 via Bright Antenna/ILG. Check out this exclusive video below, which features Magic Wands' Chris and Dexy Valentine showing you how to play "Black Magic."
Late last month, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo released Between The Times and The Tides, his first purely song-based, non-experimental solo outing, on Matador Records. Besides its healthy dose of melodic, guitar-based rock, the disc features a bevy of faces from Sonic Youth's past and present -- assuming there is a present for the band; Steve Shelley plays drums, one-time SY drummer Bob Bert plays congas and frequent SY collaborator Jim O'Rourke contributes some bass.
On this day in 1965, The Beatles recorded “Help!” -- the song -- during a four-hour session that started around 7 p.m. at Abbey Road Studio Two in London. Twelve takes were recorded; the first eight were of the rhythm tracks only, with vocals appearing for the first time on take nine. John Lennon -- the song's primary writer -- sang lead vocals, backed by Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
Here's the exclusive debut of a new track by Hung, a New York City-based metal band whose sound is anchored by a 7-string guitar and electric violin, courtesy of Lyris Hung, formerly of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Longtime Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo released Between The Times And Tides, his first purely song-oriented, non-experimental solo outing, March 20 on Matador Records. The album, a disc full of shimmering, melodic guitar-based rock, is also aptly titled, since it comes at what is — at best — a "between" period for Sonic Youth fans, whose husband-and-wife heroes, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, announced their divorce late last year.
Improvisational New York guitarist Wayne Krantz will release his 10th solo album, Howie 61, April 17 through Abstract Logix Records. Krantz is celebrating the release with a run of five hometown gigs at New York City's Iridium Jazz Club, starting Monday, April 9.
Calling all musicians: The Lonely Forest have launched their “Go Outside Guitar Lesson Contest.” All you need do is check out John Van Deusen’s guitar lesson video, below, for the band's single, “Go Outside.” Learn the song the best you can, video yourself performing it, upload your video to your own YouTube page (naming it “The Lonely Forest Go Outside Contest”) and then email the URL of your video to GoOutsideTLF@gmail.com.
It was 45 years ago today that photographer Michael Cooper shot the iconic cover photo of The Beatles' 1967 masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. And, like a lot of now-iconic images and ideas, it originally wasn't even supposed to happen. At first, the band had hired their buddies The Fool -- a Dutch design collective -- to create an image for the cover.
Banjo pioneer and bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, who popularized a complex, three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument forever, died of natural causes Wednesday morning at a hospital in Nashville. He was 88.