While we were writing the new record, my wife and I had been traveling around and it just so happened that the family we thought we had rented our house to…wasn’t the family we thought we had rented our house to! While we were away they turned it into a grow house. We found out about it and we had the police do whatever investigation they could.
When I first heard Albert Lee's "Fun Ranch Frolic" in high school, I was floored by its precision and unstoppable groove. It was a decade of plectrum prowess, and there was no shortage of muscular technique to go around. Yngwie Malmsteen was, of course, famous for his ability to play full-picked lines across the strings with seemingly impossible accuracy. And even Eddie Van Halen could sting unexpectedly with blasts of right-hand wizardry.
Pop Evil’s third album, 2013’s Onyx, introduced a darker and more serious edge to the band’s pile-driving post-grunge sound, with songs about death, addiction and various life struggles. But when it came time to record a follow-up, the Michigan-based modern hard rockers decided to take things in a different direction.
Who doesn’t like a power ballad, that soft underbelly of a hard rocker that's rarely seen in the light of day? You’ve probably heard the story: the power ballad often is the biggest hit for heavier bands, opening up their music to the love-song-loving masses.
Assuming they read liner notes, even mildly devoted Stevie Ray Vaughan fans will be familiar with the name Doyle Bramhall. Bramhall, an Austin-based singer and drummer who died in 2011, wrote several classic SRV tracks, including "Lookin' Out the Window," "Life By the Drop" and "Change It." He also co-wrote several killer songs with Vaughan, including "Dirty Pool," "The House Is Rockin'" and "Tightrope."
While it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact date that the guitar made its celluloid debut, it’s likely that the instrument was first captured in a motion picture sometime in the mid 1890s, when Edison Laboratories began filming music hall performances with its newly invented Kinetograph. It’s equally likely that, even in its earliest movie appearances, the guitar was used as a comedic prop.
We are celebrating the return of a king! Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour is flying solo. His adventurous new album, Rattle That Lock, is quite different from anything Gilmour has done before, both as a solo artist and with Pink Floyd.
Bass is more than just a guitar with two fewer strings. It has a different tone, scale length, feel and musical role, and in many cases it requires a different conceptual and technical approach. Guitarists who are new to playing bass will often double the guitar part one octave lower. There is certainly a place octave doubling — just listen to Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion," Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" and Pantera's "I'm Broken." But there is so much more that can be done with the bass guitar.