In the six years since her last release, Let Your Ghost Go, Megan Reilly started a family, toured with Neko Case, The Mekons, Tom Verlaine and Grant Lee Philips, and moved twice. And, of course, she has been plugging away at writing and recording her new album, The Well, which is slated to step into the light on April 24.
The Music Masters Camp Series has announced The Women’s Music Summit, scheduled for August 27 to 31. This music immersion week is the first of its kind to focus on female musicians. The Summit, which takes place at Full Moon Resort in the Woodstock area of the Catskills Mountains in New York, will offer skill workshops, panels, performances and more.
I have an embarrassing confession to make: I’ve never played an electric guitar. What?! How can that be?! In all my years of working with amp brands like Marshall, VOX, Acoustic, Dean Markely and 65amps, and interviewing and writing about great players, I just never felt the inclination to track down an electric guitar and plug in.
With an upside-down, left-handed style that can’t help but evoke Jimi Hendrix, Malina Moye straddles both rock and soul. Her enthusiastically funkafied spirit is contagious. She gorgeous. She’s talented. She can rock her ass off.
I know you think guitars and cars have a lock on hot girls, but Mac geeks have to a have a little fun, too! That’s why my foray into the Macworld iWorld expo in search of some musical fun got a little, shall we say, waylaid. Did I find some cool music apps, accessories and more as I scavenger-hunted my through the booths filled with many, many iPad cases? You bet. You can read about 'em here. But I know what boys like.
What do you do when metal just doesn’t work out? Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela answered that question by moving to Europe and playing intricately fingered acoustic versions of their metal favorites. Gabriela’s unique quasi-flamenco hand tapping and speed-blurred strumming technique fill in like a one-woman rhythm section. With Rodrigo’s lead stylings dancing on top, their performance is spellbinding.
You could call Ani DiFranco a political activist. A poet. A free spirit. A lover. A fighter. And a mom. All of these facets have contributed their distinct ingredients to her new album, ¿Which Side Are You On? The result? A tasty concoction that ranges from goose-bump inducing love songs to rousing anthems.
Check out these 10 fabulous and varied duets featuring some excellent guitar playing by greats like Orianthi, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Batten and more, paired with legends like Steve Vai, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana. It’s a guitar feast that’s fit for two!
There’s one thing that has become very clear to me. There is no shortage of talented, diverse female guitarists out there that are worth a listen, or two, or three. Here once again are 10 women (actually 11, since we’ve got two guitarists from Wild Flag) who know how to wield their instrument in a wide variety of musical ways … from the enchanting to the downright slap-upside-the-head.
With the holidays right around the corner, there isn't much time to get that last-minute shopping done. But just in case you’re in a generous mood, here are some things that make my musical heart go pitter-patter. Check out these 12 wishes, ranging from simple to sumptuous, and then pick up a guitar and play a few bars in honor of the holiday season.