Jorma Kaukonen, one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane -- who also co-founded Hot Tuna with Airplane bandmate/bassist Jack Casady -- has a lot on his plate. Not only did he and Casady recently release Steady As She Goes, the first Hot Tuna album in nearly 20 years, but the duo is touring the East Coast this summer.
Frankie Whyte and The Dead Idols hail from Canada. But that’s OK; we like ’em anyway. Self-described as a “rock ‘n’ roll misfit explosion band,” the group’s raw, energetic, nothing's-gonna-stop-us-from-having-a-good-time vibe feels just about right.
Lemmy conjures thoughts of Motörhead. Slim Jim Phantom is pure Stray Cats. Throw in Danny B. Harvey, the Texas-born, Chet Atkins-loving guitarist/pianist from the Lonesome Spurs, and you've got a unique — but rocking — mix of musical styles and backgrounds.
Taking Back Sunday's Eddie Reyes and John Nolan tried their hands at drumming before the six-string seduced their adolescent phalanges. Once the two struck their first chords, there was no looking back, although Reyes confesses he still picks up the sticks every now and then to teach his son to play.
When we last spoke with Explosions in the Sky, fresh from their headlining show at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall, the Austin-based instrumental quartet were at the high point of their careers — that is until a few weeks later, when the news came in that their sixth studio album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, had landed at No. 16 on the Billboard200 Chart. Guitar World caught up with Explosions in the Sky guitarist Munaf Rayani to talk about the new album and the band’s surprising success.
The Black Parade nearly killed them with its success. But My Chemical Romance found changing directions almost as fatal when it came to making their latest, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.