For guitar players, quality cables are sometimes an overlooked item. We are always looking to buy the best guitar, the best amp and the best-sounding pedals we can afford. Then, once we got $3K invested in our gear, we go out and connect everything with cheap guitar cables. The truth is, guitar and speaker cables matter -- a lot.
You could go back and forth for years trying to choose the best Eddie Van Halen guitar solo on any individual Van Halen album. But to try to pick his best guitar solo ever? Damn near impossible. But that's exactly what we asked you to do two weeks ago.
His Nashville studio is full of sweet vintage gear, but Dan Auerbach isn't just a retro-obsessed guitar hound. The Black Keys guitarist gets his motor running for an in-depth discussion about his group's latest album, El Camino.
The following is excerpted from Randy Rhoads by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein (Velocity Publishing Group). In 1979, Randy Rhoads had to decide whether to stay with a struggling unknown act called Quiet Riot or join forces with the famous former lead singer from Black Sabbath. The decision wasn't as easy as you think. Dana Strum -- the Hollywood-based Badaxe and Slaughter bassist who Ozzy considered for his band -- recalls the events surrounding Randy Rhoads' audition for Ozzy Osbourne.
Enjoy this exclusive video premiere of "Hang 'Em High" performed live at Boston's Fenway Park by Dropkick Murphys. The track is from the Going Out In Style: Fenway Park Bonus Edition CD, an expanded version of the band's Going Out In Style album, which was released last year on the band's own Born & Bred Records.
It's easy for a band to try and tackle lofty philosophical concepts over the course of an album and come off as pretentious, or even worse, boring. Thankfully, German art rock band RPWL avoided the pitfalls that so many of their peers fall victim to, delivering an album of orchestrated guitars and dense atmospherics that reflect the heady mood of the album.
In the video below, Janus guitarist Mike Tyranski shows you how to play “In Flames,” a song off Janus' upcoming album, Nox Aeris, which will be released March 27 on REALID Records. Nox Aeriscan be pre-ordered from iTunes here.