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Interview: Gary Rossington Discusses Roots and Lynyrd Skynyrd's New Album, 'Last of a Dyin' Breed'

Surveying the current Southern rock landscape, you can’t blame genre pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd for feeling increasingly alone with each passing year. Sure, contemporaries like the Allman Brothers Band and ZZ Top are still going strong, and popular acts such as My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon have opened up strains of Southern rock to a whole new set of ears, but it’s no wonder the “Sweet Home Alabama” rockers dubbed their latest album Last of a Dyin’ Breed.

Lollapalooza 2012 Recap: Torrential Rainstorms, Reunions and Red Hot Chili Peppers

Even though the Afghan Whigs reunion was a dream come true for those who didn’t get a chance to see the band before their 2001 dissolution, it wasn’t even the biggest hatchet buried that day. Heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath also reunited for their first stateside show in seven years, a nostalgic 95-minute set that was hopefully not their final farewell (guitarist Tony Iommi is currently battling cancer).

Interview: Seether Frontman Shaun Morgan Hopes to Save Lives with Rise Above Fest

On September 3, Seether and a host of other bands will gather in Gilford, New Hampshire, to rock the inaugural Rise Above Fest, the brainchild of Seether frontman Shaun Morgan. The festival is designed to raise awareness of the world’s teen-suicide epidemic.

Interview: Silversun Pickups Guitarist Brian Aubert Discusses New Album, 'Neck of the Woods'

Halfway through the first listen of Neck of the Woods, the excellent third effort from Los Angeles alternative rock group Silversun Pickups, it should be clear that the band has moved to a completely different neighborhood.

Interview: Leftover Salmon Guitarist Vince Herman Discusses Their New Album, 'Aquatic Hitchhiker'

If Boulder jam band the Salmon Heads hadn’t been asked to play a New Year’s Eve gig in Crested Butte, Colorado, in 1989, the past two decades would have been very different for Vince Herman. As it turned out, some of Herman’s fellow Salmon Heads couldn’t make the show, so he asked his friends in The Left Hand String Band to fill some holes.

Interview: Ryan and Gary Jarman of The Cribs Discuss Their New Album, 'In the Belly of the Brazen Bull'

The Cribs aren’t your typical British guitar punks. That may be due to the fact that guitarist and bassist, Ryan and Gary Jarman, have known each other since, well, the crib. The twins form two-thirds of one of the UK’s most popular indie acts (They’re joined by younger brother Ross behind the drums), whose fifth album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, comes out May 15 via Wichita Recordings.

Interview: Wombats Guitarist Matthew Murphy Discusses Influences, Touring and Illegal Raves

As a young boy in Liverpool, England, Wombats guitarist Matthew Murphy was encouraged to play the classical guitar from an early age. But there was no keeping him on that instrument once he saw Radiohead perform on TV. When he witnessed guitarist Johnny Greenwood rip into his Fender Telecaster, Murphy knew he had to have one of his own.

Interview: Matthias Jabs Discusses Scorpions' Farewell Tour and New Album, 'Comeblack'

Having sold more than 100 million records over the course of their 47-year career, German rock gods Scorpions will certainly be missed once the final note rings out at the last date of their two-and-a-half-year farewell tour later this year. But, as longtime guitarist Matthias Jabs explained in a recent interview with, the band doesn’t want to fall victim to an avoidable element that has tainted the legacies of so many groups before them: time.

Interview: Fingerpicker Lawson Rollins Discusses His New Album, 'Elevation'

It’s not often that a Latin jazz/flamenco/samba guitarist generates millions of views on YouTube with short instrumental pieces, but Lawson Rollins is used to defying expectations. As a teenager in the 1980s, he took a liking to the stylings of classical guitarist Andrés Segovia instead of the hair metal and synth-pop groups of the day, and to this day, he still hasn’t mastered what many beginners learn to use at their first lesson: the pick.

So Far Away: Why Aren't Dire Straits in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Surely, Mark Knopfler and his band must’ve bet on the 1980 Grammys or thrown the Love Over Gold sessions. Otherwise, how can the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame explain its perennial exclusion of British rockers Dire Straits from its list of nominees? It’s a travesty rivaled only by the Baseball Hall of Fame’s lifetime bans of Pete Rose and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.