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Charlie Hunter on Discovering His Rhythm and His New Trio Album, ‘Let the Bells Ring On’

That “deeper musical message” might be hard to quantity, but it speaks to an ability to connect with people on a visceral human level. Instead of utilizing the guitar as a mainly a melodic instrument to engage an audience, Hunter takes a different approach.

Milk Carton Kids Guitarist Kenneth Pattengale Talks Tone, Playing in a Duo and New Album, 'Monterey'

The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are studied craftsmen of the folk tradition. Over the course of their five years together as a band, they have mastered the delicate vocal harmonies, sophisticated songwriting and subtle musical interplay set forth by seminal folk duos such as Simon and Garfunkel or Welch and Rawlins.

Gear Review: The Roadie Automatic Guitar Tuner

An automatic tuner that connects to your smartphone might sound gimmicky. Which is why it's surprising that Roadie is such a practical tool. The Roadie automatic guitar tuner, which was created by Seattle-based startup Band Industries, interfaces with your mobile device via Bluetooth and automatically tunes your guitar by physically rotating the guitar’s tuning pegs.

How The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir Utilizes Online Mastering Tool LANDR

While recording equipment and software has become increasingly more affordable and easy to use, mastering has remained an elusive and expensive final step in the recording process. To successfully master a track, you either need to download and learn how to use a pricey plug-in or bite the bullet and hire a professional.

Guitarist Justin Derrico Talks Musicians Institute and Life as Part of 'The Voice' Band

If you’re looking for a guitarist who can learn 30 songs in an afternoon, dial in the perfect tone on queue and then rip a face-melting solo in front of 30,000 people, Justin Derrico’s your guy. Just ask Pink, Robin Thicke or Beyonce.

Sleep’s 'Dopesmoker,' the Heaviest Album Ever Recorded

The heaviest album of all time, you ask? This distinction belongs not to Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality or Slayer’s Reign in Blood. No, the heaviest, sludgiest, most wicked album ever recorded is none other than Sleep’s doom metal masterpiece, Dopesmoker.

Julian Lage Discusses His New Solo Guitar Album, 'World's Fair'

Julian Lage is much more than just a jazz musician. While his musical foundation is rooted firmly in the world of bebop and swing, his playing encapsulates the full breadth of 20th-century American music. The ghosts of Eddie Lang, Skip James, Doc Watson and Elizabeth Cotton haunt his vintage Martin 000-18, with which he creates a sound that is distinctly modern yet deeply indebted to the American folk music tradition.

Festive Fretwork: 13 Rocking Christmas Songs That Don’t Suck

The holiday season is once again upon us, and you know what that means: It's time to brace yourself for a non-stop barrage of atrocious, agonizing Christmas music. But not to worry! Here are 13 kick-ass Christmas songs that will help get you through the rest of 2013 in peace (and in one piece).

Interview: Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds Discusses Gear, Technique and Future Plans

Eddie Roberts, guitarist for the supremely funky British band The New Mastersounds, is a master of mixing soaring hard bop guitar lines with authentic James Brown grooves. The group has been rapidly gaining fans by bringing their infectious vintage soul sound to clubs and festivals across the country. I talked with Eddie about how he developed his style and what new projects he has on tap for the future.

Interview: Punch Brothers Guitarist Chris Eldridge Discusses the Band's New Album, 'Who’s Feeling Young Now?'

Punch Brothers are not a bluegrass band. While you might be fooled into thinking otherwise by their traditional instrumentation and blinding picking chops, a quick listen will prove they are a highly evolved mutation of Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys. Led by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile, the group takes influences ranging from Radiohead to Bach to Earl Scruggs and combines them into a strikingly unique brand of acoustic music.