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Review: 'David Ellefson Rock Shop' App for iPhone and iPad

While there is no shortage of guitar-oriented apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, many of them can be full of so many configurations and settings that they become cumbersome to use -- especially on the smaller screens. And even after mastering the settings, you can quickly rack up a hefty sum with in-app purchases.

Interview: Dead Sara Guitarist Siouxsie Medley Discusses Gear and the Band's Self-Titled New Album

Singer Emily Armstrong, bassist Chris Null, drummer Sean Friday and guitarist Siouxsie Medley -- better known as Dead Sara -- combine a high-energy live show with well-crafted, organic rock and roll music. The band, which released a six-song EP, The Airport Sessions, in 2008, is now set to release their self-titled debut album on April 10 on Pocket Kid Records through Fontana/Universal.

Interview: Megadeth's David Ellefson Discusses His New Book, 'Unsung: Words & Images'

Lately, a musician releasing a book is nothing unusual, and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has joined the fray, releasing Unsung: Words & Images, a self-published book of his lyrics and photograph.

Interview: Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Manraze Talks Effects, Amps and Jackson Guitars

It's hard to believe it has been 30 years since Phil Collen joined Def Leppard. Since that time, the band has pretty much done it all. They've put out some of the biggest-selling albums of all time. They've sold out countless shows. And at a time when many artists can make a living as a nostalgia act, Collen continues to explore creative new endeavors.

Interview: Joe Satriani Discusses His New Marshall JVM Signature Series Amps and 'Satchurated,' His 3D Film

"Can't Slow Down," a song from Joe Satriani's Flying In A Blue Dream album, might be 23 years old this year -- but it's never been a more accurate description of its creator. The guitarist's new 3D film, Sachurated, makes its theatrical debut today -- the same day he's appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with Chickenfoot. Later this month, Satriani will take the G3 show on the road in Australia with Steve Lukather and longtime partner Steve Vai. As if that weren't enough, Chickenfoot are hitting the road in May on their Different Devil tour of North America.

Interview: Guitarist Steve Blaze of Lillian Axe Discusses the Band's New Album, 'XI: The Days Before Tomorrow'

When people think of the glory days of the late-'80s, early '90s metal scene, New Orleans isn't typically the setting that comes to mind. However, New Orleans did prove to be the birthplace of one of the most overlooked bands of that era, Lillian Axe. Blending catchy melodies and sleazy lyrics with an equal amount of classically inspired acoustic pieces and great songwriting, they developed a loyal fan base that support them to this day.

Interview: Guitarist Xander Demos Discusses Influences and His Debut Album, 'Guitarcadia'

Guitarist Xander Demos may not be a household name, but his playing is causing an increasing number of new fans and equipment manufacturers to take notice. Demos' combination of Shrapnel-era shred and melodic phrasing makes for a combination that appeals equally to guitarists and non-guitarists.

Interview: Bassist John "JD" DeServio of Black Label Society on his roots, Zakk Wylde and Vinnie Moore

John "JD" DeServio has been involved off and on with Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society for several years. Their personal relationship goes back even further, to Wylde's pre-Ozzy Osbourne days. JD has made a career for himself -- as an extremely versatile musician and producer -- beginning with a solid musical education in high school, followed by intense study at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Interview: Tony Iommi Discusses His New Book, 'Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath'

These days, the book store has just as many musical legends as the record store. There are dozens of great autobiographies out there from Ace Frehley, Sammy Hagar, Duff McKagen and many more. One title that is sure to catch the attention of any metal fan is that of Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi. His new book, Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, from De Capo Press is now available in hardcover and gives the reader a rare look into the life of one of metal’s most reserved and respected musicians.

Interview: Guns N' Roses and Sixx:A.M. Guitarist DJ Ashba Discusses Gear, Producing and the Future of GNR

From a young kid in Indiana whose first concert was Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls tour to playing Brazil’s massive Rock In Rio Festival, DJ Ashba has taken his creative talents and become an integral part of two of the most successful bands on the planet. With a top 10 album in This Is Gonna Hurt with Sixx:A.M. earlier this year and now playing live beside one of rock’s most iconic vocalists, Axl Rose, you could say Ashba is having a pretty good 2011.