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Interview: Jason Myers, Quinn Lukas and Dave Watson of Icarus Witch Discuss New Album, 'Rise'

Although often labeled as a “traditional” metal band, Icarus Witch’s new album, Rise, shows a much broader scope of musical ability. We sat down with Icarus Witch's bassist Jason Myers and guitarists Quinn Lukas and Dave Watson to discuss changes in the band and the new album.

Guitars on Tour: Traveling Exhibit Hints at Possibilities of Permanent National Guitar Museum

You'd be hard pressed to find a guitarist who wouldn't consider the guitar, by its very nature, to be a work of art. The colors, the shapes, the wood and all those little idiosyncrasies make each guitar While many manufacturers have created showcases of their instruments in specific museums, there has yet to be one singular museum in the United States to focus on the guitar word as a whole.

Interview: David Ellefson of Megadeth Discusses His New Signature X Series Basses by Jackson

To say David Ellefson has Jackson is his blood is no exaggeration. Born in the small town of Jackson, Minnesota, Ellefson was drawn to the bass immediately. Over the course of his musical career, Ellefson has inspired many budding musicians to take up the bass guitar.

Interview: Black Label Society's Nick Catanese Discusses Signature PRS SE Guitar and Dean Markley Artist Series Helix Strings

Guitarist Nick Catanese — or the “Evil Twin” as he is known to the legions of Black Label Society fans — has been a member of the band for 16 years now. What started as a side project of sorts for Zakk Wylde has grown into an extremely successful machine. Catanese has the task of keeping up with Wylde’s guitar pyrotechnics night in and night out on stage.

Interview: Tesla Guitarist Dave Rude Talks Gibson Guitars, Marshall Amps and Touring with the Scorpions

When Tesla first set the rock world on fire with their debut album, 1986's Mechanical Resonance, Dave Rude was 8 years old. As fate would have it, in 2006, founding Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon came across The Dave Rude Band on MySpace and asked Rude to join his band as a rhythm guitarist. That eventually led to Rude joining Tesla.

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.