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Buckcherry Guitarist Keith Nelson Talks New EP, 'Fuck,' and His Gibson Collector’s Choice Les Paul

Never a band to play by the rules, Buckcherry have made a career out of pushing the boundaries — and buttons — of conventional rock while doing things their own way. It’s a strategy that has paid off with successful studio albums and singles over the last decade.

Steve Morse Talks Deep Purple History and U.S. Tour, Plus New Flying Colors Album, 'Second Nature'

Deep Purple’s latest album, 2013's Now What?!, marked the opening of next chapter in the band’s 46-year career. Blending the spirit of classic Seventies Deep Purple with modern production and a progressive mindset, the album reached Number 1 in several countries, including Germany and Russia, and gave the band its first British Top 20 album in 20 years.

'Rock Your Face Off': Kix Guitarists Ronnie Younkins and Brian Forsythe Talk New Album

Two decades can be a long time to wait for a new studio album, but Kix proves the wait was certainly worth it.
Since reuniting in 2003 and adding bassist Mark Schenker to the line-up, Kix has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity as well as a passion to create new music. Rock Your Face Off, due for an August 5 release, is the band’s first new studio album in nearly twenty years and one that continues in the band's high energy tradition

I caught up with Younkins and Forsythe and asked them about the new album, their gear and more!

‘Museum’: Former White Lion Vocalist Mike Tramp Talks New Music, Guitars and Touring

For former White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp, it’s no longer about filling up arenas, selling t-shirts or just playing the old songs. And although there have been glimpses of Tramp’s inner self in his White Lion past (“When The Children Cry” quickly comes to mind), perhaps there is no better reflection of Tramp’s soul than with his new album, Museum (out on August 18.)

I spoke with Tramp about his new album, gear and the satisfaction he gets from his vagabond touring lifestyle.

‘Rockabilly Riot’: Brian Setzer Talks New Album, Gretsch Guitars and Future of Rockabilly

Following last year’s successful Christmas tour with his 18-piece orchestra, iconic guitarist, songwriter and three-time Grammy winner Brian Setzer entered the studio to get back to his rockabilly roots — with incredible results.

‘1000hp’: Guitarist Tony Rombola Talks New Godsmack Album and Side Project

Multi-platinum hard rock heroes Godsmack are revving their engines for their highly anticipated sixth studio album, 1000hp The album, which is set for an August 5 release, is the follow-up to 2010’s The Oracle, which debuted at Number 1 on Billboard's Top 200.

Asia's John Wetton and Sam Coulson Talk New Album, ‘Gravitas’

Following Steve Howe’s departure from Asia in 2012, the band launched a massive search in hopes of finding a suitable replacement for the legendary guitarist. Enter Sam Coulson, a young gun recommended by Paul Gilbert. And by "young," we mean someone who wasn’t even born during Asia’s first wave of success in the Eighties.

LA Sessions: 14-Year-Old Guitarist Ray Goren Talks New EP and Working with Jimi Hendrix Producer Eddie Kramer

Fourteen-year-old guitarist Ray Goren describes LA Sessions, his new EP, as a unique mixture of everything from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Wonder. Considering the fact that Hendrix’s producer, Eddie Kramer, worked on the EP, it’s hard to argue.

Shut Up & Jam!: Ted Nugent Discusses New Album and His Kamp for Kids

Cute? One could certainly find better adjectives to describe Shut Up & Jam!, Ted Nugent’s first studio album in seven years. But that’s exactly how the Motor City Madman himself would describe this new collection of blues-inspired songs. Say what you will about his choice of words; it’s safe to say Nugent and his insatiable appetite for honky-tonk bastardization has never sounded better.

Future's Past: Dave Mason Talks Recording with Jimi Hendrix, New Album and More

Mason’s new album, Future’s Past, pays homage to those early years by featuring new versions of songs from his Traffic days and solo career, including new interpretations of “As Sad and Deep As You” and “World In Changes." Rounding out the nine-track album is a new song, “That’s Freedom."