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'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."

Very High Frequency: Joel Hoekstra Discusses VHF and New Night Ranger Album, 'High Road'

It's no secret that Joel Hoekstra is one the hardest-working musicians you're ever likely to meet. The Night Ranger guitarist, who just celebrated the release of the band's new album, High Road, also performs regularly as part of Broadway's Rock of Ages and tours every fall with Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Roll with the Changes: Dave Amato Talks Guitars and 25 Years with REO Speedwagon

Since REO Speedwagon’s arrival on the scene 40-plus years ago, the band has seen a lot of musical changes. Touring relentlessly through the Midwest in the 1970s, they finally broke through, scoring a pair of No. 1 hits in the 1980s. They also had the bestselling rock album of 1981, Hi Infidelity.