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‘Something Supernatural’: Crobot Guitarist Chris Bishop Talks New Album and Gear

There once was a time when rock radio was dominated by great riffs, a period when the only thing that mattered was that unmistakable guitar sound that instantly identified a band or song. Thankfully, the four members of Crobot — Brandon Yeagley (lead vocals), Chris Bishop (guitar), Jake Figueroa (bass) and Paul Figueroa (drums) — have made it their mission to bring back those days.

Melvins Guitarists Buzz Osborne and Paul Leary Talk New Album, 'Hold It In'

It’s not often you get to work with one of your heroes, but for Melvins guitarist Buzz Osborne, that’s exactly what happened when Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary joined the band for their new album, Hold It In, which will be released October 14. Also joining Osborne, Leary and drummer Dale Crover for this 12-song Melvins outing is Butthole Surfers' bassist JD Pinkus.

‘The Tiger Speaks’: Guitarist Jim Peterik Talks New Book, Ides of March and Survivor

Most rock biographies tend to follow a similar pattern. The artist’s road to redemption is paved with tales of debauchery, drug abuse, marital infidelity and a trashing hotel room or two. Although Jim Peterik’s story doesn’t really follow that path, it's even more special.

Guitarist Elliot Easton Discusses The Empty Hearts, The Cars and His Signature Gibson Tikibird

Even though the Empty Hearts feature members of Blondie, the Cars, the Chesterfield Kings and the Romantics — and even though their name was chosen from Little Steven Van Zandt's super-secret list of unused band names — this is no cynically constructed supergroup.

Flyleaf Guitarist Jared Hartmann Discusses the Band’s New Album, ‘Between the Stars’

Flyleaf have consistently dominated the active, alternative and mainstream rock charts since their eponymous, self-titled debut was released in 2005. With the arrival of new vocalist Kristen May and the band’s new album, Between the Stars, which was released September 16, that trend is continuing.

Guitarist Joel Hoekstra Discusses His New Gig with Whitesnake

It was recently announced that Hoekstra would be leaving his gig with Night Ranger to become the new guitarist in Whitesnake, replacing departing guitarist Doug Aldrich. Hoekstra’s seven-year tenure with Night Ranger included three critically acclaimed albums and tours, not to mention being part of a killer one-two punch with guitar great Brad Gillis.

‘World On Fire’: Slash Discusses New Solo Album, Gibson Les Pauls and Guns N’ Roses

Over the course of his illustrious career—one that includes time in Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver—Slash has amassed album sales of more than 100 million, garnered a Grammy (to go with his seven nominations) and was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

‘One For The Road’: Cinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Delivers First Solo Album

After years of waiting, that time has finally arrived. LaBar’s new album, One For The Road, was recorded in Nashville with long-time friend and engineer Ronnie Honeycutt and features mixing by fellow Cinderella bandmate Fred Coury, with mixing and mastering by Chris Collier (KXM, Lynch Mob, Lita Ford).

Richie Kotzen Discusses New 'Essential' Package and Memorable Moments from His Career

With styles ranging from rock and blues to jazz and soul, Richie Kotzen has built an eclectic career as guitarist, singer and songwriter. Over a period of 20 years, Kotzen has accumulated a loyal fan base and has consistently sold out shows throughout the world. Still, there are many who question what Kotzen is capable of musically. Kotzen’s new Essential package is sure to answer that question.

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.