The Lego guitar shown in the video below was made by Italian luthier Nicola Pavan. And apart from the neck, electronics and hardware, it is made of nothing but Lego blocks, with only their own interlocking parts to hold them together.
When Labor Day came and went earlier this month, it reminded us of the American labor movement and the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the good ol' U.S. of A. However, since we're Guitar World people, we couldn't help but apply those sentiments to music and the American people who made and make it—bands!
Outside of Saturday Night Live, no other current TV show can boast as many impressive musical guests as The Simpsons. And The Simpsons has the edge because its many musical appearances are actually meant to be funny. Scores of rock icons—including three Beatles, two Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica—have appeared on the show as eight-fingered, yellow-tinted versions of themselves.
Everyone knows about Jack White and Iggy Pop, but sadly, musicians of the other gender are often overlooked. Regardless of the reason, it seems girls don't get the same recognition as their male counterparts in a genre that respects how hard you play the guitar as much as how well. These three women, however, have created some great garage rock and deserve your attention.
Being a professional musician looks like one of the coolest things a person is paid to do, and I'm sure it usually is. There's the road tripping, the stalker-like enthusiasm of fans and the freedom to pursue almost any twisted vice you can come up with.
Some albums heap sophistication on every track, burdening each chord with subtlety and making listeners work for every sonic breakthrough. They are albums that are best heard through headphones while staring plaintively at the wall, absorbing every nuance. Like Radiohead.
Here's a photo gallery of Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes performing at the 2012 Sasquatch! Music Festival, which took place this past weekend -- May 25 to 28 -- at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Gorge, Washington.
Born and raised in Denmark, pedal steel guitarist Maggie Björklund wasn’t content to settle in with just ANY instrument. Now appearing live with Jack White, Björklund is thrilled to bring the pedal steel guitar to stages and TV studios worldwide! Early in her career, Björklund was best known in Europe as a guitarist for the all-girl country band, The Darleens, and experimental pop group, Miss B Haven.
It seems fitting that my first review to be featured in my Oil Slick blog -- a blog about garage rock -- addresses a solo album by one of the genre's most prolific artists, Jack White -- even though he has already removed himself from the landscape his guitar helped carve.