From blockbuster hard-rock collabs to heroic dance-punk epics: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Jim James performs with My Morning Jacket at the End of the Road Festival at Larmer Tree Gardens on September 5, 2015
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We know. We know that, for the past four months, every time you’ve opened your phone or turned on your computer in the morning you’ve essentially been greeted by the news of the 10 Plagues of Egypt all occurring at once. 

Which is why we feel it’s important to provide you folks with a bit of a break, in the form of the best new music to soothe your nerves, and soundtrack these crazy times. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.