From celestial pop to sleazy neo-blues: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Manchester Orchestra
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As we hurdle toward the year mark of this pandemic, you’d find yourself in plentiful company if you’re feeling more than a little worn-out – a bit lethargic perhaps.

We’ll leave the outright cures to the scientists, (we are just guitar geeks after all) but what we can bring you are bits of guitar-heavy ear candy we’ve discovered in our digital travels that hopefully can brighten up your day a peg or two. 

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.