From kill-switching dance bangers to triumphantly returning thrashers: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Sad13 (Image credit: Natalie Piserchio)

We know you've been eagerly awaiting this moment all week. That brief moment of respite, of calm, of complete and utter immersion in new guitar music. Yessiree, it's this week's essential guitar tracks.

As always, we've searched far and wide to bring you the most exciting playing from every nook and cranny of the six-string sphere. We've got fuzz-heavy synth-pop (Sad13), all-out metal bruisers (Mr. Bungle, Like Moths To Flames), ambient head-trips (DARK, Tabal) heavy hip-hop and dance crossovers (North Kingsley, Ashba), and, of course, some classic rock to boot (thank you, Songhoy Blues).

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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.