From Machine Gun Kelly to Alain Johannes: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Alain Johannes
(Image credit: Alain Johannes/YouTube)

Though it may not quite feel like it exists anymore, time - oblivious to the coronavirus and its devastating effects - continues to march on. That does mean though, that today - in case you’ve understandably lost track - is Friday. And what does that mean? Tracks of the week!

Artists and musicians around the world have been quite generous during this difficult period - live-streaming performances from their home studios or living rooms, moving the release of killer new albums and tracks up to the spring or, in some cases, dusting off some amazing songs that were left on the cutting room floor and sharing them with fans. This week was no exception, with a number of guitar-heavy gems, new and old, coming to light.

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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.