From dreamy psychedelic opuses to twisty, rapid-fire metal: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Tom DeLonge of Angels and Airwaves performs onstage during KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas 2019 at Honda Center on December 7, 2019 in Anaheim, California.
(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

As we move into the summer, and farther away from the busy spring release cycle, it’s not unreasonable to expect the pace of new music – and with it the guitar’s evolution – to slow slightly.

We’re happy to report though, that any reports of such a slowdown would be premature.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.