From rapid-fire nu-metal to neo-neo-soul: here are this week’s essential guitar tracks

Troy Sanders (left) and Bill Kelliher perform live with Mastodon
(Image credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Though the warmer weather (at least in our neck of the woods) has us ready to kick up our feet and rummage through our closets for beach towels, the guitar universe hasn’t been taking a break – far from it.

This week seemed to grace us with a particularly large amount of guitar greatness, from Christone “Kingfish” Ingram’s hot-rodded homage to his Delta roots, to Naia Izumi’s shimmering neo-neo-soul, a hypnotic meeting of the musical minds from Cory Wong and Dave Koz, and a wall-shaking slice of nu-metal from Nonpoint, this week had it all, guitar-wise.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.