From searing punk protests to two-hand tapping Zelda covers: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

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It's fair to say that this week has been a tumultuous one. The coronavirus continues to ravage many parts of the world, while in America, millions have taken to the streets, or hit pause on their usual activities, to protest the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman. 

Though some of the week's new guitar tracks, the best of which we've compiled for this playlist, were recorded in what seems in hindsight to be a completely different world, a number are fresher - encapsulating these charged times in the visceral, moving ways only the best musicians can.

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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.