From serene, guitar-glazed beats to prog-metal epics: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Joe Hottinger (left) and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm perform on stage at The SSE Hydro on November 24, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland
(Image credit: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns)

Whether you’re reading this at the beach, at the office or at home, you deserve a few minutes to kick back and enjoy some new music.

This week, we’ve got some sweet, guitar-heavy serenity from Hoogway & Softy, the exciting reunion of Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas, the theatrical return of Dream Theater, and much more.

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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.