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DefiANT (Always And Forever)

DefiANT (Always And Forever)

IT'S BEEN JUST over a decade since a bus crash in Spain left the members of Alien Ant Farm battered, bruised and broken. With a tour derailed and a record label on the brink of extinction, guitarist Terry Corso left the band. Over a five year period without Corso, the band produced one album and continued to play several small venue shows. Today, Corso is back... and the band is preparing to release its fourth full-lenght album sometime early next year.  more...
Josh Klinghoffer Has A Gear Problem

Josh Klinghoffer Has A Gear Problem

IT'S NOT uncommon for an aspiring guitarist to learn to play by jamming out the hits of the day. What is uncommon is for that young guitarist to find himself playing those very same songs decades later in front of tens of thousands of people every night as a starring member of the band he idolized as a teenager. That is the situation Josh Klinghoffer finds himself in as the latest guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  more...
Toadies. Rock. Music.

Toadies. Rock. Music.

VADEN TODD LEWIS and the Toadies have returned with the raw and powerful Play. Rock. Music. - perhaps the band’s best effort since the landmark Rubberneck album of the late 90’s. GEARPHORIA caught up with Lewis just prior to the band launching a year-long tour with Helmet and got his take on record companies, the new album and his gear.  more...
Earned His Stripes

Earned His Stripes

OR MORE than 35 years, Randy Jackson has fronted the New York via New Orleans rock trio Zebra. After four studio albums, including a debut that was label Atlantic’s fastest selling ever, the band is preparing to make a new one later this year.  more...
Action Jackson

Action Jackson

THE ROAD to Jackson Ampworks’ headquarters in Keller, Texas, is under construction. It is a nuisance, but the project - and the town itself - offers a fitting parallel to the trajectory of the boutique amp shop coming off its most successful summer to date. Keller is a community just north of Fort Worth that is outgrowing its infrastructure at an alarming rate. In 2009, it was ranked seventh in Money Magazine’s list of best cities to live in the United States.  more...
Sweet Caroline

Sweet Caroline

HOUSED in a tech incubator not far from the University of South Carolina campus in downtown Columbia is Caroline Guitar Co. - the boutique effects pedal manufacturer led by the enthusiastic and gregarious Philippe Herndon.  more...
David Grissom: Goin’ Way Down Deep

David Grissom: Goin’ Way Down Deep

Rolling west on Highway 71 about forty-five minutes outside of Austin, Texas, you might miss the sign directing you to the Hill Country hamlet of Spicewood. Tucked back just off the highway to the north, the Burnett County community is just big enough to support a library, post office and a few other essentials. What you likely wouldn’t miss is the town’s main attraction - a roadside beef and rib ‘destination’ called Opie’s Barbecue. While only in existence since 1999, Opie’s quickly outgrew its more modest accommodations and now resides in a multi-thousand square foot dining hall configuration that is part West Texas ranch and part grandma’s porch with all of the appointments of the former and comfort of the latter.  more...