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Michael Landau: Lord of the Ringers

Michael Landau: Lord of the Ringers

WITH A mind-blowing 700-plus albums to his credit as both a session musician and solo artist, in addition to years of touring experience, Michael Landau has earned the right to the title ‘guitar hero.’ However, it’s likely that he’ll be the first to shy away from such accolades. Quiet, humble, and as far removed from industry-related fanfare as he can be, Landau is a consummate player who prefers to let his instrument do the talking.  more...
Zane Carney comes together

Zane Carney comes together

uitarist Zane Carney’s path to discovery of his singer-songwriter ambition has encountered a few detours in recent years. Fresh from a band with his brother Reeve, he played guitar for the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (Reeve played Peter Parker).  more...
EarthQuaker Devices: Rare Birds

EarthQuaker Devices: Rare Birds

DOWN THE narrow staircase that leads to the basement of Jamie Stillman and Julie Robbins’ Akron, Ohio home one wouldn’t expect to find anything different than in any other basement across the Mid-West… a few boxes, some old electronics, some family heirlooms. But in this house, the boxes, electronics and heirlooms are one in the same… and there is a ton of it. The Stillman/Robbins basement is home to Jamie’s ever-evolving effects pedal collection – vintage metal boxes of electrical components that may one day put his two daughters through college.  more...
EMG: The 30,000 Square Foot Garage

EMG: The 30,000 Square Foot Garage

IN AN OFFICE park down a dead-end street in Santa Rosa, California, is a 30,000 square foot garage - home and headquarters of EMG Pickups. It’s not a garage in the traditional sense of roll-down doors, automobiles and mechanics, but in the boutique mindset of how this 37-year old company operates. It was, after all, started by founder Rob Turner in his parents garage, so it stands to reason that the practices and procedures established in the mid-1970s simply expand along with the company - at least, as much as is reasonably possible.  more...
Hello Portland! A tour of gear shops in the Rose City

Hello Portland! A tour of gear shops in the Rose City

DREAMS OF THE west coast usually center on the warm and more glamorous climbs of southern California, with its miles of scenic beaches dotted with quaint, comfortable coastal burgs offering equal amounts of sunshine and serenity. Let’s face it, as you move north along the Pacific Coast Highway things start to get dicey. The sun fades in a cloak of persistent gray and a general gloom becomes the harbinger of the days ahead. Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!  more...
Event Horizon: Matt Scannell

Event Horizon: Matt Scannell

Vertical Horizon frontman talks new record, Neil Peart VERTICAL HORIZON'S Matt Scannell loves gear. He’s been amassing an impressive horde of vintage instruments ever since a little money started coming…  more...
Viva Phil Collen!

Viva Phil Collen!

AS 2013 COMES to a close, guitarist Phil Collen can look back on an eventful year. Def Leppard enjoyed a successful residency in Las Vegas that culminated in the October 18 release of Viva! Hysteria, a two-CD + DVD deluxe edition capturing the concert and the Hysteria album performed in its entirety for the first time. The DVD includes sets by the ‘opening band’ Ded Flatbird (just the Leps in disguise!). Viva! Hysteria was also screened in cinemas worldwide.  more...
LIVE Lives!

LIVE Lives!

IT’S BEEN seven years since we’ve had a new record from York, Pennsylvania-based rock group Live. In that time, the band has undergone some changes... most notably the noisy departure of founding vocalist Ed Kowalczyk. The group has resurfaced off-and-on in recent times, but none more high-profile than this year’s Summerland tour with other ‘90s-era hitmakers Sponge, Filter and Everclear.  more...