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Duane Denison: Jesus Lizard Guitarist Evolves with BFG in Hand

David Sprague
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09.25.2007

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While his name may not be recognizable to every aficionado of aggressive, experimental rock, Duane Denison’s influence can be heard in dozens of guitarists who’ve followed the paths he blazed while laying the sonic foundations for such bands as the Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk. His lurching, blues-based playing was an obvious inspiration to Kurt Cobain—who wasn’t shy about expressing his admiration for Denison’s work—and countless other denizens of post-hardcore America. Now based in Nashville, Denison and former Ministry mischief-maker Paul Barker have put together a moody quartet called U.S.S.A., which just released a dark and stormy debut entitled The Spoils. Bolstered by Denison’s work on the Les Paul BFG, the album is something of a departure from the sound of his previous bands, but every bit as individualistic and gripping as anything he’s done in the past.
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On the Road with Johnny Winter

Sean McDevitt
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09.25.2007

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Nearly 40 years since he first caught the ears of blues and rock listeners everywhere, Gibson legend Johnny Winter remains a fixture on the road and a popular draw wherever he goes. After several years of health woes, including carpal tunnel surgery that threatened to permanently derail his career in 2005, Winter has been increasingly visible. He played about 120 shows in 2006 and is looking at 150 or more by the end of 2007. Earlier this month, Johnny hit the highway for a weekend run that preceded a string of European dates. Gibson came along for the ride.
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New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert: The Soundtrack to His Life (Download Free MP3!)

Jonah Bayer
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09.24.2007

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Seven years ago, the Florida-based pop-punk band New Found Glory released From The Screen to Your Stereo, an upbeat adaptation of classic movie soundtracks and themes which included everything from The Neverending Story theme song to Céline Dion’s Titantic-sized hit “My Heart Will Go On.”
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Wilco: They're Playing Your Song

Josh Baron
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09.24.2007

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It’s been a good couple of weeks for longtime Wilco fans. On Friday, September 7, those who subscribe to the band’s e-mail newsletter were informed of a new development. The pertinent part of the email read as follows:
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Rock and Roll's Red-Hot Hot Rod: ZZ Top and the Eliminator Car

Russell Hall
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09.24.2007

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There’s hardly a more iconic symbol of the early years of MTV than the ZZ Top Eliminator car. A fixture in several videos—including “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” and “Legs”—the fire-engine red 1933 Ford coupe was the culmination of guitarist Billy Gibbons’ lifelong fascination with hot rods. After being dazzled by the appearance of the same model of car in the 1974 film The California Kid, which starred Martin Sheen, Gibbons tracked down the automobile’s owner, Pete Chapouris, and the long process of creating a similar vehicle for himself soon got underway.
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Jen Mooney
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09.22.2007

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this is a summary
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The Whigs' Parker Gispert: In Search of the Lost Guitar

Josh Baron
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09.21.2007

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“Let’s car test it,” says the Whigs’ drummer Julian Dorio to guitarist-singer Parker Gispert. The two walk out of Los Angeles’Sound Factory recording studio and into their rental car, a Chevrolet HHR, parked in the driveway. The temperature outside is hovering in the high 90s, and inside the car it’s absolutely torturous. They crank the latest mix of “Rock the Vibration,” one of roughly ten songs that will comprise their sophomore album and debut for ATO Records.
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True Adventures in Rock Journalism: What I Learned About Parenting from Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Ozzy Osbourne

Jerry McCulley
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09.21.2007

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It was a dark, rainy afternoon in Los Angeles. I was tucked in a modest corner suite at the Sunset Marquis with Foreigner’s Mick Jones, working up historical background material for the liner notes to the band’s multi-disc Anthology. As my tape recorder whirred, Jones recalled that when the Beatles played a stand at the Paris Olympia just before heading off to America, Ed Sullivan, and unparalleled world conquest, he was onstage opening for them as guitarist for French pop chanteuse Sylvie Vartan. His gigs backing Vartan would go on to make a favorable impression on her husband, Johnny Hallyday, better known as the “French Elvis,” and Hallyday soon hired Jones on for his own band. Given Hallyday’s clout and budget, Mick found himself working with many of his idols but feeling very much the foreigner in the midst of it all—a sentiment he would well remember when it came time to form his own band a decade later.
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kenny Chesney

Ellen Mallernee
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09.21.2007

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When Kenny Chesney arrived in Nashville in ’91, he wasn’t yet the rum-gulping, island-hopping millionaire his fans have come to love. An ambitious everyman from small town Tennessee, Chesney began in the music business down on his luck and lovesick, the spitting image of the fellow he’s crooned about in so many of his sweet, stirring songs. A pop culture phenomenon for 20 years running, the unassuming Chesney, who stands all of 5’7” with his boots on, has to do little more than blink his baby blues and twist his baseball hat backwards to capture the adoration of millions. Here, Gibson reveals 10 things you may not know about arguably the most written about man in country music.
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Rock Math: Bulletboys + Candlebox = Hinder

Chris Gill
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09.20.2007

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Bulletboys plus Candlebox equals Hinder
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