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Paramore: Outta School and Onto the Charts

Jonah Bayer
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09.20.2007

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If you’re on this web site, chances are you spent most of high school daydreaming about playing music in front of adoring fans instead of sitting in biology class—well Paramore guitarist Josh Farro is living proof that it can be done. Propelled by a love for rock acts like the Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World, Farro formed Paramore with his brother Zac, bassist Jeremy Davis, and pint-sized vocalist Hayley Williams in Franklin, Tennessee, in 2002 when all the members were barely into their teens. However, over the past five years the band have been steadfastly refining their unique pop-punk sound, a process that’s culminated with their latest release Riot!
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Found Treasure: The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru

Josh Baron
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09.20.2007

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It’s said that one should not judge a book by its cover. That’s true—but how often have you been in a bookstore, or a record store for that matter, and something strange catches your eye?
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Jimmy Page: Guest of Honor

David Sprague
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09.20.2007

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If you listen to rock radio with any regularity, it’s difficult to go more than a day or so without hearing Jimmy Page kick out the jams with Led Zeppelin—but long before he joined forces with Robert Plant, Page was one of the most-heard guitarists in the world. As one of the most in-demand session players in Britain, he’s said to have contributed to more than 50 percent of the singles released in ol’ Blighty between 1963 and 1965—unleashing his Les Paul Black Beauty on sides by artists as varied as Lulu (of “To Sir With Love” fame), the Kinks, Marianne Faithfull and Van Morrison. And while his guest appearances have become less frequent in the post-Zep era, they’re certainly no less powerful. For starters, check out these seven deadly shots of pure Page in unexpected places.
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Gibson Custom Proudly Presents the ES-339

Chris Gill
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09.20.2007

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Lighter, more compact and comfortable than a traditional semi-hollow guitar, the ES-339 feels like a Les Paul but sounds like an ES-335. Despite its smaller body dimensions, the ES-339 does not look like an awkward dwarf version of a 335. The craftsmen at Gibson managed to shave several inches off the traditional semi-hollowbody design while retaining perfect proportions that look classy and natural. You may not even notice the difference until you pick up the ES-339 and instantly realize how much lighter and more comfortable it feels.
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Lost Classic: Blue Oyster Cult, On Your Feet or on Your Knees

Chris Gill
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09.19.2007

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The double live album phenomenon that would reach its apogee with the release of KISS Alive! and Frampton Comes Alive! was less than a year away when Blue Öyster Cult released On Your Feet or on Your Knees, in February, 1975. (Apparently, BOC didn’t get the memo that exclamation points would be de rigueur on live albums.) Even so, the waves were cresting, and BOC, despite having released a scant three studio albums with no hits to speak of, were a strong live draw, and this record is a fascinating time capsule that allows listeners to discover a band approaching its creative peak, only moments before breaking through with “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” the song that would change their lives forever.
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Rilo Kiley’s Anti-Guitar Hero: The Gibson Interview with Blake Sennett

Jerry McCulley
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09.19.2007

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Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett seems content, if hardly complacent about the recent release of the veteran indie band’s fourth album and major label debut, Under the Blacklight. The single “Moneymaker,” a slinky, ’70s-disco-meets-21st-century-meditation on L.A.’s porn underbelly, has garnered the band considerable radio play and a heightened profile. Nine years after Sennett formed the band with fellow child actor Jenny Lewis and bassist/classmate Pierre DeReeder (drummer Jason Boesel was a later addition), Rilo Kiley’s full-blown success seems just around the corner.
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Gibson Moment: Boston at Golden Hall, San Diego, CA, November 12, 1976

Chris Gill
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09.19.2007

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Enter to Win a Hasbro POWER TOUR Gibson SG!

09.19.2007

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Gibson and Hasbro have joined forces to give you a chance to win the amazing new POWER TOUR electric guitar. Styled to look like the iconic Gibson SG, simply follow the lights on this guitar and you’ll be pounding out power chords, shredding leads, and rocking right out of the box! Learn real rock classics, jam along to your own tunes, or compose your monster anthem. With authentic sound, tons of effects, and lessons built right in, the POWER TOUR electric guitar is the high-tech highway to musical superstardom.
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KT Tunstall: The Gibson Interview

Joe Bosso
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09.18.2007

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Over a scampering, Latin-flavored beat, KT Tunstall’s infectious new single, “Hold On,” enjoins one and all to “Hold on to what you’ve been given lately/ hold on to what you know you’ve got.” Coming from a singer-songwriter-guitarist who made her bones busking in the streets of her native Scotland, and who, by her late ’20s, was written off by every record label as “too old to make it,” this comes as sage advice, indeed.
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Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Radio City Music Hall, September 15, 2007

David Sprague
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09.18.2007

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Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center is one of the few places in America that’s more swingin’ on a Monday morning than in the heart of a Saturday night—except, perhaps, inside the tiny room that hosts that famed “live…from New York” show. That rule was broken into tiny shards this weekend, however, when Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals rolled into Radio City Music Hall and temporarily overlaid the staid office park environs with a coating of pure roadhouse—blood, sweat, and beers all included.
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