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Nickelback and the Return of the Anti-Rock Star

Chris Gill
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09.18.2007

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Elvis Presley. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. Alice Cooper. Ozzy Osbourne. Marilyn Manson. Through the years, the face of rock music rock has been adorned with artists with incredible faces, larger-than-life personalities whose personas were inextricably linked with the power of their music. But there’s always exceptions.
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The Top 10 Gibson Metal Solos of All Time, Part Two

Chris Gill
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09.18.2007

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The definition of metal changed significantly during the ’90s as bands adopted a harder, faster, meaner, and some would say downright evil sound that made the “classic rock” and glam-inspired “hair metal” groups that dominated the previous two decades seem positively quaint. At the same time, grunge, DIY alternative rock, and rap-infused nü metal caused the guitar solo to all but disappear from the airwaves. But just as it seemed as if guitar solos were beginning their death rattle, a steady stream of metal bands defiantly rose up to keep tradition alive in the underground. Today, the guitar solo is making a screeching, squealing comeback thanks to groups like Trivium, Mastodon, Dragonforce, Shadows Fall, and Avenged Sevenfold, who are introducing shred to a new generation of players.
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Panic! at the Disco Ready Their Second Second Record

Joe Bosso
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09.18.2007

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We’ve had quite an interesting last nine months,” says Panic! at the Disco’s guitarist Ryan Ross. “We were in the mountains for a while writing songs, and then we moved to L.A. for a bit, and then...
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Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba is Back to Old, Prolific Self

Joe Bosso
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09.17.2007

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Before the release of 2006's Dusk and Summer, Chris Carrabba made fans of his band Dashboard Confessional http://www.dashboardconfessional.com/wait threlong years for a new album. In 2003, the band had issued A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar, which earned Carrabba a major label deal. But then...
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It’s Daughtry’s World; We Just Shop In It

Jerry McCulley
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09.17.2007

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When Chris Daughtry was but a toddler, synth pop savants the Buggles heralded the demise of one era and the dawn of another when their “Video Killed the Radio Star” rang in an upstart new cable network dedicated to a bold new concept: music television. A quarter-century later Daughtry is a music star by way of TV, “music television” is dominated by celebrity news, reality programming, celebrity gossip, talent derbies, and celebrity reality shows. The “M” doesn’t seem to stand for “music” these days as much as “marketing” and “merchandising.”
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Steven Tyler and Joe Perry: The Stories Behind the Aerosmith Hits

Russell Hall
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09.17.2007

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“I’ve always felt I have a good understanding of melody,” says Steven Tyler, when asked about songwriting. “Great melody over great riffs is, to me, the secret of it all.” As Aerosmith pushes toward its fifth decade of making great music, the method to the band’s songwriting madness remains much the same as ever. Using his ever-present Les Paul, Joe Perry comes up with a stupendously infectious riff, Tyler counters with a strong vocal melody and lyrics rife with double entendres, and a classic song is born. The style varies on occasion—most clearly on the band’s power ballads—but, as Perry notes, listeners will never mistake an Aerosmith song for a song by anyone else.
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Jumbo Mumbo: Distinctions Between Jumbo and Super Jumbo Acoustics

Dave Hunter
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09.14.2007

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For all the acceptance of Gibson acoustics as leaders in the field, you sometimes encounter a little confusion about the terminology behind some of the classic models. And it’s not entirely surprising, considering the Gibson...
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Gibson Icon: Wes Montgomery and the Marriage of Jazz and Pop

Sean McDevitt
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09.14.2007

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Nearly 40 years after his death, Wes Montgomery remains one of the most inventive and important jazz guitarists in history. His exciting musical legacy, in fact, is so enduring that it’s sometimes easy to forget that it was achieved almost entirely within a window that lasted less than a decade.
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The Best Gibson Guitar in The World … for You

Dave Hunter
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09.13.2007

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For plenty of players, the search for that eternal soul mate of a guitar can sometimes feel like an endless quest. A little perspective often helps to narrow the field, though, as does the acceptance of the old “different horses for different courses” theory. Obviously, given their druthers, everyone would play a Historic Series 1960 Les Paul Standard VOS or Custom Shop Class 5 Quilt Top, right?
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Real Life Concert Review: The Used at Roseland Ballroom, New York City, September 10, 2007

Jonah Bayer
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09.13.2007

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After a quick stage turnover, the lights dimmed and the Used hit the stage. While most bands of their caliber tend to drape everything onstage with their logo and likeness, the Used had a barebones set-up and no banners to speak of, preferring to let their music do the talking—and did it ever. Early on in the set, frontman Bert McCracken asked if there were any liars in the audience before Gibson SG-toting guitarist Quinn Allman launched into an explosive rendition of “Liar Liar (Burn In Hell),” one of the singles off the band’s latest album Lies For The Liar. However, that doesn’t mean that the band didn’t revisit their back catalog and the response they got when they launched into “The Taste Of Ink,” the breakthrough single from their self-titled 2002 debut was deafening.
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