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James Whitehead

So far, EDGG has only featured those gritty, dirty, penny-pinching “songwriting in bands” guitarists. But let us not ignore the session players, who, although playing with the stars of tomorrow, have enough pressures of their own. Sure, they may play less of a hand in composition, but they’re expected to come up with the goods, … Continue reading

EDGG’s 2012 NAMM Show Highlights

It’s the time of season which gear nerds have been positively salivating over: the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show. Every year, these fine purveyors of musical goods congregate to populate one gigantic Californian warehouse with gear porn of the highest, and latest, calibre. EDGG wasn’t there (we can only dream) but we did … Continue reading

Alex Kokawski and Church of Wolves

Church: a place of community, spiritual worship and WOLVES?!? Get ready for a whole new kind of religious education as North Carolina’s finest sledgehammer you in the face with an unholy trinity of groove-laden sludge, heavyweight rhythms and inebriating structures at the hands of Church of Wolves and axe-wielder Alex Kokawski. “I want to punch … Continue reading

Dan Auerbach and The Black Keys

No one band has done more for the blues within mainstream music in the last decade than The Black Keys and that’s partly down to Dan Auerbach’s superb feel and guitar tone. Following the release of last year’s well-received El Camino, the Ohio duo have been announced as headliners for this year’s Coachella festival in … Continue reading

Ben Budd, Mike Miller and Richard Parker

Post-rock is becoming a bit of a dirty word these days; bands left, right and centre are claiming to be the next Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. However, if there’s one group set to buck the trend, it’s Leeds-based instrumentalists Richard Parker. Their melodies are poignant without delving into cliché and the whole package … Continue reading

Eddie Van Halen and, erm, Van Halen

And the cradle will rock once more: Van Halen are back. Yes indeed, Thursday evening saw the band play an intimate show at New York City’s 250-capacity Cafe Wha? ahead of the release of new album A Different Kind of Truth in February. Whether Roth and the Van Halen family (now including Eddie’s son Wolfgang … Continue reading

Will Ballantyne and Quaternin

If nothing else, Canadian duo Quaternin deserve an award for best genre classification: guitarist Will Ballantyne describes their sound as “new instrumental music”. Personally, I’d place their musical traits somewhere in the realms of the avant-garde or jazz but to pigeonhole it would be to do the duo a disservice. You can certainly hear elements … Continue reading

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