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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

Stuart Braithwaite, John Cummings and Mogwai

How’s this for timeliness: Mogwai have two songs which feature references to the holiday season, namely Christmas Song and Christmas/Xmas Steps (yes, I know the latter is named after a street in Bristol but shush). These compositions run the gamut of the Mogwai canon, aptly demonstrating the subtlety and noise which they contrast so well … Continue reading

Gear Awards 2011

The end of 2011 is looming near and it’s that time where we take a look at the movers and shakers in guitar gear this year. This is out of the ordinary for EDGG; normally we’re looking at guitar rigs rather than individual products themselves. However, now may be just the time to expand our … Continue reading

Mike Vennart, Steve Durose, Gambler and Oceansize

For some, this post probably doesn’t qualify for the famous guitar gear category. To them, I say listen to Oceansize. If there was ever a band who deserved more recognition, here it was, but sadly the Manchester five-piece went their separate ways in February of 2011. However, Oceansize still hold an enviable position in my heart, … Continue reading

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Metallica

Okay, okay, it’s Metallica. Yes, they’re an easy target (thanks Lou Reed), but they remain one of the most important bands in rock and metal. More importantly, have you seen the setlists these guys are playing for their 30th anniversary celebrations? My word. This week, the band have also unveiled a number of outtakes from … Continue reading

Hywel Evans and Truckers of Husk

An interview with Cardiff’s math rock titans at Clwb Ifor Bach… plus video Truckers of Husk are one of the brightest stars in the Cardiff music scene’s glimmering constellation of acts. Although only a part-time band, their nuanced math rock stylings have attracted considerable attention, particularly on debut album Accelerated Learning, released last month on … Continue reading

Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Thom Yorke and Radiohead

With Radiohead announcing some long-overdue tour dates in support of the okay-but-could-be-better-live The King of Limbs, it feels like an appropriate time to take a look at the gear they employ onstage, which will hopefully see use in some UK venues. As with previous “Famous Guitar Gear” posts, I will enlist the assistance of other … Continue reading

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