Homegrown Folk Revival
By Bradley Weinholtz
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains foothills and surrounded by forest lies the town of Fort Collins, Colorado. Rich with history and infused with a vibrant cultural scene, it’s home to Colorado State University and somewhat ironically was one of the towns that inspired the design of Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A. It’s also home to SHEL—the four Holbrook sisters—whose songs offer a bewitching brew of Celtic, folk, and rock elements. The precision of classical training coupled with unerring instincts for weaving together rootsy folk and more forceful rock threads into haunting songs positions this quartet for big things.
In a Twitter feed, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has announced a new project that brings together his sidekick in The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, with Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea. The new combine will be known as Antemasque.
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Speculation is swirling around the Web about the possibility that former Blackhearts singer-guitarist Joan Jett will be Kurt Cobain’s stand-in when Nirvana is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight, April 10.
Keep your guitar looking and sounding its best by following these simple steps and observing a few common-sense precautions.
Many guitar players obsess over the major gear in their rig: guitars, amps, microphones, and effects. While those items do the heavy lifting, the smaller choices in gear can still have a major impact on the sound and performance of any musician. Sometimes it’s the way the strings react to the magnets in the pickups, sometimes it’s as simple as the texture of your guitar pick. Every piece of gear matters, and we all have our preferences—some even cause heated debate!
Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s new 15-CD box set, The Complete Studio Recordings, is scheduled for release on April 22 and celebrates his career with new digital remastering supervised by the artist. The set includes a disc of bonus tracks as well as all 14 of Satriani’s studio LPs, mastered in 96k 24-bit High-Resolution Audio and housed in a clamshell case.
British recording artist and actress Imogen Heap has unveiled the latest version of her electronic Mi.Mu gloves that let you create music with your computer using hand gestures. As she demonstrates in a video posted on Vimeo by design site Dezeen, Heap has added wifi to the gloves eliminating the cumbersome cables of earlier versions. The gloves are made using e-textile technology in which sensors and wiring are integrated into the fabric.
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