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The Big Listen: Steven Wilson – The Future Bites

The prog magician’s sixth solo album finds him delving deeper into his pop side while critiquing rampant consumerism and delivering his renowned fretboard virtuosity.

“I wanted to create an amp where if I was going to a blues gig, all I’d need is the amp”: Carmen Vandenberg

The Bones UK guitarist and one-time Jeff Beck collaborator tells us why the new limited-edition signature Blackstar CV30 is her perfect amp.

The Genius Of… Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue by Martin Scorsese

Finally set for release on DVD and Blu-ray, Martin Scorsese’s account of one of the greatest tours in the history of live music is “an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy”. Capturing carnival leader Bob Dylan at the peak of his powers, it’s worth watching for the all-star guitar playing alone

The Big Listen: Buck Meek – Two Saviors

With Big Thief back in the studio working on a new album, their Texan guitarist Buck Meek treats us to a second solo record in three years.

“This is folk music”: Bonny Light Horseman on celebrating the classics

A year on from the release of Bonny Light Horseman’s stunning debut album, Josh Kaufman reflects on breathing new life into centuries-old folk songs, reducing Justin Vernon to tears and lending The National his guitars.

The Big Listen: Shame  – Drunk Tank Pink

South London post-punkers Shame exploded onto the scene in 2018 with their debut album Songs Of Praise. They return with an updated guitar sound, determined to innovate.

​The Big Listen: The Dirty Nil – Fuck Art

When a global pandemic threatened to jeopardise this Canadian trio’s third album, guitarist Luke Bentham stepped up to complete a masterclass in power-punk in just 32 hours.

The biggest names in effects tell us what they have planned for 2021

With 2021 likely to be another strange year for many of us, we caught up with the great and the good of the effects world.

How the pedal industry has thrived in 2020

Despite everything else that’s been going on in the world, effects pedal builders have been seeing record sales and huge successes during the pandemic – here’s how they did it.

How Kurt Cobain inspired The Cribs and Dave Grohl saved them from oblivion

Cribs guitarist Ryan Jarman explains why being a musician is something worth fighting for and what it’s like being in a band with Johnny Marr.
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