Gary Walker

“The Jazzmaster is kinda like the underdog, but it’s a secret weapon”: Troy Van Leeuwen on his brand new signature guitar and the future...

Troy Van Leeuwen is the shadowy sonic architect who introduced Fender offsets and single-coil pickups to one of the world’s biggest rock bands. The Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist tells us about his new signature Jazzmaster, living the dream with Iggy Pop and the possibility of a new Queens album.

The Genius Of… Paranoid by Black Sabbath

With a 50th anniversary deluxe boxset about to hit the shelves, we look back at the dystopian visions, bludgeoning riffs and satanic myths behind one of the most influential rock albums ever made.

The Big Listen: Brent Cobb – Keep ‘Em On They Toes

Inspired by moving back to Georgia, the country troubadour’s fourth album feels like having a conversation with an old friend. There’s no place like home.

“My uncle got me into one of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s last shows” Spoon’s Britt Daniel on Texas blues, Telecasters and three decades in music

With indie label Matador reissuing their first eight albums a year after a greatest hits collection that spanned their 27-year career, Spoon are taking stock. We caught up with the Texas band’s frontman Britt Daniel to talk about Thinline Teles, Klon Centaurs and the band’s new album.

The Big Listen: IDLES – Ultra Mono

A third album in four years sees IDLES sharpen both their sound and their knives for an uncompromising attack on austerity, political incompetence and the patriarchy. There’s a lot more resistance than joy here.

The Genius Of… Automatic For The People by REM

REM’s eighth album may not have been the strident mainstream rock record many expected as a follow-up to 1991’s breakthrough Out Of Time, but it’s a refined, multifaceted masterwork that pointed the way for a generation of alternative guitar bands.

The Big Listen: Doves – The Universal Want

A first album in over a decade from these much-loved Mancunian lost souls. Does it match up to their past glories?

“You start to see how you can make the guitar sound so much bigger”: Fontaines DC on taking things to the next level on...

It’s been a dizzying three years for Fontaines DC, who released their second album A Hero’s Death at the end of July. The Irish band tell us about their love of 60s Fenders, selling out Brixton Academy and how they want to write a “weird as fuck” new album full of bangers.

The Genius Of… Is This It by The Strokes

Released into a barren musical landscape still suffering from a Britpop hangover, The Strokes' debut album was an exhilarating, razor-sharp distillation of New York's musical heritage that changed everything. Do believe the hype.

The Big Listen: Bill Callahan – Gold Record

Newly settled in domestic contentment, Bill Callahan produced one of his strongest albums to date in 2019’s Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest. Just a year later, this masterful raconteur returns with 10 hit singles new and old.
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