Huw Baines

Explosions In The Sky guitarist Michael James revisits the band’s formative records

With two reissues to mark 20 years of atmospheric excellence from the Texan post-rock aristocrats, we sit down with guitarist Michael James to look back at their seismic albums How Strange, Innocence and The Rescue.

The Hold Steady are ripping it up and starting over again

The Hold Steady’s first album in five years saw the Brooklyn rockers take a rough-and-ready approach to recording, and saw the band find comfort with their expanded line-up. Guitarists Tad Kubler and Steve Selvidge tell us about their athlete’s approach to music-making.

Singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson’s guitar playing is literally spine-tingling

Laura Stevenson’s album The Big Freeze is a powerful statement from one of America’s most underrated singer-songwriters. She tells us about her love of Telecasters, her fingerpicking style, and how guitar playing literally touches a nerve.