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Silversun Pickups’ Brian Aubert on getting sober and rediscovering his love of acoustic guitar

As the US alt-rockers return with their fifth album, we spoke to guitarist and frontman Brian Aubert about sobriety, rediscovering acoustic guitars and why he likes to keep it uniform…

From R.E.M. to Filthy Friends, Peter Buck puts song above self

The R.E.M. man talks guitar chemistry, raw riffs and Emerald Valley, his latest album with Filthy Friends, which also features Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker.

“It’s a constant process, restating yourself”: rising London star, Nilüfer Yanya

The critically acclaimed 23-year-old on crafting her unique sound for debut album Miss Universe, rebelling against herself and why she wanted to sound like The Strokes.

“I don’t pledge allegiance to any one guitar”: Lucy Dacus on her six-string fealty

The Virginian songwriter talks supergroups, the freeing nature of her current “low stakes” project, and why she refuses to pledge allegiance to any guitar.

Ex Hex are bringing big, brazen 80s rock back

How headphone amps and channelling Def Leppard led to the creation of the DC power trio’s new album, It’s Real.

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.

Interview: Emo rockers American Football are back on the gridiron

Mike Kinsella and Steve Holmes from the influential Chicago rock outfit talk about their new album, Telecasters, altered tunings and twin-guitar interplay.

Interview: Delicate Steve talks gear and influences

The New Jersey guitarist and session man on soulful vocal influences, riding his instruments, all-star studio gear – and encounters with a vintage-guitar collecting guru…

Interview: Leah Wellbaum of Slothrust

This LA-via-Boston power trio blend bubblegum pop and straight-up noise, powered by guitarist Leah Wellbaum’s explosive, expressive shots of distortion. She tells us about offsets, whammy and chemistry…
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