Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Essential Guides

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An oral history of the Fender Stratocaster

We chart the development of an icon of mid-century modern design and hear from the people who witnessed its development and evolution first-hand.
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Five of our favourite Ramones albums

We pick the legendary New York band’s definitive records.
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Five of Bob Dylan’s most influential sidemen

On the troubadour’s 78th birthday today, we look at the heroes who helped shape his sound.
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The Left Field: Bill Orcutt plays blues from another dimension

The outsider guitarist melds Delta blues, punk and noise rock into his freewheeling improvisational style.
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Why BB King’s Lucille was more than just any old guitar

On the anniversary of the legendary bluesman’s passing, we remember one of the most iconic instruments of all time.
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The Left Field: Play in OOIOO’s technicolour psych-rock wonderland

Meet the quirky Japanese band that inspired the Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.
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The Left Field: Group Doueh play blues-rock from Western Sahara

This family band have pricked the ears of fans around the globe for their sweltering blend of African and Western sounds – just don’t call it “world music”.
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The Left Field: Meet Fennesz, modern-day answer to Kevin Shields

Austrian composer and guitarist Christian Fennesz weaves shoegaze and electronic music into ambient tapestries.
Sharon Van Etten with her Fender Jaguar

15 of the most iconic offset guitarists

For decades, Jazzmasters, Jaguars, Firebirds and many other offsets have been the go-to instruments for pioneering outsider musicians. Here’s our pick of 15 offset-guitar heroes.

10 essential stoner rock and metal songs

Roll up, plug in and zone out.

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