Classic Albums is a DVD series telling the stories behind some of rock’s most historic records. Below, watch an excerpt from their feature on Black Sabbath’s Paranoid LP. As the second studio album from Sabbath, the album contains some of the band’s most beloved tracks, including “Iron Man,” “War Pigs,” and “Paranoid.”
Here’s a great quality clip of SRV performing “Pride and Joy” in January of 1990 during his MTV Unplugged taping. Vaughan uses a 12-string Guild, which gives the song a completely different vibe than the original, full band recording. “Pride and Joy” originally appeared on his 1983 Epic Records debut, Texas Flood.
Followers of Joe Bonamassa's Facebook page know the guitarist likes to shoot quick, spur-of-the-moment videos backstage at his shows. These videos usually show him playing rare, oddball or just plain insane stringed instruments. As evidenced below!
And now we bring you the impressive "four hands on one guitar neck" sounds of the Siqueira Lima Guitar Duo. In the video, guitarists Fernando (from Brazil) and Cecilia (from Uruguay) somehow perform a new arrangement of Zequinha de Abreu's "Tico Tico no Fubá (Zequinha de Abreu)" on one guitar—using their original "hand exchange" method.
Here’s an album premiere that I’m really excited about. It’s Sunlight by Imaginary Future (aka singer/songwriter Jesse Epstein). This 11-track album is constructed to be a love letter to Epstein’s wife, the fabulous and also super-talented Kina Grannis.
Indie rock artist Survival Guide has debuted new single, "January Shock.”It’s the first track to be released off Survival Guide's upcoming debut album, Way To Go, which is set for a Spring 2015 release. The band also just played South By Southwest 2015 in Austin, TX.
Legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Joan Armatrading will soon bring her last major world tour to the United States. For the first time in her four-decade plus career, Armatrading's "Me Myself I" world tour features her performing her entire set solo. The British singer/songwriter/guitarist/instrumentalist, best known for such worldwide hits as "Love And Affection," "Me Myself I," "Drop The Pilot" and many more, performs for nearly two hours per show sharing the highlights of her extensive career, singing, playing guitar and piano.
Here’s a cool lesson brought to you by our friends at D’Angelico Guitars and presented by artist Will Dailey. It features D’Angelico’s new acoustic Gramercy Grand Auditorium model. Here Dailey gives us a run down on using your left hand thumb in a satisfying chord progression that he’s used in his song “Boom Boom.
We recently sat down with NYC-based songwriter Emilyn Brodsky, where she discussed her new album Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings and much more. You can watch the full interview right here. While in the studio, Brodsky performed a couple of her tunes as well, and below you can watch “Origami Cranes” and “Born Again” – the latter of which is featured on her latest LP.
A couple weeks ago we debuted a live clip from Nashville-based songwriter, Ryan Culwell. The song, “Won’t Come Home,” has all the right ingredients for a proper Americana tune, with a hint of Bruce Springsteen influence to boot. Today, we share something different. Culwell’s “I Think I’ll Be Their God” is fiery from the get go, with each strum is more intense than the last.
Fresh, pop-folk duo Lola Marsh has unveiled their newest single “Sirens.” The tune, a perfect fit for the next Quentin Tarantino movie soundtrack, embraces a spaghetti-Western backbeat. The song’s production focal point is guitarist Gil Landau’s vintage riffs against a soaring orchestra string section that seamlessly mixes with the lead singer Yael Shoshana Cohen’s powerful and nostalgic voice, that comes from the same qualities as Lana Del Ray and Edith Piaf.
If you’re a fan of Rush like I am, you probably know them for their hard-hitting, prog masterpieces like “Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit of Radio,” and “Limelight.” Decidedly electric and undeniable energetic, Rush’s intricate arrangements and complex rhythms characterize their catalog. But the band also spins out some masterfully created and performed acoustic parts and songs.