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Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. D.I.Y. Studio for new album
Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. It’s a typically detailed affair from this habitually detail-stuffed band. Kapranos talks about the “narcotic” elements of the song, a throbbing funk number with razor-sharp guitar riffs;

Duane Allman’s Tone Quest and gear Guide
Duane Allman is widely regarded as one of the best guitarists from the late 60's/ 70's. His untimely death in 1971, aged 24, prevented him from achieving the same popularity as pal Eric Clapton...but even as recently as 2003, Rolling Stone magazine voted him number two in their '100 Best Guitarists Of All Time'. Find out more...

Arctic Monkeys Debut New Songs at Australian Music Festival
One of Britain's biggest bands, the Arctic Monkeys, have unveiled a crop of new songs at the Big Day Out music festival in Australia, this month. The band could also be seen playing some cool new gear...find out what!

Fender and Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris Precision
For more than three decades, Steve Harris’s galloping fleet-fingered basslines have turbocharged U.K. metal titans Iron Maiden

Top tracks of 2008 according to Remix Magazine
Top tracks according to Remix Magazine. Why not get in touch if you disagree / agree / dont know who they are..

Customer Spotlight: Up to the Rafters
Up to the Rafters formed during the summer of 2007, and their first gig was supporting The Gossip at the Manchester Pride festival. Find out more about this band!

NAMM 2009 : Jackson Unveil Adrian Smith Signature San Dimas Dinky
Jackson is proud to announce the Adrian Smith San Dimas Dinky guitar, a true labor of love between two cornerstones of heavy metal – Jackson guitars and Iron Maiden.

16 Iconic Les Paul Players
Gibson.com recently posted a list of 15 All-Time Iconic guitar players...here it is. Plus a very special one!

Little Boots wins BBC Sound of 2009 Poll
Joining the ranks alongside previous winners Adele, Mika and Corrine Bailey Rae. Little Boots, featured on issue 2 of Music Planet, has already been namechecked by HMV and music weekly NME as one of the brightest hopes for 2009. Find out more, and watch the "Little Boots guide to the Tenori-On"!

Dimebag Darrel, his Dean Guitars and a Squeal
Abbott formed Pantera in 1981 with his brother Vinnie Paul on drums

Organisers of Glastonbury's Left Field take Billy Bragg's prisoner music project to SXSW
Organisers of one of the stages at the Glastonbury Festival will be taking their blend of music and political campaigning to the heart of redneck Texas to stage an event in March.

All you need is a digital guitar to join the Beatles!
The surviving members of the band have been resistant to new technology, refusing to allow their music to be downloaded from online stores such as iTunes.

Customer Spotlight:The Ragamuffins
The Ragamuffins are a four-piece indie/pop group based in the North West renowned for their emphasis on harmonie

The Stone Roses to Reunite?
Former Stone Roses bassist Gary “Mani” Mounfield has gone on record saying the only thing holding the original line-up of the band from getting back together is singer Ian Brown.

Folk Innovator Davey Graham Dies, Aged 68
Folk legend Davy Graham, who was cited as a major influence on The Kinks, Jimmy Page, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, has died aged 68.

The Beatles Effects Pedals Guide
The Beatles were musical pioneers, so it's no surprise that when artists started to use FX pedals, the Beatles were also on top of this trend. Here's a look at some of the pedals the Beatles have used...and what similar gear you can get to achieve similar tones!

How to sound like Robert Smith of the Cure.
The Cure are the great survivors of the punk era. They have been together - albeit with an ever-changing line-up - for nearly 20 years, during which time their mix of gothic, independent, and quirky pop styles has allowed them to transcend the vagaries of fashion and enjoy enormous, and continuous commercial success.

Blur Set To Reunite For Hyde Park Gig!
Damon Albarn and co tell NME 'it just felt it was right again'

Dave Lombardo - Why do you need 2 Kick Drums?? Slayer is the Answer.
When Slayer released their third record, 1986’s thrash-metal classic Reign in Blood, they defined the genre perfectly and crowned themselves the undisputed kings of speed.

Kanye West - This is how he does it.
During the past eight years, the 26-year-old has racked up triumphs with such big-money movers as Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Nas, Alicia Keys and Eminem. How does he do it? Not with any Digidesign Pro Tools or Emagic Logic rig, that’s for sure. “I don’t use a computer or a lot of equipment in my studio,” West declares.

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