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Meet Franz Ferdinand's Evil Twins - the 1990s!
Once upon a time, there was a cult indie band from Glasgow called The Yummy Fur. One of it's members, Alex Kapranos, went on to form Franz Ferdinand. Another, Jackie McKeown, created The 1990's - a spiky punk pop band signed to legendary label Rough Trade records...find out more!

McCartney thrills Coachella
Paul McCartney thrilled the audience of the annual Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival last Friday with a three hour set that covered his entire career from the Beatles, through Wings to his latest album The Fireman. Once again the trusty ABM rigs were there to bring the low end to the party!

U2 & Ashdown at Fordham University
At the end of a week in New York City, U2 got up at the crack of dawn to play live for the students of Fordham University and Adam Claytons ever faithful Ashdown ABM rig was there to get the job done.

Rod Stewart Reunion With Jeff Beck At L.A Show
Last night, April 21st, newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, guitarist Jeff Beck played the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining him for a special guest appearance on two songs,”People Get Ready” and “I Ain’t Superstitious” was legendary vocalist Rod Stewart.

Hannah Montana tops sales
In its fourth week on the Billboard 200, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney) reached No. 1 for the first time, vaulting to the top of the chart with 133,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Pink Floyd & EMI in legal tussle
Pink Floyd, the band behind Dark Side of the Moon, one of the best-selling albums in music history, have filed a lawsuit against EMI, claiming the private equity-backed firm has miscalculated royalty payments.

My Bloody Valentine To Curate ATP UK - Sonic Youth, De La Soul & MBV Already Confirmed
My Bloody Valentine, the so-called shoegazing band who put out the acclaimed ‘Loveless’ album in 1991, have just announced that they’ll be curating the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at the end of this year.

Concert To Honour George Harrison Announced for Liverpool
Devoted fans of The Beatles guitarist George Harrison are staging a unique concert and exhibition to honour his legacy.

Blur Announce Two Low Key June Shows
Britpop icons Blur are gearing up for their massive reunion gigs by playing two warm-up shows in London this June.

Legendary Guitar: George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 360/12
Meditate for a moment on the sound of The Beatles in the mid ’60s—those amazing three-part harmonies aside—and your mind’s ear is likely to land upon that stirring 12-string jangle and zing that was, for a time, a trademark of the Fab Four’s instrumental assault.

Myth Busters: Pete Townshend’s Recording Secrets
The sound is legendary: a maelstrom of rhythm and fill playing emanating from a single guitar part — a combination of crushing power chords and jangling suspended trills, all holding the floor together beneath an ordered chaos of seemingly floating drum and bass accompaniments.

How to Play Slide Like Muddy Waters
Few sounds speak the deep language of blues more eloquently than the whinnying slide guitar of Muddy Waters. So learn how to play Muddy Waters-style!

Cornell: Soundgarden Reunion “Absolutely Could Happen”
Still trailing in the wake of the Soundgarden’s recent near-reformation, Chris Cornell has been making more cryptic comments about a possible Soundgarden reunion.

Artist Spotlight: Yesterday Was Mine
A snippet of the latest and greatest that our galaxy has to offer? Founded in 2003 in Auckland, New Zealand, Yesterday Was Mine are now based in London and hope to be "the next greatest thing since ‘cafe lattes’ " They recorded their debut album entirely on a laptop...

Joe Satriani, Chad Smith and Chickenfoot hit London in June
Chickenfoot the new rock supergroup comprised of Red Hot Chili Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith, bassist (ex-Van Halen), guitarist Joe Satriani and vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), today announced the global release of their self-titled debut album.

Primal Scream, Oasis & LCD Soundsystem Cover NEU!
Oasis, Primal Scream, Kasabian, Foals, Sonic Youth and LCD Soundsystem are among bands who have covered tracks by influential 70s Krautrockers NEU! for a new compilation.

Play At Manchester’s In The City 2009
The legendary music industry schmooze, In the City, has just opened it’s books for unsigned bands’ performance registration.

Korg Kaoss PAd 3 and Beardyman! Unbelieveable skills!
If you have ever wondered what a box of tricks the Kaoss Pad can be?Well this chap re-invents it. His equipment list is awesome 1 microphone, 2 Korg Kaoss Pads and a Loopstation!. Its clearly all you need..

Video: Trent Reznor On New Business Models, Distribution Channels & More
Very interesting video with Trent Reznor On new business models, music distribution channels! Heavy going but really useful discussion about the future of the musicians trade.

Rock's Secret Weapon: Why Classical Guitars Rock!
For most players, the realm of classical guitars is one that they’d just as soon avoid. The scale length is different, the neck is wider, and they’re harder to play, so why bother? But many bands, including The Beatles, have used this instrument. Find out why you should try a Classical Guitar, too!

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