By Martina Fasano

Band Interviews, album, gear, and concert reviews, concert photography, and all things rock'n'roll.

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DJ Ashba of Sixx:A.M. Teams Up With Dean Markley

To be a true guitarist isn’t about anything except the art of playing guitar.” — Dj Ashba

Dean Markley USA announces the addition of guitarist Dj Ashba to their artist roster along with the Dj Ashba Artist Series of strings. Ashba joins many musicians who proudly play Dean Markley strings.

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Dean Markley Blackhawk Coated Strings Take Flight


GLENDALE, AZ — From the studio by day to the stage at night, natural tone soars with Blackhawk, a new series of coated guitar strings from Dean Markley USA. Available for both electric and acoustic guitars, Blackhawk takes flight with tonal versatility, strength, and quality for a wide style of playing providing players with ultimate string performance without the flakey, shedding residue of other coated strings.

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Review: Heaven Below - Good Morning Apocalypse

Heaven Below released their new album Good Morning Apocalypse on October 14, 2016. First off, let me begin by saying that Heaven Below is probably the best rock band you’ve never heard of if you’re not in the know.

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Rec Room Resolution: An Interview With Rik Emmett

Perhaps the first time you heard Rik Emmett play/sing was on a Triumph album. Or maybe you first encountered his virtuosity on one of his many solo records. For me, the first time I had ever heard the name Rik Emmett I was a young teenager and I had just walked into my very first guitar lesson.

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Concert Review: One Eyed Doll brings a Toronto crowd to life

I had interviewed songwriter/guitarist/singer Kimberly Freeman of One Eyed Doll for the Seymour Duncan blog a few months back, and once the two of us bonded over Blackstar amplifiers, I knew I had to see her live in concert as soon as I got the chance. Thursday, September 22, 2016 at The Rockpile in Toronto, I had a chance to do just that, and it was so worth the wait!

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Tempt: An Interview With Rock's Next Big Band

I get sent a lot of music to listen to. A LOT. And I have to confess, most of it is nothing to write home (or anywhere else for that matter) about. Most of the stuff I receive sounds like everything else. It’s unremarkable and I wouldn’t be able to hum or sing along, or headbang in any fashion to any of it because it isn’t memorable. But every once and awhile, I hear something that makes me sit up, take notice, and restores my hope in the future of rock’n’roll. Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to say that I…

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