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Artist Feature: Matina Z

Matina Z is going to save rock'n'roll. You heard it from me first, people. :) This girl can rock and you'd better take the opportunity to see her live in such an intimate location before she starts filling venues that…
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Gear Review: 1 Spot Visual Sound Combo Pack

We've all been there. We have a nice collection of pedals and we finally decide to construct/put together a pedal board. This prevents a mess, and it makes it a heck of a lot easier to go to a rehearsal…
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Discovery of the Week: Lindsay Ell

Alright folks. It's no secret I'm a huge Joan Jett/Lita Ford fan. Female guitar heroes are the reason I was inspired to pick up the guitar. Every so often I come across a great band, like Halestorm for instance, that…
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MJS Pickups: You Owe Them To Yourself

You know that guitar tone you dream about in your head? The one that seems to come so effortlessly to people like Jimmy Page, Hendrix, Clapton, Joan Jett, Nancy Wilson, and Slash? It's unique, you can pick it out of…
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Gear Review: Blackstar HT-5R Amplifier


Let me begin by saying that I have a 100 watt Fender Ultra Chorus Amp that I bought for $400 years ago when I first got my Les Paul. It's a LOUD, tinny solid state amp that is impossible to…
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Gear Review: Way Huge Green Rhino Overdrive Pedal


Any rock guitarist will tell you that a good overdrive pedal is hard to find. This is why there are so many of them on the market. They all claim to be "the answer to your overdrive pedal needs". I…
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Lions, and Tigers, and Taylors, OH MY!

It happens to all of us....we walk into a music store and are simply browsing. Perhaps you've just purchased a new guitar so you don't NEED another one. But you wander into the guitar section anyhow, and something catches your…
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"I Love Rock'n'Roll"

Welcome to Playing With Chaos: The Place Where Rock'n'Roll Lives.
I remember where I was when I first heard Joan Jett declare "I Love Rock'n'Roll". I was about 5 and I was riding my bike in my parent's driveway, pretending…