We all know that the flashy types like Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen get (or got) kudos simply for playing super fast. But being a great guitarist is more than just burning up a fret board. Here are the five folks who best know that nuance is just as important as flamboyance.
In the late '80s/early '90s, if you wanted to become a guitarslinger but couldn't afford lessons, your options were limited to guitar tab in a magazine like Guitar World or Guitar One, your old man or some other drunken family member willing to show you a chord or two before slapping you with a beer ... More >>
Hey, we can all appreciate a quality guitar god. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of music knows the joy of watching their favorite axeman/woman go on a tear and destroy the crowd with their fast-fingered prowess, signature style and lush mane of flowing hair. It's the textbook rock & roll sexy ... More >>
In the near or not so-near future,when you're lying on your deathbed, you'll reflect on things in your life that you've failed to accomplish: the kiss you never gave, the boss you never slugged and the metal album you never bought because your partner was bitching about the money that you "wasted o ... More >>
Brendon Smalls is the creator of the animated series Home Movies and Metalocalypse, and the driving force behind the most successful animated death metal band in the history of metal, Dethklok. He's an amazing guitarist who graduated from Berklee College of Music. His band has two of the highest-rat ... More >>
If there's one thing that starts a guitarist's heart thumping, it's the heat from the fretboard as his or her fingers slide across the strings. It's a sordid love affair that leaves fans screaming for more, and the guitarist's soul longing for more. In fact, B.B. King loved his $30 guitar so much t ... More >>
Van Halen, Kool & The Gang American Airlines Center Wednesday, June 20 See also: The five worst and five most underrated Van Halen songs You have to hand it to Diamond Dave. Sure, he can't hit all those high notes like back in the day, but he gave it the good fight. Often talking more than singin ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. Lima, Peru, native John Nicholson has helped out a lot of DFW musicians over the years. His early gigs included Sound Warehouse, Bill's Records and label promotion for Polygram, A&M and V ... More >>
For those who found this morning's paper particularly dissatisfying, here are some other Sunday stories with that taste particularly local:The Atlanta Journal-Constitution begins its "Atlanta Forward" series this morning by comparing and contrasting that city with ours, a not-uncommon occurrence, ... More >>
As is typical for this time of the year, SXSW backwash results in a nice slew of bands hitting our area tonight...
Just a couple of musical options this Monday evening, but fans of progressive rock and country rock will (sorta) be happy.
Allan HoldsworthLegendary British guitarist Allan Holdsworth appears tonight at the intimate confines of Dan's Silverleaf. Perhaps best known for his work with the progressive '70s outfit UK, Holdsworth has also played with Level 42, Gong, Soft machine, Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson) and m ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, July 24 2009... Eddie Van Halen is recovering from surgery on his left hand. "Eruption" just can't play itself ya know. Phish is staging a Halloween festival at the Indio polo grounds...y'know where they hold Coachella. Ever wanted to have you ver ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, June 30, 2009... A hacker broke into Britney Spears Twitpic account and stated she had died. But, turns out, she's alive and well and sure to bust out the crazy sometime soon. Eddie Van Halen married his girlfriend of three years, Janie Lisze ... More >>
So confirms The Los Angeles Times, and on the same day Farrah Fawcett dies, no less. While we and the rest of the known universe gather our thoughts and Jackson Five greatest-hits collections, here, from the Victory Tour, is Michael in his prime. Locals will recall well the three days during the sum ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, June 18, 2009... Eddie Van Halen is suing Nike for copyright infringement. The legendary guitarist had the color scheme of his "Frankenstrat" copywritten, copyrighted, and a new pair of Nikes has a similar scheme on the sole of it's new shoes. To ... More >>
Who should fear the reaper this year?
Celine brings her love to the AAC
Most nights, try shouting, "Can I get a hell yeah?!" in a Best Buy and all anyone will give you is a mean staredown from the washing machine aisle.When it happened Thursday night at the store along LBJ Freeway, though, with a whole line of Dimebag Darrell fans waiting to meet the late Pantera founde ... More >>
Losing aint such a bad thing
David Lee Roth and Co. jump at the AAC
Need the ultimate romantic mix tape? Look no further.
Thomas Dolby continues searching for science and some overdue respect
Claypool and pals milk a dead horse
Artist Ryan Humphrey riffs on hot-rod and rocker culture
Find the perfect Christmas CD for your favorite guitar-slaying Navajo cousin
The Swedish Shredder rocks one fan's memory
Suicidal tendencies, gut locker lovers and men who wail on their axes
The media's sanitized coverage of Dimebag's memorial service left out all the good parts
With Sammy Hagar back onstage, Van Halen trudges on
Bernstein's Big D story
Baboon finally gets free of its label and releases its best, most grown-up record yet
Or: Looking for the heart of South by Southwest
Eddie Van Halen doesn't really care if you like the "new" Van Halen
What's tops in Texas (and elsewhere)
Weekend offers a whirlwind tour of local music scene
The Go-Go's return - again - to finish what they began 15 years ago