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Trapdoor Social

Los Angeles rockers Trapdoor Social are a two-piece alt/indie outfit that’s comprised of Merritt Graves on vocals and keyboards and Skylar Funk on vocals, guitar and keyboards. The duo met in an Environmental Analysis program at Pomona College and it was in fact a concern for the environment that in part propelled them to form a band. The band’s efforts have been well-received and their recent six-song EP even features drum tracks provided by Read More

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Great Venues: Kingston Mines – Chicago

Check this great clip from UIC Campus Housing on Kingston Mines, Chicago’s oldest and largest real blues club.

Recently celebrating its 40th anniversary, Kingston Mines presents Chicago Blues seven nights a week on two stages with two bands and guest vocalists. Voted Chicago’s best blues club 11 years in a row by the Chicago Music Awards. Doc’s Rib Joint serves the finest barbeque ribs, wings, catfish, and more for late night dining pleasure.

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Studio Instrument Rentals (SIR): Does Your Rehearsal Space Write Neil Young Songs?

SIR, or Studio Instrument Rentals, is one of the largest and most popular services in the music industry. It’s a network nationwide with facilities in 13 cities, and offers studios, rehearsal space, and gear backlines for any size production or event.

So it’s a production company, and that’s all well and good, but SIR is so hugely immersed in the rock world, it’s actually influenced rock ‘n’ roll itself to a certain degree. Bruce Berry,… Read More

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GSTV Contest Winner Chuck Pollard meets Guitar Icon Johnny Winter

 

Guitar Shop TV fan Chuck Pollard is the lucky winner of our contest to meet blues/rock guitar icon Johnny Winter in person before his rockin’ show at The Beekman Beer Garden in New York City this month—We caught the meeting on video to share with all the rest of our fans around the world—Check it out!

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Asia Focus: Tokyo Guitar Shops


Check this cool video of the guitar shops in the Ochanomizu area of Tokyo. Music by Garry Schultz

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Collector’s Corner: The Gibson Trini Lopez – Dave Grohl & Foo Fighters Perform


In Gibson Guitar history there is a select group that was/is accomplished enough to have Gibson put their name on a signature model guitar. Les Paul is of course the default pick in this group, but others such as Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, and Trini Lopez are also members of this elite group. Yes, one of the chosen ones was Trini Lopez, the actor from the 60′s cult war film The Dirty Dozen and a music performer of whom Peter, Paul and Mary once retorted, “Our next album is… Read More

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