artists' discussions:
If Guns N' Roses Do Come Back, Could They Still Deliver the Goods?
When it comes down to it, it's all on the whims of one man...

POSTED: 11/13/2015 - 10:28 am

10 Less Famous John Frusciante Songs
Less known or underrated Frusciante songs that should get more attention.

POSTED: 08/20/2015 - 03:56 pm

10 Great Pearl Jam Songs That You Should Hear
These are some fan favorites that are not well-known to the general public, but should be!

POSTED: 08/13/2015 - 04:03 pm

Five Musicians With Several Side Bands
Sometimes an artist needs more than one creative outlet. A second band to work with to bring ideas out that don't really work in their main band... or several. Here are 5 musical geniuses that work in several bands.

POSTED: 08/05/2015 - 04:00 pm

Prime Division: Rammstein
Taking a look at one of the three things Germany can be proud of apart from Miroslav Klose and autobahns.

POSTED: 07/28/2015 - 01:53 pm

Is It Better to Start With Classical Guitar?
My opinion as a guitar teacher as to whether young guitarist should start by learning classical guitar.

POSTED: 04/28/2015 - 04:08 pm

The Sex Pistols and Philosophy
This article picks out the "noise" and meaning in the Sex Pistols as a band, as well as their sole album "Never Mind the Bollocks…," with an approach influenced by writers such as Karl Marx, Jacques Attali and Theodore Adorno.

POSTED: 03/18/2015 - 04:42 pm

Prime Division: Bloc Party
A short look on the components that make Bloc Party a band worth listening to and learning from.

POSTED: 01/13/2015 - 04:12 pm

The Beautifully Bitter: Swans
This is an essay on the band Swans and their place in the world.

POSTED: 12/26/2014 - 03:56 pm

Guitar Beginners, Here's Why You Should Get Into Hank Marvin
Some of you might judge this kind of player "passé", but here are the actual reasons why the guitarist from The Shadows might make you less of a beginner, regardless of your style.

POSTED: 11/11/2014 - 03:31 pm

Andres Segovia: Guitar Institutionalization
This was a paper I had to write for a History of Music Education class. As a guitarist, I chose to write on Andres Segovia, a profound classical guitarist whose actions, I believe, aided the guitar into the school system.

POSTED: 10/29/2014 - 03:33 pm

6 Reasons Why Stevie Ray Vaughan Needs to Be Inducted Into Rock Hall
Give the blues rock master some love!

POSTED: 10/27/2014 - 04:34 pm

Queen: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Lyrical Interpretation
My interpretation of the meaning of the lyrics of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

POSTED: 10/22/2014 - 02:52 pm

A Musician's Perspective on How to Ensure a Fun, Productive Studio Session
All too many times we as musicians are not having as much fun as we could have in the studio.

POSTED: 10/01/2014 - 02:43 pm

Top 10 Strangest Concept Albums Ever Released
Concept albums serve as a great front for storytelling, within this article ten particularly absurd releases can be found. Other suggestions (and your approval) are of course welcome in the comments.

POSTED: 05/27/2014 - 02:25 pm

Evolving as an Artist
One of the most important aspects of being a musician is constantly growing and adding to your sound with every step of the way.

POSTED: 05/22/2014 - 02:40 pm

The Importance of a Band Partnership Agreement
Issues concerning band members and their relationship.

POSTED: 05/16/2014 - 03:09 pm

Regarding Babymetal
The new Japanese sensation, BABYMETAL are taking the world by storm right now, but what does the future hold for our pint-sized metal-machines?

POSTED: 05/15/2014 - 02:50 pm

12: Why Should You Wait for 'The Hunting Party?'
...and you definitely should, if you've heard anything from Linkin Park.

POSTED: 05/08/2014 - 08:34 am

10 In-Band Feuds
These bands make awesome music together, but sometimes they hate each other.

POSTED: 04/07/2014 - 02:22 pm

Ten Guitarists That Deserve More Recognition
These ten axemen hailing from various genres don't receive the recognition they clearly deserve; several of those listed arguably belong with the greats. Your agreement (or disagreement!) is of course welcomed.

POSTED: 03/18/2014 - 03:06 pm

Nirvana - Pioneers of Modern Rock, or Another Over Commercialized Pop Act?
Celebrating the induction of the group that made grunge an everyday term, the question is posed whether Nirvana earned their spot in the rock and roll spotlight, or just got lucky.

POSTED: 03/12/2014 - 02:23 pm

Top 9 Controversial Kurt Cobain Moments
Marking what would have been the icon's 47th birthday, we remember Nirvana frontman's peculiar moments.

POSTED: 02/20/2014 - 02:46 pm

Top Ten Most Notorious Rock Feuds
Many artists like each other, then there's the ones that hate each other.

POSTED: 01/09/2014 - 08:18 am

Ask Van Hammersmith: Legacy Songs
I've dug up a pile of your old, unanswered questions and since I have a few minutes to kill these days, I thought I might write some answers!

POSTED: 01/09/2014 - 07:52 am

Best and Worst Rock Collaborations Ever
Got some weird collabs to share?

POSTED: 11/29/2013 - 03:08 pm

Monkeys With Machetes
Reviewing the works of new Hamilton, On heavy rock band Monkeys with Machetes.

POSTED: 09/10/2013 - 02:03 pm

15 Iconic Axemen Who Can't Read Music
How important is it for guitar players to know how to read music?

POSTED: 08/30/2013 - 03:20 pm

Paul Weller: Modfather
Legendary musician from The Jam, Style Council and own solo carreer, Paul Weller has been pushing a lot for new young band.

POSTED: 06/13/2013 - 06:40 am

Destroy Louis
Destroy Louis is a new metal band based out of Orting Washington with a strong determination to break through the current music scene with something new.

POSTED: 05/13/2013 - 11:15 am

Problems In Small Bands Music
Some common problems in new/small artist's music.

POSTED: 03/11/2013 - 11:03 am

Sly So So Stone
An article about Sly Stone, one of the greatest musician in black music history.

POSTED: 02/28/2013 - 02:48 pm

Matthew Schultz: The Look The Voice The Story
Matthew Schultz is making major moves in the music industry!

POSTED: 02/28/2013 - 02:48 pm

Steve Vai: The Elements Behind His Performance Mastery
In this article we'll see why Steve Vai has one of the best shows and performances in this era.

POSTED: 02/08/2013 - 01:33 pm

Guitar Practice Interview And Review With Tom Hess
One of the greatest challenges for most guitar players is learning how to get the most out of the time they spend practicing guitar.

POSTED: 01/31/2013 - 01:11 pm

Hare And The Hounds
While wandering amidst the indie labyrinth side of YouTube, I came across a song called "Restless Me" by a band I'd never heard of...

POSTED: 01/31/2013 - 12:55 pm

Why Yngwie Malmsteen Is Underrated
By learning about why Yngwie Malmsteen is underrated you will gain a new perspective that will allow you to become a much better guitar player for yourself.

POSTED: 01/18/2013 - 12:19 pm

What Is It That Makes People Enjoy Your Music
These are some handy things to remember when writing music you intend to play for people

POSTED: 12/18/2012 - 09:30 am

How To Avoid Bad Guitar Advice: Interview And Review With Tom Hess
Do you have the habit of looking through Google or YouTube trying to find good guitar advice? If so, you are like almost every guitar player these days.

POSTED: 12/10/2012 - 02:25 pm

Sex, Drugs And Shiny Toy Guns
Carah Faye and Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns discuss music, drugs, hook-ups, and more in an irreverent interview with Nick and Artie.

POSTED: 11/27/2012 - 02:04 pm

Become A Successful Pro Musician: A Tom Hess Music Career Advice Interview And Review
Have you ever asked for the advice of your friends and family when it comes to working in the music industry or becoming a professional musician?

POSTED: 11/27/2012 - 01:03 pm

Jack Black
Little something about rocker Jack Black.

POSTED: 09/20/2012 - 02:08 pm

Why Everybody Hates The Goo Goo Dolls
While browsing the internet, I wonder when I read certain reviews on the Goo Goo Dolls, how can a band be so great and Not get a positive review. So heres an article about what people are missing.

POSTED: 05/08/2012 - 07:17 am

Rising Sleaze Bands
Do you spend countless hours looking for new, good sleaze bands? Well, look no further!

POSTED: 04/17/2012 - 08:38 am

We Have Move Beyond The Era Of Trends
What's happening in music right now? Well, everything.

POSTED: 03/12/2012 - 08:19 am

Why Coldplay Didn't Copy Radiohead
This is for all the idiots out there who keep on complaining how Coldplay, Muse, Travis etc, copied the mighty Radiohead.

POSTED: 02/15/2012 - 11:33 am

The True Big 4
Lets say for the sake of things, Metallica was "discharged" from the big four...Who would join Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax as the fourth band in the Big 4.

POSTED: 02/01/2012 - 08:44 am

Darrell Abbott's Tone Beyond His Dean
This is a short article on the late Darrell Abbott's tone beyond his infamous Dean guitars equipped with Floyd Rose tremolo's and Bill Lawrence 500XL bridge pickups. Some of his gear was very specific to his sound and style beyond his instrument and it became what we now know as Dime's sound.

POSTED: 01/25/2012 - 08:32 am

Cage The Elephant Out Of The Cage
After Cage the Elephant's self-titled deput album, they've set the bar high for the rest of their albums.

POSTED: 12/01/2011 - 08:36 am

Chemistry, Talent And Commitment
Over the past 7 years of working with a band and building it up, I fear I have created a monster. How do I deal with my band?

POSTED: 11/22/2011 - 08:07 am