AFTER 2010’S FUNSTYLE, indie singer-songwriter Liz Phair ended up taking a decade-long break from recorded music. She returns this year with her seventh studio album, Soberish, which — as we find out — was largely inspired by open-tuned explorations on her Yamaha acoustics.
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Billy Gibbons Goes To The Desert
How ZZ Top legend Billy F. Gibbons and his band (guitarist Austin Hanks and former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum) headed to the California High Desert to seek Rock ’N’ Roll inspiration — with a side of “mystery”
How an Austrian shred whiz took inspiration from his own popular weekly YouTube videos — and rabid fanbase — to complete his first album, a dazzling project four years in the making
CHARVEL PRO-MOD SERIES
BOSS NEXTONE SPECIAL
ROAD- TESTED Royalty
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram assumes his throne atop the Delta blues tradition
YOUNG 'N' HUNGRY DIRTY HONEY
DIRTY HONEY GUITARIST JOHN NOTTO EXPLAINS WHY THIS RIFF-FUELED LOS ANGELES FOUR-PIECE IS READY FOR LITERALLY ANYTHING — INCLUDING THE BIG, BIG, BIG TIME
AFTER AN 11-YEAR SELF-EXILE, LIZ PHAIR IS BACK IN TOP FORM — WITH SOME UNCOMMON TUNINGS
METALLICA IN THE BLACK
THIRTY YEARS AFTER FAMOUSLY FRACTURING THE WORLD OF METAL (AND HEAVY ROCK IN GENERAL), METALLICA’S SELF-TITLED 1991 MASTERPIECE — AKA THE BLACK ALBUM — IS GETTING THE DELUXE REISSUE TREATMENT. IN THIS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, JAMES HETFIELD AND KIRK HAMMETT PULL BACK THE VEIL ON THE ALBUM THAT BECAME “THE MASTER KEY TO EVERYTHING”
PERFECTLY FRANK PERFECTLY
THE TRUE ORIGINS AND EVOLUTION OF EDDIE VAN HALEN’S LEGENDARY FRANKENSTEIN GUITAR
THIRTY YEARS INTO THE GAME, THESE VENERABLE NORWEGIAN EXTREME METALLERS ARE STILL SHAKING THINGS UP WITH “A BIT OF CHAOS”
The End of Analog
Q Over the years, I’ve discovered that sound and vision are two distinct camps in the home theater realm, and it’s best to keep them separated due to constantly changing video formats.
The Next Generation
The big car companies refresh their lineups on a pretty regular schedule. Honda, for example, brings out all-new versions of its models every four to five years, and it makes smaller upgrades and improvements in the years between the big changes.
Peter Hook gets his own signature Yamaha BB bass.
ALTERED STATE of ADVENTURE
Smaller ADVs, bigger rewards.
ADDING A DIMENSION
We send our motorcycle-loving car racer to the Yamaha Champions Riding School so he can learn to think outside the, ahem, box.
YAMAHA SLB300 Silent Bass
An electric upright that assembles in 30 seconds? Jon Thorne sets his stopwatch...
YAMAHA TENERE 700
The wait is finally over. The Yamaha Ténéré 700 is probably one of the most anticipated bikes to come out of the Yamaha factory in quite some time. Yamaha teased us with what appeared to be a production-ready model three years ago and every model year came and went without show. We were starting to wonder if it would ever show up on the showroom floor. Well folks, the day is finally here, and it was worth the wait. The middle-weight class has been gaining a lot of attention over the last three years and is likely to be the most popular segment for years to come.
Olivia Anna Livki offers essential advice for all budding bassists
Yamaha WR250R Long-Ranger
Smaller bikes—in the West they’re something of a sacrilege. But in most parts of the world, a 250cc is considered “big.” I personally haven’t owned anything under 650cc in so many years that I’d become accustomed to manhandling big adventure bikes. I’d also forgotten just how practical smaller dual-sports can be. But… a recent extended trip to northern Thailand forced a re-think. While there I had so much fun on 250cc and smaller dual-sports that there was no way I could return without indulging.
Claudia McKenzie of 4th Labyrinth ended up as a bass player by accident—but it yielded results, she tells us