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11 Sep News, Video | Comments

RazorBack Pedals

RazorBack Pedals

Years ago, a friend from high school emailed me asking what pedal she should buy her husband for christmas. Knowing his penchant for tinkering with the guts of his guitars, I recommended perhaps getting a pedal kit so he could build his own. Six months later, he had built dozens of pedals. He was constantly...

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05 Apr Video | Comments

Video Clip: Fuzzrocious ZUUL Pedal

Video Clip: Fuzzrocious ZUUL Pedal

Fuzzrocious sent me a care package to jam on this past week. A pretty cool synthy noise pedal called the ZUUL. Check it out!

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Interview: Matt Frank [Their / They’re / There, Lifted Bells]

Interview: Matt Frank [Their / They’re / There, Lifted Bells]

I saw the Their / They’re / There release show at Schubas this past winter, and had an absolute blast watching the fretboard theatrics of Matthew Frank. Complex meters, clean tones & playing, and really creative songwriting. Fortunately, he was willing to take a bit and chat about his musical upbringing! What bands do you...

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21 Mar Events, News | Comments

UPDATE: Monthly Music Meeting March

UPDATE: Monthly Music Meeting March

ICYMI…. I’ve been doing a monthly “music” meeting for kids at The Oasis. A free event, covering a specific topic. March was “booking in Chicago”. After the seminar portion, we encourage kids to meet each other. Network, trade gigs, gear, etc. We are fortunate have sponsored free pizza, and free goodies from labels that kids...

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Interview: Josh Kaler [Butch Walker, Slow Runner]

Interview: Josh Kaler [Butch Walker, Slow Runner]

For those of you who know me, you’ll know I’m a huge Butch Walker fan. Maybe that should be capitalized. HUGE fan. When I saw his most recent tour come through Chicago (HoB), I noticed he had a new band, and more specifically, an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist. That would be Mr. Josh Kaler. He was...

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15 Jan Events, News | Comments

MONTHLY MUSIC MEETINGS

MONTHLY MUSIC MEETINGS

Starting in February, I will be hosting Monthly Music Meetings at the Grayslake Oasis. Each event will be 2 hours long, on the third Tuesday of each month, and they will be FREE to attend. The first hour of the event will be a discussion on one (of the many) topics we’ve outlined on our...

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Best Records of 2013

Best Records of 2013

Well, it’s that time again. My favorite albums released in 2013. Thanks to things like BandCamp, SoundSupply, and Spotify, it’s never been easier for a music nerd to try out tons of new music. This year, I tried really hard to listen to one new album every day. Not all of them were released in...

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04 Dec Video | Comments

YouTube Lessons!

YouTube Lessons!

When I have free time, I’ll be uploading quick-tip lessons to improve your playing, or learn a new technique! How to Hold a Guitar Pick! Trills! Correct Posture! How to finger-pick.

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04 Dec Video | Comments

2 New Birthday Party Cover Songs!

2 New Birthday Party Cover Songs!

People have been having their birthday parties at the studio! Check it out! Watch on YouTube! Watch on YouTube!

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04 Dec Video | Comments

Demo: Germ Drive

Demo: Germ Drive

Watch on YouTube A killer germanium dirt pedal!

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