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Nickel Creek Rocks Oakland's Fox Theater


After a six-year hiatus, Nickel Creek is back on the road supporting their new album, A Dotted Line, and on Monday night at Oakland's Fox Theater, the band showed it it hasn't lost a beat. 


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Music Changes the Way We Think, Say British Scientists


It’s no secret that music can alter one’s mood—but can it also alter the way we think? That’s what British psychologists are asking, after the release of a study which found that musical training can increase blood flow to the left side of the brain.


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Luthier Ferguson to Lead Cordoba's Guild Line


Guild guitars will be reuniting with its heralded guitar maker of recent years, as luthier Ren Ferguson is set to join Cordoba Music Group as head of manufacturing for the Oxnard, California-based company’s soon-to-be-acquired Guild line.


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GearFest Takes the Stage June 6 & 7


It’s time to get “amped” up for GearFest ’14, the largest public music trade show in the United States—a veritable musical manna for players, instruments, and the people who love them.


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Strawberry Music Festival Permit Denied Over Safety Concerns


Last year’s devastating Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park was doused in October—but officials still have their dampers out for the area’s Strawberry Music Festival, which had its permit denied last week due to post-blaze safety concerns.


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Shovels & Rope Album Set for Release August 26


Shovels & Rope are tying up the loose ends on their latest album—a 13-song effort titled Swimmin’ Time, set for release August 26.


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Guild Sale Nearly Complete, Say Fender Officials


Fender guitars is unstrapping one of its most familiar makes--Guild guitars—and is in the process of finalizing the sale of the 61-year-old acoustic-guitar brand to Cordoba Music Group, makers of Cordoba acoustic guitars, ukuleles and other accessories.


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Billy Bragg Takes on British Penal System over Guitar Ban


Is a ban on steel-string guitars in British prison cells leading to an uptick in inmate suicides? That’s what political folk-rocker Billy Bragg wants to know, as he and other prominent musicians are questioning the UK government’s tightened regulation of instruments in prisoners’ quarters.


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Ed Sheeran Goes Acoustic in Lead Up to New Album 'x'


Ed Sheeran has "One" acoustic-guitar video out now—and several more on the way in the run-up to the release of his new album, x.


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EXCLUSIVE: The Sam Chase Debuts Video for “Hero To Myself”


The Sam Chase, a San Francisco band that blends soul-searching poetry and boisterous revelry with a rugged, rootsy sound, debuts their video for “Hero To Myself.”


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Bob Dylan's Hand-Written 'Like A Rolling Stone' Lyrics Up for Auction


“You threw the bums a dime in your prime,” Bob Dylan famously snarled in “Like a Rolling Stone.” Well, how ‘bout throwing 10 million dimes? That’s the estimated amount expected to change hands next month when the original hand-written lyrics to Dylan’s seminal 1965 classic goes on auction in New York City.


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Slack-key Legend Dennis Kamakahi, 1953 - 2014


Dennis Kamakahi, the renowned slack-key guitarist who helped put that distinctive open-tuning Hawaiian style on the map, died from lung cancer April 28. He was 61.


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VIDEO: Ricky Skaggs Awe-Struck at Merlefest


“Holy Ghost moment.” Those words came from the mouth of venerable mandolin player Ricky Skaggs as he walked off the Doc & Merle Watson Theatre stage at Merlefest Friday night, eyes closed and in a near trance, having just played a smoking set with the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley.


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Fender Taps Bob Roback for Company President


There’s a new “lead guitarist” at center stage of Fender Musical Instruments, as Bob Roback has been named President of the guitar-making company renowned for such signature instruments as the Stratocaster, Telecaster and Precision bass.


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Old Crow Medicine Show Sets Tour, Release Date for 'Remedy'


Old Crow Medicine Show has a cure for what’s ailing fans—its new album Remedy.


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Ray LaMontagne Says Elvis Costello Helped Inspire 'Supernova'


If not for Elvis Costello's words of wisdom, Ray LaMontagne says he might never have found the inspiration to make Supernova


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Willie Nelson Turns 81, Receives Fifth-Degree Black Belt


Nevermind Shotgun Willie—these days it’s black-belt Willie, as country music icon Willie Nelson just earned his fifth degree in the highest-ranking level of the Korean martial art GongKwon Yusul.


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John Fogerty to speak at USC music school graduation


John Fogerty has a “fortunate son” of a different stripe these days—in this case it’s Shane Fogerty, who’ll see his rock ‘n’ roll dad deliver the commencement speech next month  at his own college graduation ceremony.


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Ovation Guitars to Cease Domestic Production


The curtain is closing on Ovation’s made-in-the-USA line of acoustic guitars, as parent company Fender Musical Instruments today announced the closing of the brand’s longtime domestic manufacturing facility in New Hartford, Connecticut.


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Ben Harper and Mom Keep It in the Family on New Album


Ben Harper is bringing it all back home this week, in anticipation of the upcoming release of Childhood Home, a new album the three-time Grammy winner recorded with his mom Ellen.


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Woody Guthrie Home Made into Guitars


This land is your land—and Woody Guthrie’s land is about to become someone’s guitar. At least that’s the plan, as guitar-manufacturing company Gibson is set to auction off eight custom-made guitars built with wood from Woody Guthrie’s childhood home in Oklahoma.


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REVIEW: Shook Twins Show New Side of Folk Music at Freight & Salvage


Fronted by songwriters Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Shook Twins wowed Berkeley's Freight & Salvage with original compositions that took folk music in a new and unexpected direction.


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Neil Young to celebrate Record Store Day with vinyl, T-shirts ...


Neil Young … fashion icon? That’s right! The folk-rock guitar legend wants fans to do more than simply listen to his classic albums—he wants them to wear them.


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EXCLUSIVE: Bradford Lee Folk Debuts 'Never Looking Back'


Bluegrass guitarist and singer Bradford Lee Folk is debuting "Never Looking Back," a single from his forthcoming album, at Acoustic Guitar. 


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Dolly Parton Offers Vinyl 7-inch for Record Store Day


Dolly Parton wants to leave record lovers blue this week—with a blue-vinyl edition of her new song “Blue Smoke,” that is.


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