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Steve Hunter Releases New Album

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The Manhattan Blue Project

With support from a Kickstarter campaign, Gretsch guitarist Steve Hunter released his fifth studio solo album, The Manhattan Blues Project, on April 30.

After recording and touring with Alice Cooper in 2011, Hunter decided to get off the road to write and record this latest effort, which is an ode to his love of the Blues and New York City.

“Most albums that I hear in regards to New York are generally jazzy, which is cool,” said Hunter. “But I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something in a bluesy way because I kind of saw the more soulful part of Manhattan, and I wanted to bring that to this album.  Each of the songs that I’ve written are about some piece of Manhattan that I’ve looked at in kind of a different way.”

The album also features two instrumental covers. The first is “What’s Going On” by one of Hunter’s favorite artists Marvin Gaye. He also does an instrumental version of Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill,” a song he had played the guitars on for the original album version in 1977.

Hunter, whose other tour and album credits include working with Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, David Lee Rother, Julian Lennon, Aerosmith and Glen Campbell, had several artists willing to guest on this latest effort.

Joe Satriani and Marty Friedman lent solos to “Twilight in Harlem,” while Johnny Depp and Joe Perry teamed up on “The Brooklyn Shuffle.”

“I told Johnny and Joe to plug their guitars in and have a blast, and it sounds like they did to me,” shared Hunter.

Other artists who contributed to the album include Tony Levin, Michael Lee Firkins, Phil Aaberg, 2Cellos and Tommy Henriksen.

Order the album here.

The tracklisting for The Manhattan Blues Project is as follows:
Prelude to the Blues
What’s Going On
222 W 23rd
Gramercy Park
Solsbury Hill
Ground Zero
A Night at the Waldorf
Twilight in Harlem
Daydream by the Hudson
Flames at the Dakota
The Brooklyn Shuffle
Sunset in Central Park

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Fall Out Boy Light Up Leno

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Fall Out Boy continue to ride the wave of success of new album Save Rock and Roll with an appearance last week on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The quartet played their latest single “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” with singer Patrick Stump clutching a white version of his signature Gretsch Stump-O-Matic Electromatic CVT guitars.

Watch the guys do their thing at the end of the full episode after the jump and visit Fall Out Boy’s official website for more information. (more…)

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Portugal. The Man Performs on Kimmel

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Portugal. The Man recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their latest single from their upcoming album Evil Friends, a delightfully dark and poppy track called “Purple Yellow Red and Blue.”

In addition, the Portland, Ore., based band pulled out “People Say,” one of the hits off their 2009 album The Satanic Satanist.

Check out both clips below and visit Portugal. The Man’s official website for more information.

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The Killers Perform All-Star Set in Tucson

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The Killers Ted Sablay

Photos by Torey Mundkowsky

Guitarist/keyboardist Ted Sablay has known the guys in Las Vegas arena rockers the Killers for a few years, having joined them as a touring musician in support of 2006’s Sam’s Town.

Now, as the Killers embark on their North American tour on behalf of their supremely powerful Battle Born, Sablay can still be seen on stage with the Killers playing keys and his (left-handed) guitars.

The Killers’ tour recently ran through Tucson, Ariz., where they appeared at KMFA Day at Kino Stadium with Cake and Bad Religion.

With frontman Brandon Flowers holding the rabid crowd in the palm of his hand, Sablay added depth to the lush anthems the Killers have created over their accomplished career. (more…)

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Two Door Cinema Club Rock Coachella

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During the recent two-weekend Coachella music festival, Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club performed an evening set at the Outdoor Stage that had a huge crowd jamming along with them.

Perhaps that was because of their excellent opener of ”Sleep Alone,” which was the first single off their 2012 album Beacon.

Check out Two Door Cinema Club playing “Sleep Alone” in the clip after the jump and visit their official website for more information. (more…)

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