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Watch Hozier Perform Latest Single on ‘Fallon’


Taking a break from his current U.S. tour, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon this week to perform new single “Jackie and Wilson.”

Check out the clip below and cheers to raising children “on rhythm and blues.”

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Brian Setzer to Release New Christmas Album


Brian Setzer. Photo by Russ Harrington

On Oct. 16, Gretsch signature artists Brian Setzer and the Brian Setzer Orchestra will release Rockin’ Rudolph, their first studio Christmas album in 10 years.

The 18-piece band will support the album with a major concert run—the “12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour”—  delivering the rocking and colorful holiday extravaganza they are known for.

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition, numbered deluxe package of the album via

“It’s been about 10 years since I made a Christmas record,” said Setzer. “It [Christmas music] just seems to get more popular every year. They’re classic songs and you wonder after a couple records how many of them are left. Once you dig in you find, wow! I’ve haven’t done ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,’ you know. I’ve never done ‘Here Comes Santa Claus!’ Ones that everyone knows and are still out there. These songs are great songs. It doesn’t matter if they’re holiday songs or when they were written, they’re just great songs.

“So the trick is to make them sound hip. Some of them are eternally hip, you know, so you don’t have to do too much.”

Produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, etc.) and recorded in both Nashville and Hollywood, the 12-track effort includes highlights such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Yabba-Dabba Yuletide,” and “Rockabilly Rudolph,” among other notable Christmas classic tunes with Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings paired with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements.

Watch a short sizzle video for Rockin’ Rudolph below and visit for additional album details.

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The Dead Weather Drop New Performance Video


The Dead Weather dropped a new video for “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” featuring an explosive live performance from the supergroup made up of Jack White, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence.

The black-and-white clip was shot at Third Man Records and edited by Brad Holland and Jack White.

“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” is the lead single from Sept. 25′s upcoming third album Dodge and Burn, marking the Dead Weather’s first full-length release in five years.

Fans can also look forward to additional live performance and instrument technique discussion videos in the coming weeks.

Check out the clip below.

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Guitar-Bass.Net Reviews the Gretsch G9555 New Yorker Archtop with Pickup

Posted: has posted a review of the Gretsch G9555 New Yorker Archtop with Pickup, awarding it a 9 out of 10!

After a breakdown of its features, the reviewer offers an extensive download on its tonal qualities.

“Plugged into a small tweed combo, we’re again reminded how liberating a single-pickup guitar can be,” noted “Naturally, given the pickup position at the end of the fretboard, there’s no shortage of bass – the low end is huge and sonorous, and suited particularly to open D tuning – but thankfully that doesn’t mean the high end is woolly; in fact, it’s as sweet or as biting as your right hand dictates.

“There’s a wide frequency separation between thumb and fingers when fingerpicking, and the New Yorker would make an excellent choice for solo live performers. The rosewood bridge lends character to the sound; dig in with a pick down at the bridge, into lots of spring reverb, and you’ll be rewarded with a woody lead voice that’s ideal for early 1960s Brit R&B.

“Despite its primitive appearance, the New Yorker does more than retro sounds; it would be equally at home in the context of latter-day Radiohead. Hollowbody construction means volume and gain bring feedback, but working with the limitations produces inspiring results – try using a looper to lay down clean chords, then play overdriven single-note lines on top, using swelling feedback for an Ebow-like effect.”

Read the entire review here!

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Carly Rae Jepsen Performs on Fallon


By Hilary Brown

Carly Rae Jepsen recently stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and treated fans to “Run Away With Me,” the opening track off the pop star’s newly released, critically acclaimed sophomore album, Emotion.

The shamelessly addictive song and appearance, which aired last Wednesday, featured a Gretsch cameo as well—an equally tantalizing black G5655T-CB Electromatic® Center-Block guitar played by Tavish Crowe.

Watch the performance below.

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