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Royal Blood Named Top British Group at BRIT Awards

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Rock and roll took center stage at the 35th annual BRIT Awards, as Royal Blood was named the top British Group.

What’s more, the duo received the award from none other than Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

“This is a huge surprise for us,” said singer/bassist Mike Kerr. “It’s probably more of a surprise for everyone here, as you may not even know who we are.”

Royal Blood stood tall among a stacked list of nominees that included Alt-J, Coldplay, One Direction and Clean Bandit.

As if the crowd needed proof of Royal Blood’s ability to rock, the band also took the stage to perform a particularly brutal version of the single “Figure It Out,” which comes off their 2014 self-titled debut.

Watch Royal Blood’s musical appearance, featuring Mike Kerr on his Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet Bass II, and acceptance speech below.

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Wildwood Guitars Dissects the New G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rods

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Greg Koch GretschGreg Koch of Wildwood Guitars recently sat down with Gretsch’s Joe Carducci to discuss the new G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod guitars.

The newly unveiled signature models are stripped down and built to Setzer’s exacting specs, with signature TV Jones pickups, 9.5″ fingerboard radius and a striking two-tone flame maple body, amongst many other features.

Throughout the video, Carducci tells the story about how these guitars came to be, while Koch takes the time to demonstrate their excellent tone.

Learn more in the clip below.

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Watch The Decemberists Perform for KCRW

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The Decemberists recently stopped into the Santa Monica, Calif., studios of KCRW to perform a few of their new songs off What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

You can listen to the entire set here, but video has also surfaced of the Colin Meloy-led band playing the album’s top single, “Make You Better.”

Watch that clip below.

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Watch the Weeknd Perform Sultry ‘Earned It’ on Fallon

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The Weeknd Earned ItFifty Shades of Grey is one of the hottest movies currently in theaters, and its soundtrack is just as steamy.

Much of that is thanks to the Weeknd, who contributed two songs to the film, one of which he recently performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the Weeknd perform “Earned It” below and don’t miss guitarist Patrick Greenaway playing a  White Panther Center-Block and bassist Ledaris “L.J.” Jones with a White Falcon Bass.

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Royal Blood Goes Acoustic on Triple J Radio

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British rock duo Royal Blood got reduced to a one-man show during a recent appearance on Australia’s Triple J radio, as singer Mike Kerr performed an acoustic session for the first time.

Wielding a Gretsch G5031FT Rancher Dreadnought, Kerr offered stripped-down renditions of “Better Strangers” and a cover of Cold War Kids hit “Hang Me Out to Dry.”

And for those wondering where drummer Ben Thatcher was hiding out, he was in the studio, as well.

“There are other things going on in the Royal Blood camp,” Thatcher joked. “I’ve got to do all the admin while all this is going on. I’m just emailing Mike the lyrics to the songs.”

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