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Ken Yokoyama Visits Gretsch Reps in Japan

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Japanese singer/songwriter Ken Yokoyama has been carrying the banner of punk-rock music in his home nation for a long time – first as guitarist for the massive pop-punk outfit Hi-Standard and later as a solo artist.

Recently, Yokoyama met with Jeff Cary and Joe Carducci from Gretsch, as well as Fred Gretsch himself to talk about some of the new Gretsch models that he’s been interested in.

Stay tuned for some more exciting news from Yokoyama and Gretsch – rumor has it that a signature guitar could be in the works – but in the meantime, check out some photos of the punk icon during his visit below.

For more information on Yokoyama, click here.

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Ken Yokoyama (L) and Fred Gretsch

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Ken Yokoyama and Joe Carducci going over a Custom Shop Duo Jet.

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Ken Yokoyama and members of the Gretsch team.

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The Airborne Toxic Event Performs ‘Wrong’ on Letterman

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The Airborne Toxic EventLos Angeles-based indie rockers the Airborne Toxic Event recently stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to perform single “Wrong” from 2014′s Dope Machines.

And it impressed host David Letterman and bandleader Paul Shaffer so much that the Airborne Toxic Event might have to prepare for some extra travel mates on their tour bus.

“Paul and I will be touring with the band for no justifiable reason,” Letterman quipped once the closing notes faded out. “For no money, just because that’s what we want to do.”

Watch the live performance of “Wrong” in the clip below.

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AC/DC Debuts New Video for ‘Rock the Blues Away’

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AC/DCAC/DC recently dropped an electric new music video for the track “Rock the Blues Away,” which comes off their 16th studio album, Rock or Bust.

The clip features fans from all around the world who came to the Dragonfly Club in Los Angeles to watch the rock juggernauts perform. The historic taping was filmed by longtime AC/DC collaborator David Mallet, and you can watch it below.

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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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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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