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Gretsch Featured on Orange is the New Black

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Orange is the New Black

Side Boob band features Gretsch-wielding axeman Tom Beaujour

Orange is the new black is kind of what Gretsch has been saying for many years now. So it seems only fitting for a Gretsch guitar to appear on popular Netflix television series Orange is the New Black.

In the second season’s fifth episode, corrections officer Sam Healy (played by Michael Harney) walks into a bar and is surprised to see assistant to the warden Joe Caputo (played by actor Nick Sandow) playing bass with his rock band Side Boob.

Side Boob makes a return appearance in episode six when Caputo invites another correctional officer to come check out the group.

Although a fictional outfit, Side Boob does feature a few real life musicians in Nada Surf drummer Ira Elliott, Tim Foljahn (Cat Power, Thurston Moore Band) and Tom Beaujour, whose songwriting team (Adopted Highways) co-wrote and recorded the songs that appear on the series. It’s Beaujour who is seen rocking his Gretsch axe.

Click here to watch the series.

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Ted Sablay on his Gretsch Guitars

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The Killers touring guitarist Ted Sablay sat down with Gretsch to discuss how he got into playing guitar and what led him to Gretsch.

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Watch Rokia Traoré Perform Three Songs on KEXP

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Malian musician Rokia Traoré has gained international acclaim with her latest album Beautiful Africa, a collection of rock-infused tracks that recall the type of music that first inspired her.

And during a trip through North America, Traoré stopped into Seattle’s KEXP studios to play a few new songs, including “Sarama,” which is a praise song to Malian women partly sung in English, and “Kèlè Mandi.”

Watch the entire performance after the jump and visit her official website for more information. (more…)

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Augustines Go Acoustic for Cardinal Sessions

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Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson of Brooklyn-formed indie rock outfit Augustines performed a stripped down version of a pair of their songs for Cardinal Sessions.

With the help of a Gretsch Resonator, the duo dipped back into their catalog with “Chapel Song’ from 2011 debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, and then played new track “Weary Eyes” from this year’s eponymous album.

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Jack White Unleashes Scorching Video for ‘Lazaretto’

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Jack White GretschJack White’s highly-anticipated sophomore solo album Lazaretto is less than a week from its release date (June 10), but he’s already furnished fans three of the new songs.

And if the audio taste isn’t enough for White enthusiasts, the prolific songwriter recently dropped a visual in the form of a music video for the record’s title track.

The black-and-white clip for “Lazaretto” is perfect for the song’s machine-gun pacing, with shots of glass breaking, a bull stomping and a car burning some serious rubber. Throughout, White stabs at his guitar and snarls into the microphone, matching the aggressive scenes around him.

Check out the video below.

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