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Tegan and Sarah Give Industry Advice to Aspiring Young Women

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Tegan and Sara have been inspiring people for years from the stage, even moreso lately with their critically-acclaimed album Heartthrob.

But they also have some more specific advice for the young women that look up to the twin sisters.

In a recent interview, Tegan and Sara spoke to that crowd, taking a different route than what most might expect.

Check out what the artists had to say in the video below and visit their official website for more information.

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Mustered Courage Offer Advice and Shredding Bluegrass

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After forming in 2010, Mustered Courage has quickly provided a fresh breath of air into the bluegrass scene.

Picking their way across their home country of Australia and all over North America, Julian Abrahams (vocals/guitar), Nick Keeling (vocals/banjo), Josh Bridges (vocals/bass) and Paddy Montgomery (vocals/mandolin) have earned respect from critics and fans alike with their self-titled 2010 debut and 2013’s Power Lines.

During a recent run through the United States, GretschGuitars.com caught up with the four guys to ask about their early concert experiences and what a band should do for food when they tour Australia. In addition, they played two songs for us, showcasing their fierce take on bluegrass.

GretschGuitars.com:  What was the first concert you ever saw live?

Julian: The first international band I ever saw live was the Presidents of the United States of America.  That was rocking.  It was at the Royal Theatre of Canberra.  I was like 12, crowd-surfed my ass off.  It was pretty cool.

Nick:  I think one of the first concerts I saw was Alanis Morissette in Austin.  But more importantly, another concert I saw early on was Smashing Pumpkins – a band I knew nothing about. It was an excuse to meet up with this girl.  So I didn’t know what was going on.  I was just thinking about how loud it was.  But the girl and I went on a stroll around the botanical gardens at night and spent some time there. (laughs)  I came home and told my mom how great the show was.  I got the shirt and everything.

Josh: The first concert I was caught by surprise was at this theater in Melbourne, and Ry Cooder was playing there.  I only knew of one of his songs, and my friend had talked about him all the time.  I was working at the bar at the venue, and got off my shift.  Normally when you finish early, you just want to go home.  You don’t want to see the act that night, but I decided to listen to one song.  Oh man, after one song, it became two, and eventually I could absolutely not leave.

Paddy: When I was really young, my dad took me to see Bush.  Right when Sixteen Stone was released.  But the first proper show I went to as a teenager was my favorite Australian band Powderfinger.  That was in Adelaide, and it was awesome.

Julian: That’s one of the biggest Australian rock bands in the last 10-15 years.

Mustered Courage performs “Behind the Bullet.”

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Gretsch Exclusive with Band of Skulls’ Russell Marsden

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Band of Skulls’ Russell Marsden has been a fan of Gretsch guitars for a long time, and they played a big part in the recording of the U.K. trio’s latest album Sweet Sour.

Learn more about Marsden and his affinity for Gretsch guitars in the exclusive interview below.

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Richard Hawley Remembers His First Gretsch

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English singer, songwriter and producer Richard Hawley has a long history with Gretsch, from listening to Eddie Cochran as a kid to his days playing with the legendary Pulp to his current career as a solo artist.

Hawley recently sat down to talk about his Gretsch love affair in the interview below.

Visit Hawley’s official website for more information.

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Tegan and Sara Teach Andy Samberg About Heartthrobs

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With the release of their latest album Heartthrob earlier this year, Tegan and Sara have been conducting interviews with actors and musicians like Cory Monteith, Ben Lee, Ione Sky and Skylar Astin about what that word means to them.

In addition, the sisterly duo gave former Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg a perfect lesson for stepping up his heartthrob game.

Check out the clips after the jump and visit Tegan and Sara’s official website to pick up a copy of the album. (more…)

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