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Five Great Gretsch Songs of the 90s

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Ask most people about music in the 1990s, and they’ll probably point to grunge’s dominance during the early part of the decade and bubblegum pop towards the end as main mile markers.

Gretsch artists and their trusty guitars certainly had several standout moments in those areas. But whether it was the straightforward punk from Tim Armstrong and Rancid or the infectious rockabilly of Brian Setzer, Gretsch played a big part in many other genres, as well. (more…)

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Grammys Bring Out Another Blockbuster Show

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards show honored several breakout acts this year, drawing from an eclectic group of artists.

The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach actually led the night with four trophies, sweeping the rock categories (song, album and performance) while also nabbing a Grammy for producer of the year.

British folk band Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year for Babel, indie-pop act Fun. won Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” Halestorm was honored with the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “Love Bites (So Do I)” and Australian singer Gotye won Record of the Year for “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

Gretsch signature artist Tim Armstrong might not have won an award with his punk outfit Rancid, but the singer-songwriter did take home some hardware for his collaboration with reggae icon Jimmy Cliff. (more…)

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Tim Armstrong Revs Up Solo Project – Tim Timebomb and Friends

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Last year, Tim Armstrong noted that new material from Rancid and the Transplants would be on the way, but before those records drop, fans can look forward to Armstrong’s solo project, Tim Timebomb and Friends, releasing a debut album on Dec. 11.

Armstrong has been posting tracks on his official YouTube channel over the past few weeks, offering a mix of originals and covers with several guest musicians, including Pink and Travis Barker.

“Tim Timebomb and Friends is a place for me to share with you some of my favorite songs that I’ve recorded with friends of mine,” Armstrong wrote on the Tim Timebomb website.  ”I’ve always enjoyed sharing music, whether I’m just sitting around playing acoustic guitar with my friends or breaking out old 45’s.

“I guess you could call me a music nerd. I like everything from Bob Dylan to the Ramones, to Jimmy Cliff to Cock Sparrer. I plan to bring together a great group of players to record covers as well as some originals. I hope you dig it and encourage you to pass them on.” (more…)

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Rancid Rocks 2012 Hootenanny

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Rancid recently headlined the Hootenanny in Silverado Canyon, Calif., in celebration of their 20th anniversary, and Sullen TV caught up with drummer Branden Steineckert for an update on the band.

The clip below also includes an energetic performance of “Roots Radical,” a classic off Rancid’s 1995 album … And Out Come the Wolves.

Check out Rancid’s official website for more information.

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Jimmy Cliff Shines at Coachella

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff refused to lose any of his spunk despite ominous clouds and winds that had the stage lights swirling so furiously that the crew took a few minutes to huddle up and discuss the situation.

After a slight delay, the reggae legend launched his set with an energetic “You Can Get What You Want,” quickly moving the crowd up front from concerned to carefree as they tried to dance along and match his split kicks.

Cliff then slowed it down with the gospel-minded “Many Rivers To Cross,” a somber tune that matched the bleak day at Coachella, before picking it up with a cover of Rancid’s punk ska track “Ruby Soho,” which appears on Cliff’s 2011 EP, Sacred Fire.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, who produced the EP, was part of Cliff’s backing band.  Looking dapper in his black suit, white shirt, black tie and fedora, Armstrong rocked his Gretsch signature model.

Cliff pulled out two statement songs with “Save Our Planet” and “Vietnam” before rolling right into a fan favorite with a cover of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.” Although the dark clouds never abated, Cliff undeniably added a dose of brightness to Friday’s bill.

The 64-year-old closed out his set with his classic cut “The Harder They Come” and “One More,” leaving fans to chant the chorus long after he’d left the stage.

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