April 14, 2014 |
Two years ago during a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Teri “Gender Bender” Suaréz climbed to the top of a lighting rig , locked her legs around a rung and then hung upside and sang. Standing between her skull and a stage was little more than gravity, and while the move was certainly of the don't-try-this-ever variety, Suaréz and her trio Le Butcherettes are committed, aggressively, to the visceral. But the reckless antics would be just that if the music wasn't also incendiary, where every rant or tear shed is amplified for its maximum emotional venom.
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April 5, 2014
Arthur Smith, 93, a bluegrass musician who wrote and recorded the sizzling instrumentals "Guitar Boogie" and "Feuding Banjos," died Thursday at his home in Charlotte, N.C., his family announced. No cause was given. "Guitar Boogie," recorded with the Rambler Trio and showcasing Smith on guitar, helped inspire a country boogie trend when it was released in 1945. Three years later, after the MGM record label reissued it, the song rose to No. 8 on Billboard magazine's country popularity chart.
April 3, 2014 |
Ares Management gained control of Guitar Center Holdings Inc. in a debt-for-equity swap, the Westlake Village retailer said in a statement. Guitar Center reduced its debt by about $500 million under the deal, which gives Ares Management a controlling interest in the nation's largest guitar retailer. The deal reduces Guitar Center's crushing debt by $500 million and slashes its annual interest costs by about $70 million, the company said. Bain Capital, which bought the chain of about 250 stores in 2007, will retain partial ownership of the company after the deal with Ares Management.
February 15, 2014 |
What does a company do when it retrieves government-confiscated building materials? If that company is Gibson Guitar Corp., it makes guitars from it. Late last year, the 120-year-old Nashville music company released a limited series of Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars with fingerboards made from wood that federal agents had seized in factory raids. The company produced 750 instruments for that first batch, which quickly sold out. Responding to continued demand, Gibson this year released about 1,000 more Government Series guitars, which sold out "in minutes," according to Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz. PHOTOS: Daughters of rock stars "We kept getting calls, and we had wood left over," said Juszkiewicz, 60. Those who still want to get their hands on a Government Series Gibson guitar might have to resort to EBay, though.
February 13, 2014 |
Rock guitar hero Jeff Beck remembers falling in love for the first time. "I'd only ever seen Spanish-style or jazz guitars, and then I saw a Stratocaster," said Beck, 69, of his schoolboy crush. "I was fascinated by the shape, the double cutaways; it was all too cool. It had all these pickups and knobs and controls - it embodied all the excitement of modern living. "A few years later I saw one in London hanging in a window, and the guy let me try it on," said the former member of the Yardbirds.
February 12, 2014 |
Calling all punk enthusiasts: Singer Exene Cervenka is downsizing and shedding more than 40 years of antiques in the process at a four-day estate sale beginning Thursday in Santa Ana. "One hundred years of Americana needs a good home," Cervenka said of the upcoming sale. "Treasured memories of the past can live on in your hands. Like a small inheritance, but without the squabbling with siblings. " Items include what you might expect from the former member of the iconic Los Angeles band X: Electric guitars and old carnival chalk prizes.