who was the 5th beatle

Who Was the 5th Beatle?

fab fourYou may have heard something by now about this little rock group from Liverpool, England called The Beatles. Apparently they caused quite a stir.

The band members are often referred to as the Fab Four: John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Seems like the whole world has been on a first-name basis with these 4 moptops since the sixties, and they were all essential members of the band in terms of both musicality and personality.

But over the years, there’s been an ongoing discussion among many Beatles fans, as to who should be known as the 5th Beatle. (more…)

the monkees facts

11 Amazing Facts About the Monkees

monkees factsThe Monkees TV show debuted on NBC the evening of September 12, 1966. It’s now 50 years later, and the Monkees are as popular as ever.

The 4 band members shared a chemistry together that simply cannot be replicated, and they’ve re-grouped in various formations over the years for tours, albums, and other assorted projects.

Sadly, Davy Jones passed away in 2012, but Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork are still going strong. (more…)

best beginner guitar

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Acoustic & Electric Buyers Guide

Best Beginner Guitar – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

best beginner guitarSo you’re thinking of buying a guitar.

And you’re looking for information on how to choose the best beginner guitar.

Maybe you’re looking to take the plunge and finally learn how to play. Or thinking about getting back into it after some time away.

Perhaps you’re shopping for somebody else, a kid, a significant other, a friend or relative. It is getting close to Christmas, after all!

Whatever your reason, congrats on a great decision! Music is one thing we can all use more of in our lives.

But there’s so much information out there to sort through, it can get overwhelming.

In this article I’ll discuss the key factors to consider when narrowing down your options. And also make a few suggestions on models I believe are top candidates for the title of best beginner guitar. (more…)

yamaha fg800 review

Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Review: FG800 + Full 800 Series – Domo Arigato

Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Review (The FG800 + Full 800 Series Overview)

yamaha fg800 reviewIn this Yamaha FG800 review, you’ll learn about the sound, tone and build quality of this excellent new Yamaha acoustic guitar model, along with full details about the 800 line and the changes made to upgrade their acoustic guitar construction and sound quality.

The Yamaha 800 Series was introduced in early 2016 to replace their very popular 700 Series of acoustic guitars.

The Yamaha FG800 is the direct replacement for the top-selling Yamaha FG700s, and has a similar look, feel, sound and build.

However, some interesting upgrades were made.

They decided to revamp the design of their acoustic guitar tops, adding scalloped bracing to increase vibration for enhanced sound quality and volume, particularly in the low and mid-range.

The end result is a group of high-quality acoustic (and acoustic-electric) guitars with better sound at a similar price. (more…)

jasmine s35 acoustic guitar

Jasmine s35 Acoustic Guitar Review – It’s All About the Benjamins

Jasmine s35 Review

jasmine s35 reviewSometimes you just need a guitar that doesn’t suck.

In this Jasmine s35 review, you’ll learn about an acoustic budget guitar that sounds surprisingly good, considering its low cost.

It’s a full size acoustic dreadnought originally designed by the Japanese guitar manufacturer Takamine. It’s light, attractive, and easy to play.

It has a rich, bold tone and balanced sound, and plays pretty loud.

We also take a look at the Jasmine s34c, a similar guitar with a grand-orchestra style body and a cutaway.

There are better guitars out there, but if your goal is to find a good acoustic guitar at a ridiculously low price, the S35 is definitely worth considering.


esp kh2 kirk hammett guitar

ESP KH-2 Review: Ride the Lightning


kirk hammett esp kh-2

Photo by Alberto Cabello under CC BY 2.0

The ESP KH-2  electric guitar is part of the ESP Kirk Hammett Signature Series. It’s a premium guitar model crafted in Japan, and based on the original ESP m-ii design.

It was created based on specifications requested by Kirk  Hammett, lead guitar player for thrash-metal pioneers Metallica.

Modifications include its sleek black design, a flatter fretboard radius, extra-jumbo frets, and skull-and-bones inlays.

In this ESP KH-2 review, you’ll learn about the various options currently available, along with detailed information about its sound, tone, build and design.

In addition to the premium version, the KH-2 is also available in a limited edition Vintage model, along with custom Nosferatu and White Zombie (film) designs. (more…)

butch walker mixtape

Butch Walker – Artist Spotlight

butch walker tour

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We’re excited to debut a new feature called the Artist Spotlight. The goal is to shine a light on some artists we feel are worth your time to get to know a little better.

And we’re going to kick things off with the criminally underrated Butch Walker.

Every now and then you encounter an artist, and wonder why they aren’t way more popular. And Butch Walker is at the top of our list, though he has certainly forged out a solid career.

But even if you’re reading this article thinking, who the hell is Butch Walker, odds are you’ve heard a song that he’s had a hand in writing, recording or producing, somewhere along the line. (more…)

g&l tribute fallout review

G&L Tribute Fallout Review – A Versatile Tone Monster

G&L Tribute Fallout Review

g&l tribute falloutThe G&L Tribute Fallout guitar was designed to appeal to a wide variety of guitarists.

It’s a cool looking electric guitar with a versatile sound and loads of character. It’s light and comfortable, with a surprisingly sophisticated range of tones and textures due to its dual pickups and overall smart design.

It’s a modern version of G&L’s 1980s-era SC-2 guitar, designed by Leo Fender. It shares the same slim and contoured body shape and overall concept, though the design has been tweaked slightly to adhere to modern standards.

Overall, the G&L Fallout guitar is simply fun to play, providing a slightly thicker sound and harder edge than the SC-2. (more…)

rock concerts 2016

Rock Concerts 2016 – The Summer of Live

Rock Concerts 2016 – The Summer of Live

live music 2016I used to go to rock concerts all the time. But lately? Not so much, for a number of reasons.

Well, I recently took a look at the upcoming summer concert listings in my area, and was blown away by the number of interesting acts currently out on the road.

They say rock and roll is dead, but you wouldn’t know it based on the wide variety of options available to concert-goers in 2016. At least that’s what my wallet is saying. (more…)