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Guitar Center Sessions: Season 8 Debut

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DIRECTV will be debuting the eighth season of Guitar Center Sessions, a show that features live performances and interviews with noteworthy and influential artists, starting next month. The series will air at 8 p.m. on May 4, and continue with new episodes every Sunday.

The first six episodes will be of live footage taken at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Some artists that viewers can look forward to seeing on the show include Phantogram, Soundgarden, 311, Snoop Dogg, CHVRCHES, Alice In Chains, and Cage The Elephant.

“We are incredibly proud to present our viewers with yet another season of Guitar Center Sessions,” says Dustin Hinz, Director of Music and Entertainment Marketing Guitar Center. “Season 8 brings to life the stories, songs and journeys of a remarkable line-up of iconic and influential artists. Filming live at one of the world’s biggest music festivals was the perfect way to celebrate both Guitar Center’s 50th Anniversary and the success Guitar Center Sessions has seen over the past 60 episodes.”

Mogee Turns Everyday Objects Into Instruments

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Former drummer Bruno Zamborlin has created a device that turns everyday objects into instruments with the help of a simple iPhone app. His invention, the Mogee, attaches to any item of your choosing and picks up vibrations from it, turning them into sounds and then sending them out to headphones, speakers, recording devices, effects pedals, and more.

Zamborlin has already received funding for the Mogee through kickstarter, but to see it in action, check out the video below:

Cream Cancels Reunion Tour

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Cream have cancelled plans for a reunion tour due to unidentified flying drama between band members. According to Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker "upset" Eric Clapton.

"Everybody had agreed about doing it," Bruce said, "but then I think Ginger upset Eric. He said something or did something, so it's not happening... Ginger, from what I've heard, is a bitter old man. And I'm quite a cheerful old chap."

Some bitterness was aired in the recent documentary, Beware of Mr Baker, which is a revealing portrait of the talented but unstable drummer.

We'll see if they can get it together for their fans at least, if nothing else.

Armando Peraza Passes Away At 89

Legendary percussionist Armando Peraza passed away Monday at the age of 89.

Peraza worked with many Jazz and Rock luminaries including Charlie Parker, George Shearing, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Zappa, Rick James, Aretha Franklin, Jaco Pastorius, and Carlos Santana.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1924, Armando Peraza arrived in New York City via Mexico in 1949, where his intuitive and exuberant playing style translated into immediate work for big bands with Machito and Slim Gaillard. It was while touring with Gaillard that Peraza first visited the city he would eventually call home, San Francisco, California.

Peraza joined Carlos Santana’s band in 1972, playing for nearly twenty years with the group before retiring as a full time member in 1990. In the 1990′s and 2000′s, Peraza would make occasional guest appearances at concerts, festivals and percussion workshops. A revered mentor to many percussionists worldwide, Armando was an honored Latin Percussion endorser for many years.

Armando Peraza leaves behind a wide-ranging and robust catalog of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz music. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Josephine, a daughter and three grandchildren.

AC/DC Demise Is Rumored

By Radim McCue
  • Published April 15, 2014
  • Rumors are swirling that AC/DC is set to call it quits this week, in the wake of a recent stroke suffered by founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. The band, which has sold more than 180 million recordings worldwide and has become synonymous with basic, hard rock (played very well!) has been together 41 years. Let's hope the rumors aren't true.

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    Wikipedia only needs one word in the entry for rock music: AC/DC.