Steve Vai

  • Music

    June 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Animals as Leaders are the Pride of the Prog Metal Pack

    Few characters in music seem as dated as the heavy metal virtuoso. The term unintentionally conjures images of cocky, '80s shredders with flying V guitars, spandex and blown out hair. Thankfully, a young band like Animals as Leaders has shown they can embrace the term and buck the stereotypes. Since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Top 10 Douchiest Guitarists of All Time

    Hey, we can all appreciate a quality guitar god. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of music knows the joy of watching their favorite axe man/woman go on a tear and destroy the crowd with their fast-fingered prowess, signature style and lush mane of flowing hair. It's the textbook rock-n-roll sex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet: Newport Beach Film Festival (Guitar) Pick of the Day

    Jesse Vile's heartbreaking documentary Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet is about a guitar prodigy who discovered he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at the tender age of 20 and on the cusp of international fame. Thanks to interviews with Jason Becker's family, friends and peers, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    NAMM: So Much More Than Long Hairs and Van Halen Fans

    Brandon Ferguson​Almost every year for the past decade it seems like I have some musician friend who struts around waving a NAMM show pass in my face like the fucking golden ticket to Wonka's Chocolate Factory. My turn to stroll amongst the aisles of new musical products finally came this weekend. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    NAMM Stories: Reports From the Frontlines

    Photo by Andrew YoussefBY RYAN RITCHIEApparently, scoring a ticket to the NAMM show is like the hair farmer version of acceptance into Disneyland's Club 33. Just ask my friend Brian, who was turned away from the event on Saturday even though I pleaded with the press people using my otherwise indefen ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 29, 2006

    Commie Girl

    Romeos in Black Jeans: A night with Dave Alvin and his way Guilty Men

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    Faceless Shreds, Secret Sorrow

    Buckethead returns from the mountaintop

  • Features

    April 3, 2003