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The Ultimate Summer Music Festival Kit

Having the right gear on hand during an outdoor concert can be the difference between a weekend for the ages or an expensive lesson learned. These items cover the critical bases of comfort, connectivity, hygiene, peace of mind and style. Better yet, most are also made right here in America.

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Take a Spin

Breaking Down the Art of Beatmatching

Above selecting a series of songs to reflect a certain mood or vibe is deejaying's more professional task: the art of combining songs together into one seamless mix. It's called beatmatching, and thanks to modern tech, you can start picking it up today.

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Stories From Beyond the Stage

The 20 Best Music Documentaries

Controversy, struggle, success, breakups, reunions and obscurity. All that, and you're still in the opening credits.

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The Moog Returns

Building the World’s Premier Synthesizers

At the Moog Music factory, 20 employees make every iconic synthesizer by hand, the same way they've been making them for decades. In the world of digital, Moog remains steadfast in the value of analogue, and now they've announced plans to reinvest in the past.

Studio-Quality Sound for the masses

Bowers & Wilkins’ Biggest Speakers Yet Are Tour Ready

Since the 1970s, Bowers & Wilkins have been revolutionizing high-end audio at home and in the recording studio. This year marks the company's first serious step forward for festival audio: PA-sized loudspeakers.

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Including Music from the Dunedin Sound

New Zealand Tracks: Flying Nun Records

Flying Nun Records is an independent record label from New Zealand founded in 1981 that was largely responsible for the prosperity of the the Dunedin Sound. Here are 15 great tracks from their roster of artists, both old and new.

Keeping the good times always close at hand

The 50 Best Festivals in America eBook

Today we're happy reintroduce our guide to the 50 Best Festivals in America in the form of a handy, downloadable eBook (PDF) that's been revamped with even more photography, insight and trivia than before. It's a ready-to-go handbook for your iOS, Android or Kindle device -- never out of reach the next time the road comes calling. Oh, and it's free. Download it here.

Two Very Talented Spin Doctors

Want This, Get This: Linn Majik LP12 or Pro-Ject Debut Carbon

Today music lovers are finding more and more of their friends have returned to a beloved 1960s listening form: spinning vinyl. Unfortunately, buying a turntable is daunting. The segment tends to idolize incredibly expensive hi-fi gear, which is all well and good, except that few newcomers or even seasoned vinyl listeners can afford the tippity top of the quality pyramid. Truth is, for the price of an iPod you can be the proud owner of a turntable with great sound and the chops to convey every form of jammery until you yourself are a vinyl aficionado.

A Thorough Guide to Listening the Right Way

Guide to Life: Upgrade Your Music Library

Our obsession with hardware is here to stay -- don't expect an apology for it anytime soon. We'll be the first to admit, though, that even the right headphones, speakers and amps are only as good as the source material you play through them. Garbage in, garbage out. The solution? Get more out of the tunes you love by upgrading your music library.

Souped up threads and a mean music machine

Fender x Levi’s Vintage Clothing & Stratocaster Guitar

In 1957 the Fender Stratocaster electric guitar was a spry three years young; that same year, Levi's original 1873 patent for riveted denim work pants -- the first jeans -- was already an octogenarian. But that doesn't mean those jeans didn't love to rock 'n' roll. As part of a series paying tribute to America's vintage Hot Rod culture, this spring Levi's is rolling out one-off garments and items that would love to take your pink slip at the drag strip.

Dover, Rock City

Photo Essay: Firefly Music Festival

The Firefly Music Festival announced its lineup Tuesday morning for the June 21-23 extravaganza, which descends upon Dover, DE this year in only its second iteration. We were lucky enough to experience the event last year, and it was an impressive first showing, indeed. Make sure to get your tickets, on sale today, and read on for our photo essay of Firefly 2012.

Tough as an actual axe

Kickstarter: Alpaca Adventure Guitar

The Alpaca Guitar more like "I'll pack a..." than the animal, but we'll assume that's what they were going for. The Kickstarter project is all about turning everyone's favorite campfire fun into a nigh unbreakable, waterproof piece of hiking gear.

Believe I'm sinkin' down

Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Collection

A stack of money might not get you a jam session with Mr. Clapton, but it can buy an incredible replica of one of his guitars, or a stunning signature series acoustic. Hell, maybe you could just sell your soul to the devil. In any case, the Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection is a gorgeous set of blues beauty. The set consists of handmade replicas of both his Fender "Brownie" Stratocaster and the Gibson Harrison-Clapton "Lucy" Les Paul, along with three unbelievable signature series Crossroads Martin acoustics.

A Real Guitar Hero

Mono Vertigo Top Loading Guitar Case

It may not house the firepower needed to take down a Mexican drug lord, but the Mono Vertigo Top Loading Guitar Case ($205) will keep any mariachi’s six-shooter string safe, sound and ready to rock. Unlike other soft-shells, which fold faster than a limp bizkit without an axe on board, the Vertigo was built to stand up (literally) to something all strummers do: grabbing that baby by the neck and getting onstage in a hurry.

Vinyl that's music to our eyes

101 Essential Rock Records

Vinyl-loving hipsters (redundant!) looking for a healthy dose of self-fulfilled prophecy, take heed: 101 Essential Rock Records ($40) is the perfect opportunity to simultaneously read up on your favorite retro music format and eschew the mainstream e-book fad. Gracing 260 pages, this compendium’s 300 record cover illustrations chronicle the “Golden Age” of vinyl — that...

12 gifts for the tech obsessed

12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

To the inexperienced, the words “techie” and “guy” seem synonymous. Sure, most guys do like technology these days — but like does not true a techie make. So while this list can absolutely be applied to any modern man, its real target is the hardcore gadget nut. The one who scours the blogs and refreshes...

12 Gift ideas for the sofa spud

12 Guys of Christmas: The Mediaphile

We’ve all got one. Maybe it’s you: The mediaphile in the family who’s impossible to shop for because he has it all and he’s seen it all — twice. His TV? Projected. His surround sound? 9.2. His wardrobe? Needs work. His love of movies and music has been fueled in the past by those enabling...

One Man Travelin’ Band

Vox Apache Guitars

Polishing your six-string chops on the road usually means you’ve either got a motorcade in tow lugging your amps or you’re strumming away unplugged. Vox Apache series guitars keep things cranked during travel and fill in for the band that you’re not yet frontmanning. The Vox Apache Series I ($299) incorporates both an on-board amp...

In tune, outsourced

MacKenzie & Marr Guitars

Guitar lovers will want to own MacKenzie & Marr acoustic ($1,000+) after just a few strums. Unfortunately, unless your jam session buddy already has one in his basement, you’ll have to buy one of the company’s hand-carved lady magnets before plucking a single note. It sounds strange, but the guys behind these axes decided to...

Let It Be, Indeed

The Beatles Remasters 180-Gram Vinyl Box Set

Forget the CD, forget iTunes remastered. This November, the highly anticipated The Beatles Remastered 180-Gram Vinyl Box Set brings the stereophonic goodness lands and with it 14 albums remastered in their original glory on 180-gram, audiophile vinyl. That’s the original 12 UK releases along with the US Magical Mystery Tour and Past Masters, Volumes One...

A sound engineering shift in the digital age

Mastered for iTunes

Like Harold Camping on the subject of Judgement Day, audiophiles are notorious for predicting the death of high quality audio at the hands of the digital music revolution. We certainly think today’s emphasis on MP3s has put a dent in the quest for high fidelity, but initiatives like Apple’s Mastered for iTunes series do give...

Show Tunes

Box of Vision Discography Display Sets

Box of Vision is a company that still remembers the days when showing off your music collection didn’t involve a scroll wheel and being a true fan meant owning every album, instead of the five best singles. Subsequently, their archive products are designed to act as a showcase for displaying the complete works of legends...

Sound Advice

Perfect Jazz & Blues Collections

There used to be a time, when America’s greatest sonic ambassadors performed under their real names — save the occasional outlier like Muddy Waters — and literally invented new genres of sound known today as Jazz and Blues. It’s easy to forget that today, under the constant aural bludgeoning of Will.I.Am, Lady Gaga, and LMFAO....

Leading a New Wave

Within and Without by Washed Out

We don’t cover a lot of music on this site, largely because we understand how personal and polarizing it can be. In the case of Within and Without by Washed Out, though, it’s worth making an exception — and no, it’s not about the racy cover art. Available starting July 12th (though you can listen...

InAudible Melodies

Jack Johnson Brushfire Fairytales Remastered

This one isn’t just for the audiophiles. Remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analog tapes with high-end tube gear, Jack Johnson’s debut album (and still one of our all time favorites) is now available in uncompressed 16bit/48kHz high-resolution download formats, or 180 gram AAA vinyl, which also includes a download card for all the...

Side? More Like Lunar Eclipse.

Dark Side of the Moon Immersion Box Set

The Dark Side of the Moon album triggers countless feelings (or a lack there of) for plenty of music fans. This soon to be released Dark Side of the Moon Immersion Box Set ($130) is a true collectors item, though, aimed at those who just can’t get enough of Roger and Co. Besides the lavish...

Pick your pick

Pickmaster Plectrum Punch

The Pickmaster Plectrum Punch ($39) is the perfect accessory for guitar players, and we’re not talking about the colored button-pressing variety. It’s essentially a rock-inspired hole puncher designed to turn old gift cards, ids, and credit cards into personalized strummers. So kiss those worries about your pick clashing with your mullet and sequins goodbye. Buy...

A Lesson on Improvisation

Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Miles Davis and John Coltrane are those guys with the Blue albums. Cannoball Adderly — now wasn’t he a famous dare devil? If this sounds like your internal monologue on the subject of Jazz, then we strongly suggest reading Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology ($100). Like the college course you should have picked over econ, minus...

It's All About The Paper

Rapping Paper

Balloon and confetti-themed patterns are both safe bets for those obligatory gifts in life (re: the family friend/neighbor’s punk kid’s graduation.) Rapping paper ($5) is perfect, however, for your best bud’s birthday or that upcoming docket of bachelor parties. Featuring the lyrics of classic hip-hop singles from the likes of the Sugar Hill Gang and...