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  • Video: Young Guns: Animals as Leaders

    July 21, 2014 11:45 AM ET

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Tosin Abasi, 31, and Javier Reyes, 33, form the driving partnership behind Animals as Leaders, a D.C.-born/L.A.-based trio that's doggedly pushing the progressive metal envelope. The Joy of Motion, their third and latest album, incorporates elements of jazz, electronic and even dance p...  | More »

  • Blood Ceremony's Sean Kennedy Blends Heaviness and Horror

    July 14, 2014 9:05 AM ET
     |  Daniel Brockman

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, the saying goes – but in rock music, those who remember the past tend to do a pretty good repeating job as well. Every so often, though, a group marinated in the rich stew of a bygone era comes up with a sound that is not s...  | More »

  • Diarrhea Planet's Dizzying Guitar Quartet Rages, Rips and Grooves

    July 7, 2014 11:30 AM ET
     |  Maura Johnston

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: The presence of four guitarists makes Nashville-based Diarrhea Planet's live assault particularly formidable. Jordan Smith, Brent Toler, Emmett Miller and Evan Bird have been playing together in the hooky but hard-rocking band since 2010, which has given them ample time to r...  | More »

  • Gary Clark Jr.: 'The New Hendrix' Won't Stop Adventuring

    June 30, 2014 11:35 AM ET
     |  Dan Epstein

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Gary Clark Jr. has been hailed as everything from "the new Hendrix" to a 21st century savior of the blues, thanks to the fiery guitar playing and soulful singing showcased on Blak and Blu, his 2012 major label debut. Starting out as a self-described "boy from Austin, Texas, with ...  | More »

  • Bombino's Rough, Sweet Desert Blues Goes West

    June 23, 2014 11:40 AM ET
     |  Michaelangelo Matos

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: A 34-year-old guitarist and singer from Niger, in West Africa, inspired equally by traditional Tuareg music and Jimi Hendrix, Omara "Bombino" Moctar stands out even in a field as fertile as "desert blues," the catchall term for deliciously rough guitar music from the Sahara. Each...  | More »

  • Practice Makes Prog-Metal Perfect for Chris Letchford

    June 16, 2014 2:30 PM ET
     |  Kevin O Donnell

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Chris Letchford, frontman of the instrumental progressive metal group Scale the Summit, didn't mind sacrificing his social life for guitar practice while growing up in the suburbs of Houston. In fact, he recalls spending up to six hours every day after school noodling in his...  | More »

  • Young Guns: William Tyler Bridges Americana and Avant Garde

    June 9, 2014 11:20 AM ET
     |  Matt Diehl

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: William Tyler may be a born-and-bred Nashvillian, but his cosmic guitar stylings extend way beyond the Grand Ole Opry. Whether as a sideman or solo artist, 34-year-old Tyler remains impossible to categorize . He's probably the only musician to have played alongside both coun...  | More »

  • Marnie Stern Exercises Her Mind, Wit and Fingers

    June 2, 2014 12:00 PM ET
     |  Maura Johnston

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Fingertapping master Marnie Stern has been putting out giddy, triumphant, riff-heavy albums since 2007; her most recent, 2013’s The Chronicles Of Marnia, is a glorious, shred-filled affair packed with gumption and against-all-odds wit. TV viewers might recognize her from La...  | More »

  • Jack White's Young Gun Guitarist: Dough Rollers' Jack Byrne

    May 28, 2014 12:00 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Rolling Stone may have ranked the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, but we're never done hunting down incredible six-string legends. So we recently launched Young Guns, a weekly series profiling the most notable guitarists from the next generation of guitar heroes. Flip through all our profiles of Young Guns guitarists here When we talked with Jack White for our latest cover story, contributing editor Jonah Weiner grilled the Third Man on his favorite up-and-coming talent. And White...  | More »

  • White Denim's James Petralli and Austin Jenkins Psych It To You

    May 27, 2014 1:25 PM ET
     |  Kevin O Donnell

    Welcome to Young Guns, our series exploring the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends. For more interviews with the guitarists inspiring us right now, click here. WHO: Guitarist James Petralli has been helping the Texas quartet White Denim churn out ear-shattering psychedelic blues rock for nearly a decade – and in 2010, new guitarist Austin Jenkins came on board. On albums like last year's Corsicana Lemonade, the band has nailed a h...  | More »

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