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Anything But Traditional: Marc Ribot’s Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist by Kurt Hollander
Black-and-white portrait of Marc Ribot, an older white man with white, wispy hair. He is wearing a leather jacket and has his elbows on the table in front of him.

“My relation with the guitar is one of struggle—I’m constantly forcing it to be something else: a saxophone, a scream, a cart rolling down a hill…”

Anything But Traditional: Marc Ribot’s Unstrung: Rants and Stories of a Noise Guitarist by Kurt Hollander
Black-and-white portrait of Marc Ribot, an older white man with white, wispy hair. He is wearing a leather jacket and has his elbows on the table in front of him.

“My relation with the guitar is one of struggle—I’m constantly forcing it to be something else: a saxophone, a scream, a cart rolling down a hill…”

Les Filles de Illighadad’s At Pioneer Works by Nina Katchadourian
Three women (two carrying guitars) and one man walking through an empty square

Les Filles de Illighadad’s music is driven by three guitars but remains free from the “tyranny of the solo.”

Valerie June by Celisse
Profile photo of Valerie June against a red background

June explores the roots—and the promise—of blues, gospel, and folk music on her new album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers.


This excerpt is from BOMB’s Spring 2021 issue.

Tashi Dorji and Aaron Turner
Musician Aaron Turner sits on a dimly lit stage, holding a guitar in one hand and controlling electronic music equipment with the other. Musician Tashi Dorji kneels on the stage, also maneuvering between a guitar and electronic music equipment.

In a two-way interview, the musicians talk about their approach to metal and improvisational music that navigates chaos and the division between genres.

At the World’s Edge: Alessandra Novaga Interviewed by Alan Licht
Alessandra Novaga standing outside filmmaker Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage. She is holding a bundle of sticks and laughing while looking at the ground.

An album inspired by filmmaker Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage.

The Art of the Word: Patty Larkin Interviewed by Yvonne Conza
Black and white portrait of Patty Larkin in a floral jacket and holding an electric guitar in front of a microphone

On writing music to the poems of Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Natalie Diaz, and others.

An Evolution of Textures: Mary Halvorson and John Dieterich’s A Tangle of Stars Reviewed by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
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On preserving improvisational force and the fluid collaboration between two musicians.

Looking Back on 2017: Music
Looking Back 2017 Music

Featuring selections by Jem Cohen, Keith Connolly, Britton Powell, Alan Courtis, Byron Westbrook, and more.

Mark Fosson’s Solo Guitar by Daniel Bachman
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I met Mark in 2012 on a two-week tour from Montreal to Kentucky. He had just released a set of home recordings from 1976 called Digging in the Dust on the Tompkins Square label, and we had a great time driving around and getting to know each other.

The Endorithm 2 by Keith Connolly
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A selection of recent and reissued music by Madrigal, Ulver, Royal Trux, and Bill Orcutt

Field Recording by Bill Orcutt
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I had the idea of making solo music that would incorporate all my weird stuff—all my various oddball rhythms, tics, repetitions, stims, and stutters—and use them as the basis of a new idiom for the guitar.

Stephen O’Malley by C. Spencer Yeh
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“There might be more passion in amateurism than with much of the known, famous stuff. Those are the kinds of energies in music I’ve always found attractive, regardless of quality, expertise, or skill.”

Field Recording by Che Chen
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Of all the weddings I went to in Mauritania, this one had the most intense music. Here, I know, the audio quality is sort of insane and blown-out sounding, but that’s actually what it sounded like in person. 

Michael Morley & Alan Licht
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“Oh no, this is sounding too beautiful, too seamless, and too much like it was planned. I have to unravel it.”

Tashi Dorji & Shane Parish
​Shane Parish and Tashi Dorji

“I don’t have a specific idiom that I’m aspiring to, and I’m not creating some sort of homage or giving a reference point for people to hang onto. I’m just playing whatever’s in my head, literally.”

Masaki Batoh by Ben Chasny
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“I still seek for eternity, which maybe is like a rainbow-colored butterfly flying away, suddenly in front of your face.”

Doug Hream Blunt by Gary Canino
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“When it came to music, I always saw myself playing a punching bag. That’s just what I do on the guitar.”

Flying Saucer Attack by ​David Keenan
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“I do like feedback. It’s good for people. It is!”

75 Dollar Bill by Cal Lyall
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Stepping into 75 Dollar Bill’s practice space in Greenpoint is a bit forbidding at first. The building has a hermetic, industrial flavor compounded by the taste of wet paint.

Ryley Walker by Andrew Cedermark
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Into the mystic with the Chicago-based guitarist and songwriter.

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