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Official website for EarthQuaker Devices. We build guitar effects by hand in the quaint landlocked city of Akron, Ohio.

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Gettin' Weird With Har Mar Superstar

Aaron Rogers

Har Mar Superstar are experts when it comes to gettin’ weird. We met up with Mr. Superstar himself, Sean Tillman, and trumpeter Jake Baldwin to see what might happen if we paired up a handful of our wildest Devices with trumpet and vocals...

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Board to Death: SQÜRL's Jim Jarmusch & Carter Logan

Aaron Rogers

In SQÜRL’s music, the twisted scraping of industrial wreckage (to my ears the byproduct of musician/filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s northeast Ohio upbringing) gives way to uneasy drones seemingly stuck in time like crestfallen Lake Erie tides fighting a losing battle against subzero temperatures before resolving at last into saturated but sparkling reverberated arpeggios. It’s what The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly might have sounded like if Ennio Morricone booked studio time with Steve Albini and hired Sunn O))) as session musicians...

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Aaron's Bass Hole: Left of the Dial - 18 Top Tracks by EarthQuaker Artists

Aaron Rogers

Here's eighteen of my favorite tracks by EarthQuaker Devices artists, in no particular order. I tried to pick current tunes that are a good starting point for each artist, but sometimes old favorites die hard...

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Board to Death: Paramore's Taylor York

Aaron Rogers

“[Pedals] inspire me to do things differently. It’s such a big part of what I do and how I create,” says Paramore guitarist Taylor York.

We caught up with the guitarist of Nashville pop-punk sensations Paramore to check out the gear he uses to bring to life the band’s stadium-sized hooks stuffed with enough ear candy to make every day feel like Halloween.

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Show Us Your Junk! - Mario Caldato (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson)

Aaron Rogers

It’s not every day we get invited to kick it with producers immortalized in Beastie Boys lyrics. We met up with Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty engineer / producer Mario Caldato at his Hollywood home studio to dig through his endless collection of gear, in search of the perfect party rockin’ piece. And we found something...

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Board to Death: Pallbearer's Brett Campbell & Devin Holt

Aaron Rogers

“For live stuff, I stick with pedals that are going to be the most useful,” says Pallbearer’s Brett Campbell. As the frontman for the Arkansas sludgelords, Campbell’s ideal tone is much like his powerful vocal delivery, “heavy…warm, and clear.” To achieve his signature sound, Campbell needs gear that can keep up with his low A-E-A-D-F#-B tuning. “[The Hoof] is very controllable for a fuzz,” he says...

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EarthQuaker Session: The Beyonderers - "Science Friction"

Aaron Rogers

Akron, Ohio gets a lot of credit for being LeBron James’ hometown. More impressive still is the fact that we’re also home to the world’s heaviest surf band, The Beyonderers. Not too shabby considering Lake Erie is our only surfable body of water. Put a championship ring on that, why don’t you?

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EarthQuaker Session: Kaitlin Wolfberg - "Lazy Bones"

Aaron Rogers

Kaitlin Wolfberg’s violin transcends time and space. The prominent Los Angeles-based musican (whose recording credits include spots on albums by Dweezil Zappa and The dB’s) was kind enough to dazzle us with this performance of her tune “Lazy Bones,” recorded live at Juan Alderete’s 5 Starr Sound Labs...

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Board to Death: Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age)

Aaron Rogers

Finding a guitar sound that sits well in the mix is vital for Queens of the Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita. He takes flight on the (now discontinued, sadly) Monarch overdrive, using its active Treble and Bass controls to cut and boost his way into the dense three-guitar conversation without speaking out of turn, so to speak...

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EarthQuaker Session: RYAT - "Resonation After the Earthquake Improv"

Aaron Rogers

When we visited RYAT in Los Angeles, she treated us to this somber improvisation titled, “Resonation After the Earthquake Improv.” Here McGheehan’s dreamy vocal floats among subtle reverb-laden Fender Rhodes chords, courtesy of the Afterneath, while the Rainbow Machine (with all knobs set to noon) acts as a tasteful double tracking effect...

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Yob’s Mike Scheidt Has Ninja Powers

Anna Blumenthal

I don’t think Mike Scheidt is going to like that we’re calling his interview “Ninja Powers”, because he is pretty much the most humble person I’ve ever met in my life. He’ll never utter a bad word about any person, band, or piece of gear, bristles when anyone says Yob is better than any other band, and even assured me at one point that he knows “exactly jack and shit...”

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Board to Death: Michael Schuman (Queens of the Stone Age, Mini Mansions)

Aaron Rogers

“That Bias knob is everything,” says Queens of the Stone Age bassist Michael Schuman, pointing at his Dirt Transmitter. Since discovering the Dirt Transmitter as a suitable stompbox replacement for the timeless sound of the Ampex 351 preamp, it has earned a place in his rig in with both QOTSA and his band Mini Mansions...

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Playlist: Dean Wareham (Luna, Dean and Britta) - 20 Guitar Solos He Loves

Anna Blumenthal

Luna's Dean Wareham sent us a playlist of his top 20 guitar solos! And we love them too! And we love Luna. It's one big lovefest over here! By the way, have you checked out Luna's new album, A Sentimental Education, and the new EP, A Place of Greater Safety? You really should!

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Show Us Your Junk! - Custom Vintage Keys feat. Lisa Bella Donna

Aaron Rogers

Luke Jones’ Custom Vintage Keys sits inside a nondescript industrial building just off the 5 in North Hollywood. A pinkish eggshell door reads, “CVKEYS,” in the kind of stick-on letters you might see on rusted out mailboxes dotted along rural Ohio roads. There’s no other signage. “This is my crazy shop of keyboard horrors,” Jones says, laughing. From where we’re standing, it looks more like the bottom of the rabbit hole and Jones is the Mad Hatter of vintage keyboards...

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Board To Death: Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Gone is Gone)

Aaron Rogers

The Evil has landed. We caught up with Queens of the Stone Age guitarist and lap steel player Troy Van Leeuwen to take a look at his multi-amp setup combining the best of modern signal routing with the immediacy of old-school, “pedals on the floor” plug-and-play rock and roll raunchiness...

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Spooky, Scary... EQD Halloween 2017 Playlist

Aaron Rogers

We take Halloween seriously so you don’t have to! Here’s 118 songs / 7 hours of creepy tunes from this year’s Halloween party for your listening terror. These are in no particular order - hit “shuffle” and have a scary good time! Keep reading for the gory details about a few of my favorites!

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