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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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EarthQuaker Devices Meets Tame Impala's Cameron Avery

Anna Blumenthal

"I want to make a love song that's like when Arnold Schwarzenegger has to kill himself at the end of Terminator." - Cameron Avery

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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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“Mistakes Are Great!” - George Pajon, Jr. (Cairo Knife Fight, the Black Eyed Peas) on His Musical Evolution

Aaron Rogers

You know George Pajon, Jr. Whether he’s co-writing platinum hits with the Black Eyed Peas, producing, writing, or playing guitar for artists as varied as Sting, Ricky Martin, Macy Gray, Sérgio Mendez, or “Weird” Al Yankovic; touring the world with Fergie, or bringing down the house with his new hard rock band Cairo Knife Fight, you’ve heard his music...

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Whitney Petty: Grabbin' 'Em by the Thunderpussy

Anna Blumenthal

Whitney Petty, guitarist extraordinaire of Seattle’s Thunderpussy, is the first musician we’ve interviewed whose livelihood has been threatened by the Supreme Court, who counts Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready as a super fan, whose first stint playing was with Deerhunter – not too shabby for a first band – and who not only absolutely shreds on guitar but also kills it on bass and drums...

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Nick Reinhart Guitar Clinic - EarthQuaker Day 2017

Aaron Rogers

There’s no doubt about it: Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos, Big Walnuts Yonder) is one of the most innovative guitarists working today, able to pull a dazzling array of never-before-heard sounds and dizzying glitch-inspired textures from his instrument, tap dancing away at a pedalboard while playing finger-twisting punk/prog riffs in odd time signatures like a mutant hybrid of Adrian Belew, Tom Morello, and Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James...

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Juan Alderete Bass Clinic - EarthQuaker Day 2017

Aaron Rogers

When we asked Juan Alderete (Halo Orbit, the Mars Volta, Racer X) what he planned to do for his clinic at EarthQuaker Day 2017, his response was “transverse the effected low end spectrum of the electric bass into your band’s sound.” We’re happy to say he delivered as promised.

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"Don't Be a Dick" - Bully’s Alicia Bognanno Gives Us Her Top Ten Tour Survival Tips

Anna Blumenthal

Life on the road may be something that many musicians aspire to, but no one ever said it’s an easy life. Instead of listing the litany of horrific things we’ve heard from friends or lived through ourselves, we figured we’d gather some tips from Alicia Bognanno of Nashville grunge rockers Bully on how to survive the touring life...

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A Collection of Accidents & Coincidences: Mike Watt, Big Walnuts Yonder, & the Minutemen

Aaron Rogers

Shortly after the release of Big Walnuts Yonder, I met up with Watt at Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom, where before and after soundcheck with his band the Jom & Terry Show, we talked about gear, collaboration in the internet age, and the making of Big Walnuts Yonder...

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Playlist: Dave Catching Gives Us 20 Songs That Have Influenced His Playing in Eagles of Death Metal

Anna Blumenthal

Dave Catching, Eagles of Death Metal and earthlings? guitarist and the owner of Rancho De La Luna studio picks 20 songs that’ve influenced him. Dave is probably the first person to use the phrase “sexiest Memphis pastor alive”, and that is just one of the many reasons he is the coolest...

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Arun Bali Can't Slow Down

Anna Blumenthal

It wouldn’t be farfetched to imagine that the title of Saves The Day’s 1998 debut album, Can’t Slow Down, was inspired by Arun Bali. Bali, guitarist for the long-running New Jersey-based emo band, is one busy dude.

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EarthQuaker Session: The Kandinsky Effect - "Loops"

Aaron Rogers

The brainchild of saxophonist Warren Walker, the Kandinsky Effect creates dark, groove-oriented, downtempo Jazz soundscapes anchored by the steady pulse of bassist Gael Petrina and drummer Caleb Dolister. The trio blends modern Jazz improvisation with electronic textures and beat-driven composition driven in part by Walker’s pioneering use of effects pedals with the saxophone...

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On the Fly: Behind the Scenes at Dave Catching's Rancho de la Luna

Bradley Thorla

It is the Monday after the weekend haze of Desert Daze and we are all, justifiably, in slow motion. Jonathan Hischke, our landlord and tour guide for the weekend, makes us coffee and we lounge on his porch watching him toss bird seed out into the desert that surrounds his secluded oasis...

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EarthQuaker Session: Nick Semrad & TaRon Lockett (Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles)

Aaron Rogers

Nick Semrad is a sonic titan blazing new trails for keyboardists. Whether he’s onstage with Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles or ticklin’ the ivories with Ms. Lauryn Hill, Semrad is an audio explorer, a mad scientist conducting ultra-funky experiments in a laboratory of keyboards and a few well-chosen effects pedals, synthesizing new compounds scientifically proven to enhance your groove... 

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North Cackalacky Boy – A Conversation with Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound, the Oblivians)

Aaron Rogers

After a string of Northeast solo tour dates last month, I met up with Greg Cartwright in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights, just down the block from Norton Records’ HQ where he was staying. If there’s such a thing as garage rock royalty, Cartwright is it. He formed The Compulsive Gamblers in Memphis in 1990 with Jack Yarber, and then The Oblivians just a few years later...

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EarthQuaker Session: Uno Lady - "Underground"

Aaron Rogers

Cleveland’s Christa Ebert is a one-woman choir. As Uno Lady, she’s dazzled, confounded, and delighted audiences since 2007 with loop-based compositions for voice, found sounds, and effects pedals. Her avant-garde pop tunes combine doo-wop harmonies and ethereal soundscapes...

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Show Us Your Junk! Ep. 2: David Catching's Rancho De La Luna

Aaron Rogers

David Catching’s Rancho De La Luna sits atop hallowed ground. The recording studio (which doubles as Catching’s private residence, so keep out!) is the musical oasis from which flows the sandy lifeblood of Southern California’s thriving desert rock scene, giving rise to albums by the likes of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and Eagles of Death Metal. The new sacred texts of rock n’ roll...

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Trails and Trials: A Conversation with Noveller’s Sarah Lipstate

Aaron Rogers

Every cloud has a silver lining. Cliché? Sure, but it seems to ring true for Los Angeles (by way of Louisiana, Austin, and Brooklyn) based guitarist and composer Sarah Lipstate.

Better known as Noveller, Lipstate has a habit of spinning the straw of her personal tragedies into the golden threads with which she weaves her musical tapestries...

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