St. Vincent Gave Memorable Performance on SNL Season Finale

The season finale of Saturday Night Live brought back several former cast favorites including host Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Seth Meyers and Kristin Wiig.

The nostalgic episode included spoofs on the Met Gala elevator fight between Jay Z and Solange, a digital short starring DJ Davvincii and a new Lonely Island track featuring Pharrell Williams.

But the best musical spots of the night came from the stunning St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, who performed “Digital Witness” and “Birth in Reverse” off her 2014 eponymous effort.

Watch the wonderfully strange clip of “Birth in Reverse” below.

Watch Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Perform on The Current

While touring in support of January 2014′s  Wig Out at Jagbags, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks dropped by the studios of 89.3 The Current in Minnesota, where they performed the new track “Chartjunk.”

Malkmus is seen below rocking his “beat-to-hell” 1970 Guild S-100. His tech  recently told Premier Guitar that the instrument has “been through the ringer, but it’s mostly intact.”

Marc Ford Releases Holy Ghost

Marc Ford

Former Black Crowes rock guitarist Marc Ford is showcasing his versatility with his new album Holy Ghost.

Holy Ghost marks his fifth solo effort, and its 12 tracks feature a liberal use of pedal steel, Fender Rhodes, mellotron and banjo, resulting in a very fine Americana album.

Ford is currently touring in support of Holy Ghost, along with his new Guild acoustic.  Tour dates are available here.

MusicRadar Reviews Guild Traditional F-512

U.K. website recently posted an online review of the Guild F-512, calling it a “12-string dream machine.”

“Compared to a regular acoustic, the F-512 is obviously a whole different boiling pan of poisson,” notes reviewer Mick Taylor. “You need to spend some time getting over the novelty of having a 12-string if you don’t play one regularly because, frankly, even the cheaper specimens sound pretty cool and different when they’re first strummed.

“This, however… oh lordy. You just revel in the sheer depth of the bass and the impressive punch with which notes and chords throw forwards. It’s such a sonorous instrument, one of those guitars that even gets non-guitar-players excited by the noise it’s making: very close to genuine magic. Go on, just try not playing Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.”

Read the entire review here.