Mdou Moctar: Tarhatazed

Mdou Moctar, a Tuareg guitarist raised in northern Niger, debuted his first studio band album, Ilana (The Creator) last week. From it comes “Tarhatazed,” a blazing, seven-minute-long track laden with Hendrix-rivaling solos—especially from the four-minute mark on. Moctar boasts an odd origin story: he was raised in a family that forbade music and built his first guitar out of spare wood and brake wires.

Fender’s American Original Series

We speak with Fender Senior VP Justin Norvell about the nostalgic range of guitars

by Michael Raver Fender has unveiled a new line of guitars with a super-slick take on classic guitar design: the American Original Series. Inspired by their most iconic models from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, the collection of 11 new electric basses and guitars are all made in America. This nostalgic collection boasts all of the muscularity and elegance that has kept Fender at the …

Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Musicality

From guitars and speakers to books and box sets, there's something here for every taste and budget

The holidays are for spending time with your favorite people—friends, family, neighbors (maybe even kids and pets)—and one of the great unifiers is music. This year, as the world sometimes sounds unstable, there’s even greater value to simple joys, like sharing music with those you love. There are plenty of options below, from guitars to speakers, vinyl and more. Take a look at the full …