Joué’s Entry-Level Instrument for Musical Experimentation, Joué Play

Available on Kickstarter now, a multifunctional tool that renders music production more approachable

Previewed at this year’s CES (where we tested it), Joué‘s multifunctional instrument Joué Play is both easy to use and expressive. Comprised of a set of silicone pads and a board, it’s a stark contrast from the company’s complex modular MIDI controller, which debuted on Kickstarter three years ago. The designers found the MIDI less approachable for beginners and dabblers, as much of the software …

LAVA MUSIC’s Innovative LAVA ME PRO Guitar

A carbon fiber guitar with embedded effects and aviation-inspired acoustics

Expanding upon design features from previous editions, LAVA MUSIC unveils the LAVA ME PRO, the instrument-maker’s most powerful guitar yet. The performance-oriented PRO allows for plenty of improvisation whether in the studio or on stage. Its unibody allows it to be light and easy to handle, and the expandable pre-amp system makes this ripe for plugging into a high-performing speaker set-up. The LAVA ME PRO‘s …

Stephen Malkmus: Xian Man

A single from Stephen Malkmus’ forthcoming solo record, Traditional Techniques, “Xian Man” is far more acoustic and western rock-influenced than his previous release—an electronic album titled Groove Denied. The guitars (which act as the song’s guiding force) flow together until separating at the onset of a 12-string solo. Reminiscent of work by the Velvet Underground, this release will please longtime fans of the genre and …