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New music

We round up and rate a selection of this month’s guitar-driven releases and reissues

Broken Social Scene


After a seven-year hiatus, Canadian indie-rockers Broken Social Scene have returned, and in force. A whopping 15 members of the band’s 30-plus list of alumni – including the vocal talents of Leslie Feist and Metric’s Emily Haines – have banded together with founders Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew with the stated aim of injecting a dose of positivity into an increasingly dark world. Hug Of Thunder is a 12-track prescription of just that – a sparkling, varied record that mixes the joyful bombast of the likes of Halfway Home with ethereal slow-burners such as the title track to sublime e. ect. Regardless of the optimistic vibe, however, there’s a density to the production that elevates this to another level, while the interplay between the frequently melodic, dynamic basslines and the measured, atmospheric guitar consistently invites a closer listening. A truly welcome return. JG

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The August 2017 edition of the UK’s most affordable and most in-depth guitar magazine is on sale now! You might notice a slightly different name on the cover this month, but inside you’ll find your regular monthly fix of the best gear reviews in the business, DIY tutorials, tone and playing tips, artist interviews, breathtaking photography of vintage instruments and whole lot more besides. This month there’s a feast for Fender offset fans as we offer pro set-up tips, show you how to upgrade your Jaguar or Jazzmaster and find out if Fender’s new American Professional series has finally delivered offsets for the masses. Elsewhere, we interview Joe Bonamassa, Darrel Higham, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Gilbert, pay a visit to Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, delve into the snake-oil surrounding tonewoods and give you the chance to win a Shergold electric worth a whopping £835.