Little Hurricane

Little Hurricane is an indie rock duo of cc and tone from San Diego in the USA who manage to sound as though the more normal band structure of four people is an extravagance.

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The power-base behind Little Hurricane is the thumping tempo which drives the music forward. I have heard many bands with twice the number of musicians who don’t have the power or direction of this duo. With limited resource, duets are always forced to focus on their core strengths to maximise the impact, these two seem to have so many ticked-boxes that they are able to switch direction with nary a blink.

This is music which has the depth of bass, in which I revel, to find it wrapped up with staccato, just adds to my sense of joy.  There is a certain pleasure when listening to bands to find something which strikes a chord and these two have buried themselves in to that centre. The growling guitar is bounced against a drum as sharply pressed as a knife crease.

There is a sense that the musicians are enjoying their out-put which comes through in the playful nature of the tracks which are unafraid to wander away from the core, before coming back to focus. I wonder how many sets of drum skins are ruined a month.

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From platinum album sales and number one chart success as a founding member of MR. BIG, to frightening the guitar community with new levels of ferocious picking technique with shred-pioneers RACER X, to exploring punk, pop, classical, blues, jazz, and progressive instrumental styles in his solo career, Paul Gilbert has recorded a massive amount of stunning guitar music, all while circling the globe to play sold-out arenas from Japan to Jakarta.

Paul’s style stands out for it’s rare combination of accuracy, creativity, and power – all which are balanced with Paul’s sense of humor and pure love of music.

Although Paul is best known for his work with MR. BIG and RACER X, he has also toured with Joe Satriani’s G3, played in a host of tribute concerts with legendary drummer Mike Portnoy, and been integral in the design of his signature Ibanez PGM and Fireman guitars.

Paul’s legacy as a guitar instructor began when he was eighteen, when he was hired to teach at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology. Paul’s groundbreaking “Intense Rock” videos and DVDs have inspired legions of guitarists to improve their accuracy, speed, and phrasing. Years as a columnist for Guitar Player magazine, and most recently, Premier Guitar magazine, along with giving countless clinics, private lessons, and serving for five years as the dean of MI Japan, have given Paul deep experience in the art of communicating music to all levels of guitarists.

Over twenty-five years in the music business have only increased Paul’s passion to explore the possibilities of music and the art of playing the guitar. Whether he’s playing to 10,000 fans or jamming one-on-one with a student, Paul is living his childhood dream of taking the sounds in his head and bringing them into reality – on the electric guitar.

Rodney was born in New York City in a home filled with music and a deep love for the arts. Rodney was a gifted artist when he was a child, and was constantly drawing and later on began painting. Everyone (including Rodney) thought that he would eventually become a professional artist, but Rodney also fell in love with music and starting learning drums at age 9. As a child, Rodney has always been drawn to progressive Rock, dance and electronic music. As a very young adult, Rodney began studying jazz and Afro Cuban music. But by the time he started playing gigs around New York, Rodney was very comfortable playing music in many different genres, and was also developing a very unique and technical language on the drums. Rodney at this time also began fine-tuning his skills as a composer and songwriter. Even though Rodney was becoming known for his virtuoso skills as a drum soloist, Rodney is first and foremost a music lover. And he always put the song and his roll in the band first. This becomes very obvious to anyone who has ever heard Rodney or seen him perform.

Rodney has gone on to work with some of the most talented and respected musicians in both Rock and Jazz worlds. Rodney has worked with Santana, Steve Lukather, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Rob Thomas, and many others. Rodney has won Grammy awards for his work on Santana’s “Supernatural” album, as well as for his work on the Brecker Brother’s “Out Of The Loop” album. Rodney’s love for Electronic and dance music is reflected on his first solo album “Twelve Months Of  October”. Now Rodney is working on his second album with his new band, “Rodney Holmes’ Lithium Tree”.

SOUND ENGINEER

Sucked in by the “Dark Side of the Moon” back in ʼ73, Tom was intrigued by the way this album sounded—and it led him to discover his passion.

Though he initially studied electronics at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Broadcast En- gineering at San Francisco State (thinking this was the way to get into the music busi- ness) his first real job in the industry came at the Music Annex in Menlo Park, California where he built studios by day and engineered in his spare time. “The owner, David Por- ter would let me bring in ʻspecʼ projects, which helped me hone my engineering chops.” But the Music Annex was mainly a commercial house, and Tom knew he wanted to work on music projects.

His desire soon came to fruition when he was offered a staff engineering position at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California where his first major project was Sammy Ha- garʼs VOA, the album with “I Canʼt Drive 55” on it.

During his seven years at Fantasy Studios, Tom was fortunate enough to work with an incredible array of music producers and talent: David Foster, Ted Templeman, Todd Rundgren, Richie Zito, Jim Gaines, and Tom Dowd just to name a few on the producer side. And amazing artists such as Aerosmith, David Lee Roth, Huey Lewis, Eddie Money, Mr. Big, Y&T, Europe, Steve Miller Band, Joe Satriani, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joe Pass … and the discography goes on.

With the advent of the ADAT in 1991, Tom built himself a home studio for doing over- dubs and mixing a few projects. As the gear got better so did his studio. While home studios are now the norm, Tomʼs had a 20 year head start on most, and his own studio is still one of his favorite places to mix.

Tom has toured the world with a number bands and continues his career as a Sound Engineer/Producer—both in-studio and mixing live for bands on tour.

Some new videos from JP and Matt from Trivium discussing guitar techniques:

Dec. 20th – 2011
New photos by Marty Temme

Five new photos by Marty Temme were added in the MEDIA section.

Dec. 18th – 2011
A Dramatic Turn of Events touring gear

The guitar and amp list along with some pics for DT’s most recent tour was added in the GEARsection.

Dec. 15th – 2011
A Dramatic Turn Of Events tab book

Dream Theater’s latest album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, is now available in tablature to order. Click HERE to get yours now.

Dec. 6th – 2011
Guadalajara, Mexico show cancelled

Dream Theater’s December 9 show in Guadalajara, Mexico has unfortunately been cancelled for logistical reasons that are beyond the control of the band and the promoter. All tickets will be refunded. Dream Theater regrets this inconvenience to fans who’ve already purchased tickets and thanks them for their understanding.

Dec. 1st – 2011
DT receives a Grammy nomination

Read this message from the band on DT’s main site about this recent honor.

Oct. 26th – 2011
Meet and greet in Arlington, TX

John will have a meet and greet on Thursday, October 27th from 2-4 pm at the Arlington Texas Guitar Center. The address is 721 Ryan Plaza Drive, Arlington, TX 76011

Oct. 26th – 2011
Premier Guitar walks through John’s live rig

Oct. 25th – 2011
Lick Library interactive guitar magazine

Check out the recent interview with John:

Lick Library – John Petrucci Interview

Oct. 25th – 2011
A Dramatic Tour of Events reviews

Read some recent reviews of Dream Theater shows:

Atlanta Music Guide – Atlanta show
Guitarinternational.com – D.C. show
Loudwire.com – New York City show

Oct. 22nd – 2011
Samson Tuner Giveaway

Win a Samson Guitar Tuner autographed by John! Click on the link below to enter:

Samson Guitar Tuner Giveaway

   
  Feb 8th – 2012
The new JP12 from Music Man.

John’s latest signature model is now available for ordering. Visit Music Man’s website HERE to see all the specs on this beautiful new guitar!

Feb 1st – 2012
There is a new John Petrucci signature pedal from TC Electronics being released. Visit their site HERE for the detailed info.

Jan. 25th – 2012
John will be doing some Mesa Boogie in store signings. The times and locations are:

Norway Jan 26:
4Sound Schous Plass
2:00

Denmark Jan 27:
4Sound København
2:00


TECHNICIAN

Mike Arellano is the Repair Team Leader at Hoshino (U.S.A.), Inc., the exclusive United States distributor of Ibanez and Tama products. A certified Team J. Craft and J. Custom technician, he and his elite group of guitar technicians work closely with Ibanez/Tama Artist Relations to ensure that the highest quality instruments make their way into the hands of talented endorsers such as Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Benson, and many others.

Throughout his twelve year tenure at HUSA, Mike is proud to have been part of many guitar design- and build-oriented projects, from graphics and paint application to customization to complete builds and much more. Always a fan of the road, Mike has enjoyed participating as the on-site guitar tech in nationwide Ibanez/Tama-sponsored events such as the 2004 Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival in Dallas, TX, and multiple Ozzfest tours.

One key belief held by Mike is that most, if not all, of the best guitar technicians and luthiers are themselves serious musicians, adept at the art of music and constantly striving for self-improvement and mastery of the instrument. Prior to becoming a career guitar tech, Mike studied Jazz Performance under notable instructors Ed Flanagan, Tom Giacabetti, Terell Stafford, and Ben Schachter at the Temple University Esther Boyer College of Music, and Steve Brown at Ithaca College.

Upon graduating from Temple, Mike immediately went to work as lead guitarist for numerous A-list Philadelphia-based rock acts including Flavor, The Interns, and his current outfit, MCA artists Bonehead (formerly Familiar 48). In addition, he has been the go-to guitarist in many local Broadway-style productions such as RENT, Evita, and The Who’s Tommy. 

In the end, Mike feels that the best way to produce a high-quality instrument with a world-class setup is through a fundamentally sound, scientific approach while keeping the individual player’s needs in mind. 

 

SOUND ENGINEER

Sucked in by the “Dark Side of the Moon” back in ʼ73, Tom was intrigued by the way this album sounded—and it led him to discover his passion.

Though he initially studied electronics at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Broadcast En- gineering at San Francisco State (thinking this was the way to get into the music busi- ness) his first real job in the industry came at the Music Annex in Menlo Park, California where he built studios by day and engineered in his spare time. “The owner, David Por- ter would let me bring in ʻspecʼ projects, which helped me hone my engineering chops.” But the Music Annex was mainly a commercial house, and Tom knew he wanted to work on music projects.

His desire soon came to fruition when he was offered a staff engineering position at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California where his first major project was Sammy Ha- garʼs VOA, the album with “I Canʼt Drive 55” on it.

During his seven years at Fantasy Studios, Tom was fortunate enough to work with an incredible array of music producers and talent: David Foster, Ted Templeman, Todd Rundgren, Richie Zito, Jim Gaines, and Tom Dowd just to name a few on the producer side. And amazing artists such as Aerosmith, David Lee Roth, Huey Lewis, Eddie Money, Mr. Big, Y&T, Europe, Steve Miller Band, Joe Satriani, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joe Pass … and the discography goes on.

With the advent of the ADAT in 1991, Tom built himself a home studio for doing over- dubs and mixing a few projects. As the gear got better so did his studio. While home studios are now the norm, Tomʼs had a 20 year head start on most, and his own studio is still one of his favorite places to mix.

Tom has toured the world with a number bands and continues his career as a Sound Engineer/Producer—both in-studio and mixing live for bands on tour.

Rodney was born in New York City in a home filled with music and a deep love for the arts. Rodney was a gifted artist when he was a child, and was constantly drawing and later on began painting. Everyone (including Rodney) thought that he would eventually become a professional artist, but Rodney also fell in love with music and starting learning drums at age 9. As a child, Rodney has always been drawn to progressive Rock, dance and electronic music. As a very young adult, Rodney began studying jazz and Afro Cuban music. But by the time he started playing gigs around New York, Rodney was very comfortable playing music in many different genres, and was also developing a very unique and technical language on the drums. Rodney at this time also began fine-tuning his skills as a composer and songwriter. Even though Rodney was becoming known for his virtuoso skills as a drum soloist, Rodney is first and foremost a music lover. And he always put the song and his roll in the band first. This becomes very obvious to anyone who has ever heard Rodney or seen him perform.  

Rodney has gone on to work with some of the most talented and respected musicians in both Rock and Jazz worlds. Rodney has worked with Santana, Steve Lukather, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Rob Thomas, and many others. Rodney has won Grammy awards for his work on Santana’s “Supernatural” album, as well as for his work on the Brecker Brother’s “Out Of The Loop” album. Rodney’s love for Electronic and dance music is reflected on his first solo album “Twelve Months Of  October”. Now Rodney is working on his second album with his new band, “Rodney Holmes’ Lithium Tree”.


An outstanding musician for his entire life, Kelly started his professional career as a founding member of the popular LA band The Electric Love Hogs who were quickly discovered by Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee. Lee produced The Love Hogs’ debut album for by London / PolyGram Record. Kelly later joined the indie power pop band 22 Jacks featuring members of the Foo-Fighters, Adolescents, and Wax. When Joey Ramone needed a band to back him up for a Cheap Trick tribute album it was 22 Jacks anchored by the strong and rhythmic bass of Mr. LeMiuex that he called upon. 

Megadeath’s Dave Mustaine who is no stranger to great musicians called on Kelly services for his side project, MD.45. Highly respected guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert brought Kelly on to tour internationally with his first post Mr. Big solo project, King of Clubs. His talents were tapped again when the seminal punk band Fear needed a bassist. Kelly immediately filled that spot and embarked on several successful tours with the band. 

Kelly continues his career with the highly influential punk / ska band Goldfinger with whom he continues to record and tour the world. He fills in his time giving back by teaching kids to rock as a guest instructor at Paul Green’s School of Rock.