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So many people use tabs nowadays, so what better way than to have all of the best guitar tab sites in one place!
At the moment Ultimate Guitar is the best guitar tab site out there, but Guitar CC and some of the others are beginning to give it a run for it’s money. All I know is that I’m happy to have so many great tabs available!
The Best Guitar Tab Sites
Pros: 800,000 songs on the website; the biggest guitar tab sites on the net! It’s also easy to use and ranked number 1 on Google for ‘Guitar Tabs’.
Cons: Some of the best tabs are for premium members – however good free tabs and chords can still be found easily.
Pros: A nice Top 100 list of popular tabs and also features guitar, bass and drum tabs.
Cons: Not that many of the tabs are rated, so quite a lot of the time you’re unsure as to the quality of the tab.
Pros: The homepage is nicely separated in to beginner, intermediate and advanced tabs – as well as the header allowing you to search via genre.
Cons: This could be a pro, but for the beginner/intermediate users the tabs tend to be laid out like they would be in a music book, with notes and the tabs. Whilst this is correct, it’s different to the major tab sites and could take a bit of getting used to.
4/ 911 Tabs
Pros: Nice and easy to use. A directory of guitar tabs.
Cons: The layout is too similar to Ultimate Guitar.
5/ Guitare Tab
Pros: Easy to use, Cool banner design and a lot of tabs.
Cons: Quite a few adverts and a little bit slower than the big sites like Guitar Tabs.
Pros: A large selection of chords with ratings.
Cons: The front page takes a little navigating as it’s not overly user friendly & Some of the text are rubbish.
7/ AZ Chords
Pros: Simple and informative layout with lots of tabs
Cons: Not as interactive as Guitar Tabs – doesn’t allow for hover over chords to display the tabs.
Pros: 300,000 tabs! Having featured tabs on the homepage is a nice easy way to find new and popular songs.
Cons: Quite a new site in comparison to some of the others.
9/ Tab Robot
Pros: simple – search for the song or band and it shows a list of tabs on the net.
Cons: It’s a basic directory, without much actual content. It’s also a little bit too simple.
If you have a tab site and would like it added to the list, please leave a comment below.
Winter crescent were formed at the winter of 2000 by Alexis Ktistakis, in Heraklion Crete, Greece.
After 8 years of line-up changes, the band started to find a stable formation in early 2008. Winter Crescent has performed over the years live in various cities all over Greece and has recorded a debut EP entitled Battle Of Egos, with 7 songs (35 minutes playtime), which was self-released in the early May of 2009.
This EP was rewarded by the Greek Metal Hammer as the Pick of the Month of September 2009 issue and 85% on February’s German Rock Hard. Furthermore, it has received very good reviews at various E-zines and Magazines around the world.
In the late September of 2009, Winter Crescent went on tour with 4 other bands and they played in 7 major cities. After that, Winter Crescent had their first official video clip for the song “Battle of Egos part 1″ which was produced by “Atheaton Media Center” and reached more than 100.000 views on youtube.
In the summer of 2011 Winter Crescent entered Rock Band 3 for Xbox by having all of the songs from Battle of Egos in the game. In 2012 they played in Chania Rock Festival alongside with Grave Digger and other metal acts.
Winter Crescent are currently in the studio, recording their new concept album
Vocals: Nikos Spyridakis
Guitar: Alexis Ktistakis
Guitar: Nikos Trialonis
Bass: Thanos Sgouridis
Drums: Giorgos Ktistakis
Rock Band: http://www.rockband.com/songs/artists/Winter+Crescent
August and After are an acoustic duo that blend close vocal and guitar harmonies (‘guitar-monies…?’) onto layers of classically-inspired orchestration.
August and After are Ned Mortimer and Vedantha Kumar. Comparisons can be made to Simon and Garfunkel, Radical Face and Kings of Convenience, and their inspirations include Bon Iver and Beirut.
August and After use an incredibly talented young Parisian animator, Alice de Barrau, to make a music videos. After seeing the first 20 seconds or so they left her to it, and she has just completed the video ‘Set Sail’. The band said “were incredibly moved upon watching it (particularly the rendering and the mermaid scene!) and feel that here is an amazing talent that deserves much attention and praise.”
The song below is called ‘Set Sail’ from the debut album ‘Embers’, released on 1st August 2013:
Follow August and After on Facebook here.
Download Festival has been and gone this year, but Sky Arts have just released a 3 hour mega highlights package of the acts from the weekend. The festival was absolutely immense with acts including Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Queens of the Stone Age, Rammstein, Stone Sour, Thin Lizzy (under their new name), Bullet for my Valentine and so many more!
If the video alone isn’t enough, we also wrote a review for the festival last year which can be found here.
Watch the Download Fetival 2013 Video below:
Download Festival 2013 Full Concert Highlights
The Chase are just about to release our third album on the 2nd September but have just released their first single ‘Misspent Youth’ from the album (watch it below!).
The Chase originally formed in 2004 but the current line up emerged in March 2010. Influences from classic English bands Small Faces, The Jam and The Who to White Stripes and Kings of Leon have helped develop their dynamic, driving sound underpinned by a hatful of proper tunes.
The Debut album ‘Ever, Never or Now?’ was released in October 2010 and the follow-up record ‘Slings & Arrows’ was released with a hugely successful hometown gig at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea in January 2012.
To date venues they have played at included two headline shows at the legendary 100 Club, The Comedy in Leicester Square, The Joiners in Southampton, Cargo in Shorditch and The Clapham Grand to name just a few and on the back of that The Chase were voted Feedme Music’s ‘Artist of the Month’ for January.
The single ‘You’ currently has over 10,000 views on youtube and with almost 13,000 followers on twitter and a growing worldwide fan base The Chase are perfectly placed to release their new album ‘No Damage But Dirty’ at the Water Rats, King’s Cross.
Bringing lawless Americana to Brighton for almost a decade, making music together on many different projects, for the last three years this group of Brighton-based musicians have become The Black Fields.
The Black Fields’ songs and lyrics dwell in the dark and depraved worlds of the wild west, Latino prostitutes, lovelorn lost artists, and bare-knuckle ﬁghters, demanding comparisons to Tom Waits at his most twisted and Nick Cave at his most snarling and, at times, mournful and melancholic.
2013 is due to be an exciting year for The Black Fields following the June release of new EP House on the Brooks, produced by Tim Larcombe (Lana del Rey, Saint Etienne, Placebo, Sugababes, Gabriella Cilmi) followed by a string of tour dates across the UK’s major cities starting in September.
The World’s Foremost Eclecto-Funk-World-Rock-Electro-Folk Anomaly.
Formed in London over a decade ago, Pilgrim Speakeasy became a one man band developing into a collective.
Most recent albums ; Moon Emperor (2006), Anarchitecture 1+2 (2008), A Ruff Guide To..Pilgrim Speakeasy (2011), and soon to be released Lo-Fi Love At The Park Cafe.
Reviews so far
‘..an irresistible musical vision where genres and styles mix and live together in harmony’
‘..one of the most interesting releases this year’
‘..a record with hard rock and electro thumping, jamming and hip-hop beats, mystical preaching and political ponderings, speech samples and beatboxing.. dissonant chords and overwhelmingly beautiful melodies, flamenco and big band, synthetic sounds, sampling and weird collages….eclectic, but still charmingly simple’
Jani Ekblom – Desibeli.net
‘A Ruff Guide to…Pilgrim Speakeasy’ makes the impossible possible and combines influences adopted from an enormous field and crafts them into a living, breathing entity – an album that sums up nearly everything ever done in rock into a new collage with mystic-political messages that drill straight into the listener’s brain.’
Mika Roth – Noise.fi
Lounge on the Farm 2013 graced Canterbury’s Merton farm this past weekend and as per usual the festival saw thousands of music fans have a great time.
Over the weekend we saw a lot of sunshine, a bit of cloud and one large thunderstorm, but nothing could dampen spirits with so many attractions around including a feris wheel, swings, dodgems, a luna cinema, comedy tent, a peaceful protest area amongst many more.
One of the highlights of the festival in general was the market-feel the festival created, obviously taking some of the Canterbury style to Merton Farm. The stalls offered a variety of vintage clothing, face painting and merchandise. As well as clothe stalls there was so much food to choose from!
Lounge on the Farm 2013 had a great mix of families with children, teenagers and adults. It really helped to add to a nice friendly atmosphere. Obviously Sunday had a slightly different clientèle due to the heavily reggae themed main stage, but overall it was a fun and friendly festival.
The musical highlights throughout the weekend included the headliners of Seasick Steve – who wandered around the festival and even ate for free at one of the market stalls, as pictured below and Jessie Ware.
The stand out band from the weekend were Coco and the Butterfields who absolutely blew the festival away on each day. On Sunday they performed on the small farmhouse stage slap bang in the middle of the day and yet still had a large crowd going wild. This band are heading to the big time with their mix of folk, country and even a beat boxer offering percussion as well as sick solos.
The low down is Lounge on the Farm 2013 was a well run, not too packed festival with a great vibe, and a wide mix of music – showcasing some of the amazing local talents that Kent has to offer, as well as some well renowned artists that enjoyed heading on down to the farm for a weekend of fun. It’s a great option at only £100 for the weekend and hopefully we’ll see you there next year.
New Earthlings are to release a self-produced album of catchy, hooky rock songs by the autumn of 2013.
The quick version: Down ‘n’ dirty ’70s-flavoured driving guitar riffs, strong stadium vocals and tight melodies with Led Zep and Thin Lizzy influences.
The long version: Formed in 2008 initially as a recording project, rock band New Earthlings are to release a self-produced album of catchy, hooky rock songs by the autumn of 2013: Some old, some new, and all original material. There will be 10 tracks on the album.
The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
(Like a) Jigsaw
Mad as Hell
Subject to Status
Your Own Worst Disguise
One More Try.
New Earthlings have already released their debut single, ‘(Like a) Jigsaw’ on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc, on July 20, 2013.
The single, at 3’07″ is nearly two minutes shorter than the album version, and is a bouncy, rocking tune that tells a mindful story: “My life’s in pieces like a jigsaw”, goes the chorus. Guitarists will be interested to know that the heavy, overdriven guitar sound was obtained using nylon strings, not steel.
Click here to download the single on iTunes.