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Marnie Stern to Redefine Shredding for Boise

Tuesday, April 23 at Neurolux


Only two women made it onto Rolling Stone's list of the Top 100 Greatest Guitarists: Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell. But one of that list's judges was Brooklyn's Marnie Stern, whose fretboard blitzkriegs regularly top other lists of best female guitarists.

Stern's style features speedy runs of root notes and finger-tapped chords with blasts of bass and drums beneath. It can be cluttered and noisy, without the clear and cutting melodies that have historically defined "shredding."

But it's impossible to hear the complex, Dan Deacon-esque textures and rhythms Stern creates without the urge to bust out an air guitar and scream "woo."