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The Riff

RIFF SUMMER CHALLENGE

Guitar Noir

Instrumental surf revival with a twist

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After surf rock lost appeal during the British Invasion, it came back to life in punk then hit a dry spell in its classic, instrumental iterations. Mainstream eighties instrumentals went the route of new age and muzak, taking over radio stations in malls and doctors offices with “Baker Street,” which almost made me…

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