The Edge's chiming tones and Eddie Van Halen's fret-singeing finger taps are certainly more recognizable, but the staccato snarl of Rick McCollum's guitar is arguably no less distinctive. For 15 years, as the lead guitarist of the chronically underappreciated Afghan Whigs, McCollum provided the angry backbone to the band's soulful sound. Three years after his return to Minneapolis, following the Whigs' dissolution in 2001, McCollum picked up the guitar once again, this time for a musical venture dubbed Moon Maan. On the band's self-titled debut album, McCollum displayed a surprising predilection for classic rock, his riffs no longer coursing with venom but still bracingly immediate, with opener "Be Good to Me" a... More >>>