10 guitarists to watch
MARISSA PATERNOSTER OF SCREAMING FEMALES. A guitar heroine who recalls the raw economy of the Replacements' Bob Stinson and Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker, Paternoster is the focal point of this roaring indie trio. (Undated)
ORIANTHI. The guitarist for Michael Jackson's doomed O2 Arena shows in 2009, Australia's Orianthi Panagaris was the breakout star of the late King of Pop's "This Is It" movie and just put out a Lenny Kravitz-esque album, "Heaven In This Hell." ( Jan. 3, 2010)
ALEX TURNER OF ARCTIC MONKEYS. For a while, it looked like Turner's hit British band would pick up where the White Stripes and Strokes left off and bring guitar-rock back to the radio, but after a couple of disappointing albums it hasn't worked out that way -- so far. (April 13, 2012)
BRAD PAISLEY. Like Vince Gill and Marty Stuart, country star Brad Paisley is a singer and songwriter first, guitarist second -- but it's a strong second, as his work on "This Is Country Music" and "Alcohol" show. ( June 9, 2011)
ANNIE CLARK OF ST. VINCENT. No surprise that Clark, who began playing guitar at age 12, is collaborating with ex-Talking Head David Byrne -- they both love unusual, herky-jerky rhythms and placing a blast of guitar where it doesn't seem to belong. (March 14, 2012)
ERIKA WENNERSTROM OF HEARTLESS BASTARDS. Her powerful voice gets most of the attention in this hard-rock trio, but Wennerstrom is unmatched in the modern wall-of-noise department. ( Aug. 7, 2009)
GARY CLARK JR. One of the Crossroads Fest's headliners, this Texas guitarist is the future of blues guitar -- and maybe rock, too. (June 30, 2012)
MIKE POLIZZE OF PURLING HISS. Thick, fuzzy and psychedelic, similar to Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis only without the whininess or the irony.
'CAPTAIN' KIRK DOUGLAS OF THE ROOTS. Like Questlove and his other longtime hip-hop bandmates, Douglas can play anything, back guests from Springsteen to Timberlake in Jimmy Fallon's late-night house band and make devastating funk grooves on Roots albums. (Feb. 3, 2013)
BRENT HINDS AND BILL KELLIHER OF MASTODON. Switching between heavy riffage and pristine, Kirk Hammett-style solos, Hinds and Kelliher are two of the best dueling guitarists in contemporary metal.