Beto Martinez, of Brownout: Something Else! Interview

Beto Martinez, of Brownout: Something Else! Interview

November 27, 2016

Guitarist Beto Martinez joins Preston Frazier to discuss Brownout’s ‘Brown Sabbath Vol. II,’ his early musical experiences and his work with Grupo Fantasma.

Dr. MiNT, “Down To One” from Voice In The Void (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

Dr. MiNT, “Down To One” from Voice In The Void (2016): Something Else! exclusive stream

December 1, 2016

If songs like Dr. MiNT’s “Down To One” isn’t where jazz is headed, then it’s probably going in the wrong direction.

Dave Stryker, “O Tannebaum” (2016): One Track Mind

Dave Stryker, “O Tannebaum” (2016): One Track Mind

December 6, 2016

Get a free download of Dave Stryker’s bonus track “O Tannabaum”, and put a little swing in your holidays.

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

December 5, 2016

‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz.

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016)

December 5, 2016

‘Sound Etiquette’ revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric jazz.

Sting – 57th and 9th (2016)

Sting – 57th and 9th (2016)

December 7, 2016

With the new ’57th and 9th,’ Sting makes a welcome return to a more rock-rooted style after a period away from the genre.

Celtic Frost – Cold Lake (1988): Metal Meltdowns

Celtic Frost – Cold Lake (1988): Metal Meltdowns

November 20, 2016

Celtic Frost was one of the pioneering bands of what would become death and black metal. Then came 1988’s ‘Cold Lake.’

Toto, “‘Till The End” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “‘Till The End” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

December 6, 2016

Toto’s ‘Fahrenheit’ turned back to the more radio-friendly approach of ‘Toto IV,’ beginning with this lead single featuring new frontman Joseph Williams.

Greg ‘Stackhouse’ Prevost – Universal Vagrant (2016)

Greg ‘Stackhouse’ Prevost – Universal Vagrant (2016)

December 3, 2016

If you miss hearing the Rolling Stones’ early-’70s sound, then you’ll definitely enjoy the hard, blues-rock direction Greg Prevost has taken up here.

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

November 24, 2016

Mavis Staples joined the Band on “The Weight” after their famous ‘Last Waltz’ concert on Thanksgiving 1976 – and something amazing happened.

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

November 24, 2016

Mavis Staples joined the Band on “The Weight” after their famous ‘Last Waltz’ concert on Thanksgiving 1976 – and something amazing happened.

Tom Wilmeth Explores Bob Dylan’s Impact on ‘Sound Bites: A Lifetime of Listening’

Tom Wilmeth Explores Bob Dylan’s Impact on ‘Sound Bites: A Lifetime of Listening’

October 2, 2016

Bob Dylan is revealed as something of a touchstone in ‘Sound Bites: A Lifetime of Listening,’ the fascinating new book by Something Else! contributor Tom Wilmeth.

Yes, “Don’t Kill The Whale” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Don’t Kill The Whale” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

November 29, 2016

This second song from Yes’ ‘Tormato’ has a more straight-ahead sensibility than we usually expect from the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

March 8, 2015

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

Marquis Hill – The Way We Play (2016)

Marquis Hill – The Way We Play (2016)

June 22, 2016

Marquis Hill is the textbook definition of a master and ‘The Way The Play’ relentlessly demonstrates that craft.

The Beatles, “All Together Now” from Yellow Submarine (1969): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “All Together Now” from Yellow Submarine (1969): Deep Beatles

November 21, 2016

“All Together Now” shows how the Beatles incorporated other genres and infused them with their own rock sound, creating a unique music form.

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

October 18, 2015

When Bruce Springsteen issued ‘The River’ in October of 1980, I didn’t like it very much. Time has changed that – and here’s why.

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

October 22, 2015

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

Toto, “‘Till The End” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “‘Till The End” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

December 6, 2016

Toto’s ‘Fahrenheit’ turned back to the more radio-friendly approach of ‘Toto IV,’ beginning with this lead single featuring new frontman Joseph Williams.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

June 7, 2014

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

Chicago, “Let It Snow” from Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998)

Chicago, “Let It Snow” from Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998)

December 3, 2016

“Let It Snow” closes with one of the famed Chicago horn section’s 10 best moments. When listening in my car, I always play it a second time.

Dave Stryker, “O Tannebaum” (2016): One Track Mind

Dave Stryker, “O Tannebaum” (2016): One Track Mind

December 6, 2016

Get a free download of Dave Stryker’s bonus track “O Tannabaum”, and put a little swing in your holidays.

Kanye West, November 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Kanye West, November 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

November 29, 2016

By now, you think you know what happened at Kanye West’s Nov. 17, 2016 concert at San Jose, California. You probably do not.

Olympics Tribute with Velvet Underground, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson + others: Odd Couples

Olympics Tribute with Velvet Underground, Eric Clapton, Harry Nilsson + others: Odd Couples

August 11, 2016

Performance enhancers became an early story line in the 2016 Rio Olympics. But which drug-related rock song provides the best soundtrack?

Celtic Frost – Cold Lake (1988): Metal Meltdowns

Celtic Frost – Cold Lake (1988): Metal Meltdowns

November 20, 2016

Celtic Frost was one of the pioneering bands of what would become death and black metal. Then came 1988’s ‘Cold Lake.’

Bruce Springsteen Finds Darkness on the River: Shadows in Stereo

Bruce Springsteen Finds Darkness on the River: Shadows in Stereo

November 13, 2016

Bruce Springsteen has always been dogged by rumors of versions of albums that differed markedly from what became the commercial release.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2016

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2016

November 30, 2016

This list of Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2016 includes selections that every fan on your gift list will love.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2016

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2016

November 30, 2016

This list of Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2016 includes selections that every fan on your gift list will love.

Leon Russell Was the Last of the Bird-Flipping Genre-Busters

Leon Russell Was the Last of the Bird-Flipping Genre-Busters

November 13, 2016

This gravelly marvel of a singer, Leon Russell leaves us as the consummate musician – and a never-ebbing rebel.

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

October 29, 2016

Let’s stalk through the rock ‘n’ roll graveyard and dig up some of the scariest music on this side of the mortal curtain from Joy Division and others.