Nils Lofgren’s ready for Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band’s return: ‘Some hope that lingers’

Nils Lofgren’s ready for Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band’s return: ‘Some hope that lingers’

January 24, 2015

Despite leading his own groups for decades, Nils Lofgren still enjoys the challenge of collaborating with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Kenosha Kid, “Mushmouth” from Inside Voices (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Kenosha Kid, “Mushmouth” from Inside Voices (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 24, 2015

Here is the exclusive video premiere of “Mushmouth,” a track by Athens, Georgia’s own Kenosha Kid from their upcoming album ‘Inside Voices.’

Kenny Wheeler – Songs For Quintet (2015)

Kenny Wheeler – Songs For Quintet (2015)

January 26, 2015

Here is a review of flugelhorn titan Kenny Wheeler’s elegant posthumous release ‘Songs For Quintet.’

Kenosha Kid, “Mushmouth” from Inside Voices (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Kenosha Kid, “Mushmouth” from Inside Voices (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 24, 2015

Here is the exclusive video premiere of “Mushmouth,” a track by Athens, Georgia’s own Kenosha Kid from their upcoming album ‘Inside Voices.’

Henry Kaiser + Ray Russell, “GuKTen LIMPo” from The Celestial Squid (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Henry Kaiser + Ray Russell, “GuKTen LIMPo” from The Celestial Squid (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 23, 2015

UK guitar session vet Ray Russell gets back in touch with his trash-jazz side in collaboration with Henry Kaiser for “GuKTen LIMPo,” an advance stream from their upcoming album ‘The Celestial Squid.’

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

January 25, 2015

Released 10 years ago today, Adrian Belew’s ‘Side One’ began four separate installments of adrenaline-charged, twisty guitar. Better buckle up!

Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

January 7, 2015

A new Circle II Circle release whets my appetite for this summer’s Wacken, which will be headlined by the reunited Savatage.

Micky Dolenz remembers Mike Nesmith’s return to Monkees: ‘It brought tears to my eyes’

Micky Dolenz remembers Mike Nesmith’s return to Monkees: ‘It brought tears to my eyes’

January 24, 2015

For Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith’s reunion with the Monkees was as long awaited as it was deeply emotional.

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

January 22, 2015

‘Freedom Highway Complete’ makes viscerally clear that the Staple Singers, though they’d moved far afield of gospel, could still rattle the back pews.

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

January 20, 2015

Humming with romance and sexuality, the sentiment of Rene and Rene’s “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero” radiates with pure pop godliness.

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “(I Don’t Want To) Hang Up My Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes” (1971): Across the Great Divide

January 22, 2015

This old Chuck Willis tune, forgotten in the wake of his early death, gave the Band a chance to let loose — and let loose they most certainly did.

Deep Beatles: Beatles Christmas Records

Deep Beatles: Beatles Christmas Records

December 13, 2014

More than throwaway Yuletide keepsakes, the Beatles’ Christmas discs offer fans a peek into their rapid artistic and personal development.

Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Miscellaneous Steely Dan Performances: Steely Dan Sunday

December 28, 2014

Enough gushing about guitars, saxes and drums. Here are Steely Dan’s five best miscellaneous performances, as selected by our panel.

‘Staggerlee’ didn’t come easy on John Oates’ new live set: ‘I literally couldn’t play it’

‘Staggerlee’ didn’t come easy on John Oates’ new live set: ‘I literally couldn’t play it’

January 23, 2015

Eleven hours into creating ‘Another Good Road,’ John Oates started to cover his old favorite ‘Staggerlee.’ It proved more difficult than he’d ever imagined.

‘Staggerlee’ didn’t come easy on John Oates’ new live set: ‘I literally couldn’t play it’

‘Staggerlee’ didn’t come easy on John Oates’ new live set: ‘I literally couldn’t play it’

January 23, 2015

Eleven hours into creating ‘Another Good Road,’ John Oates started to cover his old favorite ‘Staggerlee.’ It proved more difficult than he’d ever imagined.

Rare Earth – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Rare Earth (2001): On Second Thought

Rare Earth – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Rare Earth (2001): On Second Thought

January 24, 2015

This collection of early Rare Earth favorites returns us to a period when rock music prompted people to listen, learn and react.

Chris J. Connolly – Flying Lessons (2015)

Chris J. Connolly – Flying Lessons (2015)

January 20, 2015

UK-born New Yorker Chris J. Connolly has figured out on debut album ‘Flying Lessons’ that keeping it simple makes it great.

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

Adrian Belew’s brilliant Side One was a journey through his entire musical history

January 25, 2015

Released 10 years ago today, Adrian Belew’s ‘Side One’ began four separate installments of adrenaline-charged, twisty guitar. Better buckle up!

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

January 20, 2015

Humming with romance and sexuality, the sentiment of Rene and Rene’s “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero” radiates with pure pop godliness.

The Fender Archives, by Tom Wheeler: Books

The Fender Archives, by Tom Wheeler: Books

January 13, 2015

Tom Wheeler’s ‘The Fender Archives’ takes us back to a time when it seemed that anything that was imaginable was also achievable.

Genesis – The Sum of the Parts (2015): Movies

Genesis – The Sum of the Parts (2015): Movies

January 17, 2015

Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett blasted the ‘Sum of the Parts’ documentary as incomplete, even biased. He was right.

Nick Cave, “Avalanche” from Black Sails on Starz (2015): One Track Mind

Nick Cave, “Avalanche” from Black Sails on Starz (2015): One Track Mind

January 11, 2015

Stripped down to its girders, Nick Cave’s new interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche” takes on an epic, swirling sadness.

Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Queen + U2, others: Gimme Five

Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Queen + U2, others: Gimme Five

January 19, 2015

We celebrate Martin Luther King Day songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Queen, Public Enemy, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and more.

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out: ‘I was liberated’

George Martin built his legend with the Beatles, then branched out: ‘I was liberated’

January 3, 2015

Remembering George Martin — both with and without the Beatles — on the occasion of the great producer’s 89th birthday.

The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2014: Lucinda Williams, D’Angelo, David Crosby

The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2014: Lucinda Williams, D’Angelo, David Crosby

December 31, 2014

The concensus Something Else! Top 10 for 2014 features Lucinda Williams, D’Angelo, David Crosby, Brian Blade, Seth Walker, Matthew Shipp and others.

Desert Island Discs: Christmas Songs Edition

Desert Island Discs: Christmas Songs Edition

December 4, 2012

Worried about being running aground in some tropic locale this Christmas season? Something Else! has you covered, with a new list of Yuletide favorites criss-crossing the usual stylistic landscape.