Toto has concluded work on a new studio album: ‘It harkens back to another era’

Toto has concluded work on a new studio album: ‘It harkens back to another era’

November 20, 2014

Steve Lukather confirms that ‘XIV’ is at the mastering stage, even as Keith Carlock officially joins the Toto lineup.

Peter Gabriel, “What Lies Ahead” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Peter Gabriel, “What Lies Ahead” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

November 22, 2014

Peter Gabriel has inserted an elegiac new song into the acoustic portion of his ongoing Back to Front tour. Listen to it here!

The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” from The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need (2014): One Track Mind

The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” from The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need (2014): One Track Mind

November 25, 2014

Exploring the curious history, and enduring magic, of a Bob Dylan remake by the Byrds from the upcoming ‘Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need.’

Adrian Belew debuts his innovative FLUX app: ‘I’m never one to shut doors’

Adrian Belew debuts his innovative FLUX app: ‘I’m never one to shut doors’

November 25, 2014

As FLUX debuts in Nashville, Adrian Belew joins us to talk about how this innovative new app will impact the way his music arrives in the future.

Tony Iommi’s new music for CSI won’t premiere tonight

Tony Iommi’s new music for CSI won’t premiere tonight

November 2, 2014

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi says he’s been informed that tonight’s episode of ‘CSI’ has been pushed back.

Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], by Luca Perasi: Books

Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], by Luca Perasi: Books

November 25, 2014

Here’s a thorough and essential song-by-song guide to Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles career, from 1970’s ‘McCartney’ to 2013’s ‘New.’

Andreas Varady, “Do It Again” from Andreas Varady (2014): One Track Mind

Andreas Varady, “Do It Again” from Andreas Varady (2014): One Track Mind

November 24, 2014

Andreas Varady’s Steely Dan remake begins with an approach out of the Wes Montgomery playbook. Then something interesting happens.

Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

November 23, 2014

With ‘All Purpose Music,’ the Virginia-based soul-funk-jazz quartet Butcher Brown shows why Nicholas Payton is so fired up about this band.

Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)

Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)

November 16, 2014

The impromptu nature of this collaboration among free-jazz aces Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall and Tim Dahl makes ‘Luddite’ great.

Mashmakhan, “As The Years Go By/Days When We Are Free” (1970): Forgotten series

Mashmakhan, “As The Years Go By/Days When We Are Free” (1970): Forgotten series

September 30, 2014

Mashmakhan’s “As The Years Go By” was a quirky cross-pollination of flower-power pickings, the Zombies and Deep Purple.

Best Steely Dan saxophone solos: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Steely Dan saxophone solos: Steely Dan Sunday

November 23, 2014

Here are Steely Dan’s five best sax solos, selected in tandem by our panel of Steely Dan authorities.

“Good Morning Good Morning” (1967): Deep Beatles

“Good Morning Good Morning” (1967): Deep Beatles

November 7, 2014

A seemingly straightforward, upbeat rock track from the Beatles instead that tells a bleak story of discontentment.

Levon Helm, “False Hearted Lover Blues” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “False Hearted Lover Blues” from Dirt Farmer (2007): Across the Great Divide

November 20, 2014

When Levon Helm decided to return to the Americana roots that had for so long nourished his career, he did it his way.

Steve Earle, “You’re the Best Lover that I Ever Had” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Earle, “You’re the Best Lover that I Ever Had” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

November 22, 2014

Steve Earle sounds like he was born to the blues, even if he’s just now turning his focus there.

Jerry Giddens + Killeen Foundry – Damn It Abby! (2014)

Jerry Giddens + Killeen Foundry – Damn It Abby! (2014)

November 23, 2014

A terrific collaboration with Killeen Foundry reminds us of everything Jerry Giddens was, and what he can still become.

Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

Butcher Brown – All Purpose Music (2014)

November 23, 2014

With ‘All Purpose Music,’ the Virginia-based soul-funk-jazz quartet Butcher Brown shows why Nicholas Payton is so fired up about this band.

The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” from The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need (2014): One Track Mind

The Byrds, “Mr. Tambourine Man” from The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need (2014): One Track Mind

November 25, 2014

Exploring the curious history, and enduring magic, of a Bob Dylan remake by the Byrds from the upcoming ‘Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need.’

Yes – Open Your Eyes (1997): On Second Thought

Yes – Open Your Eyes (1997): On Second Thought

November 24, 2014

Released 17 years ago today, ‘Open Your Eyes’ ended up as one of Yes’ late-period orphans. It’s time to open your ears.

Lucinda Williams, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Lucinda Williams, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

November 12, 2014

Lucinda Williams’ gruff slur on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” conveys just how few times the fates allow us the moments we’d like.

Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], by Luca Perasi: Books

Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions [1969-2013], by Luca Perasi: Books

November 25, 2014

Here’s a thorough and essential song-by-song guide to Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles career, from 1970’s ‘McCartney’ to 2013’s ‘New.’

Big Star – Live In Memphis (2014)

Big Star – Live In Memphis (2014)

November 19, 2014

‘Live in Memphis’ makes the case for Big Star’s inclusion of two Seattle interlopers, showing how they grew as a band into the ’90s.

John Oates loves this crazy remake of Hall and Oates’ ‘Maneater': ‘It sounds great that way’

John Oates loves this crazy remake of Hall and Oates’ ‘Maneater': ‘It sounds great that way’

November 24, 2014

Hall and Oates have seen their music transformed by a variety of younger artists, but one recent take on “Maneater” hit home.

Jon Herington Solo Songs: Gimme Five

Jon Herington Solo Songs: Gimme Five

November 14, 2014

You know him from his work with Madeleine Peyroux, the Dukes of September and Steely Dan. Let’s dig into Jon Herington’s solo career.

Emotional tribute to Mel Davis proved music says far more than words

Emotional tribute to Mel Davis proved music says far more than words

November 1, 2014

A celebration of the life of one of improvisation’s major influences found many who loved Mel Davis gathered on stage at London’s Cafe Oto.

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.

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

Almost Hits: Jackson Browne, “In the Shape of a Heart” from Lives in the Balance (1986)

March 18, 2014

Jackson Browne’s 1986 single “In the Shape of a Heart” was a big hit in certain circles. It went to No. 10 on the adult contemporary chart, but rose to only No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.