Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” emerged out of crushing grief: ‘I can’t go in that studio’

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” emerged out of crushing grief: ‘I can’t go in that studio’

January 26, 2015

Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay,” released 47 years ago this month, was a labor of love for his friend and musical companion Steve Cropper.

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.’

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

Donna Deussen + Paul Weitz Trio – On the Street Where You Live (2015)

January 29, 2015

Donna Deussen’s new collaboration with Paul Weitz feels like it came together over black coffee among friends. In essence, that is the story.

Gov’t Mule + John Scofield – Sco-Mule (2015)

Gov’t Mule + John Scofield – Sco-Mule (2015)

January 27, 2015

Here is a review of Gov’t Mule’s first encounter with jazz guitar great John Scofield, ‘Sco-Mule.’ This concert souvenir takes jamming to its highest level.

Andrew Drury, “Keep The Fool” from Content Provider (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

Andrew Drury, “Keep The Fool” from Content Provider (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

January 28, 2015

Drum maestro Andrew Drury provides an advance listen to his dynamic upcoming quartet album ‘Content Provider’ with the leadoff track ‘Keep The Fool.”

Accordion Rock from the Who, Jethro Tull, John Mellencamp, others: Gimme Five

Accordion Rock from the Who, Jethro Tull, John Mellencamp, others: Gimme Five

January 29, 2015

Accordion … rock? Yes, accordion rock. Not novelty tunes, polka, zydeco or silly remakes. Let’s look back on times when the accordion played a key role.

Tony Levin confirms that King Crimson is back for good: ‘I’m doubly thrilled that I’m in it’

Tony Levin confirms that King Crimson is back for good: ‘I’m doubly thrilled that I’m in it’

January 28, 2015

After a lengthy layoff, the reformulated King Crimson is planning a second tour — and, Tony Levin says, eyeing the possibility to creating new music.

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998): On Second Thought

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998): On Second Thought

January 29, 2015

Sure, Marilyn Manson has a new record out, and we plan to get to it eventually. But first let’s recognize just how good ‘Mechanical Animals’ was.

John Lennon’s Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

John Lennon’s Milk and Honey was unfinished, but still resonant

January 27, 2015

The brutally honest, toss-off attitude on ‘Milk and Honey’ was more in keeping with John Lennon’s solo career than the slick, celebrated ‘Double Fantasy.’

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 29, 2015

The Florida-based JJ Grey and Mofro return to make an absolutely heavenly, cross-pollinated racket — like a bourbon tabernacle hootenanny.

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.

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 29, 2015

The Florida-based JJ Grey and Mofro return to make an absolutely heavenly, cross-pollinated racket — like a bourbon tabernacle hootenanny.

Accordion Rock from the Who, Jethro Tull, John Mellencamp, others: Gimme Five

Accordion Rock from the Who, Jethro Tull, John Mellencamp, others: Gimme Five

January 29, 2015

Accordion … rock? Yes, accordion rock. Not novelty tunes, polka, zydeco or silly remakes. Let’s look back on times when the accordion played a key role.

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

JJ Grey and Mofro, “Every Minute” from Ol’ Glory (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

January 29, 2015

The Florida-based JJ Grey and Mofro return to make an absolutely heavenly, cross-pollinated racket — like a bourbon tabernacle hootenanny.

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.

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998): On Second Thought

Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals (1998): On Second Thought

January 29, 2015

Sure, Marilyn Manson has a new record out, and we plan to get to it eventually. But first let’s recognize just how good ‘Mechanical Animals’ was.

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.

Accordion Rock from the Who, Jethro Tull, John Mellencamp, others: Gimme Five

Accordion Rock from the Who, Jethro Tull, John Mellencamp, others: Gimme Five

January 29, 2015

Accordion … rock? Yes, accordion rock. Not novelty tunes, polka, zydeco or silly remakes. Let’s look back on times when the accordion played a key role.

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.