An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

An Appreciation: Joe Sample and the Crusaders, “It Happens Everyday” (1977)

September 13, 2014

Remembering a drop-dead gorgeous tone poem that was so emblematic.

Sergio Mendes – Magic (2014)

Sergio Mendes – Magic (2014)

September 30, 2014

‘Magic’ finds Sergio Mendes crossing boundaries once again with an album that will appeal to multiple generations.

Sergio Mendes – Magic (2014)

Sergio Mendes – Magic (2014)

September 30, 2014

‘Magic’ finds Sergio Mendes crossing boundaries once again with an album that will appeal to multiple generations.

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

Something Else! Interview: Jazz guitarist John Russell

July 1, 2014

“I’m not too much of a fan,” the free-form legend admits, “of the ‘jazz’ label.”

Form and Mess – Form and Mess (2014)

Form and Mess – Form and Mess (2014)

September 26, 2014

Form And Mess thrives on the extreme limits of rock and jazz.

Steely Dan Sunday: The Five Best Steely Dan Guitar Solos

Steely Dan Sunday: The Five Best Steely Dan Guitar Solos

September 28, 2014

Steely Dan fanatics John Lawler, Preston Frazier and S. Victor Aaron select their fave five guitar solos from the band is synonymous with iconic guitar solos.

Deep Cuts: John Lennon, “Nobody Loves You [When You're Down and Out]” (1974)

Deep Cuts: John Lennon, “Nobody Loves You [When You're Down and Out]” (1974)

September 28, 2014

We return to a key, lesser-heard moment from John Lennon’s ‘Walls and Bridges,’ released 40 years ago this weekend.

Something Else! exclusive stream: Devon Allman, “Can’t Lose ‘Em All” (2014)

Something Else! exclusive stream: Devon Allman, “Can’t Lose ‘Em All” (2014)

September 29, 2014

Devon Allman puts an Allman Brothers groove on this Lee Roy Parnell tune, while remaining very much his own man.

Odd Couples: The Beatles’ “She Said She Said” vs. Chubby Checker’s “She Said”

Odd Couples: The Beatles’ “She Said She Said” vs. Chubby Checker’s “She Said”

September 30, 2014

The latest edition of Odd Couples finds two ’60s icons squaring off. Call this one: That’s What She Said.

Willow Willow – Listening To Music (2014)

Willow Willow – Listening To Music (2014)

September 16, 2014

This makes you remember why you enjoy music in the first place.

One Track Mind: Johnny Marr, “Easy Money” from Playland (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Marr, “Easy Money” from Playland (2014)

September 28, 2014

“Easy Money,” from Johnny Marr’s forthcoming solo album ‘Playland,’ is ridiculously listenable.

On Second Thought: The Foundations – Baby Now That I’ve Found You (1967)

On Second Thought: The Foundations – Baby Now That I’ve Found You (1967)

September 29, 2014

The Foundations’ ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’ didn’t just aspire to Motown’ classic sound. They captured it.

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.