Coming back together ‘with some fresh perspective,’ Wilco announces 2015 tour dates

Coming back together ‘with some fresh perspective,’ Wilco announces 2015 tour dates

December 17, 2014

Nels Cline joins us to talk about Wilco’s plans, as the group announces 2015 dates and continues work on a follow-up to ‘The Whole Love.’

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

December 18, 2014

Here is a review of Wayne Krantz’s cool fusion jazz rendition of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

Wayne Krantz, “U Can’t Touch This” from Good Piranha, Bad Piranha (2014): One Track Mind

December 18, 2014

Here is a review of Wayne Krantz’s cool fusion jazz rendition of MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 3 of 4, Avant Garde + Experimental Jazz): Jimmy Giuffre, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith

December 11, 2014

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s avant-garde and experimental jazz, including Roscoe Mitchell, Jimmy Giuffre, Wadada Leo Smith and others.

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on taking over for Roger Waters: ‘Not a burden I was particularly relishing’

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on taking over for Roger Waters: ‘Not a burden I was particularly relishing’

December 19, 2014

David Gilmour makes some frank admissions about assuming leadership of Pink Floyd after Roger Waters’ acrimonious departure.

Ian Gillan joined Black Sabbath after a night at legendary pub: ‘Did that happen? What happened?’

Ian Gillan joined Black Sabbath after a night at legendary pub: ‘Did that happen? What happened?’

December 17, 2014

Black Sabbath’s Ian Gillan era didn’t begin with some high-level strategy meeting featuring label execs and stalwart member Tony Iommi.

Inside Phil Collins’ blatant rip off of Prince on ‘Sussudio': ‘Never ran away from that idea’

Inside Phil Collins’ blatant rip off of Prince on ‘Sussudio': ‘Never ran away from that idea’

December 19, 2014

The similarities between Phil Collins’ “Sussudio” and Prince’s “1999” are undeniable — even to Collins himself, it turns out.

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

December 19, 2014

For a while, Phil Ochs’ vision of America fuelled the shared dreams of the 1960s. He would have turned 74 today.

John Fred and His Playboy Band – Agnes English (1967): Forgotten series

John Fred and His Playboy Band – Agnes English (1967): Forgotten series

December 3, 2014

John Fred and His Playboy Band coupled fun with quality, and ‘Agnes English’ ranks as a perfect example of their vision and abilities.

Best Jon Herington Steely Dan-related guitar performances: Steely Dan Sunday

Best Jon Herington Steely Dan-related guitar performances: Steely Dan Sunday

December 14, 2014

Preston Frazier lists his favorite Jon Herington guitar performances of Steely Dan songs or Steely Dan-related tunes.

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.

Stevie Ray Vaughan became blues’ unlikely savior on way to Hall of Fame glory

Stevie Ray Vaughan became blues’ unlikely savior on way to Hall of Fame glory

December 16, 2014

By the 1980s, all of the guitar gods were gone, or otherwise occupied. Into this unlikeliest of scenarios stepped Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Rock + Roots): David Crosby, John Oates, Lloyd Cole

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Rock + Roots): David Crosby, John Oates, Lloyd Cole

December 19, 2014

David Crosby, John Oates, Robert Plant, Lloyd Cole and Jackson Browne are among those on Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 list for rock and roots albums.

Inside Phil Collins’ blatant rip off of Prince on ‘Sussudio': ‘Never ran away from that idea’

Inside Phil Collins’ blatant rip off of Prince on ‘Sussudio': ‘Never ran away from that idea’

December 19, 2014

The similarities between Phil Collins’ “Sussudio” and Prince’s “1999” are undeniable — even to Collins himself, it turns out.

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

December 19, 2014

For a while, Phil Ochs’ vision of America fuelled the shared dreams of the 1960s. He would have turned 74 today.

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

December 19, 2014

Brian Setzer, an unjustly unheralded guitar player, has this knack for connecting with the redux zeitgeist.

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Comes Alive (2010): On Second Thought

December 19, 2014

Brian Setzer, an unjustly unheralded guitar player, has this knack for connecting with the redux zeitgeist.

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2014

Kit O’Toole’s Top Beatles Albums, Books, Collectibles and Movies for 2014

December 1, 2014

Kit O’Toole counts down the best Beatles-related releases of the past year, as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania.

Michael McDonald – This Christmas (2010): On Second Thought

Michael McDonald – This Christmas (2010): On Second Thought

December 15, 2014

Michael McDonald can come off as a guilty pleasure, principally because his voice was so often caught in a web of too-slick production. Not here.

Power Pop Songs Other Than ‘Go All The Way': Gimme Five

Power Pop Songs Other Than ‘Go All The Way': Gimme Five

December 2, 2014

Big Star, the Romantics and the Knack make our list of power pop songs that deserve some of the attention that the Raspberries’ titanic hit usually gets.

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

Phil Ochs (1940-1976): An Appreciation

December 19, 2014

For a while, Phil Ochs’ vision of America fuelled the shared dreams of the 1960s. He would have turned 74 today.

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.