Is This the Best-Ever Prince Cover?

Is This the Best-Ever Prince Cover?

April 21, 2017

Mark Saleski makes the case for Arto Lindsay’s take on “Erotic City” as the best-ever cover of a Prince song.

Fabian Almazan, jazz pianist with Terence Blanchard: Something Else! Interview

Fabian Almazan, jazz pianist with Terence Blanchard: Something Else! Interview

April 17, 2017

Fabian Almazan joined Preston Frazier for a Something Else! Sitdown to discuss a chance first meeting with Terence Blanchard, his musical roots, a new solo album and what’s next.

Jimmy Greene – Flowers: Beautiful Life, Volume 2 (2017)

Jimmy Greene – Flowers: Beautiful Life, Volume 2 (2017)

April 22, 2017

Jimmy Greene’s biggest help comes from within – inside his heart, where Ana Grace Greene lives and thrives.

Bryan and the Aardvarks, “Tiny Skull Sized Kingdom” from Sounds From The Deep Field (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

Bryan and the Aardvarks, “Tiny Skull Sized Kingdom” from Sounds From The Deep Field (2017): Something Else! exclusive stream

April 20, 2017

Here is the premiere stream of “Tiny Skull Sized Kingdom” from Bryan and the Aardvarks’ 2017 release ‘Sounds From The Deep Field.’

Thollem | Mazurek (Thollem McDonas and Rob Mazurek) – Blind Curves and Box Canyons (2017)

Thollem | Mazurek (Thollem McDonas and Rob Mazurek) – Blind Curves and Box Canyons (2017)

April 8, 2017

To a lot of people, the slang to describe a remote location is ‘bum frick Egypt,’ but in Texas, that place is called Marfa. Situated almost 200 miles southeast of El Paso near

Dave Mason, April 15, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Dave Mason, April 15, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

April 20, 2017

In spite of various career frustrations, Dave Mason’s name recognition was sufficient to pack the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee.

Deep Purple – InFinite (2017)

Deep Purple – InFinite (2017)

April 10, 2017

After a late-career surge, more than a few bands would be temped to coast on their good fortune. Not Deep Purple.

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

April 19, 2017

‘Fight for the Rock’ almost put Savatage’s career in a coffin before we got their best work.

Arto Lindsay – Cuidado Madame (2017)

Arto Lindsay – Cuidado Madame (2017)

April 15, 2017

Ending a paucity of all-new material since 2004, the singularly creative experimental pop warrior Arto Lindsay is set to break the fast on April 21, 2017. That’s when

Dated: 01/09/2008
Blues star Eric Bibb records a song for his forthcoming new album using the guitar previously owned by Blues legend Bukka White.

Eric Bibb – Migration Blues (2017)

March 27, 2017

Eric Bibb’s awareness-raising ‘Migration Blues’ soothes the soul as it kindles the mind.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band – Got Soul (2017)

Robert Randolph & the Family Band – Got Soul (2017)

March 2, 2017

Never has anyone made spunky roots rock go down so easy like Robert Randolph and his Family Band. All that’s needed is a heapin’ helping of soul and, of course, maximal pedal steel guitar. There’s plenty of both on ‘Got Soul.’

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

Mavis Staples goes behind the scenes at the Band’s Last Waltz: ‘It wasn’t rehearsed to go like that’

November 24, 2016

Mavis Staples joined the Band on “The Weight” after their famous ‘Last Waltz’ concert on Thanksgiving 1976 – and something amazing happened.

Jenny Scheinman – Here on Earth (2017)

Jenny Scheinman – Here on Earth (2017)

April 23, 2017

Using her own songs and bringing a great deal of musicianship to bear, Jenny Scheinman went much further than merely curating the culture of the American Piedmont Region in music with ‘Here On Earth.’

Yes, “Into the Lens” from Drama (1980): YESterdays

Yes, “Into the Lens” from Drama (1980): YESterdays

April 18, 2017

Yes has never sounded more like a cohesive unit than they do on “Into the Lens,” from 1980’s underrated ‘Drama.’

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

Steely Dan Sunday: Katy Lied turns 40 this month

March 8, 2015

This month, Steely Dan’s ‘Katy Lied’ turned 40 years old. Here are some reasons why it’s good enough to overcome an infamous mixing fiasco.

The Beatles, “In Spite of All the Danger” from Anthology 1 (1958): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “In Spite of All the Danger” from Anthology 1 (1958): Deep Beatles

April 14, 2017

“In Spite of All the Danger” may not rank among the best Beatles songs, but it remains notable for multiple reasons.

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980): Gimme Five

October 18, 2015

When Bruce Springsteen issued ‘The River’ in October of 1980, I didn’t like it very much. Time has changed that – and here’s why.

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

Levon and the Hawks, “He Don’t Love You” (1965): Across the Great Divide

October 22, 2015

The Band, then known as Levon and the Hawks, released a few forgotten songs before heading to that basement with Bob Dylan. Here’s one of the best.

Toto, “Don’t Stop Me Now” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

Toto, “Don’t Stop Me Now” from Fahrenheit (1986): Toto Tuesdays

April 11, 2017

The gold-certified Toto album ‘Fahrenheit’ ends in a rather unusual yet spectacular way.

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

(Cross the) Heartland: Pat Metheny, “Offramp” (1981)

June 7, 2014

Some think Metheny is joking around, that he couldn’t possibly like “all of this noise.”

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Just You ‘N’ Me” from Chicago VI (1973): Saturdays in the Park

April 22, 2017

With its stellar arrangements, impressive chops and smart production, Chicago’s “Just You ‘N’ Me” reached rare heights among pop-rock singles in 1973.

Chicago Edge Ensemble, “Decaying Orbit,” from Decaying Orbit (2017): One Track Mind

Chicago Edge Ensemble, “Decaying Orbit,” from Decaying Orbit (2017): One Track Mind

March 25, 2017

‘Decaying Orbit’ — the song and the album — fulfills the promise of its members’ respective legacies and furthers the legacy of its worldly leader, guitarist Dan Phillips.

Dave Mason, April 15, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Dave Mason, April 15, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

April 20, 2017

In spite of various career frustrations, Dave Mason’s name recognition was sufficient to pack the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee.

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

Cream, the Police, Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer + others: Rock Trio Odd Couples

February 24, 2017

It seems the magical, minimum number needed to qualify as a rock ‘n’ roll band is three. So, let’s pit some famous rock trios against each other.

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

Savatage – Fight for the Rock (1986): Metal Meltdowns

April 19, 2017

‘Fight for the Rock’ almost put Savatage’s career in a coffin before we got their best work.

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

Modern Art and the Art of the EP, from R.E.M., Let’s Active, Bangles + others: Shadows in Stereo

March 21, 2017

An EP release has an interesting aesthetic all its own, as shown by key releases from R.E.M., Let’s Active, the Dream Syndicate, the Bangles and others.

‘Rockin’ the City of Angels’: Inside Douglas Harr’s Great New Book

‘Rockin’ the City of Angels’: Inside Douglas Harr’s Great New Book

January 27, 2017

I wrote ‘Rockin’ the City of Angels’ as homage to rock music of the ‘70s — in concert and on film.

The Link Between the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and Several Legendary Films

The Link Between the Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and Several Legendary Films

February 28, 2017

What does the Beatles’ first film have in common with ‘Star Wars,’ Alfred Hitchcock and ‘The Avengers’? Mike Tiano reveals this surprising link.

Is This the Best-Ever Prince Cover?

Is This the Best-Ever Prince Cover?

April 21, 2017

Mark Saleski makes the case for Arto Lindsay’s take on “Erotic City” as the best-ever cover of a Prince song.

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

Halloween Howlers from Guadalcanal Diary, Joy Division, Jim Stafford + others: Gimme Five

October 29, 2016

Let’s stalk through the rock ‘n’ roll graveyard and dig up some of the scariest music on this side of the mortal curtain from Joy Division and others.