Archive for February 23rd, 2012

David Lee Roth breaks down the Van Halen sound — from early influences, to 'Biblical' solos, to those fiery endings

David Lee Roth has described Van Halen’s music as “whiskey in a paper cup,” recommending “short doses and not every night — please!” Now, he’s ready to go in depth on what makes their sound so special.

Something Else! sneak peek: Hear the new supergroup featuring Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman

Legendary Cream bassist Jack Bruce is part of a new supergroup, this one featuring Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid. Check them out here!

Dennis DeYoung on his legacy with Styx, and that ill-fitting 'Mr. Roboto' mask

Styx fans remember well the year 1979 and Cornerstone, an album that began a decisive turn away from prog rock for the band — with its capstone moment being the epic ballad “Babe.” From there, it seems, the group was on a collision course

On Second Thought: Paul McCartney and Wings – Back to the Egg (1979)

It’s time to go back and reevaluate Paul McCartney and Wings’ unjustly ignored Back to the Egg.

Half Notes: Brian Eno – Another Day On Earth (2005)

Brian Eno’s first vocal, “pop”-based album since 1990’s overlooked classic (in my opinion) Wrong Way Up with John Cale and also to Nerve Net, Another Day On Earth found Eno in much more ambient territory than one might expect from the description. Comparisons to 1992’s Nerve Net are likely more fitting, but it’s really more like Eno’s work with JahRead More

Dio – Holy Diver (1983; 2012 Audio Fidelity remaster)

Believe it or not, there was once a time when metal was just metal. You didn’t have the death and black metal guys looking down their noses at the power and traditional metal fans and vice versa.

Gimme Five: Kenny Aronoff on John Mellencamp, Buddy Rich and John Fogerty

On this special edition of Something Else Reviews’ One Track Mind, we hand the reins over to ubiquitous sideman Kenny Aronoff

Half Notes: Memories Of Machines – Warm Winter (2011)

My first thought upon listening to Warm Winter by Memories Of Machines was that it’s very similar to Steven Wilson’s softer side. My second thought was that the vocalist sounds an awful lot like Wilson’s old No-Man partner Tim Bowness. Turns out, it IS Tim Bowness singing. He formed this band with multi-instrumentalist Giancarlo Erra of Italian art rock bandRead More

One Track Mind: Bruce Springsteen, "Death To My Hometown" (2012)

Imagine towns both small and large, all across a country. Their essence has been drained by “progress” and blind greed