Singer-songwriters

David Philips, “Washes Over Me” (2016): Something Else! sneak peek

David Philips, “Washes Over Me” (2016): Something Else! sneak peek

A precursor of what’s next in store from UK-born/Spanish-residing David Phillips, “Washes Over Me” is a back-to-basics excursion from a guy who isn’t prone to stray far from the basics to start with.

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Michael McDermott – Willow Springs (2016)

‘Willow Springs’ is honestly more of the same from Michael McDermott – but that’s definitely a good thing.

Elvis Costello – Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (2016)

Elvis Costello – Detour: Live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (2016)

Elvis Costello performs in front of an ebullient hometown crowd, reinterpreting favorites and dusting off more obscure album tracks.

Joe Mandica, “I Just Can’t Wait” from A Thousand Miles (2007): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica, “I Just Can’t Wait” from A Thousand Miles (2007): One Track Mind

A poignant paean to his son and daughter, Joe Mandica’s “I Just Can’t Wait” has been made complete with a newly released video featuring intimate images of family.

Patti Smith Group – Radio Ethiopia (1976): Shadows in Stereo

Patti Smith Group – Radio Ethiopia (1976): Shadows in Stereo

The Patti Smith Group’s ‘Radio Ethiopia’ is to ‘Horses’ what ‘White Light/White Heat’ is to ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico.’

Sixto Rodriguez, Jan. 22, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Sixto Rodriguez, Jan. 22, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Sixto Rodriguez’s music does not tell us to move on, to leave the past behind. It tells us that there is no choice.

Norah Jones continued to push against convention with The Fall

Norah Jones continued to push against convention with The Fall

‘The Fall,’ issued this week in 2009, revealed Norah Jones as a far more compelling artist than she seemed at first.

Bob Dylan, “Pay in Blood” from Tempest (2012): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan, “Pay in Blood” from Tempest (2012): One Track Mind

As an angry young man, Bob Dylan had very few rivals. “Pay in Blood” shows that he is still in a league of his own as an angry old man, too.

Ola Onabule, jazz and soul singer-songwriter: Something Else! Interview

Ola Onabule, jazz and soul singer-songwriter: Something Else! Interview

Ola Onabule has released eight albums in a career stretching more than two decades, yet there remains about him a sense of fierce independence.

Songs of Thanksgiving from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez + others: Gimme Five

Songs of Thanksgiving from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez + others: Gimme Five

Sometimes it’s best to give thanks. And sometimes it helps to have songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others to remind us.