Something Else! Interviews

Something Else! Interview: Barry Melton of Country Joe and the Fish

Hailing from Berkeley, California, Country Joe and the Fish were one of many acts to emerge from the San Francisco area’s influential folk/rock ‘n’ roll/psychedelic scene of the mid- to late-1960s.

Something Else! Interview: Boz Scaggs on Memphis, the Dukes of September, and singing vs. playing

Something Else! Interview: Boz Scaggs on Memphis, the Dukes of September, and singing vs. playing

Since his career went supernova with Silk Degrees, Boz Scaggs has continued to hone his craft, digging deeper into the blues, employing broader jazz brushstrokes — and nowhere is that fine tuning more obvious than on his terrific new album.

Something Else! Interview: Mike Oldfield, of Tubular Bells fame

Credit, or blame, Mike Oldfield for the new age movement that followed his groundbreaking 1973 effort Tubular Bells. If anything, though, his dance-oriented new sequel Tubular Beats blows that old notion to bits.

Something Else! Interview: Bob Gonzalez and Don Baskin of the Syndicate of Sound

The Syndicate of Sound, a garage-rock band from San Jose, California, was best known for their No. 8 1966 hit “Little Girl.” They also charted with “Rumors” (No. 55 in 1966) and with “Brown Paper Bag” (No. 73 in 1970) before initially breaking up.

‘It turned into some decent music’: Tony Levin kept David Bowie’s secret while at work on the amazing new Stick Men release

A first-call bassist boasting appearances on more than 500 albums, Tony Levin is giving nothing away to age, even as he approaches his 67th birthday.

Something Else! Interview: Frans Krassenburg of the Golden Earrings

Best known to radio fans today for later hits “Radar Love” and “Twilight Zone,” the Golden Earrings had their earliest success in the 1960s as a pop band with Frans Krassenburg out front, only dropping the “s” in 1969

Something Else! Interview: Jimmy Walker of the Knickerbockers and the Righteous Brothers

We caught up with Jimmy Walker to discuss his stints with both the Knickerbockers and the Righteous Brothers, and other favorite memories from the 1960s — from the old “Smothers Brothers” TV show to the Dick Clark tours.

‘I’ve only got myself to argue with now’: Jon Anderson is at peace, even as Yes begins latest tour without him

‘I’ve only got myself to argue with now’: Jon Anderson is at peace, even as Yes begins latest tour without him

As Yes prepares to kick off a new tour featuring performances of three classic albums, departed co-founding frontman Jon Anderson wonders what might have been. See, he was the one who first floated the concept.

Something Else! Interview: Steven Wilson on classic ’70s sounds, prog’s rebirth and his amazing new album

Something Else! Interview: Steven Wilson on classic ’70s sounds, prog’s rebirth and his amazing new album

When neo-progger Steven Wilson says he loves the texture and scope of music from the 1970s, he doesn’t just mean classic recordings by the likes of King Crimson, Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. He means all of it — ABBA, jazz, the Bee Gees, all of it.

Something Else! Interview: John Payne of John Payne Featuring Asia

How busy is John Payne, and his band Asia Featuring John Payne? Here’s his 2013 schedule: “More videos, more singles, the album release, weekend warrior dates and perhaps a fanfest spectacular with ex-members in Vegas this summer.”