Photo from Todd Rundgren’s MySpace page by Something Else Reviews Todd Rundgren has announced five spring concerts, during which he will perform a pair of albums in their entirety, Todd and Healing. The first-ever live stagings of these two releases, held in September of last year, found Rundgren on stage with Greg Hawkes of the Cars, Kasim Sulton of Utopia,Read More
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Was thinking about the aptly titled Buffalo Springfield Again, and this brilliant grungy mess, after hearing news that the band would reform for a tour later in the year. Recorded in 1967 for the second of what would be a brief three-album tenure for Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young‘s “Mr. Soul” builds off the career-defining riff from “(I Can’t Get No)Read More
by Something Else Reviews It’s true, as Randy Newman once impishly sang, they were six fine English boys who knew each other in Birmingham. After that, things got tricky for the Electric Light Orchestra. Despite an impressive string of 1970s hits, they became an easy target. People knocked the strings. The Beatlemania. Jeff Lynne’s spaceman fro. We won’t even getRead More
“He Don’t Live Here No More,” the edgy lead single from Robbie Robertson’s upcoming album How To Become Clairvoyant, is a rollicking rebuke of the dark demons that stole too many friends. “I was higher than a lost kite — too far gone,” Robertson wails, channelling lost souls like Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, former mates in the Band. “OutsideRead More
“Naw man, don’t buy that record, the rest of the album is no good,” said the long-haired, moustached guy at the record store. I had just heard Billy Thorpe’s “Children of the Sun” on the local album-rock radio station and I just knew that the long player of the same name was going to be the next Fragile. Or Boston’sRead More
Photo from petergabriel.com by Something Else Reviews Anybody who names his first four solo recordings after himself is going to require some deciphering, right? We’re here to help with a five-song spin through Peter Gabriel’s solo career, featuring both charting favorites and a few forgotten gems. “HERE COMES THE FLOOD” (PETER GABRIEL 1/CAR, 1977) By Tom Johnson With Gabriel’s firstRead More
Photo from Shawn Bell’s Facebook fan page by S. Victor Aaron The young trombonist Shawn Bell didn’t attend one of those big name prestigious music schools in the Northeast, nor is a player in the hustle and bustle of New York City’s intense jazz scene, but just listen to his debut album from last year Things Yet Unknown and youRead More
From adrianbelew.net His credentials are as deep as his records are extraordinary: Adrian Belew, after all, has had stints with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, the Talking Heads, King Crimson and Nine Inch Nails.
by Something Else Reviews In many ways, television is a technological wonder these days, what with remote controls, digital signals and DVRs. But, for those who fell in love with the old-school opening theme, it’s not all gravy. Today, you’re more likely to simply see the word LOST charging toward the screen, followed by a suitably ominous thud. Cool, sure.Read More
From lowanthem.com by Mark Saleski I have attempted to describe this before (and I even referred to it in a recent preview of The Low Anthem’s Smart Flesh), but the sensation is a difficult one to get at. Without any sort of documentation, the best I’ve ever been able to come up with is having an out of body experience.Read More