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Something Else! Reviews on the 2009 Grammy winners

Something Else! Reviews on the 2009 Grammy winners

Click through the titles below for Something Else! reviews on a number of last night’s key Grammy-award winners, including Robert Plant and Alison Krauss — who must have charley horses from going up and down to the podium so often. We also review B.B. King, whose terrific “One Kind Favor” was also produced by T-Bone Burnett; Al Green, Ricky Skaggs,Read More

The Best of 2008, Part 1: The Mainstream

The Best of 2008, Part 1: The Mainstream

by Pico It’s less than one week to Christmas, ladies and gents. Still trying to figure out what to give your loved one or boss that perfect music gift? Worse yet, you’re born before around 1965 and can’t figure out the Fleet Foxes from Black Diamond Heavies or Kanye West and don’t really care to? You’ve come to the rightRead More

Queen Sarah Saturday – Weave (1994)

Queen Sarah Saturday – Weave (1994)

by Nick DeRiso Coming as this debut rock release did, amidst the mid-1990s’ copy-cat grungery, it’s still a wonder “Weave” is any good at all. Chalk that up to Queen Sarah’s ceaseless woodshedding, said then to take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day in the basement of drummer Zeke Hutchins’ parents’ house. Oh, and playing everywhere thatRead More

One Track Mind: The Georgia Satellites "Don't Pass Me By" (1988)

One Track Mind: The Georgia Satellites "Don't Pass Me By" (1988)

by S. Victor Aaron I always thought that the best covers are ones that takes a mediocre original and turns it into a genuinely good song. Such was the case when Atlanta roots rockers The Georgia Satellites took Ringo Starr’s hokey “Don’t Pass Me By” and gave it a swift, hard kick in the ass. For those of you whoRead More

Gimme Five: 1990s Rolling Stones songs that don't, you know, suck

by Nick Deriso There was no reason to believe that the Rolling Stones, 30 years into their dangerously debauched rock career, would make anything worth a damn out of the 1990s. In fact, the preceding decade — one in which, by far, the Stones’ best new thing was actually a 1988 solo recording from Keith Richards — seemed to confirmRead More

Umphrey's McGee's Masterful Marketing of Mantis

Umphrey's McGee's Masterful Marketing of Mantis

by Pico With a review in April of last year, another one this past July, and an entry in my year-end “best of” list, I could be accused of being a shill for big fan of Umphrey’s McGee, but there’s few bands in rock who combines musicianship, melody and humor as well as these guys from Chicago. If you’re aRead More

Jon Larsen – The Jimmy Carl Black Story (2008)

Jon Larsen – The Jimmy Carl Black Story (2008)

by Pico There’s been plenty of records made saluting the musical achievements of Frank Zappa, so why not make a record in tribute of his original drummer, Jimmy Carl Black? That’s what Jon Larsen asked…and answered. Larsen is probably best known as one of the two guitarists in the long-running gypsy swing revival quartet, Hot Club De Novege. On theRead More

Crescent City Gold – The Ultimate Session (1994)

Crescent City Gold – The Ultimate Session (1994)

NICK DERISO: “The Ultimate Session” might not completely live up to the billing. Forgive us, however, if we cherish its sense of hip-shaking fun, anyway. Assembled are a who’s-who group of New Orleans musicians who played nearly five decades before with the likes of Little Richard, Fats Domino and Professor Longhair. Fronted by familiar performers Dr. John and Allen Toussaint,Read More

Gimme Five: 1980s Pink Floyd songs that don’t, you know, suck

Gimme Five: 1980s Pink Floyd songs that don’t, you know, suck

Pink Floyd‘s A Momentary Lapse of Reason, alas, was no Dark Side of the Moon. Criticized then as now for being transitional and samey, though, it was far from the worst thing foisted on unsuspecting fans during the 1980s.

Movies: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops (2008)

Movies: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops (2008)

What better way to spend Halloween than with (as it’s lovingly referred to in the liner notes) “this thing“? “The Torture Never Stops” — a 24-song, two-hour blast of almost indescribably brilliant/crazy rock from an Oct. 31, 1981 concert by the equally brilliant/crazy Frank Zappa — affords us a unique opportunity to experience one of popular music’s most original guitarists,Read More

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