Author: Something Else! Reviews

Writers from the Something Else! Reviews webzine have also been featured on AllAboutJazz.com, Rock.com, Jazz.com, NPR.com's A Blog Supreme, Blues Revue Magazine, and the NoDepression.com Americana site, among others. We focus on a diverse amalgam of musical obsessions from outposts in Texas, South Carolina, New Hampshire and elsewhere. Contact us at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.

Music

Here’s Something Else!: Grover Washington Jr. That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Credit, or discredit, the late Grover Washington Jr. with setting the template for the whole smooth jazz thing. There was always more to...

Music

Here’s Something Else!: Going, ahem, gaga for Queen again

While we're still trying to digest the idea of Lady Gaga fronting Queen (embarrassing attention grab? or nervy post-modern tribute to...

Music

Here’s Something Else!: Kicking It Old School, Earth Wind and Fire Edition

Boasting focused, soul-lifting horns, sunburst harmonies and a thrilling propensity for shaken-up textures and rhythms, Earth Wind and Fire...

Music, The Very Guest Of...

The Very Guest Of… Bill Frisell

Guitarist Bill Frisell, the jazz guy, issues a terrific tribute to John Lennon today, titled All We Are Saying. But this isn’t,...

Music

Here’s Something Else!: On Todd Rundgren, The Not-So Popular Tortured Artist

Perhaps Todd Rundgren’s own restive muse — he’s dabbled in every major rock subgenre over the past four decades —...

Music

Here’s Something Else!: Kicking It Old School, Sam Cooke Edition

America's first soul singer was lost in 1964 before his abilities as a writer, arranger and defacto producer could become more widely...

Music, Television

Here’s Something Else!: More Must Hear TV — Prime-time Themes That Still Rock

There are TV themes you remember. “All In The Family,” with its way-back talk of President Hoover and LaSalle cars. Johnny...

Music

Here’s Something Else!: Talking Heads’ essential weirdness made perfect sense

The Talking Heads emerged weird, polished that weirdness, and let the world catch up....

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Here’s Something Else!: Remember Must Hear Television? Celebrating classic prime-time themes

In many ways, television is a technological wonder these days, what with remote controls, digital signals and DVRs. But, for those who fell...

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Here’s Something Else!: Genesis That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Believe it or not, Phil Collins was once just a member of this group called Genesis....

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Here’s Something Else!: We’re Buying A Stairway To Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s image, dating back to the band’s debauched 1970s heyday, has grown so outsized that it sometimes obscures, well,...

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Here’s Something Else!: Supertramp That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Supertramp was many things over its too-brief period of hitmaking — wanna-be proggers, post-Beatle popsters, kinda-classical rockers,...

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Here’s Something Else!: Polishing up the Who’s tarnished legacy

In a way, the Who has no one to blame for a slow and steady slide into overlooked rock-god status....

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Here’s Something Else!: Songs We Still Love By Prince

OK, there was the symbol thing. And the awful attempts at hip-hop phrasing. And the Sheena Easton thing. And the using of a certain...

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Here’s Something Else!: Kicking It Old School, JB Horns Edition

James Brown got all of the headlines, be they for his fancy moves, his fancier suits or his brushes with the law. But the JB Horns, those...

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Here’s Something Else!: What if Denny Laine had fronted Wings?

Denny Laine — Fab, one time removed? — will forever be the other guy in Wings, the Paul McCartney-led 1970s successor band to...

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Here’s Something Else!: Kicking It Old School, Marvin Gaye edition

Marvin Gaye’s 1971 masterpiece What’s Going On doesn’t simply boast the gospel influence that marks so much of...

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Here’s Something Else!: Kicking It Old School, Bo Diddley Edition

It’s hard, if you really listen, not to be startled when 1955’s “Bo Diddley” — all fast-driving beats and...

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Here’s Something Else!: Everything 1980s, Daniel Lanois Edition

Your pals over at Something Else! Reviews begin an occasional feature focusing on the best of the 1980s with a look at producer and...

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Here’s Something Else!: Little River Band That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Australia’s Little River Band placed 11 songs in the Top 40 in the late 1970s and early 1980s, becoming one of the most successful acts...

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Here’s Something Else!: Presenting The Beatles, At Long Last … In Concert!

The Beatles, just as their creativity went supernova, quit the road in 1966 — frustrated over the inability of that period’s...

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Here’s Something Else!: Yo, Adrian! (Our Most Beloved Belew …)

His credentials are as deep as his records are extraordinary: Adrian Belew, after all, has had stints with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, the...

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Here’s Something Else!: Stuff by Toto That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Critics hung a soft-rock stone around their necks after the success of tunes like “I Won’t Hold You Back,”...

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Here’s Something Else!: Beatles Songs Where Ringo Starr Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has taken his share of knocks over the years. Some of those, in the interest of full disclosure, came from us....

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Here’s Something Else!: Sorting Through The Curious Mysteries of Styx

A band suspended forever between the formalism of Dennis DeYoung’s Broadway pretentions and the harder-edged banalities of James Young...

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Here’s Something Else!: Kicking It Old School, Isley Brothers Edition

In a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career dating back to the early 1950s, the Isley Brothers stayed on the move — transforming...

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Here’s Something Else!: Everything 1980s, Pink Floyd Edition

Pink Floyd‘s A Momentary Lapse of Reason, alas, was no Dark Side of the Moon. Criticized then as now for being transitional and...

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Here’s Something Else!: Alan Parsons Project, Overlooked Prog-Rock Band … or Futuristic Hovercraft?

The What-ing What Project? Never, perhaps, has a figure in rock music been simultaneously so famous and so … anonymous....

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Here’s Something Else!: More Beatles Songs We’re Not Sick Of Yet

The very ubiquitousness of the Beatles can make for difficult wading when you’re trying to remember what made them great in the first...

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Here’s Something Else!: Hall and Oates That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Hall and Oates are, of course, the poster boys for what happens when hair gel meets R&B. Funny thing is, they were originally anything...