It's tempting to talk about guitarist Adrian Belew
only in terms of the company he has kept throughout the past 30 years. He's been a sideman for Zappa and Bowie, was integral in King Crimson v2.0 and played on the best records the Talking Heads, Paul Simon and Nine Inch Nails ever released. With such a CV, it's almost easy to ignore the fact that Belew released two solo albums last year and is touring in support of his latest, Side Three
, due out in April. To hear his solo work from the spare, echo-heavy explorations to full-out ethno-funk is to hear how central his guitar was to other people's projects (and, more than likely, one of your favorite songs).