Articles by: Preston Frazier

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier’s Best Concerts of 2016: Stevie Nicks, Yes, Hiromi, Dolly Parton + others

Preston Frazier lists his five Best Concerts of 2016, with two special honorable mentions.

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, “Big Brother, Little Brother” (2016): One Track Mind

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, “Big Brother, Little Brother” (2016): One Track Mind

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, the pre-Yes progressive rock legends, are offering listeners a taste of their forthcoming 2017 album.

Yes, “Don’t Kill The Whale” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Don’t Kill The Whale” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

This second song from Yes’ ‘Tormato’ has a more straight-ahead sensibility than we usually expect from the world’s greatest progressive rock band.

Beto Martinez, of Brownout: Something Else! Interview

Beto Martinez, of Brownout: Something Else! Interview

Guitarist Beto Martinez joins Preston Frazier to discuss Brownout’s ‘Brown Sabbath Vol. II,’ his early musical experiences and his work with Grupo Fantasma.

Esquire featuring Nikki Squire, “Ministry of Life” (2016): One Track Mind

Esquire featuring Nikki Squire, “Ministry of Life” (2016): One Track Mind

“Ministry of Life” is an excellent preface for what’s coming on ‘Esquire III: No Spare Planet,’ the third album from Yes co-founder Chris Squire’s ex-wife Nikki Squire.

Farewell Milwaukee – FM (2016)

Farewell Milwaukee – FM (2016)

Even at 13 tracks, the gorgeous ‘FM’ almost seems too short. Farewell Milwaukee always leaves you wanting more.

Yes, “Future Times/Rejoice” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

Yes, “Future Times/Rejoice” from Tormato (1978): YESterdays

As an opening track, “Future Times/Rejoice” is not a good omen for the rest of Yes’ ‘Tormato.’

Yes, “Awaken” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Awaken” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Up until recently, “Awaken” was at the bottom of my list when I thought of Yes’ so-called epic songs.

Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II (2016)

Brownout – Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II (2016)

Is ‘Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath Vol. II’ better than the original, one of 2014’s best rock albums?

Yes, “Wonderous Stories” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Yes, “Wonderous Stories” from Going For the One (1977): YESterdays

Over just three verses and one hook-driven chorus, Yes’ “Wonderous Stories” demonstrates prog rock in its direct and most accessible form.