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Rush – Clockwork Angels (2012)

Early in their career, Rush shrugged off the image of “prog rock band,” and all that ensues with such a title — epic song lengths, complicated, possibly esoteric storylines, etc.

Metallic Taste Of Blood – Metallic Taste Of Blood (2012)

When guitarist and sonic sculptor Eraldo Bernocchi (Harold Budd, Bill Laswell, Nils Petter Molvaer, Obake) got together with Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin to form a band, or perhaps I should say, project, they did away with constraints

Fred’s Country Fried Rock: Jackson Taylor and the Sinners, "Country Song" (2009)

My son and I went bowling on a recent afternoon, and while at the alley, I was assaulted by an hour and a half of current Nashville songs.

Paul Simon – Graceland: 25th Anniversary Edition (2012)

In 1984, Paul Simon faced a creative crossroads. His last album, 1983′s Hearts and Bones, was a commercial disappointment, although it received some favorable reviews

The Rockologist: The Raconteurs – Live At Montreux (2012)

Although I don’t “feel it” exactly the same way that a lot of people do when it comes to Jack White, I do “get it.”

Henry Threadgill – Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp (2012)

Henry Threadgill is an improviser of the highest order, not because he can improvise on his saxophone or flute, but because he also impovises well with the structure of the song. That creates a unique kind disruption in his music

Rick Wakeman – In the Nick of Time (2012)

If there is a central image of prog rock’s excesses, it is likely the cape-sporting Yes man Rick Wakeman surrounded by a semi-circle of towering keyboards.

The Friday Morning Listen: Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (1982)

So we’ve been in the process of getting our ancient house ready for sale. What this means is that there’s been a ton of cleaning, sorting, sneezing, donating, tossing out, and packing. Oh, did I mention the sneezing?

Bob Welch (1945-2012): An Appreciation

Fleetwood Mac have been through a lot of ups and downs in their forty-five year history, but have hit a streak of bad luck lately

Bill Evans – Live At Art D'Lugoff's Top Of The Gate (2012)

As much as I enjoy piano trio jazz, such a trio playing the predictable fare of standards in their traditional arrangements does not get me very fired up. This here record is one of those affairs