Post Tagged with: "Progressive Rock"

An Italian Twofer: Neo – Water Resistance/Tribraco – Glue (2009, 2010)

by S. Victor Aron As I write this, two very talented bands from Italy specializing in the jazz of the whack variety are traversing the fruited plains looking to collect fans from the USA. The trio Neo and the quartet Tribraco are criss-crossing the country from August 23 to October 6, covering 37 cities, including Chicago, Philly, New York, Houston,Read More

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 5

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 5

Things could be looking up for Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. by Pico It’s been a whole three months since we last discussed a batch of sparkling new releases that are targeted for wider audiences. That’s such a long span that a few of the half dozen records yakked about below had been in circulation for several months, now. IfRead More

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 4 (Unhinged edition)

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 4 (Unhinged edition)

The thrash-jazz music of Little Women is well off the wall. by S. Victor It’s time again to take a walk on the wide side. Anybody who plays that unpredictable, elaborate and passionate music called jazz has my eternal respect. If they play it in new and unconventional ways, well, that’s usually a bonus to me. And if they toilRead More

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 1

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 1

The hottest band in the land just might be the Drive-By Truckers by S. Victor Aaron Funny how it seems I have plenty of time to listen to new music and precious little to write about. There’s about 9GBs of albums in my iPod rotation and I’m familiar with a good majority of it. And I want to tell theRead More

Adrian Belew Power Trio – e (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Guitarists who played in Frank Zappa’s band early in their career (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally) usually go on to greater success but like their old mentor, take paths not usually taken by rock stars. Adrian Belew falls squarely into that category. He was already good enough when he left The Mothers to tour and record withRead More

Quickies: A return to rock with four new releases

by Pico It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled… -Led Zeppelin What can I say, I’ve let a lot of release dates on the mainstream side go by without any mention. And so, it’s catch-up time. Three major acts, plus an act with a major cause. No jazz in sight, just the straight dope on righteous rockRead More

Oz Noy – Schizophrenic (2009)

Oz Noy – Schizophrenic (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron “Guitar virtuoso” for some can conjure up images of lightning fast shredders and gadget-filled guitar pyrotechnics. Some of these guys are pretty amazing technicians, to be sure, but a lot of them forget about applying their ample technique to songs that are any joy to listen to. But Oz Noy is not one of them. Israeli-bornRead More

One Track Mind: Ozric Tentacles, "Armchair Journey" (2006)

One Track Mind: Ozric Tentacles, "Armchair Journey" (2006)

By Pico Sometime early on in the life of this site when I penned my first review of a progressive rock performance, I mentioned something about listening to prog rock perhaps a lot more than I write about it. Since we started up more than three years ago, only 12 posts have fallen in the “proggers” category; this one isRead 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

David Gilmour – Live at Gdansk (2008)

Missing in the eternal argument embodied in their 1970s lyric — Which one’s Pink? — was my idea that it was neither Roger Waters nor David Gilmour. Maybe there would have been no Pink Floyd, not really, without Richard Wright. That’s what I hear in “Live at Gdansk” with Gilmour and Wright, recorded in 2006, but issued just days afterRead More

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