Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 11:04am by Ian Beabout
Änglagård: Prog på Svenska – Live in Japan

The legendary Swedish symphonic proggers return with a new lineup and a new live record.  How does it hold up? Read on ...

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Änglagård, Änglagård, The Crimson ProjeKCt, King Crimson, Genesis, Dun, symphonic prog, progressive rock
Posted Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 10:54am by Gabriel Riccio

Looking for some spooky dark ambient music for Halloween? Look no further - here are 3 new improvisations by Garmonbozia, a new violin/keyboard duo featuring myself and Sophia Uddin.

 

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Tags: dark ambient, space drone, free improvisation, The Gabriel Construct
Posted Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:54am by Ian Beabout
Ian Anderson and Ryan O'Donnell (Photo credit - Alexander Huber)

The Ian Anderson show in Greensburg, PA was an energetic and inspired performance with the new material being a surprising highlight.

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull, Concert Reviews, Homo Erraticus, Thick as a Brick
Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:20am by Ian Beabout
Captain Beefheart, 1969

If Zappa was a musical genius, than one of his few true peers, Don Van Vliet (best known to the musical world as Captain Beefheart) was a musical madman. A poet, artist, and truly an eccentric character, Van Vliet proved to be the more primitive, gritty foil to Zappa’s more polished style of music composition. With a band that could harness distorted, dissonant, raw, but complex music and Van Vliet’s raging Howling Wolf-inspired voice, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band proved to be one of the most unique and uncompromising acts to emerge from the 60’s LA scene, and that’s truly saying something. Trout Mask Replica (1969) first found it’s way into my life when I was about 13 or 14 years old. At the time, Zappa was my favorite artist and had already expanded my musical horizons to appreciate jazz and experimental, but nothing could prepare me for Trout Mask Replica. At times, it seemed chaotic, disparate, and random, while other times the band really came together and rocked out with a raw energy rivaling even the most extreme punk music along side a complexity that most progressive rock bands wouldn’t dare attempt. This record proved important to me because it unlocked the world of avant garde music, and when I learned to appreciate the unbridled primitivism this record so unabashedly displayed, my world opened. Trout Mask Replica taught me to question my own definition of music and that music didn’t have to be pretty or even pleasant to be compelling and enjoyable. 

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Captain Beefheart, Trout Mask Replica, Zappa Records, Remaster, Frank Zappa, avant garde, experimental music, Magic Band, Don Van Vliet
Posted Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:06pm by Clayton Michaels

One of the things that I love about music is that no matter how much time I spend listening to (and obsessing over) it, I likely won’t ever do more than just scratch the surface of what’s out there. The happy result of this is that pretty much every year there’s at least one band that isn’t even remotely on my radar that releases an album that completely knocks me on my ass. This year, that band is Portland-based psychedelic drone/doomsters Megaton Leviathan, whose recently released Past 21 Beyond the Arctic Shell has quickly become one of my favorite albums of the year.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Megaton Leviathan, the Cure, My Dying Bride, Pink Floyd, Nick Cave, drone, doom, progressive doom, psychedelic doom

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