progressive rock

Posted Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 5:11pm by Gabriel Riccio

I had the pleasure of being introduced to The Mercury Tree at Progtoberfest this past year. This Portland band was easily one of the most interesting and modern sounding bands on the bill. They are far from being just another prog band, as they incorporate influences from math rock, jazz, alternative rock, and more. All of this is evident on their latest record, Countenance, which displays an enormous stylistic range (and a huge progression from their previous records). If you're a fan of bands like The Mars Volta, Tera Melos, Tool, and King Crimson, then give this record a listen.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: The Mercury Tree, Countenance, Progtoberfest, progressive rock, math rock, Portland, Tool, King Crimson, The Mars Volta, Tera Melos
Posted Monday, January 12, 2015 - 1:31pm by Darin Tambascio

With 2014 almost two weeks behind us, I finally got around to compiling my favorite full length albums of 2014. Be sure to also check out my favorite EPs of 2014!

Here is part one of the three part series:

Category: Feature Stories

Tags: Bohren & Der Club of Gore, piano nights, Cliff Martinez, The Knick, Daniel Lanois, Flesh and Machine, Godflesh, A World Lit of Fire, kayo dot, Coffins on lo, Jefferson Friedman, Craig Wedren, On In Love, Murmur, black metal, prog, progressive rock, avant garde, art rock, jazz, Shudder To Think, synthesizer, goth
Posted Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 9:47am by Gabriel Riccio

Structure is one of the most difficult things for progressive rock bands to get right. How do you make a long, complicated song and have it all flow and cohere? Even many popular prog bands struggle with this, so I thought it would be fun to do a series on the different kind of structures used in prog and how to make each of them work.

Category: Musicians Corner

Tags: The Mars Volta, Frances the Mute, Structure, progressive rock, prog, music theory
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 Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:28pm by Darin Tambascio
Electric Wurms album cover

Electric Wurms features Steven Drozd and Wayne Coyne switching roles with Drozd on lead vocals (among other things) and Coyne playing bass, while members of Nashville psychedelic/experimental group Linear Downfall round out the group. Throughout Musik, die Schwer zu Twerk (which is Google translation of "music, that's hard to twerk to" in German), Drozd and company write songs similar to the Flaming Lips style of noisy psych rock but with more krautrock and progressive rock influences.

Category: Album Reviews

Tags: Flaming Lips, Linear Downfall, krautrock, Can, Kraftwerk, Yes, Steven Drodz, Wayne Coyne, prog, progressive rock, psychedelic rock

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