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From Land to Tuva —
The Dennis Rea Interview 2015

Cover art Back in issue #23 (2001), we interviewed guitarist Dennis Rea, who had been an active musician for many years at that point, with a varied and interesting career. He talked about his accomplishments up to that point and his plans for the future. From the perspective of that time, we’re now more than ten years into the future, so it seemed like a good time for a new interview and get some updates on the things he talked about.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-02)

Raiding the Magic Satchel —
Seaprog 2015 in Review

Cover art After a nearly 22 hour road trip from Utah complete with a night-time detour through the dense forest of central Oregon, the pillow against my face in our Seattle hotel room never felt so good – I think I was sound asleep in about 30 seconds, if even that long. In the haze of fatigue a full day disappeared and suddenly it was mid-day Friday and a beautiful day in Seattle, I was completely refreshed. It was the long anticipated journey to the next Seaprog that drew me here, especially after having had such a blast at last year’s event.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-09-24)

The Yaogun Diaries Vol. 3 —
Hedgehog

Cover art Hedgehog is a very deceptive band. Their music is, superficially at least, simple punk pop, good fun with a good beat and catchy melodies. But it can withstand closer examination, revealing a great amount of craft and creativity. I have been lucky enough to see them several times live, and always enjoyed the show.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-01)

Of Lions and Salads —
The Miriodor Interview 2014

Cover art The scene: Sunday dinner break at a loud and busy cafe a few doors down from the Columbia City Theater in Seattle. The previous night Miriodor had given an outstanding headlining performance on the first night of the second Seaprog festival. The whole band was on hand to reflect on that performance, and the 35 years on from their humble beginnings in Quebec City.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen, Jeff Melton 2015-02-18)

Shooting at the Moon —
The Moonjune Interview

Cover art Leonardo Pavkovic has been a supporter of progressive rock and jazz for over 25 years. Beginning as a label rep in New York City, he eventually became the founder of the one of the last true American-based labels supporting diverse international artists and music across the globe. Pavkovic has a passion for Indonesian music, which has been his label’s focus for the last few years.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2015-01-29)

Forward in All Directions! —
The 2014 Holiday Letter

Cover art Hello, everyone — family, friends, comrades in music appreciation! It's been another eventful year here at Exposé Central, almost exclusively the good kind of eventful. We hope your year has been as full of wonderful music as ours has.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis, Peter Thelen, Henry Schneider, Paul Hightower 2015-01-01)

Reviving the Charm of Prog —
Meet Proud Peasant

Cover art Austin, TX, long known as the musical capital of Texas, is normally associated in non-Texan minds with Willie Nelson and outlaw country bands. But Austin also hosts the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) musical and media extravaganza, which involved many musical styles. Most people don’t realize that Austin was the home of what was arguably the first psychedelic band, The 13th Floor Elevators. In addition, there is the annual Austin Psych Festival and Roky Ericson’s Ice Cream Social that bring bands like Acid Mothers Temple to Austin. Austin is also an incubator for progressive rock bands like House of Never, The Invincible Czars, Thirteen of Everything, and most recently Proud Peasant.  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2014-09-21)

New Kid in the Crimson King's Court —
The Jakko Jakszyk Interview

Cover art Jakko Jakszyk is one of those working musicians who seems to have spent most of his career under the radar of most listeners, but his resume includes a who's-who of English pop, rock, and progressive rock. Perhaps his most high profile work has been with the 21st Century Schizoid Band, playing mostly classic King Crimson music from the 70s, but Robert Fripp tapped him for the 2014 reformation of Crimson itself. I was happy to catch Jakko in a brief period in between rehearsals for the upcoming US Crimson tour this fall.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2014-09-07)

Still Talking to the Sun —
The Andy Anderson Interview

Cover art Drummer Andy Anderson may not be a household name to most American or even most European music fans. But he has been an essential part of a number of high profile acts, having worked with Steve Hillage and later the Cure, making him an strong candidate for an under-the-radar kind of interview. I got acquainted with the him via Facebook, and I was quite delighted to see him agree to an email exchange that further shows his broad influences as a player and composer.  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2014-07-27)

Sunshine and Music in Seattle —
Seaprog 2014 Review

Cover art One couldn’t have asked for a better weekend in a city known for fog and rain. Arriving Friday afternoon, there wasn’t a lot of time to do much in the way of touristy things and sightseeing, plus I had already done that plenty my last couple visits to this jewel of the great Northwest (my last time being the first Progman Cometh festival so many years ago), my sole mission on this weekend was seeing this second edition of Seaprog, after sadly missing the inaugural event last summer.  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2014-07-09)

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2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Waldteufel - Sanguis – Waldteufel is the German duo of Markus Wolff (primarily vocals, drums, and percussion) and Tyrsson Sinclair (other instruments, vocals, etc.) and this is their fourth full-length release. Their music...  (2008) » Read more

Frogg Café - Fortunate Observer of Time – Frogg Café is one of those bands with influences you can probably spot, but whom you’d be hard pressed to describe. Their new one takes its cues from lots of places: classic progressive...  (2006) » Read more

Henry Cow - Western Culture – Western Culture was originally released in 1978 as the final official album from Henry Cow. This single disc is separated into two 18 minute tracks: "History and Broken Prospects" (written...  (1996) » Read more

Tristan Park - A Place Inside – Simple song structures, basic harmonic progressions, and weak lyrical content place this release squarely in the dangerously-close-to-cheesy neo-prog category. The music can't seem to decide if...  (1996) » Read more

Exsimio - Carbono 14 – It’s been over six years since Exsimio’s eponymous debut, but all is well, and their sophomore effort certainly offers the evidence. The Chilean quartet (g/g/b/d) has taken it a couple...  (2007) » Read more



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