I suppose there are many contenders for the title of Hardest Working Band, but luckily that’s not a real contest, and certainly hard work alone is no gauge of worthiness. Since Stick Men got started as a development of Tony Levin’s Stick Man album ten years ago, the band has kept the new material coming, with studio and live releases getting into double digits (depending on how you count multiple versions of some of the live albums). » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2017-02-10)
Fans of adventurous music in the Austin, Texas area will be able to get a music fix along with coffee, alcohol, and a warm feeling from helping out a good cause. December 3 is the date for the Holiday Charity Rocktacular! at Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze. The music includes The Aaron Clift Experiment and Mount Pressmore, who played this year's Voyager Fest, as well as other artists in the realm of progressive, psychedelic, and post-rock. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2016-11-15)
I can still remember the first time I heard Unorthodox Behaviour back in the mid-70s, and how wonderful I found the combination of impressive technical playing and light-hearted humor. Over the years, an impressive number of incredible musicians participated in the band, and several of them are taking it out on the road in October.
Magma is a band with a long history in the real world, from its beginnings at the end of the 60s to 2016, still touring and recording. And Magma is a band which is about the fictional history of the planet Kobaia and its interactions with the people of Earth. The last few years have seen a welcome upsurge in the band’s activities, one result of which is that they are now, more than 40 years since their inception, playing concerts in cities they’ve never visited before. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2016-04-02)
In anticipation of their forthcoming album Prog Noir, Stick Men are embarking on a series of live performances in North America, covering the eastern and central parts of the continent in April and May. Further touring, Chapter Two, is planned to cover the West Coast, Europe, and other parts of the world in 2017. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2016-03-14)
Legendary symphonic rock band Renaissance is planning a series of shows in the Eastern US and in the UK to celebrate the release of their new DVD Live at the Union Chapel. Personnel includes long-time lead vocalist Annie Haslam with Rave Tesar (keyboards), Tom Brislin (keyboards), Mark Lambert (acoustic guitars), Leo Traversa (bass guitar), and Frank Pagano (drums). They will be joined by Curved Air on some of the UK shows. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2016-01-29)
On a balmy summer evening at the famous Threadgill's in Austin, TX prog rock band The Aaron Clift Experiment performed their new CD Outer Light, Inner Darkness, in its entirety, including a string quartet. » Read more (Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-08-29)
Yes, there are Progressive Music Awards. They've apparently been doing it for four years now, and this year's show will take place on 3 September in London. They're telling us that progressive rock is a "genre that is currently seeing many mainstream successes" (whatever that means), and they've got a bunch of categories we can vote in. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2015-07-15)
We've told you about how cool Sanguine Hum's 2013 album, The Weight of the World, is, and now there's an opportunity to see this great band play live. Three shows in the UK have just been announced, so if you're in the neighborhood of Leicester, Bristol, or London in mid-September, be sure to check them out.
Word reaches us today that renowned bassist Chris Squire, founding and longest-serving member of Yes, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia. He'll be undergoing treatment in his hometown of Phoenix, and the band will have long-time associate Billy Sherwood filling in on tour dates which are already booked. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2015-05-19)