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Daniel Higgs - The Fools Sermon, Part 1

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Let me first say that I thought stream of consciousness word-jazz poetry went out of fashion decades ago with poets like William S. Burroughs and Ken Nordine. I guess I am being naive, because...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-24)

WorldService Project - For King and Country

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This is one of those cases where I want to write a review that simply says: “Stop reading my review and go get this immediately!” But I realize there are very few people in this world...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-09-23)

Robert Normandeau - Figures

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Clocking in at exactly 60 minutes is Robert Normandeau’s latest release of acousmatic music. The opening piece is "Le Renard et la Rose" ("The Fox and the Rose"). This is...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-09-22)

Area - Caution Radiation Area

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McLatchey's Second Tier

I've noticed on many Area fans' lists this one tends to drop a bit lower and I'd even put it in third place in their catalog. But it's...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-09-22)

DeeperNET - The Network

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DeeperNET is the recording project of one Andrew Miles, Portland, Oregon based electronic musician, and The Network is his third release on Spotted Peccary. The eight tracks here follow a path...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-09-21)

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Whisper Kobaïan in My Ear, Baby —
Magma in Seattle, 2016

Cover art 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)

A Punk with Class —
The Morgan Fisher Interview

Cover art Morgan Fisher has a long and interesting musical career. He and I were both born in 1950, but 11 months apart. At the ripe old age of 18 his band The Love Affair scored a #1 UK hit “Everlasting Love” (though in typical fashion for the day, neither he nor his bandmates played on the single). He also began experimenting with electronic music between 1968 and 1972, as well as co-producing Allan Holdsworth’s debut album. Between 1973 and 1977, he was part of the Third Ear Band for a brief period, joined Mott the Hoople in the Bowie years, and guest appeared on many LPs. In the late 70s Morgan set up his own studio and record label where he released Slow Music and the two oddball Hybrid Kids albums. He played keyboards on Queen’s 1982 European tour and then moved to Japan in the mid 80s. Since then, he has continued to record ambient albums and music for art videos, movies, and television. He has also played with local Japanese bands and began his series of light paintings. This past September, he flew back to the UK to perform with Mick Ronson’s daughter Lisa at her record release party.  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2015-11-21)

Inside the Bands Don’t Run on Time —
Modern Sky Festival Seattle 2015

Cover art In China every year, big holiday music festivals are a staple of the entertainment industry, and Modern Sky is one of the primary producers of these festivals. Modern Sky is also a record label, but the festivals range far beyond the label’s own artists. Given the miniscule percentage of Chinese people who go to see live music in bars, the festivals are the primary way for bands to connect with fans. To Modern Sky’s credit, their events are eclectic affairs, featuring both well-known and obscure Chinese artists along with a wide variety of foreign acts. Genres represented range widely as well: heavy metal, punk, pop, singer-songwriters, post-rock, hip-hop, electronic, even quirky avant-garde.  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2015-10-16)

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)


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2016-09-12
Brand X Hits the Road, North America 2016 Edition – 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. » Read more

2016-09-05
2016 Prog Award Winners Announced – Prog magazine presented its awards for 2016 on September 1, honoring such luminaries as Jon Anderson, Riverside, Big Big Train, Andy Summers, Jon Hiseman, Jakko Jakszyk, Van der Graaf Generator, and The Buggles. » Read more

2016-08-29
RosFest 2017 Artists Announced – The Rites of Spring Festival has been going since 2004, and the 2017 edition is set for May 5-7, 2017 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The lineup features Änglagård, Neal Morse, The Aaron Clift Experiment, Unified Past, and The Fierce and the Dead, with more announcements to come as the schedule is filled out. » Read more

2016-08-23
Gilli Smyth RIP – Roughly a year and a half after the passing of Daevid Allen, another of the founders of Gong has left this planet. Singer Gilli Smyth, whose distinctive vocals earned the name "Space Whisper," has died at the age of 83. » Read more

2016-08-03
VoyagerFest 2016 Set to Take Flight – VoyagerFest is ready for its second year, and they've got another eclectic lineup slated. Some familiar names are present, such as Thirteen of Everything, Stop Motion Orchestra, Proud Peasant, Aaron Clift Experiment, Herd of Instinct, and Transit Method; there are a bunch of less widely known acts as well — The Dialtones, eBurner, Chasca, Pony Trap, and many more. It all happens September 17-18 at Spider House in Austin, Texas. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Moby Grape - Moby Grape, Wow, & Grape Jam – One of the very best of the late 60s San Francisco bands (if not the best), Moby Grape's recordings as well as the band's name itself has long been tied up in endless cycles of litigation thanks to...  (2008) » Read more

Radio Massacre International - Rain Falls in Grey – Head pixie Daevid Allen’s cover art, featuring a colorful half-toned rendition of Syd Barrett, provides the first clue as to what lies within this jewel case. Call it retro-psych, post-modern psych,...  (2009) » Read more

Genfuoco - Dentro l'Invisible – Genfuoco were one of the last "progressive" rock groups in the late 70s with Zauber and Locanda delle Fate. Genfuoco's music, very much like Zauber, was airy and serene with some very...  (1996) » Read more

Marissa Nadler - Ballads of Living and Dying & The Saga of Mayflower May – The voice is crystalline and exhilaratingly haunting, a crisp and refreshing elixir. Her muse is resolute, hewn from emotion, fashioned from a steadfast rock that never falters. Melancholy is a...  (2006) » Read more

Bryan Ferry - Olympia – Bryan Ferry has noticeably become very particular when releasing new material under his own name. Reportedly this album was going to be a Roxy Music recording at one point, seriously re-worked and...  (2011) » Read more