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Simon Scott - FloodLines

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The promo material describes Simon Scott as a UK sound ecologist. Sound ecology appears to be an academic discipline for studying the effects of sound (natural and manmade) on the environment. In...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-08-30)

An Danzza - Whispers of the Forest

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Andrés Campuzano has been developing his An Danzza project for quite a few years now — the first album, Last Autumn Tears, dates from 2010, and there have been three other...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-08-29)

Ümit! - The Spirit of Ümit!

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After three EPs of gloomy, heavy rock with vocals (which I confess to have never having heard, going only on second hand reports), Ümit! has shown a completely different, more relaxed and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2016-08-28)

Astralasia - Cheesy

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Astralasia has just released a new CDEP with five tracks of fun and uplifting music. Some of the tracks are brand new and others not so new. All five are to varying degrees cheesy, hence the name....

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2016-08-27)

Standing Ovation - Gravity Beats Nuclear

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Gravity Beats Nuclear starts out much like Standing Ovation’s previous album, with a short, delicate instrumental piece followed by a melodic progressive metal song. At its base, the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2016-08-26)

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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)

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)


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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

2016-08-03
ProgDay 2016 Lineup Finalized – Given the way progressive music festivals have come and gone, it's hard to believe ProgDay has been going for 21 years now. This year's roster includes a number of great bands from all around the world. Deus Ex Machina, Bent Knee, Discipline, and more will be on hand, and the pre-show will get you in the mood with tributes to Pink Floyd and Genesis. » Read more

2016-08-02
Gary Parra RIP – Sadly, after a protracted battle with cancer, drummer and composer Gary Parra (Cartoon, PFS, Trap, Noisy Neighbor, and others) passed away on July 30th. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Spirit - 1984 – Be warned, this is not an authorized release - not even close. What we have here is (a) one track ("1984") recorded live in Bremen in 1969 (no further details...), (b) the entire original 1973 demo...  (1999) » Read more

Anthony Moore - Reed, Whistle and Sticks, Out & Flying Doesn't Help – Before hooking up with Peter Blegvad and Dagmar Krause to form Slapp Happy, Anthony Moore was experimenting with some very innovative musical techniques. Reed, Whistle and Sticks is one of the results...  (2001) » Read more

The Third and the Mortal - Nightswan & Painting on Glass – Not long ago, you may recall, this Norwegian band gave us their debut releases: the mini-CD Sorrow and its full-length companion Tears Laid In Earth. These were promising but unexceptional. Not so...  (1996) » Read more

Mercury Rising - Building Rome – Of late I have had to re-evalute my definition of what I thought progressive metal was. Take Mercury Rising, for example: the vocals are understandable, the guitar licks are not Metallica based, and...  (1999) » Read more

Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void – It seems Mr. Roach can do no wrong, always working with quality musicians always following different trails into uncharted areas and always sticking to psychosomatic energy in music. Lately,...  (1996) » Read more