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Blacksmith Tales - The Dark Presence

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Blacksmith Tales is a young Italian metal prog band with members Michele Guaitoli and Beatrice Demori (vocals), Stefano Debiaso (drums), Denis Canciani (bass), Marco Falanga (electric and acoustic...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-10-27)

Lyle Mays - Eberhard

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When Lyle Mays died in 2020, he left behind a recording of a piece dedicated to the influential bassist Eberhard Weber. Weber himself doesn’t play on the piece, but the music reflects...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-10-26)

Steve Roach - Live at Soundquest Fest 2021

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March 26-28, 2021 was the event Soundquest Fest 2021, created by ambient / electronic music pioneer Steve Roach, bringing together innovative electronic and ambient composers and musicians from...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-10-25)

Sendelica - And Man Created God

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Hard to believe that Sendelica has been a member of the Fruits de Mer stable of bands for over ten years now: albums, singles, compilations, gigs, etc. And over this past decade Sendelica has...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-10-24)

Shakespeare & the Blues - e.g., Rhapsodic

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What we have on hand is the first album by a New Orleans based trio that draws on elements of acid jazz, hip hop, and classical, in an open experimental setting, consisting of mostly instrumental...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-10-22)

Bhopal's Flowers - Alstromeria: A Journey on Earth & Beyond

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Something has been nagging me about the various jangle pop bands growing in popularity today, and I think that I have finally put my finger on it. While these bands are enamored with the...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-10-21)

Bruford - Rock Goes to College (Deluxe Edition)

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Ah, the heady days of 1979, when talented musicians could show their stuff and not be called self-indulgent. Oh, wait... That was by no means generally true in 1979, at least not in rock, but some...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2021-10-20)

PAKT - PAKT & Live in Pawling

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It was August 15th in 2020, the year of the plague, when four world class musicians and improvisers got together at the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NYC. The project that night was called PAKT,...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-10-19)

Anders Buaas - Tarot

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While pursuing his Witches of Finnmark trilogy, Norwegian guitarist and composer Anders Buaas began work on a very special project, Tarot. Tarot is a collection of 22...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2021-10-18)

Chris Rodler - Left to My Own Devices

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The 90s and early 00s would not have been the same without bands such as Drama, Leger de Main, Gratto, RH Factor, Mythologic, Andeavor, and Razor Wire Shrine. None of these bands lasted more than...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-10-16)
 

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