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    Festival News: Recalling RosFest's First Three Band Annoucements
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, August 20 @ 18:53:09 PDT (29 reads)
    Festival News

    Let's catch up - and catch you up, maybe - with some recent RosFest news, namely, the first three bands announced for 2017!

    On June 20, it was announced that the Saturday headliner would be The Neal Morse Band. "Neal Morse is a household name in the world of progressive rock. His tenure as a founding member of legendary US progressive rock band Spock's Beard initially brought him to fame, but his name and stature as a band musician and solo artist have continued to soar after leaving the band in 2002. Neal has produced numerous solo albums, some exploring progressive rock and others focusing on Christian worship music. He is also a key member in progressive rock supergroups Transatlantic and Flying Colors, and was an instrumental member in The Beatles cover band Yellow Matter Custard, where he worked with Mike Portnoy and Paul Gilbert.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Yes - "Tales..." Steven Wilson 2016 Remixes Available For Pre-Order
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, August 20 @ 16:55:32 PDT (23 reads)
    Album Release News

    As posted by Yes: "Tales From Topographic Oceans is the fifth in a series of expanded Yes editions including 5.1 Surround mixes, new stereo mixes and High-Resolution stereo mixes of the original music. Additionally, both sets add extra material mixes on CD, while the Blu-Ray edition adds a wealth of extra audio material. Steven Wilson has produced the new mixes with the approval of the band. Both editions feature restored artwork overseen and approved by Roger Dean with an expanded booklet containing new sleeve-notes, photos and archive material making this the definitive edition of the album.

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    CD/DVD Releases: "All Things Must Pass" Coming To DVD On September 13th
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, August 14 @ 22:39:12 PDT (54 reads)
    Album Release News

    "Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with 200 stores, in 30 countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made an astounding $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story.

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    Concerts: Dream Theater Announce Fall North American Headline Tour
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, August 07 @ 16:51:00 PDT (41 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) Dates Get Underway October 5th At Bethlehem, PA's Sands Bethlehem Event Center

    As posted to the band's Facebook page (and elsehwere): "Roadrunner Records' group Dream Theater has announced details of a fall North American headline tour. The trek, which gets underway October 5th at Bethlehem, PA’s Sands Bethlehem Event Center, will see the pioneering group performing their widely acclaimed double concept album The Astonishing in immersive and interactive settings for a unique and unparalleled live experience. Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for select North American dates [went] sale this [past] Wednesday, August 3rd [...] with general on sale starting Friday, August 5th. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Neal Morse Band's "Alive Again" Release Is Right Around The Corner!
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, August 02 @ 21:51:28 PDT (67 reads)
    Album Release News

    The amazing new Neal Morse Band Alive Again DVD/2CD Set and Blu-ray will be released soon, on August 5th!

    "Riding on the tremendous success of their breakthrough album, The Grand Experiment, The Neal Morse Band set out on a tremendously successful world tour in the spring of 2015. Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy have teamed up with Randy George, Eric Gillette, and Bill Hubauer to create one of the greatest progressive rock bands of all time. Full stop. The Alive Again package shows them at the top of their form performing for a rousing audience in Holland March 6, 2015.

    Audio mixed by Rich Mouser

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    Artist News: Evergrey: "The Storm Within" Coming In September!
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, July 03 @ 12:19:00 PDT (62 reads)
    Album Release News

    "Summing up Evergrey's new album The Storm Within quick and to the point, the band is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with the strongest album of their career," notes AFM Records, who will release The Storm Within on September 9.

    "While this may come off as music industry lip-service in honour of the Swedish quintet, anyone who has followed Evergrey will find it impossible not to become completely enthralled by the music on The Storm Within within the space of the first listen.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Erik Norlander To Release "Surreal" June 21
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, June 18 @ 16:43:24 PDT (103 reads)
    Album Release News

    Due out from Think Tank Media on June 21, 2016, Erik Norlander releases Surreal - the "new full-length visionary album [...]. After two recent highly-acclaimed releases with his Rocket Scientists project, Norlander now presents the follow-up to his 2009 solo epic, The Galactic Collective, released in several forms including a live DVD/CD set. Surreal continues in that spirit with traditional rock band instrumentation fronted by Norlander’s own timeless, signature keyboards. Surreal gives both a nod to the past and puts an eye on the future with lush analog soundscapes, real living human grooves, and unforgettable melodic lead work that will keep the songs playing in the listener’s head long after the music stops."

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    Artist News: Magellan's Trent Gardner Passes
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, June 16 @ 13:36:31 PDT (171 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Updated 8:30pm PST: While the nature of Magallan's Trent Gardner's passing on June 11 have not been shared, the family has shared that it was sudden and unexpected.

    A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help the family cover funeral expenses - you can get to the campaign through the Magellan website.

    While Gardner's musical history starts before Magellan, the first Magallan album was Hour Of Restoration (1991) - which included brother Wayne on guitars (who passed in 2014) and Hal Imbrie on bass - the first release (by catalog number) from the then new label Magna Carta -- the album includes the epic track "Magna Carta."

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    CD/DVD Releases: Epica To Release 'The Holographic Principle' On September 30th!
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, June 05 @ 10:45:57 PDT (261 reads)
    Album Release News

    Holland's greatest symphonic metal band, Epica, have finally put the last touches on their new upcoming studio album entitled The Holographic Principal. Once again it'll be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was produced with Joost van der Broek at Sandlane Recording Facilities. Mixing was handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Destruction). The cover artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann.

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    Concerts: Experimental Rock 3 Piece From San Francisco - Impuritan Just Announced Tour
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, June 04 @ 20:00:00 PDT (370 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Impuritan just released Everything Is Magick in January 2016 - an eight-song alchemical mix of psychedelia, post-rock, space-rock, ambient noise, and surf. Two multi-instrumentalists and use of live loops/samples makes the band sound larger than three members. Their US East Coast tour begins in June (see dates below) supporting shoegaze pioneers The Veldt, followed by a performance at Local Legends Festival in NJ and much more.

    Impuritan is a sonic embodiment of life, death, love, hate, space, time, evolution and extinction. An abstract dream or visceral nightmare. In stereo. Wellspring eternal.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Cosmograf To Release "The Unreasonable Silence" June 13, 2016
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, June 01 @ 18:43:48 PDT (82 reads)
    Album Release News

    In more web-wanderings, we learned that Cosmograf, the UK progressive rock project headed by Robin Armstrong, will release their 5th album, The Unreasonable Silence on June 13, 2016.

    According to the website, the album is "an existential concept album with an alien theme, based on the essay ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ by the French philosopher Albert Camus.

    "'It's essentially a more modern re-telling of Camus's writings about mankind's struggle to understand the universe and our role within it,' says the concept's creator Robin Armstrong. 'Camus described man standing face to face with the irrational, longing for happiness and reason which leads to a confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.'

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    CD/DVD Releases: Red Jasper Release "777"
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, June 01 @ 17:24:03 PDT (44 reads)
    Album Release News

    Well I'll be darned. Red Jasper have released a new album. It, 777, came out in April, from Angel Air Records. Not only that, it comes on the heels of 2015's release The Great And Secret Show.

    I had last heard from Red Jasper years and years ago when David Clifford emailed me to say the band was no more or something along those lines -- computer failures mean I likely don't have that email anymore. Nevertheless, gone they were. I had given their 1993 release Midsummer's Night Dream good marks, and so, too, to their 1997 release Anagramary (the other releases not - yet - reviewed), so I was sad at their dissolution...

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    Concerts: Steve Howe To Tour UK In Support of "Homebrew 6"
    Posted by nightowl on Wednesday, June 01 @ 15:51:54 PDT (111 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    As posted to the Steve Howe website this past weekend, Steve will tour this coming October in support of his recently released CD Homebrew 6, including these venues: Landmark Arts Centre, Salisbury Arts Centre, St. John’s Church, The Quay Theatre, Band on the Wall, The Jazz Café, City Varieties, The Queen’s Hall, Otley Court House, Colston Hall, The 1865, Lancaster Priory, Rhosygilwen, and Civic Centre (see dates below)

    Of Homebrew 6, Steve says: “'20 years on since the first volume of Homebrew, I am especially pleased to have compiled a rounded release covering material for bands and my solo albums, here in their original form, at the point where the writing defines my feelings and possibilities of these particular pieces, before they’ve been rearranged for general release.”

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    CD/DVD Releases: News Bits: Jadis, Alberto Rigoni, Grave Digger...
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 29 @ 16:16:31 PDT (91 reads)
    Album Release News

    Here are some news items we scooped up over the last few weeks:

    Vecteur K To Release New Concept Album. Unicorn Digital is proud to present the second studio album from Quebec Progressive Rock band Vecteur K. The new album, entitled Incident Au Café, will be available May 1st 2016.

    The new Vecteur K concept album contains 10 songs sung in French. Vecteur K had released a first album on Unicorn Digital in 2009 entitled La Peur Du Desert.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Karmakanic To Release "DOT" July 22, 2016
    Posted by nightowl on Sunday, May 29 @ 16:08:33 PDT (113 reads)
    Album Release News

    While traipsing through the "interwebs" this afternoon, I alighted on the InsideOutMusic page - not that I don't visit anyway - and noticed that Karmakanic have a new CD, DOT, coming out in July -- July 22 to be exact. This is the first since their 2011 release In A Perfect World [which spent months, months, in my player -ed.]. According to the press release, the current lineup is: Jonas Reingold, Göran Edman, Morgan Ågren, Lalle Larsson, Nils Erikson and Krister Jonsson - the only change from In A Perfect World is Ågren on drums.

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    From The Editor
    February 21, 2016: No, really, we're still here. Ye old editor has a secondary life that for 3 months (Jan-Mar) becomes the primary life (nothing to do with primaries, incidentally)... and so into prog-hibernation we go ... Today, this is us peeking out the cave entrance to see if winter has passed yet...

    Big Story of Today
    There isn't a Biggest Story for Today, yet.

    Current Rotation
    The following titles are currently among those in rotation at the editor's desk:

    Aaron English - American [Fever] Dream
    IO Earth - IO Earth
    IO Earth - Moments
    IQ - Frequency
    Matthew Parmenter - Horror Express
    and more... (yes, 'stuck' on the RF2012/NF2012 lineup)

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    Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (40th Anniversary Special Edition) (reviewed 12-31-12)

    Mostly Autumn - Live At The Boerderij (reviewed 08-18-13)

    Jake Nielsen - Perspective (reviewed 12-26-12)

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    CONTEST #36:

    Congrats to Rick Tvedt, our winner of a copy of Bangtower's Casting Shadows CD. Contest #37 coming soon...

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