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    Artist News: Riverside Keeps Flowing...
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, October 14 @ 23:00:25 PDT (32 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Catching up with Riverside they recently announced that they will continue as a trio without a permanent guitarist, using friends who are session guitarists - and are preparing to record a new album. In the meantime, the band are releasing the previously announced and featured (but not yet reviewed) Eye Of The Soundscape, which comes out on October 21 (listen to "Where The River Flows" linked below). According to the band, they intend to play their first gig in February 2017 (the one year anniversary of guitarist Piotr's untimely death.

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    CD/DVD Releases: The Sunpilots Launch Crowdfunding Campaign
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, October 14 @ 22:56:23 PDT (18 reads)
    Album Release News

    Firstly, who are Sunpilots? I had to ask myself - it was a sponsored post in my personal FB feed (vs the PW FB feed); I played the video and... decided to share their post here. Not sure if they consider themselves prog, they aren't in the classic sence (e.g., not Yes, ELP, etc., imitators), but... there was something modern prog about them to me.

    So, hailing from Australia, the band now lives on the road, with no fixed location. You can read their bio and you'll see I'm not exagerating. They've released 2 albums already - Living Receiver and King Of The Sugarcoated Tongues, and are now crowdfunding for their third; here's the post:

    "We're excited to bring you guys another new album preview! 'Fireflies' filmed live in the studio. We're independent and need your help to make this record. Head to pledge.thesunpilots.com if you want to support our crowdfunding campaign. Share and spread the word!"

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    CD/DVD Releases: Lifesigns Launch Pledge Campaign For New CD "Cardington" And See Success
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, October 14 @ 20:40:13 PDT (60 reads)
    Album Release News

    "Lifesigns are proud to announce the official launch of the pledge camapaign for our new CD Cardington. We hope you will join us in making Cardington the next step in the world of Lifesigns. [...] For those about to pledge ...we salute you :-) xx"

    In researching more info on this, we learned from their website that they have already met 100% of their goal! In two days! But, that doesn't mean you can't still contribute. Go to www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lifesignsalbum. The album is due Spring 2017.

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    Concerts: Marillion To Headline Friday Night At Be Prog! My Friend 2017
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 08 @ 13:35:19 PDT (86 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc) British Prog Rockers Marillion Join Tull, Anathema, Ulver And More On Barcelona 2017 Bill

    As posted at Prog magazine's website - and shared by Marillion - "Marillion have been announced as the Friday night headliner at this [coming] year's Be Prog! My Friend festival in Barcelona.

    "The UK prog rockers, currently riding high in the charts with new album FEAR, the band's highest charting UK album since 1987's Clutching At Straws will perform on Friday June 30. They join fellow headliners Jethro Tull, who perform on Saturday July 1 and Ulver, Anathema, Animals As Leaders and Caligula's Horse who have previously been announced.

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    CD/DVD Releases: RPWL Plays "The Man And The Journey" CD/DVD Out October 28
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 08 @ 10:49:40 PDT (54 reads)
    Album Release News

    German prog band RPWL shared via Facebook: "GREAT NEWS! Our Pink Floyd-show The Man And The Journey recorded last February will be out just in time to our autumn tour! The digipak contains an audio CD and a DVD (incl. stereo and DTS surround sound). It's already ready to pre-order in our shop."

    And via that shop: "The recording showcases a band in top form that brings the unorthodox set to life with playful lightness. RPWL take the audience on a trip through a human’s life. From getting up in the morning, going to work, all the way to nightmares and a lot more: in the first part of the show the band lays out the regular course of a person’s day. The second part, though, consists of the dreamlike spiritual contemplation of all the things that happened in the first part.

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    CD/DVD Releases: Jadis' New Album "No Fear Of Looking Down" Due Out October 24
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 08 @ 10:23:54 PDT (31 reads)
    Album Release News

    In an update to an item we posted in September, the new Jadis album, No Fear Of Looking Down, will be released on October 24. Pre-orders for the new studio album are now open at the Jadis website, payment via PayPal.

    The band will be signing the first 300 numbered copies.

    View the tracklisting and hear (and view) and audio sampler of 4 tracks below:

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    CD/DVD Releases: Izz To Release "Ampersand, Volume 2" October 11
    Posted by nightowl on Saturday, October 08 @ 09:41:44 PDT (19 reads)
    Album Release News

    In a recent Facebook posting, Izz announced the following: Ampersand, Volume 2 will be available for download on iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play and all other digital download retailers on October 11th. Physical copies of the Ampersand, Volume 2 CD (including a limited number of autographed copies) are available for pre-order now in North America directly from the Doone Records store: www.squareup.com/store/doonerecords. For international purchase of the CD, please visit www.izzmusic.com --> "Music" for a listing of international vendors, which include www.justforkicks.de in Germany and Europe and www.whiteknightrecords.co.uk in the UK.

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    Artist News: Anette Olzon and Jani Liimatainen Explore New Frontiers
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, October 07 @ 22:09:18 PDT (27 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    The second item "trapped" in our "hopper" is:

    "Frontiers Music Srl is very pleased to announce the launch of a new musical partnership between singer Anette Olzon and producer/songwriter/guitar player Jani Liimatainen for a new studio album, which will see release on the label in 2017.

    Anette is mostly known for being the immaculate voice on hit albums from Nightwish such as Dark Passion Play and Imaginareum. Jani has recently been busy in Cain's Offering Official alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all power metal fans thanks to his time in Sonata Arctica. They are now working together on a record which promises to be a huge statement in the European metal scene for years to come!

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    CD/DVD Releases: Adagio Go Indiegogo For Fifth Release Don'tcha Know
    Posted by nightowl on Friday, October 07 @ 22:01:53 PDT (33 reads)
    Album Release News

    Couple of news items stuck in our "hopper"; here's the first:

    Adagio are working on their fifth album, Life (due December 2016), and have launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance the production. There are various options you can pledge toward, such as the VIP Album Bundle - Autographed Live vinyl and digipack plus Life demos* and stem files, a Life shirt, a Life cloth flag, a Dominate limited edition shirt, an Adagio USB, special thanks in the booklet, a personal video message from the band and Life digital download. Only €125 (or, at today's exchange rate, it'd be $140.31 - for those in the US**).

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    CD/DVD Releases: Far Beyond Release "A Frozen Flame Of Ice"
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, September 15 @ 14:39:33 PDT (116 reads)
    Album Release News

    As preface to this news item, this was a "sponsored" post in my Facebook feed. But, as I like music - perhaps too much, my finances tell me - I went to the band's Bandcamp's page and am, as I write this, listening to the title track (comments below). For those whose progressive tastes vere towards the progressive/power metal arena - which I know our news often trends towards anyway - I share here Far Beyond's press release for their new album A Frozen Flame Of Ice:

    "After over five years of work, I'm very happy to announce that A Frozen Flame Of Ice is finally released. First I want to thank everyone who has supported me on the way to this album. And a big thank you to all of you who have already ordered the album before the official release - THANK YOU !!!

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    Concerts: Jethro Tull Announce Fall West Coast Tour Dates
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, September 15 @ 13:42:53 PDT (75 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    In more touring news, Jethro Tull have announced a series of Fall tour dates where they will hit the West Coast of the US (dates below). Tull will also tour Germany (with one Switzerland date) in November and Ian Anderson will play some Christmas shows in December, then Tull are back in Europe in February 2017 for a few dates (these dates also listed below).

    Joining Ian Anderson to perform the works of Jethro Tull are* Florian Opahle (guitar), David Goodier (basses), John O'Hara (orchestral conductor, piano, keyboards, accordion), Scott Hammond (drums, percussion), Ryan O'Donnell (vocals and stage antics), Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir (vocals, violin) and Greig Robinson (bass).

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    Concerts: Yes Announce Japanese Mini-Tour
    Posted by nightowl on Thursday, September 15 @ 12:27:27 PDT (29 reads)
    Band News (tours, comings/goings, etc)

    Yes announced a 6 date Japanese Tour for November 2016 today, where they will be playing Yessongs and Tales From Topographic Oceans sides 1&4.

    Dates and ticket links:

    Nov. 21, 22, 28 & 29: Tokyo Orchard Hall -- Tickets: www.bunkamura.co.jp/engl…/orchard/kashi/20161121.html
    Nov. 24: Osaka Orix Theater -- Tickets: www.orixtheater.jp/event/201611.php#1124
    Nov. 25: Zepp Nagoya -- Tickets: hall.zepp.co.jp/nagoya/schedule.html

    Tickets also available via Udo Artists

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    CD/DVD Releases: Pre-Orders Begin For Riverside's "Eye Of The Soundscape"
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, September 13 @ 14:53:02 PDT (40 reads)
    Album Release News

    Following on from our August 29 item, Eye Of The Soundscape - a complimentary instrumental release from Riverside - features 13 experimental and atmospheric compositions, including tracks previously used as bonus material for the Shrine Of New Generation Slaves and Love, Fear And The Time Machine albums, rarities 2007/2008 (a new mix of "Rapid Eye Movement" and the single "Rainbow Trip") and four new compositions ("Where The River Flows," "Shine," "Sleepwalkers" and "Eye Of The Soundscape" - over 30 minutes).

    The album will be available as 2CD-Mediabook, 3LP (With both CD's as bonus) and Digital Download. Pre-orders are available from Mystic Productions in Poland; the album will be released October 21, 2016.

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    CD/DVD Releases: "Prog Noir" By Prog-Rock Legends Stick Men Feat. Members Of King Crimson - New Album Pre-S
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, September 13 @ 14:38:54 PDT (37 reads)
    Album Release News

    Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, prog legends Stick Men will be releasing their new album Prog Noir on October 21, 2016, which is now available for pre-order as a single disc edition and a super deluxe box set, which contains an additional bonus CD with exclusive material, a double vinyl version of the album, a t-shirt and poster. The band, featuring members of King Crimson Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, and Touch Guitar® innovator Markus Reuter, has also released a new lyric video for “The Tempest”! A departure from their previous efforts, Prog Noir also includes “song” oriented material featuring vocals on several tracks.

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    Festival News: RosFest Branches Out
    Posted by nightowl on Tuesday, September 13 @ 13:33:34 PDT (28 reads)
    Festival News

    The folks behind RosFest (mainly George Roldan), are branching out by initiating RoSFest On Tour, with the first announced date and artists being November 18, 2016 with Jolly and No More Pain (NMP). The event will take place at Venice Island in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, PA.

    Jolly are a "New York band well established in alternative and progressive rock circles, with three full length albums to their name and extensive world wide touring experience," the announcement notes. No More Pain are a four-piece from New Jersey. "They are concentrated as a true progressive rock arrangement with a grungy epicenter," the band note on their website. They have released two full length albums plus one EP, which came out just this past May.

    Ticket info to come soon.

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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
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    and more... (yes, 'stuck' on the RF2012/NF2012 lineup)

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