Tag Archives: progressive rock

You Bred Raptors? Bring Their Cinematic, Instantly Recognizable, Individualistic Grooves to Drom Tomorrow Night

Source: New York Music Daily

If you pass through the station at Union Square at night, you’ve probably seen one of New York’s most distinctive, high-voltage bands. You Bred Raptors? typically hold fort over the N and R platforms there. Just the sight of Peat Rains, Bryan Wilson and Patrick Bradley wailing on eight-string bass, cello and drums, respectively, is enough to make pretty much anybody stop dead in their tracks. Then there’s the relentless barrage of riffs, and textures, and epic cinematic vistas that transcend any concept of a cello-metal band, let alone what those low-end instruments can typically do. Are these irrepressible ...

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Sexoffice Celebrates Album Release Party this Friday with Out of the Beardspace and Muscle Tough!

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured image via Zach LoPresti

Get ready for a musical trifecta including some of Philly’s best bands all at one venue. This Friday, join Sexoffice, Out of the Beardspace, and Muscle Tough at the Hard Rock Café in Center City to celebrate the highly-anticipated album release of Sexoffice’s FEELISM. Check out this humorous video from Sexoffice about their new album:

All three bands explore spacey sounds and progressive veins, which makes for a very cohesive billing. It’s not much of a coincidence; some of the Out of the Beardspace members used to be Sexoffice before creating OOTB, including ...

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Bent Knee Bring Their Intense, Unpredictable, Explosive Art-Rock to Bed-Stuy

Source: New York Music Daily

Imagine a female-fronted Radiohead. Boston art-rockers Bent Knee don’t sound much like Radiohead, but their esthetic is the same, catchy hooks within arrangements that are endlessly surprising and often epic. Unease and anger pervade their enigmatic  lyrics. Frontwoman/keyboardist Courtney Swain sings with an arresting, sometimes angst-fueled voice that trails off with a brittle vibrato. They’ve got a new album, Say So – streaming at Bandcamp – and a 10 PM show on August 24 at C’Mon Everybody. Cover is $10.

This band never bores you. Most of the tracks seem completely through-composed. Very little if anything ever repeats; the hooks ...

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An Intimate Show with Art-Rock Guitar Legend Martin Barre

Source: New York Music Daily

by David Koral

I used to hold onto my concert ticket stubs, when such things existed. But if the nosebleed-red cardstock from the 1979 Jethro Tull show at Madison Square Garden is still around, it’s likely at the bottom of a landfill, keeping Staten Island warm. I couldn’t help thinking back to it prior to the show last Saturday night, when I overheard some longtime fan lament how it wasn’t right that Martin Barre, who had played large venues in the past, should now appear on such a small stage at the Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side. ...

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Cult Favorite Italian Art-Rock Band Rises From the Grave

Source: New York Music Daily

Today’s Halloween album is the video game kind. The original Goblin, one of Italy’s best-known art-rock bands from the 70s, are best remembered for their horror film soundtracks, most notably Dawn of the Dead. Goblin Rebirth pick up where that band left off, with a new album streaming at Bandcamp.

After a brief early-zeros reunion by the original band (whose lineup was always in a state of flux, more or less) Goblin Rebirth got their start playing rarer archival repertoire, and soon found themselves writing new material. Stormy clouds of synth! Soaring, snapping, trebly bass! Big, dramatic drums! ...

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Cult Favorite Italian Art-Rock Band Rises From the Grave

Source: New York Music Daily

Today’s Halloween album is the video game kind. The original Goblin, one of Italy’s best-known art-rock bands from the 70s, are best remembered for their horror film soundtracks, most notably Dawn of the Dead. Goblin Rebirth pick up where that band left off, with a new album streaming at Bandcamp.

After a brief early-zeros reunion by the original band (whose lineup was always in a state of flux, more or less) Goblin Rebirth got their start playing rarer archival repertoire, and soon found themselves writing new material. Stormy clouds of synth! Soaring, snapping, trebly bass! Big, dramatic drums! ...

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Addicted to the Build-up: Battles are masters of jiggling electronic rock

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Battles | Photo by James BreslinExperimental rock band Battles hails from New York and came to Union Transfer this past Sunday night in support of their third full-length album, La Di Da Di. The skilled trio produces instrumental music that falls somewhere between rock, funk, … Continued

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A Rare NYC Appearance by Indo-Pakistani Art-Rock/Metal Warriors the Mekaal Hasan Band

Source: New York Music Daily

The Mekaal Hasan Band sound like no other group on the planet. The fiery, guitar-fueled art-rock band blend south Asian, Middle Eastern and global metal influences into their distinctive, rhythmically tricky sound. Don’t let their constant tempo and metric shifts or lead guitarist Hasan’s Berklee background give you the impression that what they play is prog. Their latest album, Andholan – streaming at Spotify – is packed with unexpected dynamics, snarling melodies and purposeful drive, taking flight on the wings of frontwoman Sharmistha Chatterjee’s soaring vocals. They’re making a rare New York appearance on August 30 at 7 PM ...

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Lanterns Premiere New Song “Bonfire” Ahead of EP Release

Source: Rock On Philly

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and therefore a perfect time to explore new music and build your repertoire. For those into gothic pop (and even for those who hesitate), the newcomer band Lanterns may provide some new intrigue.

The Brooklyn-based band describes themselves as an “electronic indie rock group with a dark and ambient vibe.” The ambiance is definitely there, but their sound veers more into pop than rock. They just released the first single, “Bonfire” off of their upcoming EP of the same name. “Bonfire” is a mid-tempo pop song that is slightly reminiscent of the ...

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Psychedelic Art-Rock Band Wounded Buffalo Theory Headline a Great Friday Night Twinbill at Freddy’s

Source: New York Music Daily

Wounded Buffalo Theory made a name for themselves back in the zeros as a jamband playing around New York and at the upstate summer festivals. But as much as they can get crazy live, they’re also a first-class, intense, psychedelic art-rock band with strong, ferociously anthemic songwriting. At this point in their history, it’s good to see them at their creative peak. Their latest album, A Painting of Plans is streaming online; they’re headlining at Freddy’s this Friday, Nov 21 at midnight, preceded at around 10 by the similarly excellent, more Americana and blues-influenced Sometime Boys, with whom they share ...

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2014’s Best Reinvention of a Classic Album: Wounded Buffalo Theory and Others Play Genesis at Rock Shop

Source: New York Music Daily

It’s been a good past few weeks for intriguing cover band projects. Austin psych-funk rockers Brownout reinvented Black Sabbath, when they weren’t channeling that band at their mid-70s peak, at Brooklyn Bowl last month. William Maselli‘s clever orchestral mashup of Sabbath themes got a workout at Merkin Concert Hall about a week after that. Then there was Grey McMurray and band recasting Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells as lush, string-driven art-rock, a performance that will air on Q2 shortly. But the best of all of these shows was masterminded by Sometimes Boys and Wounded Buffalo Theory drummer Jay Cowit, who ...

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Monsters Of The Antipodes

Source: Mobtown Studios

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1 Blood Blisters
2 Cereal Junky
3 Little Beard, Big City

Math rock just got a bit heavier. The boys in Monsters of the Antipodes blew through Mobtown Studios one afternoon to track these three tunes. Live. How they make so much noise is beyond me. These guys care about craft and pedal dancing and have the moves to prove it. 

Four Years and Heavy Horses marks a more confident step into the heavier side of their sound, while providing the dips and valleys that are integral to their writing.  “Blood Blisters” is just that, a blistering attack right ...

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Prepare To Have Your Mind Blown by Umphrey’s McGee

Source: Rock On Philly

Making their debut appearance at the Tower Theater presented by Live Nation, 16-year veterans Umphrey’s McGee will return to Philadelphia August 9th. This genre-less band combines elements of rock, electronica, jazz, blues and heavy-metal to create what is strangely one of the most musically cohesive performances on the tour scene. Currently touring their latest release since 2011 Similar Skin, Umphrey’s is bringing it as hard as ever this year. Classified as both a jam-band and a progressive-rock band, the group explores their studio work live by switching cleaning between time signatures and keys in a complex ballad of ...

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Break of Reality Bridge the Gap Between Indie Classical and Cinematic Art-Rock

Source: New York Music Daily

 

Break of Reality occupy a kinetic, often cinematically original space in the center of the postrock spectrum, with the atmospherics of bands like itsnotyouitsme and Victoire off to one side and more rhythmically-fueled groups like Mogwai and My Education to the other. Break of Reality transcend the cello rock label, considering that their songwriting is closer to indie classical or the mathrock side of Radiohead than, say, the lustrously moody chamber pop of Serena Jost or the gothic menace of Rasputina. Saturday night the four-piece band treated a sold-out crowd at Subculture to an eclectic release show for ...

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Hot Ticket: Steve Hackett: Genesis Revisited @ Lincoln Theatre, 3/26/14

Source: We Love DC » Music

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Steve Hackett first revisited material by the prog-rock band Genesis in a 1996 album of reworked songs by the band. And in 2012, he did it again, recording lush guitar solos with various guest singers who reinterpreted selections from the six classic studio albums Hackett made with the band.

Hackett is taking Genesis Revisited II on the road starting with a date in D.C. on Wednesday, March 26 at the Lincoln Theatre.

It’s a rare stateside opportunity to see a guitar master in his element, playing the songs that put him on the map. After all, he’s likely to ...

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Agnes Obel Brings Her Somberly Catchy Art-Rock to Bowery Ballroom

Source: New York Music Daily

If art-rock is your thing, Agnes Obel should be on your radar. The Danish-born pianist/chanteuse writes slow, brooding, extremely tuneful neoromantic laments that sometimes sound like Marissa Nadler with a piano – yeah, that good. Obel is playing Bowery Ballroom this Sunday night, March 2 at 10 PM; advance tix are $20 and as of today are still available.

Her latest album – streaming at Spotify  – is titled Aventine. It opens with a creepily minimalistic solo piano instrumental, Chord Left, which ought to be a horror film theme. From there Obel segues into Fuel to Fire, which adds ...

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Rock On Philly’s Your Perfect Weekend: Philly Made Edition

Source: Rock On Philly

This weekend Rock On Philly is taking you on a tour of the city. You’ll travel to classic locations throughout Philadelphia and most importantly, see some rocking local music. Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or are just looking for an excuse to get out of the house, Rock On Philly has got you covered.

 

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You’ll begin your weekend on South Street. Although the options for dining and music are expansive on this famous street, tonight is a night for cheap eats. Head over to Jim’s for what I personally think is the best cheesesteak in the city. ...

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Unpredictable Cinematic Dreampop-Flavored Instrumentals from Sleepmakeswaves

Source: New York Music Daily

Listening to Australian postrockers Sleepmakeswaves‘ album And So We Destroyed Everything brings back memories of an Oasis concert at Manhattan Center way back in the late 90s. OK, go ahead and laugh – it was a date night. But the date ended up enjoying the show, so you can extrapolate from there. “Stand by me, this is how it’s gonna be,” Liam Gallagher intoned, and most of the crowd sang along, oblivious to what that meant, or if it meant anything at all, never mind if there might have been any subtext.

Sleepmakeswaves play stadium rock anthems without the ...

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Uncategorizable, Deliciously Noisy Stuff from Slobber Pup

Source: New York Music Daily

Power  trio Slobber Pup‘s new album Black Aces will clear a room fast. It’s not for people who like their music in concise, hummable, self-contained verses and choruses. This ensemble of downtown outsider-jazz types inhabits the deliciously abrasive netherland somewhere between noise-rock, postrock, metal and jazz. Their music is ugly, assaultive and long-winded, but in an intriguing way. On one hand, their album Black Aces sounds like one long jam where everybody’s soloing at once; on the other, everybody’s on the same page rhythmically, and they get out of each others’ way when a shift in the dynamics calls ...

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Dinosaurs Still Roam the Earth, Less Dangerous But Still Interesting

Source: New York Music Daily

“The crowd’s pretty undead,” a grey-ponytailed guy marveled to his friend, alluding to the surprising diversity, agewise, genderwise (lots of older couples out on a date) and even ethnicwise, in the audience at the Beacon Theatre Friday night. “Would you like a Werther’s Original?” a friendly dude in a plaid shirt asked the pale black-clad guy next to him, a total stranger, who was making a halfhearted attempt to conceal that he was recording the concert. Behind them, a trio of Dallas Cowboys fans were bemoaning their team’s fortunes in thick Long Island accents. These are a small sample of ...

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We Love Music: YES @ Warner Theatre – 7/24/13

Source: We Love DC » Music

Progressive rock band Yes stopped at the Warner Theatre Wednesday night, taking the very crowded hall on a journey through mystical rock symphonies that usually ended with a roaring standing ovation from their admirers.

Seriously, there was so much energy among the audience, which largely behaved and listened attentively while Yes revisited three classic albums — Close to the Edge, Going for the One and The Yes Album (in that order). But particularly toward the end of the show for the classic “I’ve Seen All Good People,” the audience could no longer contain itself and broke out into dancing ...

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Hot Ticket: YES @ Warner Theatre, 7/24/13

Source: We Love DC » Music

Yes (Photo by Rob Shanahan)

Yes (Photo by Rob Shanahan)

Progressive rock band YES is on an ambitious tour of the United States, performing three classic albums in their entirety in a number of shows, including a stop tonight at the Warner Theatre in DC.

In one concert, the band will perform their highly regarded albums, The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One. The band is hitting the road with much of its classic lineup, including bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Joined by new singer Jon Davison, they have been selling out ...

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