Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Emmett Elvin Releases Emmettronica 1998-2012

Emmettronica, the second album on Bad Elephant Music from multi-instrumentalist Emmett Elvin, was released yesterday, 27th July.

Emmett released a collection of pieces - written and assembled in his home studio between 1998 and 2005 - with this title in 2013 in digital-only format. This new double CD - as a single CD price - contains all of those tunes together with fourteen new instrumentals recorded by Emmett in the same manner from 2006 onwards.

This album is available on double CD from The Merch Desk, and digitally from the Bad Elephant Music sales site.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Anderson Ponty Band to Tour US and Canada

The Anderson Ponty Band have announced a series of dates across the United States and Canada slated for October and November 2015.

A while back we announced that Jon Anderson (Yes) and Jean-Luc Ponty (Frank Zappa Band) had teamed up to record an album. An unusual pairing to be sure. But the results are in and the as-yet-untitled album is set to be released in time for their North American Tour.

The band's lineup is: Wally Minko on keyboards, Jamie Dunlap on guitaras, Baron Browne on bass, and Rayford Griffin on drums. Pre-sale tickets will be available for all venues this Wesdnesday (the 29th of July) at 10 am.

The Anderson Ponty Tour dates are:

Oct 27 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA, USA
Oct 29 - Count Basie Theatre - Monmouth, NJ, USA
Oct 30 - Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT, USA
Nov 1 - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead - Munhall, PA, USA
Nov 3 - The Arcadia Theatre - Lake Charles, IL, USA
Nov 4 - Performing Arts - Milwaukee, WI, USA
Nov 6 - Music Hall Center - Detroit, MI, USA
Nov 7 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON, Canada
Nov 10 - Howard Theatre - Washington, DC, USA
Nov 11 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY, USA
Nov 13 - Society For Ethical Culture - New York, NY, USA
Nov 14 - Berklee Performance Center - Boston, MA, USA
Nov 17 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA, USA
Nov 18 - Crest Theatre - Sacramento, CA, USA
Nov 20 - Saban Theatre - Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Nov 21 - Talking Stick Resort & Casino - Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Eddie Jobson Plans the Definitive UK CD Collection

Eddie Jobson is planning to release the ultimate UK Definitive CD Collection. He has recently found the original masters of all UK albums in a vault at Abbey Road Studios and hopes to find the original multi-track tapes.

He plans to clean up and remaster the two studio albums UK and Danger Money, as well as their only official live album while adding all the unused live tracks from the Night After Night shows so as to make that one a double album. He also acquired the a recording of the legendary Penn's Landing concert, with Bruford and Holdsworth, and plans to add that to the box set.

To learn more about his plans, go see his video on his Facebook page here.

Eddie has also decided to open up his Zealots' Lounge to the public for free, to allow as many people as possible to pre-order this great collection.

The free Zealots' Lounge is here.

You can pre-order here:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Voivod Touring Europe in 2015

Following their acclaimed return to European stages in May, Canadian progressive metal pioneers Voivod are confirmed to return to Europe in October as part of the heavyweight Deathcrusher 2015 Tour alongside Carcass, Obituary, Herod, and label mates Napalm Death.

And just in time for this outstanding tour package and as further teaser for their next studio album, the follow up to 2013's acclaimed Target Earth release, Voivod has announced they will also release a special and limited split 7" EP together with label/touring companions Napalm Death. Look out for more details about this project very soon!

Stream Voivod's latest single We Are Connected on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/VoivodWAC

Voivod live 2015:

Deathcrusher UK / Ireland Tour 2015
Carcass, Obituary, Voivod & Herod
Presented by Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin, Big Cheese & Rage Wear

Oct 23 - Wolverhampton (UK) - Wulfrun Hall *
Oct 24 - Glasgow (Scotland) - Barrowlands *
Oct 25 - Belfast (N. Ireland) - Limelight 1 *
Oct 26 - Dublin (Ireland) - Olympia *
Oct 27 - Bristol (UK) - Motion *
Oct 28 - Newcastle (UK) - Northumbria Uni *
Oct 29 - London (UK) - Forum *
Oct 30 - Manchester (UK) - Ritz *

* Newly added dates!

Deathcrusher Tour 2015
Carcass, Obituary, Napalm Death, Voivod & Herod
Presented by Ad Ticket, OX Fanzine, Fuze Mag., Slam Magazin, Big Cheese & Rage Wear

Oct 31 - Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix Zaal *
Nov 02 - Köln (Germany) - Live Music Hall
Nov 03 - Geneva (Switzerland) - L'Usine
Nov 04 - Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
Nov 05 - Prague (Czech Republic) - Folimanka Hall
Nov 06 - Magdeburg (Germany) - Factory
Nov 08 - Gothenburg (Sweden) - Tradgar'n
Nov 09 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Arenan   
Nov 11 - Gdansk (Poland) - B90
Nov 12 - Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
Nov 13 - Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
Nov 14 - Geiselwind (Germany) - MusicHall
Nov 15 - Vienna (Austria) - Simm City
Nov 16 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage *
Nov 17 - Bologna (Italy) - Estragon Club
Nov 18 - Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
Nov 19 - Wiesbaden (Germany) - Schlachthof
Nov 20 - Berlin (Germany) - Astra *
Nov 21 - Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Speedfest
Nov 22 - Saarbrücken (Germany) - Garage *
Nov 23 - Paris (France) - La Cigale *
Nov 24 -  Lyon (France) - Le Transbordeur *
Nov 26 - Madrid (Spain) - Sala Riviera
Nov 27 - Lisboa (Portugal) - Cine Teatro Corrois
Nov 28 - Bilbao (Spain) - Sala Santana 27
Nov 29 - Barcelona (Spain) - Sala Razzmatazz

* Newly added dates!

Voivod online:

Spock's Beard Release Lyric Video for Minion

American prog rock band Spock's Beard will be releasing their 12th studio album The Oblivion Particle on August 21st, 2015. In advance of the album's release, the band is pleased to announce the first lyric video from the album, for the track Minion.  And no, it has nothing with Despicable Me.

The song is classic Spock's, sure to please fans both old and new.

The band recently announced European tour dates in support of the album. They'll be joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.

The full list of dates are as follows:

Sep 16 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
Sep 17 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Sep 18 - Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
Sep 19 - Progresja, Warschau, Poland
Sep 20 - Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
Sep 21 - Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
Sep 23 - Legend, Milan, Italy
Sep 24 - Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
Sep 25 - Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
Sep 26 - Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
Sep 27 - Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
Sep 29 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Sep 30 - Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
Oct 1 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
Oct 2 - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
Oct 3 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK

Spock's Beard Online:http://www.spocksbeard.com

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Fierce And The Dead to Release Magnet

Cult North London instrumentalists The Fierce And The Dead release their first new material in two years this August via Bad Elephant Music. The critically acclaimed band’s new EP, titled Magnet features 6 songs including 3 new tracks, a re-recording of the song Flint from the band’s first album and 2 songs recorded live in rehearsal (one of these is a bonus on the CD). The EP is released on the 14th of August, the week before TFATD play the Arctangent festival alongside acts including Dillinger Escape Plan, 65daysofstatic and Deerhoof.

The band are currently in the process of recording their third studio album for release next year and are playing a few select live dates and festivals. Drummer Stuart Marshall describes the new material as "f*****g terrifying”.

You can listen to the first song, Magnet In Your Face, from the EP and pre-order it from our Bandcamp site.

1. Magnet in Your Face
2. Palm Trees
3. Flint
4. Part 6 (The Eighth Circuit)
5. Let's Start a Cult (Rehearsal Recording)

Greg Lake Releases Live CD

Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing legendary Greg Lake's live album from the Hammersmith Odeon in London, November 5, 1981, featuring guitar hero Gary Moore on CD & vinyl! The concert recording features ELP and King Crimson classic tracks such as Lucky Man, Karn Evil 9, 21st Century Schizoid Man and In the Court of the Crimson King, as well as songs from his critically acclaimed first solo album from 1981. As a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has been a major force in music for over 40 years. He has long been considered a legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of rock and roll. Many simply refer to him as “The Voice”.

The Greg Lake Band made its live debut on one of the biggest stages available to it, the annual Reading Festival in England in August 1981. Much of the set was new to the audience – Greg's first solo album would not be released for another month. But the band received a wild reception regardless, and there were enough old favorites on display to ensure the fans remained happy…including the show opener Fanfare for the Common Man, truly one of the most effective showstoppers ever to have opened a concert.

That last date on the tour is where this disc was recorded, in front of 2,000 fans who now had every note of Greg's new album memorized.

Medley: Fanfare for the Common Man / Karn Evil 9      
Nuclear Attack       
The Lie       
Retribution Drive       
Lucky Man       
Parisienne Walkways       
You Really Got a Hold On Me       
Love You Too Much       
21st Century Schizoid Man       
In the Court of the Crimson King       
C'est La Vie (Live in NYC 1981)
To purchase:      
Pre-order the CD: http://flyt.it/GregLakeCD
Pre-order the Vinyl: http://flyt.it/GregLakeLP
Pre-order the digital: http://flyt.it/GregLakedig
Greg Lake's official website: www.greglake.com

Thursday, July 16, 2015

David Gilmour Announces Four North American Dates

Just announced is the release of Rattle That Lock, David Gilmour’s new solo album, which will be available worldwide on Friday, September 18, 2015.

The album will be available in four different physical formats, as well as digital downloads:
1. a CD in a hard cover bound book package
2. a vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve
3. a deluxe CD & DVD box set
4. a deluxe CD & Blu-ray box set

In addition, David has also announced four concerts in North America to take place next year (2016).

Mar 24, 2016 - Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA, USA - on sale 12pm (PST)
Mar 31, 2016 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON, Canada - on sale 10am (EST)
Apr 8, 2016 - United Center - Chicago, IL, USA - on sale 12pm (CST)
Apr 11, 2016 - Madison Square Garden - New York,NY, USA - on sale 10am (EST)

Tickets for these shows go on sale tomorrow (Friday) at Ticketmaster.com.

Rattle That Lock Track list:
      1. 5 A.M.
      2. Rattle That Lock
      3. Faces of Stone
      4. A Boat Lies Waiting
      5. Dancing Right in Front Of Me
      6. In Any Tongue
      7. Beauty
      8. The Girl in the Yellow Dress
      9. Today
      10. And Then...

More details of the album packages, and the concert dates, can be found at http://www.DavidGilmour.com/

Steven Wilson to Release Vinyl Only Compilation

Steven Wilson, who has, in the past, been reticent to anthologize his music and to even put his face on his album covers, has now given in to both.

Transience will be an introduction to Wilson's catalogue of song-based tracks from 2003 to 2015, a nice way to introduce a friend to SW music without the more “difficult” stuff getting in the way. It is expected for a September 4th 2015 release in the UK, and October 2nd 2015 for the Rest of the World.

Transience contains over 1 hour of music. Pressed as a 3 sided LP in a lavish gatefold sleeve, the fourth vinyl side features an etching of the original handwritten lyric sketches for Happy Returns.

As well as containing a few especially created edits, the album contains a new studio recording of Lazarus, based on his 2015 live performances of the song.

Transience track list:
Side 1:
1. Transience (Single Version) (3.10)
2. Harmony Korine (5.07)
3. Postcard (4.27)
4. Significant Other (4.31)
5. Insurgentes (3.54)

Side 2:
1. The Pin Drop (5.01)
2. Happy Returns (Edit) (5.11)
3. Deform to Form a Star (Edit) (5.53)
4. Thank You (4.39)

Side 3:
1. Index (4.47)
2. Hand. Cannot. Erase. (4.13)
3. Lazarus (2015 Recording) (3.57)
4. Drive Home (7.33)

Side 4:

This is a strictly limited one-off pressing which you can pre-order now from Burning Shed.

First Riverside Album Trailer

Polish prog masters Riverside are currently on the road and pre-promoting their much anticipated new studio album Love, Fear and the Time Machine, set to be released on September 4th, 2015 via InsideOutMusic.

A first trailer, Love, for the album has now been launched here:

Riverside have also added two more date to their North American Tour:

Sep 25 - Cleveland, OH, USA - Agora Ballroom
Sep 27 - Whittier, CA, USA - The Center Theater

For all other Riverside tour dates, please go here.

Riverside online: 
http://www.riversideband.pl  http://www.facebook.com/Riversidepl

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

David Gilmour on BBC This Friday

This just in via David Gilmour's Blog at http://davidgilmourblog.co.uk/.

"David will be a guest on BBC Radio 2 this Friday, the 17th, at about 8.45am (UK). He’ll be chatting to Sara Cox who is sitting in for Chris Evans on the Breakfast Show.
BBC Radio 2 has the radio exclusive of the single Rattle That Lock, so you can expect other stations to play it soon after.
You’ll be able to listen to BBC Radio 2 live online on Friday, as well as catch up with it later on BBC iPlayer Radio."

And here's the CD cover:

David Gilmour will be touring this Autumn and all shows are sold out.

Sep 12, 2015 - Arena Pula - Pula, Croatia
Sep 14, 2015 - Verona Arena - Verona, Italy
Sep 15, 2015 - Ippodromo delVisarno - Florence, Italy
Sep 17, 2015 - Théatre Antique - Orange, France
Sep 19, 2015 - Konig-Pilsner Arena - Oberhausen, Germany
Sep 23, 2015 - Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom
Sep 24, 2015 - Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom
Sep 25, 2015 - Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom
Oct 2, 2015 - Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom
Oct 3, 2015 - Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom

Friday, July 10, 2015

Riverside Kick Off Tour This Weekend

In other Riverside news, they are kicking off a string of European dates this weekend at Be Prog! My Friend festival in Barcelona, Spain and also visit Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK on this run, on which the band will already showcase some of the new album's material. North American and European dates follow in the Fall.

Riverside summer festivals (*) and "An evening with" headline shows:
July 11 - Spain, Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend festival *
July 14 - Italy, Milano, Lo-Fi
July 15 - Italy, Bologna, Alchemica Club
July 18 - Germany, St Goarshausen, Night of the Prog festival *
July 21 - Germany, Reichenbach, Bergkeller
July 23 - Germany, Worpswede, Music Hall
July 24 - The Netherlands, Zoetermeer, De Boerderij
July 26 - United Kingdom, Maidstone, Ramblin' Manfair festival *
Aug 29 - Poland, Olsztyn, Amfiteatr im. Czesława Niemena
Sept 5 - Brazil, Sao Paulo, Via Marquês / Overload Music Festival *
Sept 7 - Chile, Santiago, Teatro Cariola
Sept 10 - Mexico, Mexico City, Lunario del Auditorio Nacional

Riverside North America tour with special guests The Sixxis:
Sep 12 - Atlanta, GA - ProgPower USA Center Stage
Sep 13 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club
Sep 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon
Sep 16 - New Brunswick, NJ - NJ Proghouse at The Crossroads Theatre
Sep 17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hard Rock Cafe
Sep 19 - Montreal, QC - Theatre La Tulipe
Sep 20 - Quebec City, QC - L'Imperial
Sep 22 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
Sep 23 - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
Sep 24 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
Sep 25 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom

Sep 27 - Whittier, CA - The Center Theater

Riverside European Tour with special guests The Sixxis and Lion Shepherd:
Oct 15 - Germany, Dresden, Tante Ju
Oct 16 - Germany, Oberhausen, Turbinen Halle 2
Oct 17 - The Netherlands, Zwolle, Hedon
Oct 18 - The Netherlands, Tilburg, 013
Oct 20 - UK, London, Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 21 - UK, Bristol, Marble Factory
Oct 22 - UK, Manchester, The Ritz
Oct 23 - UK, Glasgow, O2 ABC2
Oct 24 - UK, Northampton, The Roadmenders
Oct 26 - UK, Southampton, The 1865
Oct 27 - France, Paris, Divan Du Monde
Oct 30 - Portugal, Lisbon, Paradise Garage
Oct 31 - Spain, Madrid, Joy Eslava
Nov 1 - Spain, Barcelona, Sala Apolo / Be Prog! The Madness Day festival
Nov 2 - France, Lyon, Marche Gare
Nov 4 - Switzerland, Pratteln, Z7
Nov 5 - Germany, München, Strom
Nov 6 - Germany, Karlsruhe, Substage
Nov 7 - Germany, Berlin, C-Club
Nov 8 - Poland, Krakow, Rotunda
Nov 10 - Poland, Gdansk, B90
Nov 11 - Poland, Warsaw, Stodola

Riverside Release Lyric Video

Polish Prog masters Riverside are now kicking off the promotional activities for their much anticipated new studio album.

Today, the band is revealing the first track off the album via a lyric-video, Discard Your Fear:

Love, Fear and the Time Machine, the band’s sixth studio album will be released via Inside Out Music and Mystic Production on September 4th, 2015. Featuring cover artwork by longtime design-partner Travis Smith / Seempieces, it has the following track listing:

Riverside – Love, Fear and the Time Machine tracklist:
1. Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)
2. Under the Pillow
3. #‎Addicted‬
4. Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire
5. Saturate Me
6. Afloat
7. Discard Your Fear
8. Towards the Blue Horizon
9. Time Travellers
10. Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)

Riverside are also working on a musical bonus package entitled Day Session, a brighter companion album to the Night Session bonus CD presented on the band’s previous album Shrine of New Generation Slaves.

Riverside online: 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Styx and the Mission to Pluto

Left to right: Lawrence Gowan, Tommy Shaw, New Horizons’ Mark Showalter, and Todd Sucherman
Credits: NASA/Joel Kowsky

OK, so this might not be a "progressive rock" news item per se, but Styx do fall in the "Prog Related" category, and this IS and interesting story. (And I'm a science geek).

Three members of the present incarnation of the rock band Styx met with the New Horizon mission scientists on July 1st in Maryland. why is this significant, you ask? Because they met with the scientist who discovered Pluto's 5th moon, the one who named it Styx.

Learn more about this meeting here (http://www.nasa.gov/nh/styx-meets-styx), and learn more about the mission to Pluto, with New Horizon arriving at its closest approach to this distant planet on July 14th.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Nad Sylvan Signs to InsideOut

InsideOutMusic are pleased to welcome Steve Hackett and Agents of Mercy vocalist Nad Sylvan to their roster, for his forthcoming solo album which is due out in October.

Nad comments:
Finally, after 40 years of fighting for it, I get a first class record deal.

Nad has most recently been seen performing alongside the legendary Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited show, continuing his stint into the latter part of this year.

Nad adds:
In a little less than four years, I was snatched up by two iconic guitarists, namely Roine Stolt and then Steve Hackett. That must mean something to the world, because it sure means an awful lot to me.

Nad who released two solo albums under his own name, teamed up with fellow swede Bonamici to release an album under the name Unifaun, to great acclaim. In 2009 he formed Agents of Mercy with Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) in 2009, and have released three albums to date.

Nad Sylvan Online:https://www.facebook.com/Nadsylvanartist

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Enchant Announce European Tour

Enchant, the Bay Area's long-running Prog Rock institution, are finally returning for live appearances in Europe this October in order to promote their acclaimed comeback album The Great Divide, which was released via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic last year.
The tour will be a double-headlining bill featuring Enchant as well as Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion, kicking off (for Enchant) at the 2015 edition of ProgPower Europe festival in The Netherlands on October 4th.
Here are the exact dates:
Enchant + Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion - European Tour 2015:
Oct 4 Baarlo, The Netherlands - ProgPower Europe (Enchant only!)
Oct 5 Berlin, Germany - Magnet
Oct 6 München, Germany - Kranhalle
Oct 7 Oberhausen, Germany - Zentrum Altenberg
Oct 8 Rüsselsheim, Germany - Das Rind
Oct 9 Stuttgart, Germany - Schocken Club
Oct 10 Zoetermeer, The Netherlands - De Boerderij
Oct 11 London, UK - The Underworld
Oct 12 Bilston, UK - The Robin 2
Oct 13 Paris,  France - Backstage

Additionally, Enchant have confirmed the following appearances in North America:
Aug 29, Whittier, CA @ CalProg + Spock's Beard / http://calprog.com
Oct 23, Houston, TX - BFE Rock Club
Oct 24, Austin, TX - Empire Control Room & Garage
Nov 15-19, Cruise To The Edge + Yes, Marillion, Saga. Etc. /