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Album Reviews: Rob Silverman — Drumology Vols. II and III

These two releases offer a fascinating array of musical styles. The unifying characteristic is the involvement of drummer Rob Silverman, but beyond that, it’s a dazzlingly varied collection. Wholly instrumental, the music touches on progressive rock, jazz fusion and straight-ahead rock. If your tastes run toward Dixie Dregs, Kansas’ earlier work, Jeff Beck’s 1970s fusion

Take Five: Michael Shrieve

Michael Shrieve’s amazing talents were revealed to the wider world thanks to his dazzling drum work as a member of Santana. Shrieve had just turned 20 when that band played Woodstock in 1969. He remained with the band through seven albums, reuniting with the original Santana lineup for 2016’s well-received Santana IV. But the drummer

Album Review: Flash – In the USA: Live Recordings 1972-73

Apparently with the cooperation/blessing of the Peter Banks estate, labels have been releasing archival material associated with the late former Yes guitarist. In addition to a number of collections focusing on his solo work, there was In Public, a set by his group Flash documenting a 1973 live gig in Kansas City. That one surfaced

Take Five: Steve Hillage

Let’s Take Five with Steve Hillage… Guitarist Steve Hillage celebrated his 71st birthday recently (August 2). The acclaimed musician was a notable player in the Canterbury, England rock scene of the 1960s, a member of European psychedelic/jam band Gong, and a key influence on modern-day trance, electronica and other boundary-pushing genres. Here are five classic

30 Days Out, Sep. 2022 #1: Black Midi, King Khan & BBQ, Steel Pulse, Sylvia Rose Novak

Touring is back in full swing. Looking at the concert calendar, save for an occasional canceled date, you’d never know that a pandemic had been raging for two-plus years. Four touring outfits – two veteran acts, two comparatively new ones – are the spotlight shows in Asheville over the next 30 days. Artist: Black Midi

30 Days Out, July 2022 #2: The Deslondes, The Aristocrats, Rebekah Todd, L.A. Witch

One act with local ties, a supergroup, an emerging artist to watch and some no-holds-barred west coast rock are among the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming 30 days. Artist: Rebekah Todd Venue: The One Stop Date: Friday, July 15, 9 p.m. Door: (?) With two albums and an EP to her

For Primus’ Les Claypool, Rush is ‘Closer to the Heart’

Formed in 1984 by bassist Les Claypool, Bay Area prog/metal/alternative band Primus has long since established its own bonafides as an original outfit, with nine albums of original music to the group’s credit. And Claypool’s creative impulses extend beyond Primus: he has toured and released albums by and with Oysterhead, The Frog Brigade, The Claypool

Album Review: Robert Berry’s 3.2 — Alive at Progstock

Most music fans know of Keith Emerson for his work with Emerson Lake and Palmer. The progressive supergroup scored a succession of hits and well-regarded albums through the 1970s. Sure, naysayers point to them as part of the so-called “dinosaurs” that punk is thought to have saved us from, but the truth is far more

Album Review: Allan Holdsworth — Jarasum International Jazz Festival 2014

“In the moment.” That’s one of the phrases bassist Jimmy Haslip employs in his brief liner note essay for this, the latest in the ongoing series of archival live Allan Holdsworth performance releases. This set documents a concert in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea. The show was the final stop on a two-week pan-Pacific tour that included

EP Review: Stick Men — Tentacles

Considering the degree to which each of its members is known for other projects, it’s remarkable that Stick Men even exists. Drummer extraordinaire Pat Mastelotto has been on every King Crimson album and tour since 1994. Bassist/Chapman stick player Tony Levin is one of the world’s most recorded musicians, having played on considerably more than