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Concert Review: Papadosio w/ Third Nature and Midnight Snack, October 31 2015

A concert scheduled on October 31 gives those in a playful, partying mood an excellent excuse to head out to the show. While the ensuing sold-out crowd at Asheville’s Orange Peel didn’t end up creating a favorable atmosphere for the two opening acts on the bill, headliner Papadosio was the beneficiary of an upbeat and

Jean-Luc Ponty: “I Can Still Play in Tune!” (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… When Jon Anderson and Jean-Luc Ponty first got together in 2014 in Aspen, Colorado, they didn’t know what wold come out of their collaboration. “We brought some songs, and we spent three weeks rehearsing. We did the show, and then it was only after we had recorded it that the music

Jean-Luc Ponty: “I Can Still Play in Tune!” (Part 1)

Jean-Luc Ponty and Jon Anderson have long and distinguished careers in music. Anderson is known first and foremost as founder and longtime member of Yes, one of progressive rock’s most celebrated bands. And for many years – even before he parted ways with his longtime group – Anderson has worked outside of Yes on a

November 100-word Reviews, Part 2

Aaaand we’re back for another fistful of shortish CD reviews. Today’s five – mostly with odd names, as it happens – are in the rock idiom; maybe a bit of prog here and there as well (okay, a lot). Filligar – Keepsakes of the Interior From what I can gather looking at the album sleeve

Ozric Tentacles: Thirty Years and Still Underground

Ozric Tentacles is that rare group that appeals to fans of trance/rave, techno, jam, psychedelic, and space/progressive rock. Founded in Somerset, England – they currently make their home in Colorado – the festival favorites brought their music indoors to Asheville’s Altamont Theatre on Thursday, October 8. The Ozrics (as they’re known among fans) have been

Patrick Moraz: MAPping Out the Future, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Speaking of Moog, the K2000 dates from the period when Dr. R.A. (Bob) Moog was doing work for Kurzweil; he actually created many of the sounds for the K2000. Patrick Moraz: Even farther back – in 1975, forty years ago! – I had recorded the backing tracks for The

Patrick Moraz: MAPping Out the Future, Part One

Quick: name a famous Swiss rock musician. Okay, a few of you might be able to name-check Celtic Frost, Brainticket, or Yello. But for those who aren’t hopeless music nerds, there’s pretty much only one answer: Patrick Moraz. The keyboard virtuoso first came to fame – in the rock idiom, anyway – as a member

Album Review: Cary Grace — Tygerland

Depending on the manner in which one learns about Cary Grace, the music on Tygerland may come as a surprise. An American expatriate now living in the United Kingdom, Grace is a keen synthesist. So much so, in fact, that she owns and operates Wiard, a company that hand-builds modular, analog synthesizers. You know: the

Hundred-word Reviews for September, Part 7 of 8

Today features hundred word reviews of archival and reissue releases from American and overseas labels. The Brecker Brothers – The Bottom Line Archive This is the latest from the new series of releases documenting soundboard recordings from one of New York’s most famed nightclubs. The label’s web site claims the archive contains over a thousand

Hundred-word Reviews for September, Part 3 of 8

Still more hundred-word reviews. Today’s collection features shredding instro-rock, and, well, other kindsa rock as well. Aristocrats – Tres Caballeros Speaking of Marco Minnemann, he’s also part of power trio The Aristocrats. He’s behind the drum kit while Guthrie Govan handles (or, shall we say, shreds) guitar and Bryan Beller holds down the busy bottom