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The Wiard World of Cary Grace (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Grace describes Wiard products as “boutique, made-to-order units. Somebody will get in touch with me and let me know what modules they want, and put down a deposit,” she says. “And then—or at the point where I clear whatever I’m working on—I’ll start building. Every single single solder connection is made

The Wiard World of Cary Grace (Part One)

Cary Grace has followed a winding and unlikely path to arrive at her current situation. Born and raised in the American south, she’s currently living the the United Kingdom. And though her musical career started out in the Nashville singer-songwriter scene, today she makes progressive rock albums. Grace also owns and operates Wiard, a boutique

Album Review: Staring Into Nothing – Power

Pop-leaning, dramatic progressive rock is the order of the day on Power. Staring Into Nothing is merely a trio, but they manage a big sound. The three musicians – vocalists/keyboardist Steve Rogers, guitarist Savannah Rogers and bassist Kurt Barabas – clearly have ambitious plans in place. Power is the first in what looks ot be

2017’s Top Ten You Might Not Have Heard/Heard Of

My brow furrows a bit when I read “Best of” lists published in November or early December; are December releases set aside for consideration in the following year? Or are they ignored? A look at albums released in the last month of 1967, for example, includes Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love, Traffic’s Mr. Fantasy,

Album Review: Jason Vitelli — Head Above Tide

Vitelli’s crystalline, classically-inflected piano style and clear voice give the music on Head Above Tide a regal, refined feel that may remind some of Neal Morse-era Spock’s Beard crossed with early Billy Joel. There’s a deliberately dry production aesthetic to the songs that conveys a kind of immediacy; listeners will feel as if they’re right

Album Review: Galena — Tropic of Prancer

Progressive rock is often and wrongly though of as a man’s game. There’s a long-standing cliché that paints both the artists and audiences as black t-shirt-wearing white males. But in fact the comparatively highbrow rock subgenre has a long and proud tradition of female involvement. Though her métier leaned more toward jazz, iconic 1960s vocalist

Hundred Word Reviews for January 2018, Part 2

As promised, here are ten more capsule reviews of new music. The Sherlocks – Live for the Moment In an era many define as “post-rock,” it’s refreshing to discover a band that makes high energy, melodic rock that maneuvers the narrow bath between the faux fist-pumping of arena rock and the often slavish and mannered

Hundred Word Reviews for January 2018, Part 1

As we begin another calendar year, now seems like a good time to clear out some of my backlog. All of these albums are new (or at least newish) releases. Paul Moran – Smokin’ B3 Vol. 2: Still Smokin’ As a lover of soulful organ jazz a la Jimmy Smith, I was taken in by

The Magma Mega-interview, Part Four

Continued from Part Three… Who developed the Magma logo? I made a drawing of the kind of necklace I wanted to have around my neck, and from that I worked with Laurent Thibault’s sister, who was a graphic designer. It changed from the original design. We worked together and we came to that logo, and

The Magma Mega-interview, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Do you think of live performance as an extension of that which you create in the studio, or is studio work an attempt to capture the essence of live performance? Well, this could be both ways because usually Magma always plays on stage before recording. Almost all Magma albums were recorded