prog Archive

Album Review: Prog Collective – Dark Encounters

The title of the sixth Prog Collective album telegraphs the direction in which the music goes; moody and minor-key is the order of the day. Less a group than a […]

30 Days Out, April 2024 #2: Pylon Reenactment Society, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Primus, Destroy Boys

A whole lot is happening in Asheville during these next 30 days. This time around, I’m featuring four touring groups, all of which I’ve interviewed at one time or another […]

30 Days Out, March 2024 #2: Scott Stapp, Western Carolina Writers Showcase, Consider the Source, Los Straitjackets

Rock, regional singer-songwriters, popular prog and the best surf-style music you’ll ever hear: those are the highlights of Asheville live music in the coming 30 days. Here we go… Artist: […]

Album Review: 3 – Rockin’ the Ritz

As I and many others have often pointed out, the 1980s were a tough time for progressive rock bands. A few thrived: King Crimson, in its own fashion, was among […]

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: More New Rock

Five more capsule reviews. This time it’s music in and around the rock idiom. District 97 – Stay for the Ending By now, most everyone knows the backstory: American Idol […]

30 Days Out, Feb. 2024 #2: Get Right Band, Firecracker Jazz Band, Haken, Mark and Maggie O’Connor

Two acts based in Asheville, two intentionally-touring acts. A wide variety of genres. The so-called “quiet season” continues in and around Western NC. Artist: Get Right Band Venue: Grey Eagle […]

Capsule Reviews for February 2024: Reissues

Today I’ll tell you about five albums from the distant past, newly reissued and deserving of your attention. Steve Cropper – With a Little Help from My Friends Guitarist Steve […]

30 Days Out, February 2024 #1: Nirvani, John McCutcheon, Andrew Thelston Band, Stick Men

The quiet season continued herei n Asheville, with tourist traffic slightly diminished. But there’s plenty of great live music, and locals can enjoy it without being (as) overrun by outta-towners. […]

Album Review: Tu-Ner – T-1 Contact Information

If you’re seeking compelling and challenging music, in and around the orbit of King Crimson is a very reliable place to begin your search. The members, former members, friends and […]

Album Review: Night Wilds – All That Should Have Been

When executed skillfully, album cover art should provide a hint as to the character of the music inside. Of course there are countless exceptions – the all-white cover of The […]