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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

Album Review: Dopapod – s/t

Interactivity is what you make it. And for their latest album, Dopapod has devised a way for listeners to immerse themselves even more deeply into the band’s unique world. The vinyl pressing of the Boston group’s self-titled (and seventh) studio album features a board game. “Building a Time Machine” uses the gatefold’s inner sleeve as

AUDIO: A Conversation with Tony Levin of Stick Men

For more than a decade now, Musoscribe has been home to my interviews, features, reviews and essays, all in print form. Going forward, I’ll be expanding into audio and possibly even video content. As a little taste of that — and because it’s really worthwhile on its own merits — here’s audio of a conversation

30 Days Out, April 2022 #1: Philip Glass Ensemble, Moon Hooch, Samantha Fish, Stick Men

There’s some fantastic live music coming to Asheville in the next 30 days. No foolin’: sophisticated modern minimalism, a sax-and-drums trio that’s equal parts out-there and accessible, a blues (and more) hero for the 21st century, and some of the most compelling and powerful instro-prog you’ll ever experience. Roll your pennies and go to the

Album Review: Robby Steinhardt — Not in Kansas Anymore

Robby Steinhardt is best known as violinist for Kansas. He passed away recently, but not before completing an ambitious project. Titled in a perhaps too on-the-nose manner, Not in Kansas Anymore is a prog opera, and it’s an impressive work. Steinhardt’s compositional abilities were superb, demonstrating a deep understanding of the rare place in which

The PFM Bonus Interview, Part 3 of 3

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: Have you given any thought to, once you play outside of Italy, as you do these songs, whether you’ll sing them in Italian or in English? Patrick Djivas: Many times, we sing in Italian outside of Italy too. Many times, they ask us to do it, especially in Japan,

The PFM Bonus Interview, Part 2 of 3

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Tell me about the album’s instrumental opener, “Worlds Beyond.” Are those all real classical instruments, or are there sampled sounds mixed in with it? Patrick Djivas: Half and half. The difficulty to do that was to have 200 years of music in five minutes, and it had to sound