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    Concerts: A Night of Space Rock with Nik Turner's Hawkwind in NYC 9-11-2014
    Progressive Rock

    While there's been much talk in recent years about the battle going on between Dave Brock & Nik Turner about who gets to tour where as 'Hawkwind', the fact of the matter is that Brock's crew (the official Hawkwind) hasn't been able to make it over here to the US in quite some time, so Turner, hot off the release of his Space Gypsy album, has embarked on a tour billed as 'Nik Turner's Hawkwind', with West Coast Krautrock/prog/space rockers Hedersleben opening up as well as filling as backing band, along with doom act Witch Mountain for a hot triple bill.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sun, Sep 21 2014 @ 07:47 CDT
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    THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSEMBLE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
    Progressive Rock THE PSYCHEDELIC ENSE writes:

    The Psychedelic Ensemble is pleased to announce he is hard at work on a fifth studio album.  The album promises some exciting guest contributions and the return of female vocalist, Ann Caren.  A November release is expected and fans should be on the lookout for some exclusive pre-order offers soon available at The Psychedelic Ensemble Official Website.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Sep 19 2014 @ 09:29 CDT
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    Ben Craven news
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    Brisbane, Australia – Much to the excitement of prog music aficionados across the planet, Australian cinematic progressive-rock singer-songwriter Ben Craven is releasing his new single through an innovative new music delivery system he's developed called 'TuneLeak'. Ben Craven's new single titled "Critical Mass Part 2" is now available through TuneLeak at http://www.tuneleak.com.

    Ben explains, "This project is being driven by music industry commentators saying the album is dead. I agree it's an endangered species, at least commercially. As a musician and a listener, I'm very attached to the concept of albums as coherent collections of songs and all the emotional ties we make with them. So for this album I'm trying a different business model - which I'm calling 'TuneLeak' - where I can engage the audience at every step of the recording process, officially 'leak' songs well before they're finished, and hopefully even get paid!"
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Sep 19 2014 @ 09:28 CDT
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    News: Transference Music
    Progressive Rock Natasha writes:

    Taken from the album 'The Navigators', the single 'Lady Isis' will be available from Sept 29th but can be pre-ordered on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lady-isis-single/id911892303.

    A psychedelic Melbourne based core of musicians who invite vocalists from all over the world to join their musical extravaganza, the aim of the rotating cast is to ensure they keep things fresh & vibrant, the uniqueness of Transference is an all encompassing musical fusion of Pink Floyd meets Tangerine Dream approach to the songwriting and production style which delivers the pomp & ceremony of a Rick Wakeman theatrical spectacular, no two performances are the same so the level of unpredictability of the players and their collective presentation of the music is always a welcome surprise, imagine a musical satsang that will leave you uplifted, energised & empowered. This is what you will get & more. A bold claim perhaps, but one which Transference proudly makes.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Sep 19 2014 @ 09:26 CDT
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    News: Dust On The Tracks Records
    Progressive Rock Dust On The Tracks R writes:

    Echo Us Memoirs Published, As A Priori Memoriae Hit's Stores

    Echo Us releases II:XII, À Priori Memoriaé, New Videoclip, And 2001 Memoirs.

    (9-17-2014- Portland, Ore.)

    A recent series of articles runs through Ethan Matthew's distant past until the forming of Echo Us, his eventual hospitalization in Nov 2001, and the transition that bolted his music in a new direction: Echo Us Memoirs on 2001
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Sep 19 2014 @ 09:24 CDT
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    News: Finnish melodic rockers Burntfield release a new single on 10 September
    General Ville / Burntfield writes:

    Listening link: https://soundcloud.com/burntfield/let-it-die-away/s-PARyb

    Helsinki-based melodic rock band Burntfield have released a new digital single of the song "Let It Die Away". The song is available on 10/9/2014 on the most common online music services (eg. Spotify, iTunes). The anthemic rock song presents the band's sound in its most versatile form, including intense blues based riffing added with multi-part vocals. Transatlantic cooperation to the publication is brought by US based producer/sound engineer Jeffro Lackscheide, whose previous work includes clients such as rock legends Cheap Trick and solo projects from members of Queensrÿche and Kamelot.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Fri, Sep 19 2014 @ 09:23 CDT
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    News: LEGENDS OF ROCK, THE ORIGINALS FESTIVAL 16th-19th October
    Heavy Metal This year Legends of Rock The Originals will be headlined by none other than Black Star Riders. The band will be performing songs from their recent acclaimed album 'All Hell Breaks Loose' alongside classic Thin Lizzy tracks.

    Classic Rock Tours have been putting on festivals since 2005 which have attracted thousands of music folk of all ages in both Europe & the UK including the legendary Rhodes Rock in Greece. Now in their ninth year they're offering the best winter weekend line up. So far confirmed for the festival are Black Star Riders, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Alabama 3, The Quireboys, Tygers of Pan Tang, Uli Jon Roth, Voodoo Six, The Blockheads, Pat McManus Band, M. Turner (plays music of Wishbone Ash), The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Curved Air, Mostly Autumn, Bernie Torme and many more. Legends of Rock The Originals Festival is sure to be one of the highlights of 2014.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 16 2014 @ 11:08 CDT
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    News: Michael Schenker announces December UK Tour
    Heavy Metal The award-winning, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker will embark on a nationwide UK tour at the Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday 10th December. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office on 0844 478 0898 or from thegigcartel.com. Four days before his UK tour kicks off, Schenker will headline Planet Rockstock at Trecco Bay in South Wales on Saturday 6th December.

    Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, "Lord Of The Lost And Lonely," plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics. The Bridge The Gap UK tour will feature Schenker's "Temple of Rock" band, comprising ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards), and ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie White.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 16 2014 @ 10:02 CDT
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    Concerts: Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, UK 07/04 - 07/06 2014
    Heavy Metal After a troubled couple of years when for various reasons the event was unable to go ahead Sonisphere made a triumphant return to Knebworth with a three day festival that celebrated forty years of concerts at the famous venue. The presence of metal's two big heavyweights in the shape of headliners Metallica and Iron Maiden ensured a bumper crowd but the event also showcased emerging new talent such as The Cadillac Three and the cult Japanese act Babymetal. Sea of Tranquility's tag team of Dean Pedley and Mark Davies bring this review from the festival.
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Mon, Sep 15 2014 @ 11:53 CDT
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    News: Jimmy Barnes announces new 30th anniversary album "Hindsight"
    General 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Barnes' debut as Scottish born Australian rock singer-songwriter, and to celebrate this extraordinary milestone, Jimmy's recorded 'Hindsight', his 15th studio album. Provogue Records will release the album in the UK on Monday 27th October, and will be issued on limited edition 180 gram double vinyl (1,000 copies only), CD and digital download.

    The hotly tipped new album features an all-star line-up with Keith Urban, 'Little' Steven Van Zandt, Joe Bonamassa, and Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain of Journey, to name but a few.

    'Hindsight' recently debuted at the top of the Australian album charts, firmly cementing Jimmy Barnes' place in Australian's rock music's history books, chalking up his fourteenth number one album, ten of which he has earned as a solo performer and four from his time in Australian rock band Cold Chisel. Watch the official "Making Of" album trailer HERE
    Posted by Steven Reid on Fri, Sep 12 2014 @ 05:47 CDT
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    News: Remastered edition of classic Bill Nelson album available on CD
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    London, UK - ESOTERIC RECORDINGS imprint Cocteau Discs, the home of BILL NELSON's catalogue between 1971 and 2001, continues their series of ongoing releases with the release of a newly remastered edition of the album, "AFTER THE SATELLITE SINGS".

    The album was recorded in 28 days at Fairview Studios in East Yorkshire in 1995 and saw Bill push his constantly evolving musical boundaries still further. A collection of fine songs and three instrumental pieces, "After the Satellite Sings" is a fine album that remains fascinating and engaging nearly two decades on from its first release.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:18 CDT
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    News: Mellow Records has released Roz Vitalis album
    Progressive Rock Ivan writes:

    New album of Roz Vitalis (Russian avant-prog band) - titled "Overcoming-up" - has been released digitally by Italian cult label Mellow Records.

    The link is here: https://mellowrecords.bandcamp.com/album/roz-vitalis-overcoming-up-new

    This album was recorded in 2008, but is available only now.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:16 CDT
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    News: Timo Rautiainen on the new Corvus Stone album
    Progressive Rock Pasi /CS writes:

    Timo Rautiainen (best known to the Rock and Metal world for his work with Timo Rautiainen & Trio Niskalaukaus) sings two songs on the new Corvus Stone album "Corvus Stone II" (Melodic Revolution Records). The album will be released at the beginning of October.

    The album includes other special guest singers as well. Phil Naro (ex-Talas) and Sean Filkins (ex-Big Big Train) are both showing their talents on the new album.

    The album will also feature a very special tribute to Deep Purple as there is a song called "Purple Stone" included.

    Corvus Stone musicians playing on the album: Colin Tench (guitar), Pasi Koivu (keyboards), Petri Lemmy Lindström (bass) and Robert Wolff (drums).
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:15 CDT
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    News: Debut from Don't Mind the Giant
    Progressive Metal Alex Nowicki writes:

    Eastern Canadian Multi-Genre Metal band, Don't Mind the Giant, releases its 100% self-recorded, mixed, and mastered debut album, "Wandering Roots". Incorporating elements from various styles, including power metal, folk metal, and even swing, they have forged an intricate melodic metal album that transcends genre boundaries.

    "Wandering Roots" is available for full album stream and download at dontmindthegiant.bandcamp.com


    www.dontmindthegiant.com
    giant@dontmindthegiant.com
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:15 CDT
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    News: Hugh Hopper release news
    Progressive Rock Glass Onyon PR writes:

    London, UK - Hugh Hopper and Soft Machine fans worldwide are rejoicing to the news of the pending release of HUGH HOPPER - DEDICATED TO HUGH, a 10-CD Archival Celebration of the music of bass guitarist, composer, Hugh Hopper comprised of previously unreleased Hi-Fidelity recordings. Compiled by Michael King, a Canadian Hugh Hopper Scholar, the CDs will be released individually, beginning with Volume One, entitled 'Memories'.

    This ten part series is to compliment a heretofore large body of work (over sixty titles) by presenting previously unreleased concert and studio recordings, with a focus on Hugh's compositions as performed by groups under his leadership. All proceeds are to benefit Hugh's Hopper's family.

    HUGH HOPPER - DEDICATED TO HUGH 10-CD set features:
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 07:14 CDT
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    Concerts: Kate Bush @ Eventim Apollo, London, UK 09/06/2014
    Progressive Rock After a thirty five year pause you would have got long odds indeed on staking a wager that Kate Bush would make a return to the stage in 2014. The announcement some six months ago of a residency at London's Apollo (more fondly remembered as the Hammersmith Odeon) was the trigger for a frenzy of ticket buying activity from her adoring fan base. The question everybody was then asking was what songs will she play? And after such a long absence would she still have the voice, presence and allure of bygone years?
    Posted by Dean Pedley on Wed, Sep 10 2014 @ 08:21 CDT
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    News: New Bernie Torme Album Release
    Heavy Metal ** Rock Legend Bernie Tormé Releases Brand New Double Album**

    Former Ozzy/Gillan Guitarist 1st Solo Record For 15 Years

    Typical! You have to wait 15 years for an album, and then WTF! - TWO COME ALONG AT ONCE!!

    After a hugely successful crowd funding campaign on Pledgemusic where he reached 418% of his target, Bernie Tormé is releasing his first solo studio recordings for 15 years…and, wait for it, its a DOUBLE!

    Entitled 'Flowers & Dirt', the album will be released on 29th Sept.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Tue, Sep 09 2014 @ 19:07 CDT
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    News: The Quireboys celebrate thirty years of Rock n' Roll
    General The brand new album "Black Eyed Sons" kicked off 30th anniversary celebrations. Top value package will include live CD and live DVD and will be released on Monday 16th June, via Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

    Following three sold out intimate shows to mark the start of their 30th anniversary, The Quireboys will embark on a 5 month world tour which will commence with a long awaited return to The US & Canada early August.

    They will be back mid November for the UK leg, which goes on sale this weekend. Expect new material from the forthcoming Black Eyed Sons, triple pack, rarities plus all the classics.

    Special guests for the UK will be Hispanic Blues Rock legends, Vargas Blues Band, who have recently signed to The Quireboys label, Off Yer Rocka Recordings.
    Posted by Steven Reid on Tue, Sep 09 2014 @ 08:10 CDT
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    Interviews: A Candid Interview with Mike Tramp
    General

    Mike Tramp has been in the music business since the late-70s. He started out in his homeland with the band Mabel before moving to Spain and transforming the band's sound into a heavier force while taking on a new moniker, Studs. By the time the band moved to New York City in 1982, they had once again changed their name, this time to Lion. When the rest of the guys in the band decided to return to Denmark, Tramp decided to stay in NYC. He met Dreamer guitarist Vito Bratta in Brooklyn, and the two decided to form a band together: White Lion. After releasing their debut Fight to Survive, White Lion put out their seminal album Pride in 1987, which spawned several hits such as "Wait" and "When the Children Cry," both of which made it to the Billboard Top 10. The multi-platinum selling disc was followed by 1989's Big Game and 1991's Mane Attraction. White Lion played their last show in Boston, and Tramp and Bratta decided to go their own ways. While Vito Bratta would only play on one disc, CPR in 1992, and disappear from the scene completely, Mike Tramp would form a new band, Freak of Nature. In this interview, Sea of Tranquility Staff Writer Murat Batmaz talked to Mike Tramp specifically about Freak of Nature and his solo albums. One of his most detailed interviews, Tramp discusses his post-White Lion career in great detail touching on topics such as the formation and break-up of Freak of Nature, his solo works, and his more recent semi-acoustic discs, Cobblestone Street, for which he has played more than a hundred shows, as well as his upcoming album Museum. Tramp is now getting ready for a long European tour. Just him and his guitar, and perhaps better than ever.

    Read on for the full interview.
    Posted by Pete Pardo on Sat, Aug 09 2014 @ 08:26 CDT
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    Interviews: Introducing...Story Of a Life
    Fusion

    With a history that goes back 17 years, instrumental act Story Of a Life are only just now releasing their debut, self-titled CD. Their story is a long and intricate one, but the important thing is that after many years apart, the band members found their way back to each other so their musical vision could finally be fulfilled. Sea of Tranquility Publisher Peter Pardo caught up with guitarist Sean Tonar, drummer Brian 'Thor' Coutts, bassist Stephen Cox, keyboard player Bill Graham, as well as studio magician Neil Kernon (who mixed the CD) to talk about the history of the band, their chance 'reunion', the creation of the long awaited album, progressive rock & jazz-fusion in general, and their plans going forward.

    Posted by Pete Pardo on Wed, Jul 30 2014 @ 18:41 CDT
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    Past Articles


    Monday, July 14

    · Iluvatar return after a long break with From the Silence (0)
    · Vangough's Clay Withrow discusses Between the Madness (0)


    Sunday, July 13

    · The Dowling Poole - an interview with Willie Dowling and Jon Poole (0)


    Saturday, July 05

    · Richie Sambora at ABC in Glasgow 3rd July2012 (0)


    Friday, June 20

    · Abandoned Dreams and Dancehall Memories - An interview with Tim Bowness (0)


    Wednesday, June 04

    · Revolver Golden Gods Tour- June 2, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah (0)


    Sunday, June 01

    · Kansas at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in NJ 5/30/2014 (0)
    · Glass Hammer Delight Once Again With Ode to Echo (0)


    Sunday, May 18

    · An interview with JAKE E. LEE and the RED DRAGON CARTEL (0)


    Sunday, May 11

    · Yes @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham 05/04/2014 (0)


    Tuesday, May 06

    · Primal Fear Live at Stage 48 in New York City, 4/30/2014 (0)


    Wednesday, April 30

    · Steven Wilson wins our Best of 2013 readers poll! (0)


    Tuesday, April 22

    · Brooklyn's The Golden Grass Gives '70s Heavy Rock a New York Twist (0)
    · HRH Prog 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)


    Sunday, April 20

    · Taking Control - An Interview with The Brew (0)


    Friday, April 11

    · Riverside, Votum; Edinburgh Liquid Room; 10th April 2014 (0)
    · HRH AOR 2 @ Pwllheli, North Wales 03/21 & 03/22 2014 (0)
    · Status Quo - The Frantic Four @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 04/10/2014 (0)


    Monday, April 07

    · Blackberry Smoke + Million$Reload @ Bodega, Nottingham, UK 03/01/2014 (0)


    Sunday, April 06

    · Foreigner / Europe / FM; Glasgow Clyde Auditorium 5th April 2014 (0)


    Tuesday, April 01

    · Connecting with Disconnect - An interview with John Wesley (0)
    · The New Band in Town-Meet the UK's Messenger (0)


    Thursday, March 20

    · Voodoo Six, Santa Cruz; Buskers, Dundee 15th March 2014 (0)
    · 'Wanted' Men. An Interview With RPWL Singer Yogi Lang (0)


    Tuesday, March 18

    · The Graveltones / Cadillac Three / Buffalo Summer @ Birmingham 02/26/14 (0)
    · The Vintage Caravan @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK 03/15/2014 (0)


    Friday, March 14

    · Camel @ Town Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/10/2014 (0)


    Monday, March 03

    · Mike + The Mechanics @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 03/01/2014 (0)


    Sunday, March 02

    · An Interview with Rob 'TheWitch' from Montreal metal act NecronomicoN (0)
    · An Evening With Dream Theater-Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK 2/15/2014 (0)


    Tuesday, February 25

    · Tarja + Elyose @ Rock City, Nottingham, UK 02/12/2014 (0)


    Sunday, February 23

    · The Answer, The King Lot - Edinburgh Liquid Room 20th Feb 2014 (0)


    Saturday, February 22

    · R.I.P. Francesco Di Giacomo, lead singer of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (0)


    Sunday, February 16

    · Amon Amarth/Enslaved/Skeletonwitch @ The Murray Theater, Salt Lake City 2/12/14 (0)
    · Peter Hammill & Gary Lucas join forces to create Other World (0)


    Saturday, February 15

    · The Treatment + Cage The Gods + Sinners Highway @ Nottingham UK 02/04/14 (0)


    Sunday, February 09

    · Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock at The Chance 1/25/2014 (0)


    Sunday, February 02

    · Skindred + SOiL + Viza @ Rock City, Nottingham UK, 01/24/2014 (0)
    · The Return of Legendary Heavy Rock Act Bang (0)


    Friday, January 24

    · Remembering Oliver Withöft, Co-Owner of Century Media (0)


    Monday, January 20

    · FERGIE FREDERIKSEN R.I.P. (0)


    Sunday, January 19

    · Orchid, Scorpion Child, Blues Pills, & Zodiac at Dingwalls, London UK 11/3/2 (0)


    Sunday, January 05

    · A Look Ahead to 2014 with Rocksector Records Mark Appleton (0)
    · Hard Rock Hell VII Cirque Du Rock Day 3 @ Pwllheli, Wales 11/30/2013 (0)


    Sunday, December 15

    · An Interview with vocalist Peter French of the legendary Leaf Hound (0)
    · Retro Hard Rockers The Vintage Caravan Get Set to Take Over the World (0)


    Saturday, December 14

    · Gorguts, Origin, and Nero Di Marte at The Chance in Poughkeepsie, NY 12/13/2013 (0)


    Friday, December 13

    · Hard Rock Hell VII Cirque Du Rock Day 1 & 2 @ Pwllheli, Wales 11/28 & 29 (0)


    Friday, December 06

    · Keeping Rock 'N' Roll Alive with The Jokers (0)


    Tuesday, December 03

    · The Return Of NWOBHM Survivors Jameson Raid (0)


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