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Damo Suzuki & Electric Octopus at The Menagerie

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Damo Suzuki & Electric Octopus
The Menagerie
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
May 23, 2018

Appearances can be deceptive. The Menagerie, tucked away at the Ormeau Road end of University Street, is unlike any other music venue in Belfast. The old, weather-beaten red brick may look like a Temperance Hall-turned-squat, but ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Octaveleven: This Hyperlink

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Hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico, the all-instrumental keys-- bass--drums trio Octaveleven presents a dynamic blend of old-school progressive rock, math-rock, metal, fusion, and electronica on their debut EP, This Hyperlink. The result is highly appealing; catchy and tuneful in ways that one doesn't normally associate with progressive rock of any sort. Drummer Ben Durfee and ...

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Ray Russell: Now, More Than Ever

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English guitarist/composer Ray Russell has flown under the radar for most of his 45-year career, dividing his energies between his own projects, sessions for some of the biggest names in popular music and composing award-winning music for television and film. Russell's wide-ranging musical interests have meant that his own recordings have sometimes been separated by long ...

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Penang Island Jazz Festival 2012

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9th Penang Island Jazz Festival
Bayview Hotel
Penang, Malaysia
November 29--December 2, 2012

From pickup at the airport at 10.30pm to personal send-off five days later at 4.00am, Paul Augustin, the Director of the Penang Island Jazz Festival, is what you could call the perfect host. It's this personal touch--instilled in the festival staff's ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Louis Sclavis: Maps of the Mind

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"My music? I know what it is, and I don't know what it is. It's a paradox." Now entering his fifth decade as a recording artist, multi-reedist/composer Louis Sclavis may not have a clear handle on the music he makes, but he has absorbed the lessons of all the music he has turned his hand to, ...

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Ozric Tentacles: Paper Monkeys

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A band that has endured the dips and spikes of the progressive-rock genre since its inception back in 1983, UK-based Ozric Tentacles has the beat on jam-based space-rock via its signature style of execution. With undulating synths, driving pulses and layered sculpting techniques, the quartet almost always bestows a sweeping plane, centered on lucid imagery and ...

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Ozric Tentacles: The Yumyum Tree

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Twenty-five years and still going strong, legendary U.K. prog-rock outfit Ozric Tentacles releases its first studio album since 2006's The Floor's Too Far Away (Magna Carta Records). Interestingly enough, the musicians recently moved to Colorado to hone in on the U.S. festival and jamband scenes.

This 2009 date doesn't proclaim anything strikingly new, when ...

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Ozric Tentacles: The Hidden Step

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Ready to climb the pyramids and then walk out onto the hidden step, to enter the unknown ascending passages, to stare into ancient constellations of the near future, to see Ka's wings glisten in the obsidian-eyes of Anubis and hear the echoes of synths and axe across the Nile?

Then follow the Ozrics across the ...

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Ozric Tentacles: Waterfall Cities

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To attempt to review the Ozrics is like trying explain an aural rainbow to a deaf man. I approach cautiously for I hold this group on a pinnacle of splendored respect. As the day I had to review John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra’s remastered re-releases, so too I am timid to tread such hallowed grounds ...