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Levin Minnemann Rudess: From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess

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It may look good on paper, but you can never really know how “super group" collaborations are going to work out until they actually get together and do something. In the case of the power trio named after its members--bassist/stick player Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Stick Men), drummer/guitarist Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, The Aristocrats, ...

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ON

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While it's true that, in the rock world, there are relatively few female guitarists, especially those leaning towards the heavier and more progressive side of the equation, that doesn't mean that those intrepid enough to enter what has traditionally been a man's world should be assessed on anything but their own merits. Good guitarists are good ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Willie Oteri

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Meet Willie Oteri:
An anomaly in the music world having survived tragedy and financial hardship that forced him to quit music as a profession during the early part of his career, Willie Oteri has come back to music. With a small budget he released two well-received blues/rock albums in the late '90s before moving to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Levin Minnemann Rudess: Levin Minnemann Rudess

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For a first crack at a fresh idea for Lazy Bones Records--three well-known musicians brought together to create improv-based music with a minimum of planning--Levin Torn White (2011) was a set that, beyond finding common ground amongst bassist/stick master Tony Levin, guitar sound sculptor David Torn and drummer Alan White, also proved, unequivocally, that White is ...

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Mike Keneally: You Must Be This Tall

Read "You Must Be This Tall" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Virtuoso guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally has been all over the musical radar, spanning the past three decades. Performing with Frank Zappa in 1988, the artist has also aligned with avant-garde guitar hero Henry Kaiser and currently mans the keyboards amid some guitar work in support of iconic progressive rock guitarist Joe Satriani. With his 24th ...

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Steven Wilson: Luck's What You Make It

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There was a time when progressive rock really meant what its name suggested: progressive music, music that pushed the boundaries of what rock music was, often by integrating elements of classical music and jazz into the mix. Milestone groups ranging from better-knowns like Yes, Genesis, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant and Van der Graaf Generator ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Wing Beat Fantastic: Songs Written By Mike Keneally And XTC’s Andy Partridge

Wing Beat Fantastic: Songs Written By Mike Keneally And XTC’s Andy Partridge

Wing Beat Fantastic (Exowax Recordings, July 17, 2012 release), the magical new album from composer/ producer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Mike Keneally, is the highly anticipated result of a songwriting union between the famed rock experimentalist and legendary XTC tunesmith Andy Partridge. Their collaboration produced eight new songs, combining Partridge’s innate sense of angular pop melody and beautifully intelligent poeticism, and ...

The Wine of Silence (with Andrew Keeling and David Singleton)

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It's strange how things sometimes come around full circle...well, almost. After helping to define symphonic prog with King Crimson and the seminal In the Court of the Crimson King (DGM Live, 1969)--mellotrons screaming instead of a real orchestras swirling--the rigors of the road, and keeping a band together, caused co-founder/guitarist Robert Fripp to desert such problems ...

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Mike Keneally Band - Guitar Therapy Live (2006)

Mike Keneally Band - Guitar Therapy Live (2006)

By Tom Johnson I can't even begin to pretend to be impartial here: Guitarist Mike Keneally is absolutely one of my all-time favorites. But that doesn't mean I'm going to steer you wrong: If I thought this wasn't an easily palatable platter of fine phonic fun, I would have little problem saying so. And that is most ...

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Mike Keneally and Metropole Orkest - The Universe Will Provide (2004)

Mike Keneally and Metropole Orkest - The Universe Will Provide (2004)

By Tom Johnson I was a little disappointed with guitarist Mike Keneally's initial release of 2004, Dog. It seemed to be lacking a little something physical, some cohesive element, in the music, but where it worked it worked great. It was just too unbalanced by some out of place avant-garde-ish pieces that didn't really fit in on ...