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Kansas to Release Leftoverture Live & Beyond Album

American progressive rock and AOR band Kansas has announced the release of Leftoverture Live & Beyond (Inside Out Music). The album is scheduled for release November 3, 2017.

This is the first live album since 2009. It contains nineteen songs selected from twelve shows recorded during Kansas’ Spring 2017 Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour. The selection includes classic rock hits, new songs from 2016’s studio album “The Prelude Implicit,” and concludes with the “Leftoverture” album performed in its entirety.

The album will be available as a double CD digipak, four 180 Gram Vinyl boxed set, and digitally.

Leftoverture Live & Beyond Track Listing:

1.) Icarus II
2.) Icarus
3.) Point of Know Return
4.) Paradox
5.) Journey from Mariabronn
6.) Lamplight Symphony
7.) Dust in the Wind
8.) Rhythm in the Spirit
9.) The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
10.) Section 60
11.) Carry On Wayward Son
12.) The Wall
13.) What’s on My Mind
14.) Miracles out of Nowhere
15.) Opus Insert
16.) Questions of My Childhood
17.) Cheyenne Anthem
18.) Magnum Opus
19.) Portrait (He Knew)

Lonely Robot Releases ‘In Floral Green’ Music Video

Lonely Robot, the project led by British producer, guitarist and singer-songwriter John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), has released a music video titled ‘In Floral Green.’ This song appears in the band’s second studio album ‘The Big Dream,’ released earlier this year. The features a guest appearance from Kim Seviour.

In Floral Green is a song very dear to my heart,” says John Mitchell. “In addition to losing sight of the warmth of human connection we feel in the cold remoteness and social disconnect of the modern world, we as a species probably need to be around a lot less drab grey and a lot more rustic green. Many thanks to the little dark haired kid in the chorus for his tireless commitment to big 70s hair and throwing a ball around for our amusement.”

The Lonely Robotkive band includes John Mitchell, Craig Blundell on drums, Steve Vantsis on bass and Liam Holmes on keyboards.

 

 

Next concerts:

August 19 – Islington Assembly Hall with TILT & Kepler Ten

August 20 – Thekla, Bristol with TILT

Buy The Big Dream

ProgDay Announces Changes and Additions to 2017 Program

Hedersleben

ProgDay 2017 organizers announced today that Peruvian band Flor De Loto has cancelled its concert. Two additional bands, Hedersleben and Ephemeral Sun have been announced.

Hedersleben is a multinational space rock band with roots in the early progressive rock and krautrock sound.

Ephemeral Sun is an American group that combines progressive rock and electronica with heavy metal.

The other bands set to perform at ProgDay 2017 include Bubblemath (USA), Shylock (France), Sonar (Switzerland) with special guest David Torn, and iNFiNiEN (USA). Two more acts will be announced in the next weeks.

The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more details go to www.progday.net.

Chilean Prog Band Aisles Announces 2017 North American Tour

Aisles

Chilean progressive rock band Aisles has announced its upcoming tour of Mexico and the United States.

The band released a new album in 2016 titled Hawaii
2017 Tour

Sat 12 Aug – Prog Jazz Fest, Foro Fausto Vega – Mexico City, Mexico
Wed 16 Aug – Underground Bar – Saltillo, Mexico
Thu 17 Aug – X-Stage – Monterrey, Mexico
Fri 18 Aug – Metal Brothers – Mexico City – Mexico
Sat 19 Aug – Centro De Las Artes De Querétaro, Querétaro – Mexico
Sat 14 Oct – Progstock Festival, Union County Performing Arts Center – Rahway, NJ, USA Tickets
Mon 16 Oct – Ferguson Theatre, University Of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, PA, USA Tickets
Wed 18 Oct – Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY, USA Tickets
Thu 19 Oct – Elkhart, Indiana, USA
Fri 20 Oct – Progtoberfest, Reggies – Chicago, Il, USA Tickets

Rock In Opposition Festival 2017 Lineup Announced

Guapo

Twelve celebrated progressive music acts are set to perform at the 2017 Rock in Opposition (R.I.O.) Festival to be held in France. The three-day festival is dedicated to artistically-uncompromising rock music.

The 2017 Program:

September 15th
Aranis (Belgium)
Cheer-Accident (USA)
faUSt (Germany)

September 16th
Le Silo (Japan)
Miriodor (Canada)
Trans-aeolian Transmission (France)
Gong (France)
Acid Mothers Temple (Japan)

September 17th
a.P.A.t.T. (England)
In Love With (France)
Guapo (England)
Slapp Happy (Germany/England)

More at www.rocktime.org/rio/index.php/en/

Jazz-Rock Pioneer John McLaughlin Receives Honorary Degree at Berklee’s Campus in Valencia, Spain

John McLaughlin at Berklee Valencia’s commencement ceremony – Photo by Tato Baeza

 

Berklee President Roger H. Brown presented an honorary doctor of music degree to groundbreaking guitarist, composer, and band leader John McLaughlin on July 10, during the commencement ceremony for the graduate programs at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. McLaughlin also performed as a special guest at the commencement concert at the Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofia.

McLaughlin is a jazz fusion maestro whose extensive work as bandleader is complemented by his work with fellow stars such as Miles Davis, Chick Corea, and Paco de Lucia. He was at the vanguard of the cross-cultural jazz surge of the 1970s, drawing on Indian music influences with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti.

The role of music is today what it has always been in the past,” he said in his acceptance remarks. “It is the universal language of love, both human and divine. Music is our highest form of collective unity, since in any given concert there will be Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and atheists, all under one roof, enjoying music.”

He added, “Whatever we give to music with love and dedication is repaid a thousand times in ways that defy categorization. To be a musician is one of the greatest privileges.”

 

(left-right) Roger H. Brown, Berklee president; honoree John McLaughlin; Jay Kennedy, Berklee vice president for academic affairs. Photo by Vicente A. Jiménez

 

At the commencement ceremony, 137 graduates from 30 nations received master of music degrees in music production, technology, and innovation; scoring for film, television, and video games; and contemporary performance with a concentration in production; or Master of Arts degrees in global entertainment and music business.

The ceremony also celebrated the Valencia campus’ fifth year, during which time the campus has hosted more than 1,500 students from 71 nations and granted $4 million in scholarships to graduate students.

More information about John McLaughlin: Artist Profiles: John McLaughlin

More information about Berklee Valencia: valencia.berklee.edu

Unreal City Unveils Frammenti notturni

Italian progressive rock band Unreal City has a new album titled “Frammenti notturni”. Unreal City has performed at international prog rock festivals and has become one of the leading acts in the present Ialian scene.

The current line-up includes composer and lyricist Ema Tarasconi on keyboards and vocals; Francesca Zanetta on guitar; Dario Pessina on bass; and new drummer Marco Garbin. “Frammenti notturni”also features guest sappearances by Matteo Bertani on violin and Camilla Pozzi on vocals.

The album contains five long pieces, mixing brooding atmospheres with classic 1970s progressive rock.

Unreal City’s previous albums include “Il paese del tramonto” (2015) and the debut album “La crudeltà di aprile” (2013).

PFM to Release Emotional Tattoos in October 2017

Legendary Italian progressive rock group PFM (Premiata Forneria Marconi) has announced the release of its new album Emotional Tattoos in October 2017 on the InsideOutMusic label. Emotional Tattoos is expected to feature PFM’s trademark sound.

The current lineup includes Alessandro Scaglione on keyboards, Hammond organ, Moog; Lucio Fabbri on violin; Patrick Djivas on bass; Franz Di Cioccio on lead vocals and drums; Marco Sfogli on guitars; Roberto Gualdi on drums; and Alberto Bravin on keyboards, backing vocals.

Kaipa Announce the Release of ‘Children of the Sounds’

Renowned Swedish progressive rockers Kaipa, led by Hans Lundin, has announced the release of its new album ‘Children of the Sounds’ for September 22nd, 2017. Kaipa’s current lineup includes Lundin, Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry), Morgan Ågren (Karmakanic), Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings, Karmakanic), Patrik Lundström (Ritual) & Aleena Gibson, plus a guest appearance from violinist Elin Rubinsztein.

Kaipa – Children of the Sounds

Mars Hollow Becomes Life After Mars

American progressive rock band Mars Hollow has changed its name to Life After Mars. The group will be recording a new album after a nearly 5-year hiatus. The most recent studio effort from the group was the track “So Far Away,” which also had a video release and was included on the Mars Hollow Live album. The album, also available on DVD, documented the band’s ‘Church of Prog’ spot at RosFest, 2011 and was released in Fall of 2012.

Life After Mars’ debut album release is tentatively scheduled for Summer, 2018.

The lineup includes John Baker on lead vocals and guitars; Don Schiff on NS stick, various basses and string instruments; Lisa LaRue on keyboards; and Emily Dolan Davies on drums.

Life After Mars