ProgWatch

On this week’s Prog-Watch I’m finishing up my coverage of the prolific keyboard maestro, Mr. Clive Nolan! There will be chat about his more recent endeavors, and plenty of great music from his collaboration with Oliver Wakeman, his theater-oriented project Caamora, and, of course, Arena! (In fact, there will be quite a bit of Arena, including a generous helping from the new album Double Vision!)
If you missed Part 1 you can find it here: http://progwatch.com/522/

 

This week on Prog-Watch my special guest is Robert Berry of 3 and 3.2! Robert talks candidly about the formation of the original 3 (with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer) in the late 1980s, how he and Emerson came to resurrect the idea of the band, and the ordeal he faced in finishing the album following Emerson’s tragic death in 2016. Along the way, there will be plenty of great music…from the original 3, a few from Robert’s solo career, and of course a few from the new 3.2 album “The Rules Have Changed”!

536: In Conversation with Robert Berry of 3 and 3.2

US band Crack the Sky have a career that goes back more than 40 years, when their first self-titled album was chosen by Rolling Stone as the Debut Of The Year. Since then they have had their ups and downs, but in recent years the band has reunited many of the original and classic members and continue to make their own quirky and catchy brand of progressive rock music. I spoke to John Palumbo, founder and principal composer of the band, a few weeks ago on the eve of the release of their new album Living In Reverse. This week’s Prog-Watch will consist of some of that interview, interspersed with lots of classics from the band’s past and a few from the new album.

Whether or not you have heard of Crack The Sky I hope you will join me! John is a unique character, and to see where his vision leads the band’s music is always interesting!

535: In Conversation with John Palumbo of Crack The Sky

 

Pure, wholesome variety is on tap for this week’s Prog-Watch! We’ll hear fabulous new music from Argos, Circuline, Rausch, Jason Rubenstein, Gleb Kolyadin and Spock’s Beard! Plus not quite so new (but equally fabulous) stuff from Argent, Cardiacs, Peter Matuchniak, Art Griffin’s Sound Chaser, Isproject, Golden Earring & Michael Penn!

So come on…it’s certified 100% organic and soooo good for you!

534: Variety

 

This week’s Prog-Watch is another edition of EPIX! My usual criteria apply: an EPIC must be over 10 minutes long; and we will hear one for each major decade of our favorite genre! This time we’ll hear music from The Flower Kings, Big Big Train, Southern Empire, Jethro Tull and Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe!

I hope you will join me for some wonderful, modern rock symphonies!

 

533: Epix, Vol. 3

 

This week’s program is a variety show with lots of great new stuff from 3.2, The Sea Within, EvenFlow, Drifting Sun, and Strangefish! We’ll also hear great (but not quite new) music from Agam, Heresy, Black Peaks, and The Bedlam Furnaces, and our resident reviewer Dr. Rob Fisher will check in with a Progressive Discoveries feature on the latest album by the Italian band Victim Of Illusion! I hope you can come along for the ride!

532: Variety + Victim Of Illusion on Progressive Discoveries

 

This week on Prog-Watch I’m shaking the family tree of one of my favorite bands of all time…Jethro Tull! So much great stuff shakes out, including music from Blodwyn Pig, Aviator, solo Ian Anderson, solo Martin Barre, and some real lost gems from the late Glenn Cornick’s Wild Turkey!

531: Shaking the Family Tree of Jethro Tull