Progressive & Experimental

Content related to more progressive rock, experimental sounds, noise rock and other similar styles.

Thoughts on the New Album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

New albums don't always register on my musical radar. I think it's heavily dependent on what I'm listening to at the time it's released. I mean, if I'm listening to a band right around the time their new music comes out, then I'm all into it immediately, but that rarely seems to happen. Instead it's usually the opposite that is the case, especially with long times between album releases. Here's how it tends to happen: I'm listening to something else entirely and a new album comes out and suddenly I'm back listening to that band all over again...

ASHES dIVIDE: New Music from Billy Howerdel

Where as some musicians are satisfied with their own bands, or projects, others feel the need to branch out into multiple projects, each with it's own unique style and vibe. I can appreciate that... sometimes as an artist you are most creative when pursuing different ventures at different times. With bands it's especially interesting to see how different musicians work in different environments and with different people, often creating something completely unique.

Do I Have to Get it to Like it: Thoughts on Progressive Rock

Certain genres continue to be my favorites years after years, one of which is progressive rock. Sure, there are plenty of others too and my tastes are forever evolving, but for some reason I'm very drawn to progressive, experimental and more "adventurous" (a horrible term to use) forms of rock and roll... probably because of my "pretentious-art-major" background. That's not a knock against any other genres at all, it's just part of my personal tastes. Recently I've been listening to a lot of progressive bands...

David Bowie Live in London 1973: Ziggy Stardust to Celebrate a Rock and Roll Birthday

January 8th is a day of rock and roll birthdays. Today is the birthday of David Bowie. That's right, today Mr. Glam himself turns a very respectable 61 and to celebrate I thought I would share this great collection of clips from a live performance of Ziggy Stardust way back in 1973.

Rock & Roll Feature: Radiohead Plays the Colors of In Rainbows

This is the fourteenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Exclusive Radiohead TV Broadcast to Start the New Year

Well, 2008 already looks to be an exciting year and at the rate the music industry is changing, it looks to be more exciting than even our first indications. Leading the pack with more exciting news once again is Radiohead. This time the band is going to be broadcasting an exclusive New Year's performance of tracks from their latest release, both online and on television, through

Here's the broadcast times for television:
December 31, 2007:
9 p.m. PST / 12 a.m. EST
10 p.m. PST / 1 a.m. EST
January 1, 2008:
5 a.m. PST / 8 a.m. EST

The Twisted, Progressive Guitar Work of Frank Zappa Live

It was a good day yesterday, at least from a musical standpoint for me, as it certainly was a sad day from a world events view what with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, (condolences to the entire nation of Pakistan and all those affected by the tragedy).

How I Became a Nick Cave Fan

How many times have I looked back upon my music collection and asked: Why didn't I start listening to "insert artist here" a long time ago? It happens far more often than I'd like to admit as I'm sure I've mentioned it on the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll multiple times already, but it all works out in the long run. I may be left wondering what took me so long, but at least I get to it eventually. I guess that's one of the hazards of listening to so many different musicians, especially the constant stream of new ones.

Rock and Roll Experimentation: 10 of the Strangest Musical Compositions Part 2, The Present

This is part two of an article dedicated to looking at the more experimental side of rock and roll. The first half all consisted of songs that were recorded long before my time (aka the past). This half is focused more on how that tradition has continued in the times after my birth (aka the present).

As with all lists, there are always far too many songs to choose from and each person will have their own personal preferences. These 5 are just a few of mine.

6: Radiohead "Like Spinning Plates" from Amnesiac

Rock and Roll Experimentation: 10 of the Strangest Musical Compositions Part 1, The Past

Rock and roll was originally a blend of styles like country, jazz, blues, R & B and other styles so experimentation is part of the game. Over the years, musicians have pushed the boundaries to expand the genre beyond what probably anyone thought possible. There are lots of great songs along the way through rock and roll history, but every so often you hear a track that is a little avant garde when compared to some of the others of it's time. Maybe avant garde is not the correct term, but more experimental, something beyond the reaches of what typically defines a musical composition...

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