Progressive & Experimental

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

The Evolving Face of Incubus: 6 Songs from Across The Band's Career

I always like looking back on how I came to some of my favorite bands as it usually results in some ridiculously absurd stories and my first experience with Incubus is no exception. It was during a large concert event back in 1999 that I had attended in order to see a few of the other groups on the bill. I actually walked out on Incubus as soon as they took the stage, before the first song, only to catch a glimpse of Brandon Boyd playing what appeared to be a large conga drum in front of some crazy psychedelic lighting on the televisions in the arena lobby.

5 Reasons to Listen to the Velvet Underground

When I first came to the music of the Velvet Underground, I couldn't understand why some people seemed so devoted to this band; it was certainly a cult following. Now, a few years later, other people surely look at me the same way I used to look at the others, as I've grown to be such a huge fan of this band. I've already written a few things for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll about the Velvet Underground and I even wrote a piece on their work with Andy Warhol during college, but there always seems to be more I can say about this group.

Jeff Beck has the Touch, Live in Japan: What Every Musician Should Strive For

There are certain musicians who understand precisely the effect the smallest change can make in their musicality; it's all about subtlety. I use the term subtle in terms of rock and roll a lot (and often in reference to sounds most people would NOT call subtle), despite the fact that describing a musical genre that almost requires being played far louder than anyone would deem sane. It may seem even less appropriate to talk about subtlety in guitar playing to some people, but that's really what it's all about for me.

The Grinderman: Nick Cave Makes Some of the Most Visceral Rock and Roll to Date

It was a few months ago when I first heard of the Grinderman, a new project from Nick Cave and a few of the members of this previous band, the Bad Seeds. It was only a slight mention in some music publication, nothing much that stood out but for some reason, the name Nick Cave rang a bell and the more I searched the more I saw this new project receiving a lot of hype on the Internet.

Capturing Lightning in a Bottle Through Spontaneity: The Tale of the White Stripes

Let me paint a picture for you... It's 2002, late one night around 3 AM and you're watching one of the backwater television stations that turns into MTV2 somewhere around midnight. A song comes on with a straight forward proto punk rock and roll riff with a video of little red and white lego blocks dancing around in various combinations. It's a short catchy song and video but nothing that completely blows you away... you're more interested in mainstream alternative at the moment...

Complete Streaming of the New Queens of the Stone Age Album

Well, yesterday I got a glimpse at another interesting way to market new music on the Internet, and it was a pretty sweet glimpse at that as it involved the complete streaming of the new Queens of the Stone Age album Era Vulgaris.

Have bands chosen to stream entire albums before?

Loose, Rough, Raw or Self Indulgent and Excessive: The Style of Led Zeppelin Live and the Connection to Punk Rock

Some people are just born in the wrong eras I guess. I think I'm one of these people, as I was born a few years after Led Zeppelin disbanded and was still far to young to go to the reunion tour so never got to see Led Zeppelin in their element: live on stage. The release of modern CD sets and DVDs has given those of us who were not lucky enough to see the band in concert a glimpse at what made this band huge.

The Moody Blues and Nights in White Satin from 1967

I've mentioned before that certain bands have just always been part of my life. Pink Floyd, the Beatles...etc. Another group that has always been around for me is the Moody Blues and to this day they are one of my favorites.

"Nights in White Satin" is definitely one of the most recognizable songs by the Moody Blues, even if many may not remember the rest of the epic symphonic album, Days of Future Passed, that is it from.

What Makes Progressive Rock Progressive?

After spending the past couple of days listening to my recently acquired, and first Jethro Tull albums in my collection, I came to a problem. I would consider Jethro Tull progressive rock because of their unique sound, but I also consider Pink Floyd to be the same. These two groups, despite sharing a similar time frame for their popularity, are pretty far apart in their concepts, their sound and their songwriting, yet, I'd call them both progressive...

New Track from the Queens of the Stone Age Released Online

There are some good albums on the way this summer it appears. I'm already anticipating the new releases from the White Stripes, and of course the Smashing Pumpkins. As I've known for a while, there is also a new Queens of the Stone Age (one of the other more recent bands I like a lot) album on the way, and yesterday I just happened to listen to a new track recorded during the sessions, but will apparently not be on the album.

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