Tag Archives: Frank Zappa

Album review: SPIRITS BURNING & MICHAEL MOORCOCK – An Alien Heat

Spirits Burning - An Alien Heat

Gonzo/Multimedia [Release date 19.10.18] ‘An Alien Heat’ pairs Don Falcone’s innovative San Francisco band Spirits Burning with 70′s Hawkwind alumnus and sci-fi fantasy writer Michael Moorcock. Best known for his work on Hawkwind’s 1975 album ‘Warrior on the Edge of … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 27.07.18] Former Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo’s ‘War of the Worlds’ has very little to do with the enduring Jeff Wayne adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic sci-fi book. However, the title does give the … Continue reading

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Album review: TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

TOM TOOMEY – Turquoise

Pete Feenstra chatted to Tom Toomey in his Feature show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sunday 25 February 2018, including tracks from ‘Turquoise’. Giant Records [Release date 06.01.18] Tom Toomey is best known as the guitarist with The … Continue reading

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Gig review: WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

WALTER TROUT – Under The Bridge, London, 11 October 2017

There’s always something heart-warming about a Walter Trout show. Indeed, long before his miraculous recovery from ill health, he always made a virtue of making a connection with his crowd, either through socially conscious songs, universally applicable narratives or simply … Continue reading

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Gig review: SPARKS – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 28 September 2017

SPARKS – Shepherd

Sparks breezed into an extra second night at a packed London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire to deliver a thematically driven show – right down to the band’s sailor tops – to promote the new ‘Hippopotamus’ chart album. The Mael brothers have … Continue reading

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Album review: GIZMODROME (Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King, Vittorio Cosma)

GIZMODROME

earMUSIC [Release date 15.09.17] What do high profile musicians do when they’ve experienced sustained success and are staring at the twilight zone?  Gizmodrome.  That’s what.  Spearheaded by one-time Police alumni Stewart Copeland who has co-opted PFM progster Vittorio Cosma, Adrian … Continue reading

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Album review: JOHN OTWAY – Montserrat

John Otway - Montserrat

Red Bowler Records [Release date: 01.05.17] There will surely always be a place for John Otway in the rock & roll firmament, as only an anarchic character such as him could have conceived of an album like this in 2017. … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – The Source

Ayreon - The Source

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 28.04.17] It’s 12 years since Ayreon’s first album ‘The Final Experiment’ and the key elements of a conceptual sci-fi story with prog rock underpinnings remain at the heart of the new album ‘The Source.’ It’s … Continue reading

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Book review: MARTIN HANNETT – His Equipment And Strawberry Studios by Chris Hewitt

MARTIN HANNETT – His Equipment And Strawberry Studios by Chris Hewitt

Dandelion Records & Books [Publication date 07.04.17] Given the fact that the author Chris Hewitt has already released the exhaustive DVD ‘Martin Hannett – He Wasn’t Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division’ and the book ‘The Pleasures Of The … Continue reading

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Album review: TERRY BOZZIO – Composer Series

TERRY BOZZIO - Composer Series

earMUSIC [Release date 25.11.16] Traditionally, drummers have received bad press or no press.  They sit at the back keeping time but very rarely come forward to articulate their wider musical visions.  Terry Bozzio is perhaps best known for his work … Continue reading

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Gig review: NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL – Newark Castle, 11 September 2016

NEWARK BLUES FESTIVAL – Newark Castle, 11 September 2016

In this two-hour special Pete Feenstra plays some of those acts appearing at the 2016 Newark Blues Festival and some of the award-winners.  First broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, 13 September 2016. It’s one of those days in … Continue reading

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Album review: ANTOINE FAFARD – Sphere

Antoine Fafard - Sphere

Timeless Momentum [Release date 01.09.16] From the purposeful opening of ‘Renaissance Man’ – Gary Husband’s introductory synth and bristling drums lock in with Antoine Fafard’s fretless bass and guitarist Jerry De Villiers Jr.’s sonorous theme – we’re quickly into tension … Continue reading

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Album review: LEON ALVARADO – Future Left Behind

LEON ALVARADO – Future Left Behind

Melodic Revolution [Release date 30.07.16] Based on an original short story by multi instrumentalist keyboard player Leon Alvarado, ‘Future Left Behind’ is a prog rock instrumental concept album that is a triumph of innovation and musical substance over recycled ideas … Continue reading

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Album review: ANDY FRASCO AND THE U.N. – Happy Bastards

ANDY FRASCO AND THE U.N. – Happy Bastards

Ruf [Release date 26.02.16] Often described as a party band full of ‘orchestrated chaos’, Southern Californian outfit Andy Frasco and the U.N. is no such thing on record. They are every bit as organized and astute as Zappa was in … Continue reading

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Album review: THE GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA – Earth Lift

THE GALACTIC COWBOY ORCHESTRA – Earth Lift

Loud Folk [Release date 22.09.15] Minneapolis art rockers The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra take us back to the experimental and adventurous days of early 70’s prog rock and fusion, when bands like King Crimson, Jethro Tull and later the Mahavishnu Orchestra … Continue reading

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Album review: FISCHER’S FLICKER – Fornever And Never

FISCHER

Lavender Kartydid Music [Release date 15.08.15] ‘Fornever And Never’ by Chicago Fisher’s Flicker is a bewildering musical journey that reflects its leader’s Scott Fischer’s eclectic musical background. Described by his PR as a ‘a vast musical amusement park’, Scott Fischer … Continue reading

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DVD review: PAT METHENY – The Unity Sessions

PAT METHENY – The Unity Sessions

Eagle Rock Entertainment [Release date 18.09.15] From the Frank Zappa meets Ornette Coleman style cacophonous intro, via fractured staccato runs and tension building pieces of musical diversity, Pat Metheny announces his intentions to expand his musical canvas to the limit. … Continue reading

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Album review: MOJO ASSASSINS – Mojo Assassins

MOJO ASSASSINS – Mojo Assassins

Artwork Media, Inc. [Release date 24.11.15] The Mojo Assassins are a power trio comprising Ronny Griffin drums, Tony Calhoun on bass and vocals and David Zychek on guitar and vocals. Their collective pedigree includes Night Ranger, Stallion, Frankie Lee and … Continue reading

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Album review: SHWIZZ – My Good Side/My Bad Side

SHWIZZ – My Good Side/My Bad Side

CD Baby [Release date 16.05.15] There’s something stirring on the Stateside prog rock scene, from the exciting new bands populating the festival circuit to the upswing in independent releases. Look no further than New Yorkers ShwizZ for further evidence. They … Continue reading

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Album review: FUSONIC – Fields Of No Man’s Land

FUSONIC - Fields Of No Man

DMI Records [Release Date 22.06.15] Fusonic is a Dutch symphonic prog rock band  whose second album draws on the prog rock giants of the past and reaches for a new musical vocabulary for the present. The fact they don’t  quite … Continue reading

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