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While there’s nothing as outwardly commercial as “Blew Up (The House)" from 2013’s Fight for My Soul on Signs, the singer and guitar slinger Jonny Lang proves that he can still make the blues accessible for newbies. Read more

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The instrumental trio Machine Mass celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first album with the release of Machine Mass Plays Hendrix. Read more

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. Minnesota’s Bubblemath releases their second album, the cleverly colorful and proudly eclectic Edit Peptide. Read more

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On Raise Your Hands! Sam Butler puts his own bluesy spin on spiritual-leaning songs by secular artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and U2. Butler and his three-piece band capture the spirit of the originals while creating something en... Read more

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Borrowing its name from a Son House quote, MonkeyJunk is a Canadian swamp-blues roots-rock trio that doesn’t take itself too seriously but still pushes genre boundaries. Melodic sparks, thick grooves and playful riffs dominate Moon Turn Red... Read more

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The latest album from Ritchie Blackmore’s renaissance act Blackmore’s Night, All Our Yesterdays, was released amid reports that the guitarist—who (in)famously shunned his rock ’n’ roll past with Deep Purple and Rainbow for two decades—will ... Read more

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Guapo’s Obscure Knowledge is a near-perfect album for the discerning progressive rock fan. Not only do the four members of Guapo worship at the altars of King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Univers Zero, but Obscure Knowledge also cons... Read more

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The press materials for the sixth album from Italian metal band Kingcrow call Eidos “valiant”—an incredibly apt descriptor. There is something bold and even heroic about this powerful record that mixes atmospheric rock, progressive and w... Read more

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What happens when musicians from multiple progressive-rock bands with cult followings form their own group? Box of Shamans answers that question with a loose concept album about delusions, Belief and Illusion. Read more

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Blues rocker Christian Collin’s sophomore solo album, Spirit of the Blues, sizzles and burns with a dozen original songs. Read more

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Known for his work in the U.K. bands It Bites and Arena, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist John Mitchell breaks away from group constraints with his new atmospheric prog project, Lonely Robot. Please Come Home is a dramatic concept album a... Read more

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In recent years, Italy’s Frontiers Records has become the go-to label for veteran artists with shrinking but loyal fan bases supergroups. Among the latest collaborations is Level 10, a dark and heavy yet supremely melodic metal band featuri... Read more

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Brad Absher’s sixth album seeks to introduce the Houston-based singer-songwriter and guitarist (along with his tight touring band Swamp Royale) to a wider audience. Lucky Dog shows off Absher’s laid-back voice, which recalls Bill Withers an... Read more

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On its third CD, Moraine achieves what many fusion groups only talk about—melding rock and jazz into music built from the best elements of both. The rhythm section on Groundswell is tough yet supple, the improvisations are fluid yet often d... Read more

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Most so-called hair bands—save heavy hitters like Bon Jovi and Mötely Crüe—have faded even more than that denim jacket you used to wear. Then there’s Lillian Axe. Although the Louisiana band enjoyed limited success via MTV hits like “Show ... Read more

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Few artists embody the proud DIY ethic of the Twin Cities music scene like Davina and the Vagabonds. Recorded in analog and showcasing the undeniably quirky vocals of Read more

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The multinational instrumental quartet Sonar includes a mathematics professor, a software developer and a multimedia artist. In other words, not only can these guys play; they also have brains. On their second album, Static Motion, they rel... Read more

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Matt Schofield has been hailed as one of the U.K.’s finest bluesmen, winning award after major award. But, as he so convincingly demonstrates on his fifth album, Far As I Can See, he’s moved well beyond that limited realm. Traditional blues... Read more

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Some bands enjoy a certain amount of success and then just disappear. That’s what happened with Silent Force, a metal outfit led by German guitarist Alex Beyrodt (who went on to success in Primal Fear, Sinner and Voodoo Circle) and released... Read more

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Lance King, founder of Minnesota-based Nightmare Records, possesses a versatile voice well-suited to melodic metal, and on his second solo album he embraces positivity in these negative times. Read more

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In 'milwaukee noir,' among the latest titles in Akashic Books’ Noir series, 14 writers who’ve lived here offer a sinister tour of Brew City’s radically diverse neighborhoods. Read more

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On its fourth album, 'Masters of Space and Time,' Canada’s five-man wrecking crew Gypsy Chief Goliath spreads its influences far and deep. Read more

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Band member Shawn Holley proclaims Mythological Horses sounds like “a high school science project gone wrong, and still growing and breathing”—which is exactly what makes listening to this album so compulsive. Read more

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There’s more musicality rooted in the nine songs on Dream Theater’s Distance Over Time than most bands can muster over the course of multiple albums. Read more

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Risk showcases four of Wisconsin’s most accomplished experimental musicians at the peak of their performance powers. Read more

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Sleepersound’s cinematic post-rock music on in medias res maintains a melancholic steadfastness that will leave attentive listeners transfixed — and slightly scarred. Read more

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In October, the world’s most comprehensive concussion study received a new infusion of $22.5 million to continue its work examining the impact of head injuries on student athletes. That’s huge news for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Read more

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Leaves’ Eyes, the female-fronted Norwegian symphonic metal band uses medieval nyckelharpas, fiddles, and uilleann pipes and whistles to supplement traditional metal instruments on its seventh album. Read more

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The 10 songs on the Finnish band Unshine’s Astrala seek to convey the ancient art of communing with nature, and the music swirls with global influence and metallic bombast. Read more

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Melodic and monolithic, the Scottish doom-metal band King Witch makes its full-length debut with Under the Mountain, and this one’s a doozy. Read more

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On Long Distance Calling’s sixth album, Boundless—its first without a single guest vocalist—you can hear the joy in creating heavy music with bountiful melodies unencumbered by expectations. Read more

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When you call your band Perfect Beings, you’re setting a pretty high bar. After several spins of Vier, it’s easy to hear this L.A.-based progressive rock band striving to reach that level. Read more

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The imaginative instrumental quartet Fibonacci Sequence has released a tour de force of challenging music with broad appeal, seven years in the making. Read more

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Racine native and French expatriate William Kopecky’s most recent musical projects—the dark power trio Telescope Road and the pitch-black Haiku Funeral—have new releases. Read more

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Famed musician and producer Steven Wilson, has remixed a selection of tracks from Gentle Giant’s first three albums to deliver more clarity, detail and definition. The result is a proper primer on one of prog’s most overlooked groups. Read more

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The quirky art-rock collective will give your tired playlists an invigorating jolt with tricky melodies and arrangements that bounce haphazardly from avant-garde rock to lush dream-pop. Read more

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Blind Guardian, Germany’s premier progressive-power metal pioneers, release triple-CD live set from the band’s 2015 European tour. Read more

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On No Answer, Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and his bandmates offer plenty of answers for fans of sophisticated prog and post-jazz. Read more

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The Tangent, a European collective in the classic prog vein, have released The Slow Rust of Forgotten Memory, their most overtly political record. Read more

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