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Robbie Dupree on Chart Success, Breaking the Latin Market, and Yacht Rock

Veteran musician Robbie Dupree is OK with you calling his music yacht rock. After all, he says, it's not the only trick up his sleeve.

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The 100 Best Classic Progressive Rock Songs: Part 2, 80-61

Welcome back, my friends to the show that never ends. It's the 100 best classic progressive rock songs.

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The 100 Best Classic Progressive Rock Songs: Part 1, 100-81

After gamely attempting to track the 25 best old-school progressive albums of all time, it's inevitable we turn our attention to the best songs of the genre.

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Ramleh: Circular Time

Ranging from King Crimson-style heaviness to the deepest of space exploration, the return of the most obscure Ramleh goes down a storm.

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The 25 Best Classic Progressive Rock Albums

The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.

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King Crimson: Live at the Orpheum

King Crimson continue to march to the beat of their own drummers. All three of them.

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King Crimson: A Prog-Rock Case Study

King Crimson, as much as or more than any other prog rock band, consistently shaped and refined a unique vision, arguably creating whole new types of music in the process.

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Counterbalance No. 131: King Crimson's 'In the Court of the Crimson King'

The purple piper plays his tune, the choir softly sing. Three lullabies in an ancient tongue, for the court of the crimson king. A 1969 progressive rock milestone is the 131st most acclaimed album of all time.

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Pat Mastelotto: Recidivate

Storied stickman celebrates three decades of musical adventure.

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The Michael Giles Mad Band: In the Moment

In the Moment is a musical equivalent of getting in the car and driving, not figuring out where you are until you get there. In the hands of indulgent or untalented hacks, a recipe for sonic atrocity; with experts behind the wheel, the journey is enjoyable as it is unpredictable.

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Grace Under Pressure: An Interview with Steven Wilson

The Porcupine Tree frontman reveals why he's jazzed about his unconventional new solo album.

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Gardens & Villa: Gardens & Villa

With production assistance from label mate Richard Swift, this Santa Barbara quintet turns in an exciting debut.

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The 25 Best Progressive Rock Songs of All Time

Put as simply -- and starkly -- as possible, many beautiful babies were thrown out with the bath water by hidebound critics who were content to sniffingly dismiss the more ambitious (pretentious!) works that certain bands were putting out as a matter of course in the early-to-mid-‘70s.

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King Crimson: In the Wake of Poseidon (40th Anniversary Series)

In the Wake of Poseidon is dated only in the sense that it sounds like it was made in 1970, and 1970 was a very nice year indeed for the making of albums.

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Trey Gunn: I’ll Tell What I Saw

The hired Gunn of prog rock's current generation collects the highlights of his work in and around his own solo career. Prepare to show some respect, if you're not already completely dazzled.

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Steven Wilson: The Gentleman Doth Protest Too Much (Part Two--The Fury)

Would Steven Wilson really want to roll the dice and insert himself back in a time when the prospects were a hell of a lot less salubrious for unorthodox and unsigned bands? Today, there are illimitable sources of opinion, and taste making is as democratic as it’s ever been, in part because of the abundance of voices and agency.

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Hey Gibson, Let’s Talk Guitar Albums: An Alternative Top 10

When it comes to matters of taste and ranking (a particularly combustible combination), there is no pleasing everyone. In fact, there is no pleasing anyone, since the list makers themselves are invariably disappointed or frustrated. And yet...

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Letting the Freaks and Geeks Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A growing list of bands unpopular with critics, but genre-defining nevertheless, is impatiently awaiting their admittance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Best of the Test (vol.1): Bowie, Magazine, King Crimson, Orange Juice

A look at some of the most memorable performances from the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test television program.

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Fighting the Hand that Feeds You (If the Body Wears a Microsoft Shirt)

In a Western setting, it seems that a central aspect of being a fan of someone or something always means being hungry for more of the same — it is not enough simply to be satisfied with what's already out there, and what originally made the fan become a fan, but there is a nearly unstillable hunger for continuous reaffirmation of one's reasons for being a fan, through new product.

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