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Frank Zappa: Jazz From Hell (Yesterday's Jukebox)

Frank Zappa's complex, electronic masterpiece showed what the late, great maestro could achieve by removing the human element and harnessing the power of a machine.

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Fractal Mirror: Garden of Ghosts

Fractal Mirror's sophomore set reaffirms the Dutch band's sophisticated sensibilities and makes a stunning step forward.

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Bart: Bart By Bart EP

If you like ‘70s music with the hint of a modern edge, Bart By Bart will more than fit the bill.

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He Can Do Quite a Few Things: Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips and Electric Würms

The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd talks with PopMatters about new group Electric Würms, his thoughts on progressive rock, and decades of musical exploration.

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Asia: Gravitas

Gravitas is pleasant enough, but with watered-down pomp and too much texture, the men of Asia don't bring enough heat to the moment.

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The Alan Parsons Project: I Robot (Legacy Edition)

There's some great, if hokey, material to be had on I Robot, and yet it is also hugely entertaining and a must have for geeks interested in the late '70s sci-fi landscape

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'Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian' Deliver Impressive Prog and Fusion

Four titans of progressive rock demonstrate their individual and collective genius. The virtuosity is dizzying but no one gets hurt.

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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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I've Seen All Good People: An Interview with Yes

One day, Jon Davison was singing in a Yes tribute band. Then, he actually became the touring lead singer of Yes. Now, he shares his tale, along with how he and the band prepping to play three albums in full every night of their upcoming tour ...

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The Best Progressive Rock (and Metal) of 2012

The albums you see below are a testament to the chameleonic nature of prog: Coldplay-esque stadium ballads, sludge metal, sample-heavy concept records, and classic-style prog all stand side by side.

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Muse: The 2nd Law

The grand irony for Muse is that the entropic metaphor of The 2nd Law reflects the major flaws in their sonic choices, not some important fact of the human condition.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania (take 2)

Oceania is a prog rock record. The songs might not be as long, but the sounds and the themes are just as portentous as all that dinosaur rock of the 1970s. And it's just as boring, too.

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The Best Progressive Rock of 2011

In 2011, there were only a few high-quality progressive rock releases, but those that managed to stand out are some of the best the genre has seen in awhile.

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Zechs Marquise: Getting Paid

Prog that doesn't actually progress anywhere.

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P.G. Six: Starry Mind

P.G. Six returns with inventive and mellow sounds.

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Cheer-Accident: No Ifs, Ands or Dogs

Midwest prog that aims for the AOR ideal: one kick-ass sound after another.

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The Phoenix Foundation: Buffalo

Buffalo is a consistent and engaging album. However, it lumbers at a snail’s pace at times, and is a bit too lazy and laconic for its own good.

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Skeletons: People

People is a dense, challenging listen, one that's grounded in reality and ever so more compelling as a result of it.

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Battles: Gloss Drop

Gloss Drop is the sound of a band forging its own identity and delivering on the promise initially unveiled on its previous album.

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Hotels: On the Casino Floor

Imagine if the Smiths collided with OK Computer-era Radiohead on the set of a spaghetti western, and you’ll get an idea of the cinematic scope that Hotels is shooting for.

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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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Jupe Jupe: Invaders

Jupe Jupe, in part, definitely bring home the 1980s-style party anthems, crafting music that’s similar to old-school European pop acts like Depeche Mode (particularly around the Speak and Spell era) and Duran Duran. At least, that's what they do before they go totally prog.

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Lye By Mistake: Fea Jur

At once disorienting, awesome, and destructive, Lye By Mistake has produced a staggering record that will thoroughly impress and confuse, depending on who’s listening.

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