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Labirinto - European Tour & New Video
Invited at first by the Belgium festival Dunk!, Labirinto started to book the rest of the tour few months ago, and so we still have several shows on hold, to be confirmed and also some dates open.
Labirinto European Tour - March/April 2013
31/ 03 BELGIUM - Zottegem @Dunk! Festival
02/ 04 FRANCE / SPAIN - TBA
03/ 04 PORTUGAL - TBA
04/ 04 PORTUGAL - TBA
05/ 04 SPAIN - Don Benito
06/ 04 SPAIN - TBA
07/ 04 FRANCE - TBA
08/ 04 FRANCE - Chambery
09/ 04 SWISS / ITALY - TBA
10/ 04 ITALY / AUTRICHE - TBA
11/ 04 SLOVENIA - Ljubljana @Channel Zero
12/ 04 EAST EUROPE - TBA
13/ 04 HUNGARY - Budapest
14/ 04 CZECH REP / GERMANY - TBA
15/ 04 GERMANY / NETHERLAND - TBA
17/ 04 BELGIUM - Kortrijk @Cinepalace
The band created a page on Facebook to inform the fans about every info, you can see it HERE.
Also, the band is in our LISTEN section where you can stream 3 full albums by the band, click HERE and enjoy!
Labirinto also just released a new animation video for the track 'Piam Ket', from their EP Kadjwynh (2012). Watch below:
Oxhuitza - New Album
Within a month, thanks also to Gabriele Guidi (keyboards), Luca record the songs that will be included in the first official demo.
The demo has a good following and after about a year, thanks to the interest of MIRROR, Luca enters at Hilary studio in Genoa for the recordings of the first album of his project: Oxhuitza (2013).
The result is an album diverse and full of surprises where is easy to lose your bearings for the many subtleties and peculiarities that surprise the listener in this labyrinthine path. Instrumental music but with an originality and sophistication that has few equals at the time.
Available to buy HERE.
Source: Pree release / Official Facebook page
Jeff Lynne & Electric Light Orchestra - Remasters
On April 19th in Europe (April 22nd in the UK) and April 23rd in North America, Frontiers Records will release three albums, two by Electric Light Orchestra: Live (2013) and Zoom (2001) (remastered and including a brand new track). And one by Jeff Lynne: his debut solo album Armchair Theatre (1990) (also remastered, with two new brand new tracks). It’s all part of the 40th anniversary of ELO, who’ve sold 50 million-plus records worldwide. These releases will all feature new packaging and the Live CD will come in a special ecolbook edition.
● ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA LIVE hasn’t been issued as an album until now. Taken from a 2001 performance for a PBS television special in Los Angeles at CBS Television City, the music was released as a DVD that year. The new hits-packed CD offers fans four tracks that weren’t on the DVD ("Secret Messages,” “Sweet Talkin’ Woman,” “Twilight,” and “Confusion”) as well as two new, unreleased studio tracks, “Out of Luck” (recorded in 2010) and “Cold Feet” (recorded in 1992). Although the singularly accomplished British singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has always preferred the creative experience of the recording studio, he is a compelling performer who's always figured out ways to bring his distinctive widescreen musical universe to life onstage when he needed to.
● ELO’s ZOOM--unavailable for over 10 years--has been remastered and features a brand new track, "One Day" (recorded in 2004) as an added bonus, along with a live version of “Turn To Stone” from 2001’s ZOOM special on PBS. At the time of its original release in 2001, LYNNE hadn’t issued an ELO album since 1986’s Balance of Power. He called upon notable friends for a little help, enlisting contributions from longtime ELO member Richard Tandy as well as good friends George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The result is an album rich in that distinct ELO sound--classic LYNNE melodies and songwriting, foot-stomping rock anthems and sweet, sexy strings.
● LYNNE’s first solo album, 1990’s ARMCHAIR THEATRE, is a melting pot of different styles and influences featuring unexpected collaborations with LYNNE’s heroes and close friends, including Tom Petty, Richard Tandy and George Harrison. This reissue, unavailable for the last decade, includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks, “Borderline” and “Forecast” (both recorded in 1989). Interestingly, the album also features a few notable covers--“Don’t Let Go,” “Stormy Weather” and “September Song”--that demonstrated LYNNE’s flair for covers two decades before the release of 2012’s acclaimed Long Wave. Suitably, the core of the album is LYNNE himself, though he also left room for the contributions of a few friends and fellow travelers. Harrison contributed guitars and vocals on a number of tracks. Petty co-wrote “Blown Away,” a gorgeously romantic ballad. Longtime ELO band member Richard Tandy also contributed on keyboards and other instruments. ARMCHAIR THEATRE captures the musical genius of JEFF LYNNE when--perhaps more than ever before--the world was his stage.
Source: Press Release / Official website
Focus - New Tour Dates
The Dutch band Focus has updated their Live Dates for the next months with shows in Holland and England to support their new album Focus X (2012) released in last November.
The dates confirmed so far:
Mar 09 Harderwijk Estrado / Holland
May 10 Fletching Trading Boundaries UK
May 24 Haarlem Patronaat NL Tickets
May 25 Uden De Pul NL
Jun 08 Roermond Cultuurfabriek NL
Oct 11 Tavistock The Wharf UK
Oct 12 Falmouth Pavilion UK
Oct 17 Southampton The Brook UK
Oct 18 Leicester Y Theatre UK
Oct 19 Wigan Maximes UK
Oct 24 Glasgow The Ferry UK
Oct 26 Carlisle Brickyard UK
Nov 01 Wimborne Tivoli Theatre UK
Nov 02 Devizes Long Street Blues UK
More info about the concerts HERE.
Source: Official website
Moonjune Records release the second digital with 25 tunes, Letting Go with almost 3hrs of Progressive Rock, Jazz Rock Fusion music from all around the globe.
It's only $1 (minimum donation, suggested $5 or more).
After the great success of the "MoonJune Compilation: $1 and then $2 min. donation for 60 tunes" promotion launched in November of 2012, and as well Mr. MoonJune Recommends, Volume 1 promo compilation launched in December of 2012, I'm now ready to offer another selection of extraordinary sounds from around the world: USA, Austria, Switzerland, UK, Israel, Uruguay, Denmark, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Norway, Finland, Ghana, Poland, Belgium, Greece.
Listen the tracks bellow:
More info about it and to buy it click HERE.
Source: Press release / Official website
Polish band Riverside keep touring to promote their new and great album Shrine Of New Generation Slaves (2013) (that soon will be reviewed here).
2013-03-09 Tante Ju, Drezno, DE
2013-03-10 Werk 2, Leipzig, DE
2013-03-11 K17, Berlin, DE
2013-03-12 Rosenhof, Osnabrück, DE
2013-03-14 O2 Academy Islington, Londyn, UK
2013-03-15 Y-Prog 2013, Sheffield, UK
2013-03-16 Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
2013-03-17 The Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
2013-03-19 Biebob, Vosselaar, BE
2013-03-20 Le divan du monde, Paris, FR
2013-03-22 Patronaat, Haarlem, NL
2013-03-23 Metropool, Hengelo, NL
2013-03-24 De Bosuil, Weert, NL
2013-03-25 Live Music Hall, Cologne, DE
2013-03-27 Substage, Karlsruhe, DE
2013-03-28 Centralstation, Darmstadt, DE
2013-04-30 The WindJammer, Isle of Palms | Charleston, South Carolina, US
2013-05-02 Vinyl @ Centerstage, Atlanta, Georgia, US
2013-05-04 Rosfest 2013, Gettysburg, US
2013-05-05 Mac's Bad Art Bar, Syracuse, New York, US
2013-05-06 Roxy and Dukes, Dunellen, New Jersey, US
2013-05-08 Double Door, Chicago, Illinois, US
2013-05-10 The Pour House, Raleigh, North Carolina, US
2013-05-12 José Cuervo Salón, Mexico City, MX
2013-06-23 Hellfest, Clisson, FR
2013-07-18 Burg Herzberg Festival, Fulda, DE
Info about tickets HERE.
Source: Official website
Kevin Ayers passed away on Monday 18th February 2013. He was discovered at his home in France, by a neighbour, on Tuesday 19th. It is believed he died in his sleep.
Possibly best remembered for his involvement with Canterbury legends Soft Machine. Having previously teamed up with Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper in the Wilde Flowers, Kevin switched over to bass to accomodate the incoming guitarist Daevid Allen and keyboardist Mike Ratledge.
Ayers performed on Soft Machine’s eponymous debut album released in late 1968, before embarking on a prolific solo career. His debut solo album Joy Of A Toy appearing just under a year later, after which he went on to release numerous solo albums until his final album Unfairground (2007).
“Kevin was an artist and was plagued with massive insecurities about what he was doing. He would write material and people would hear what he was doing and would have to practically force him into the studio.”
Mojo reports that Ayers passed away peaceful on his sleep at home on Monday. He’d been living as a semi-recluse in recent years.
Source: DPRP & Prog Rock Mag
Prog Metal band Threshold start today their European tour to support their new album March Of Progress (2012). They're being supported by bands Enochian Theory & Cryptex.
Below the confirmed dates so far:
01 March 2013 Underworld London, England
02 March 2013 Lakei Helmond, Netherlands
03 March 2013 Baroeg Rotterdam, Netherlands
04 March 2013 Markthalle Hamburg, Germany
05 March 2013 C-Club Berlin, Germany
06 March 2013 Progresja Warsaw, Poland
08 March 2013 Kulturfabrik Kufstein, Austria
09 March 2013 Kiff Aarau, Switzerland
10 March 2013 Circolo Colony Travagliato, Italy
11 March 2013 Orto Bar Ljubljana, Slovenia
12 March 2013 Spectrum Augsburg, Germany
13 March 2013 Colos Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
14 March 2013 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Germany
15 March 2013 Turock Essen, Germany
16 March 2013 Bastard Club Osnabrück, Germany
17 March 2013 Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
11 May 2013 Celebr8 Festival Kingston upon Thames, England
17-19 May 2013 Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen, Germany
5 June 2013 Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg, Sweden
20-22 June 2013 Metalfest Loreley St. Goarshausen, Germany
16 November 2013 ProgPower Oslo Oslo, Norway
More info about tickets HERE.
Source: Official website
Kingcrow - IndieGoGo Campaign
Here's the band statement:
As you're probably all aware by now, we have been selected as the support band for the upcoming PAIN OF SALVATION North American tour. We're extremely proud and super excited to be able to come back to North America to present our music, especially our new material from our recently released album "In Crescendo" (Sensory Records).
However, KINGCROW is still a developing band and we're nowhere near rockstardom just yet. Touring is very expensive for a band of our size. This entire North American tour will basically be coming out of our pockets. The band sees this as an opportunity to develop and grow our fanbase. Almost like going to college... we're making the investment now so that hopefully we'll be in a better place later on!
Considering that some of the costs we have are very steep, we decided to create this campaign to ask for your help on making it happen. We put together a very nice collection of different items, some one-of-a-kind, and opportunities related to KINGCROW. We are looking forward to hit the road and seeing everyone in the United States and Canada, so we're counting on you to help us make it happen. In return, we promise you a great show and some very cool KINGCROW swag that you likely won't find anywhere!
So... do you want to hang out with us on the road, or in our private studio in Rome? How about learn guitar on the very instruments used to record Phlegethon? Do you want to own one of our rare "Kingcrowtastrophe" shirts? Well, now you can!!!!!!
To give you guys a bit of an idea of what some of our costs will be, here's a very rough estimate:
Vehicle Rental: $2,600
Hotels (after all, we're renting a small van): $1,400
As you see, the price keeps going up, and we're not really getting paid to do the tour, so it ain't easy... we set our goal low, as we don't have the highest expectations, but we set it in a way that even if we don't reach it, you'll still get your perks/rewards and we'll have "some" help at least.
So... if you're up for it and want to help KINGCROW, spread the word among your friends and come join us in May for great music, good times and a lot of good Italian wine!
See you on the road!
KINGCROW (Diego, Diego, Thundra, Francesco, Cristian, Ivan)"
To donate and to get more info click HERE. The prices range from $10 to $1.000 and the rewards vary.
Source: Official Facebook page
The mysteryous band/project Devil Doll is re-releasing the album Eliogabalus (1990) in mini-LP Replica CD.
The release date was February 26th and the CD comes housed in a gatefold cover and including a lavish 16-page booklet.
Source: Official website
Roger Waters continues his succesfull The Wall tour with one more date.
On September 16, Roger Waters will bring his record-breaking The Wall Live tour to the Manchester Evening News Arena, the second of just two UK dates in 2013.
To buy tickets or to check his other dates click HERE.
Also, the 24th annual Pollstar Awards were held earlier this month in Los Angeles and The Wall Live was honoured with a pair of awards: Major Tour Of The Year and Most Creative Stage Production for 2012.
Source: Press release / Official Facebook page
Greg Lake - New Live Album
Capturing all the excitement of Greg Lake live in concert, Songs Of A Lifetime (2013) documents Greg's musical history, from his beginnings with King Crimson to super-stardom with ELP to his illustrious solo career, through stories and songs. Performing all his most popular songs including "21st Century Schizoid Man", "From The Beginning", "Still....You Turn Me On", "Lend Your Love To Me Tonight", "C'est la Vie" and "Karn Evil 9", as well as homages to Elvis Presley and The Beatles and Curtis Mayfield.
Hailed as an "artistic triumph" and "the experience of a lifetime", Songs Of A Lifetime (2013) gives new insight into Greg Lake and his influences, while showcasing in concert the influence his writing and voice have had not only for rock and roll, but contemporary music of all types.
Greg Lake Songs Of A Lifetime (2013) CD can be purchased HERE.
Source: Press release / Official website
Soft Machine Legacy - New Album
Broad in its scope and ambition, but sensitive, probing and playful in its delivery, Burden Of Proof (2013) provides more than ample evidence that the legends remain at the top of their game, both individually and collectively. The group's two lead voices -- guitarist John Etheridge and saxophonist Theo Travis (currently touring worldwide with Steven Wilson)-- are in exceptionally fine form, whether gracefully enunciating a melody line in the pocket or dancing madly on the fringe. Also evident is the rock-solid anchoring of drummer John Marshall and bassist Roy Babbington, who keep proceedings tight and flowing throughout. Whether tip-toeing or stampeding, Soft Machine Legacy are as unified, focused and finely-honed as they've ever been -- delivering their crispest, most sparkling new material to date, in an undeniably inspired, unrelenting session. This is a fabulous, vital effort: a potent, impacting album encompassing the great spirit and aggressive pioneering approach championed by their namesake predecessors. For all fans of progressive music, the Canterbury scene, and the Softs, this superlative studio session is immediately 'essential' -- and easily the Legacy's finest, most high-reaching outing.
The album can be ordered in CD HERE or in digital formats HERE.
Source: Press release / Moonjune Records Official website
Spock’s Beard new album, Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep (2013) is their 11th album and the first with the new singer and drummer.
Alan Morse (guitar/vocals), Dave Meros (bass/keyboards/vocals), Ryo Okumoto (keyboards/vocals) are now joined Ted Leonard (vocals and guitars) and Jimmy Keegan (drums).
“Jimmy’s been our live drummer now for about 10 years,” says Meros. “But this is the first time he’s been in the studio with us. He’s very creative, as well as being a killer drummer, and he also has an amazing voice. So his presence has definitely brought an extra dimension to what we do. “Ted is a vocalist who’s is capable of many different vocal styles and there was always the possibility that he’d bring something very different to our sound, but he got the Spock’s Beard vibe straight away and it sounds like he’s been singing with us for years. He is also quite a good guitar player and songwriter and that is very evident on this new CD.”
The new album find the band collaboration with Neal Morse again. “Al and Neal are brothers, of course, and keep in regular contact with each other. What happened was that Al spoke to Neal and told him he was working on some ideas. Neal said he’d love to help, so Al went down to Nashville, where his brother’s now living, and they collaborated on the songs ‘Afterthoughts’ (for which Leonard later wrote the lyrics) and ‘Waiting For Me’. I have to admit that I was worried, because Neal might make us sound a bit “retro-Beard”. But the tracks turned out really well.”
Co-produced by Al Morse, Rich Mouser and John Boegehold (who once again also has a hand in the songwriting process as he has done since 2003), the album again sees Spock’s Beard stretching out into new musical areas. “This happens with every album we do. They each sound different from what has gone before. I think Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep (2013) is sonically superior to anything we’ve done before. Maybe part of the reason for this is that we spent the best part of a year working on it. Not in one stretch, but we’d go into the studio, do some recording, then take a break and return for some more work. That would give us a little time to live with the songs and have time to make changes when necessary.
Inevitably, there are some supreme, standout moments on the album. One of these is ‘Afterthoughts’, which is the latest in the ongoing series of songs in the ‘Thoughts’ cycle. “It’s quirky, with four-part vocal harmonies which are reminiscent of Gentle Giant.” And then there’s ‘Submerged’. “Ted had originally written and recorded this for his solo album ‘Way Home’ (released in 2007), and it’s a real stadium rocker. We’ve adapted it to our own sound, but still stayed faithful to Ted’s original arrangement. I wouldn’t say it’s strictly Prog Rock, but fits what we do and is a great song.”
As always, Spock’s Beard take fans on a irresistible journey. And Meros says the band are also fully aware of ensuring the songs aren’t too overproduced. “There was a stage when we went over the top with orchestrations, and that made it impossible to recreate the songs live without a lot of help. Now, we ensure everything you heard on the album can be played onstage.”
So, what does Meros hope fans will get out of Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep (2013) “Well, some will be shocked that Neal is involved. But I hope they appreciate the musical surprises here. This album is quirky, edgy, reminding us a little bit of older times in the band, but also taking us further forward. I am proud of what we’ve done. I believe this is the way Spock’s Beard should sound in 2013.”
1. Hiding Out
2. I Know Your Secret
3. A Treasure Abandoned
6. Something Very Strange
7. Waiting For Me
Disc two (on the Limited Edition):
1. The Man You're Afraid You Are
2. Down A Burning Road
3. Wish I Were Here
4. Something Very Strange (Sanctified Remix)
5. Postcards From Perdition
The album can be pre-ordered on March 1st through THIS LINK.
To promote the new album the Spock's Beard will go in a Europe tour in May with Beardfish and Sound Of Contact.02 May, 2013 - Spirit of 66 – Verviers, Belgium
03 May, 2013 - Corporation – Sheffield, UK
04 May, 2013 - The Arches – Glasgow, UK
05 May, 2013 - Academy 2 – Newcastle, UK
06 May, 2013 - Robin 2 – Bilston, UK
07 May, 2013 - The Garage – London, UK
08 May, 2013 - La Scene Bastille – Paris, France
09 May, 2013 - Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
10 May, 2013 - Hirsch – Nürnberg, Germany
11 May, 2013 - Majestic – Bratislava, Slovakia
12 May, 2013 - A38 – Budapest, Hungary
14 May, 2013 - Szene – Vienna, Austria
15 May, 2013 - Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
16 May, 2013 - Das Rind – Rüsselsheim, Germany
17 May, 2013 - Zeche – Bochum, Germany
18 May, 2013 - De Boerderij – Zoetermeer, Netherlands
19 May, 2013 - Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
For more info about concerts and tickets click HERE.
Source: Press release / Official website