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District 97 launches Kickstarter Campaign

District 97 Kickstarter Launch Shows at the Double Door in Chicago on 8/28, and Q-Bar in Darien, IL on 9/5!

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The Power and The Glory 5.1 remix

Props to Steven Wilson on his 5.1 remix of Gentle Giant's 1974 classic, [Bad link]. To my ears, it's the aural equivalent of being in the middle of the room or stage - completely enveloped in sound. And of course, hats off to GG, as this was about as good as good would get for the band, and the genre. A true element of style album, perfectly suited for surround sound.

Can I wish for [Bad link] next?

Progtoberfest 2014, Reggies Live, Chicago Oct 24-25th

Reggies presents... a Two Day Progressive Rock Festival! Check out the poster then check out link!

Hold Your Fire > Patto

Artist: Patto
Label: Vertigo, Vertigo
Catalog#: VEL 1008, VEL-1008
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1971
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Nevermind the band’s amazing musicianship, for Patto’s second album, the band pulled out some of their best songwriting. The lead off and title track “Hold Your Fire” is the post-hippie anthem, complete with some of Ollie Halsall’s finest guitar work at the fade. Note the release date; this is some of the earliest “shredding” on record. “You, You Point Your Finger” cops a somber mood, another of Mike Patto’s poignant lyrics on the counter-culture.

Genesis > Gods, The

Artist: Gods
Label: Columbia
Catalog#: SCX 6286
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1968-10-00
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Hailing from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, guitarist Mick Taylor and brothers John and Brian Glascock, bass and drums respectively, were originally in groups as schoolmates. Adding Ken Hensley on keyboards and vocals, they changed their name to The Gods in 1965. Taylor soon left to John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (replacing Peter Green), while Glascocks were also migrant. In autumn 1967, Hensley, with Joe Konas on guitar, Lee Kerslake on drums and a returning John Glascock (replacing an interim Greg Lake), kept it together long enough for a residencey at the Marquee Club, and an album with Columbia.

Living In Fear > Tempest

Artist: Tempest
Label: Bronze Records
Catalog#: ILPS 9267
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1974-02
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Tempest recorded a follow-up album, Living In Fear, in late 1973. Ollie Halsall, fresh from a defunct Patto, brought a more immediate but similarly electric guitar (and lead vocal) to the band. The album was recorded with Gerry Bron producing and Geoff Emerick behind the desk. Halsall’s “Funeral Empire” opens, a solid rocker with a great break and some creative synthesizer, before a cover of the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer”, also featured in their live set.

King Crimson 2014 Tour Dates

"[Bad link] returns to active service in the front line on September 9, 2014 with 17 US performances, the first since 2008.

Born on January 13, 1969 in the basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe, London, this is the eighth incarnation of King Crimson, with:

Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals), and Robert Fripp (guitar)."

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Romantic Warriors III - Canterbury Tales: 3rd film of the Progressive Music Saga

"Hey there! Its "Romantic Warriors – A Progressive Music Saga" Documentary Series's directors Adele Schmidt and José Zegarra Holder here! Thank you for taking the time to check out our third film installment: Romantic Warriors III – Canterbury Tales. Since we started this journey of producing the Progressive Music Saga series on progressive rock, we have completed two feature length documentaries, Romantic Warriors I (2010) and Romantic Warriors II - About Rock in Opposition (2012).

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Zühn Ẁöhl Ünsaï - Live 1974 > Magma

Artist: Magma
Label: MIG
Catalog#: 01102 2CD
Format: 2xCD
Country: Germany
Released: 2014-04-24

Nash the Slash, a.k.a. Jeff Plewman, dead at 66

Nash the Slash, a.k.a. Jeff Plewman, dead at 66. Original member of [Bad link] and solo artist.

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