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Archive for January 2010

Magma: Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré

January 21, 2010

Magma being what it is, comparisons to other bands often don’t apply. Even at its weakest, this band outdoes most others, at least on a creative level. So Magma can only really be judged against Magma. The other thing to consider is that the “Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré” concept is not exactly fresh. Portions of it have appeared […]

The Bob Skon Trio

January 13, 2010

Bob Skon may be an Ann Arbor fixture now, but he began in Levittown New York. Unlike many musicians who start out with piano lessons, or the school band, Bob’s major influence came from his older brother. Bill was a bit older, and already doing the rock and roll guitar thing on the local circuit. […]

Shadow Circus: Whispers and Screams

January 10, 2010

If you read my review of “Welcome to the Freakroom” you know that I like Shadow Circus, but probably had no sense of how much I was anticipating the follow up. As I said, the debut wasn’t ground breaking, but it sure was infectious. The album also caught fire within my little circle of progheads. […]

Adventure: Adventure

January 1, 2010

This album is actually rather funny. It’s as if a group of relatively talented musicians got together and said, “Hey, let’s record an epic prog album.” So, they went through every classic group in the collection, and threw this together. It’s not exactly bad, but it’s not all that good either. This is as derivative […]