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Deadwing
Review by Steve Alspach
Porcupine Tree may be strangers to these shores, but 2002's "In Absentia" made people stand up and take note, and with good measure. This outfit may have found the perfect balance of prog, metal, and gothic melancholia, and "In Absentia" was met with excellent reviews all around.
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Fear of a Blank Planet
Review by Julie Knispel
Fear of a Blank Planet, Porcupine Tree’s third album on major label Atlantic Records, shows them refining their mix of progressive rock, pop and metal influences, adding in a few twists and new/old touches to keep their sound from becoming static.
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In Absentia
Review by Steve Alspach
Steve Wilson's pet project (the group started as nothing more than just a fictional band several years ago) released their latest work, In Absentia, last year. The album is a thoughtful blend of melody, metal, and progressive.
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Staircase Infinities
Review by Gary Hill
This disc is made up of outtakes from the Up The Downstair album. It is a brief, but quite strong, nearly instrumental album.
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The Incident
Review by Julie Knispel
Porcupine Tree has been riding a pretty significant wave since signing their first major label contract with Atlantic.

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DVD Reviews
Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere DVD
Review by Julie Knispel

When one considers that Porcupine Tree has been a touring band for over a decade, and has several live albums to their credit, it is amazing that the band has not had an official DVD documenting their live show until now. Recorded live in Chicago on 11 and 12 October 2005, Arriving Somewhere... showcases Porcupine Tree’s powerhouse Deadwing concert tour, offering up a selection of current tracks, a few older favourites, and some rarities and oddities to boot.


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Concert Reviews
Porcupine Tree - Live at the Grove of Anaheim May, 2007
Review by Michael Bader
Touring in support of their April 2007 release, Fear of a Blank Planet, Porcupine Tree rolled into Southern California for two nights, this stop being the Grove of Anaheim which sports one of the better sound systems for a 1,000 seat venue.
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Interviews
Porcupine Tree
Interview by Steve Alspach
Interview with Porcupine Tree's Steve Wilson from 2005
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Gavin Harrison - & 05RIC – The Man Who Sold Himself
Review by G. W. Hill

Best known as the drummer for Porcupine Tree, Gavin Harrison has produced a strong disc here.


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King Crimson - Audio Diary 2014-2018
Review by Gary Hill

This new five-CD collection is pretty amazing. I've said before, and will repeat it here, that this new version of King Crimson might well be the best lineup they've had, particularly in terms of live shows.


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Kompendium - Beneath the Waves
Review by Alison Henderson

Kompendium is a huge musical project masterminded by Rob Reed, main-man of the very classy British prog band Magenta.


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Blackfield - Blackfield
Review by Gary Hill
When I first got this CD I hadn't heard of it, but knowing that Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree was involved in the project was enough to get my attention. As it turns out the album is a duo between Wilson and Israeli avant-garde hero Aviv Geffen.
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Various Artists - Citizens of Hope and Glory. The Story of Progressive Rock written by Stephen Lambe
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is an enjoyable read that saunters through the chronology and culture of progressive rock.


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Herd of Instinct - Herd of Instinct
Review by Gary Hill

This mostly instrumental album is released on Djam Karet’s new label. In fact, Gayle Ellett from Djam Karet guests on the disc, along with quite a few more notable names.


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King Crimson - Heroes EP
Review by Gary Hill
This new EP from King Crimson is intriguing. It's bookended by their take on a David Bowie classic (the full version and a single edit). 

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Kino - Live at CalProg, Whittier, CA, 2006
Review by Lorraine Kay
CalProg 2006 was a full day of great prog-rock from across the country and the UK. Held in the Whittier Community Center, in Whittier, CA, a small community in Los Angeles County, there is always a family-friendly atmosphere in the 400 seat facility
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King Crimson - Live in Birmingham, England in September 2015
Review by John Pierpoint

I had never seen the mighty King Crimson play live before - not surprising, as I was only ten years old when the band last played my home town in 1974!


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King Crimson - Live in Chicago
Review by Gary Hill

King Crimson has one of the most interesting and complicated histories in all of progressive rock. The lineup is one of the most dynamic, too.


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Blackfield - Live in New York City DVD
Review by Bill Knispel
Filmed at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on 16 March 2007, Live in New York City documents the second touring cycle for Blackfield, the collaborative project of Israeli musician Aviv Geffen and Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson. 

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King Crimson - Live in Vienna
Review by Gary Hill

It seems that there is quite a bit of live material being released from this version of King Crimson. That's a great thing because this line-up might be the best ever.


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King Crimson - Meltdown - Live in Mexico
Review by Gary Hill

This is truly an amazing set. Looking at just the product itself, without even considering the performances will tell you that.


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No-Man - Mixtaped DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I have to say that I’ve liked the CD’s released by No-Man, but they just don’t do justice to this outfit.
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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Kino - Picture
Review by Steve Alspach
Any prog-rock "conglomeration" will get my attention. From Emerson Lake and Palmer (they pretty much were the first ones in that genre, right?) to today, you really can't go wrong with any of them.
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Richard Barbieri - Planets + Persona
Review by G. W. Hill
Richard Barbieri is best known for his work with Porcupine Tree. This is his new solo album.

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
Review by G. W. Hill

I like these Royal Philharmonica Orchestra sets. I


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Various Artists - Prog Box
Review by Gary Hill

I've been looking to do a retro review of this box set for a while. I finally had the opportunity this time around.


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O.R.k. - Ramagehead
Review by Gary Hill

This is a unique and quite intriguing album. It's likely to make my best of 2019 list.


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Pat Mastelotto - Recidivate
Review by Grant Hill

This double CD compilation is an interesting and unique collage of multiple percussive styles given to a wide palette of genres and colors therein.


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No-Man - Schoolyard Ghosts
Review by Gary Hill
Porcupine Tree’s Steve Wilson is half of this outfit. In many ways the music is similar to the output of that group.
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Various Artists - Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp
Review by G. W. Hill

I am a big fan of pretty much anything Billy Sherwood is involved with and I love Supertramp, so when I heard Sherwood was in charge of assembling an all star tribute to Supertramp, I was excited.


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Richard Barbieri - Stranger Inside
Review by Gary Hill
Richard Barbieri is best known as the keyboardist in Porcupine Tree and also the defunct group Japan.
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Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve seen some reviews that simply gush all over this thing.


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Richard Barbieri - Under a Spell
Review by Gary Hill
Richard Barbieri is probably best known for his work in the bands Japan and Porcupine Tree. His keyboard skills definitely bring a lot to both acts.

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Various Artists - Who Are You - An All-Star Tribute to the Who
Review by G. W. Hill

I like The Who quite a bit. I mean, they aren’t one of my favorite bands, but I do really like them.


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No-Man - Wild Opera
Review by Gary Hill
No-Man are re-releasing their Wild Opera album. It’s available now is a double disc set.

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