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August 2015 - Issue 113
Progressive Rock CD Reviews
Blurred Vision - Organized Insanity
Review by Gary Hill
There is a lot of retro tinge to the sound of this album.
Charles Brown - Wind of the Eastern Sea
Review by Gary Hill
I really love this album. It’s instrumental and powerful.
Camp Dark - Nightmare in a Day
Review by Gary Hill
This is not your parent’s progressive rock.
Tom Caufield - Things I Heard While in the Womb
Review by Gary Hill
There may only be three songs here, but when you figure that two of those songs make up over half an hour, this isn’t short on material.
Direct Divide - Own Your Ocean
Review by Gary Hill
This is not decidedly progressive rock in nature. It is, however, definitely progressive rock.
Dsfeco - Watch It Sparkle
Review by Gary Hill
Is this progressive rock? Well, surely it’s not progressive rock in terms of the old school prog.
Stephen Duros - Aeaea
Review by Gary Hill
This release is dramatic and unusual. It’s also very entertaining.
The Fall - Sub-Lingual Tablet
Review by Gary Hill
I like The Fall. I can see why some people wouldn’t, though.
Nature Ganganbaigal - To Where Tengger Leads Me
Review by Gary Hill
Not everything here is progressive rock.
Goblin Rebirth - Goblin Rebirth
Review by Mike Korn
If you’re familiar with Italian horror cinema, there’s no way you’ve missed hearing the music of Goblin.
Godsticks - Emergence
Review by Gary Hill
This is definitely not traditional progressive rock.
Grumsling - A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is pretty crazy.
Grumsling - Full Coverage
Review by Gary Hill
I have reviewed another EP from this act in this same issue of Music Street Journal.
Gumshen - Digibites
Review by Gary Hill
This might not be a tight fit into progressive rock.
The Hadron Big Bangers - Strange Beauty Decays
Review by Gary Hill
The mix of sounds here is wide.
The Aurian Haller Band - House of Words
Review by Gary Hill
Here is another set that doesn’t fully land in progressive rock.
Karnataka - Secrets of Angels
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always liked this band. This new album, though, might be the best yet from them.
Kinetic Element - Travelog
Review by Gary Hill
I think this new album from Kinetic Element might very well surpass their previous work.
Landmarq - Roadskill: Live in the Netherlands
Review by Gary Hill
I really like this band. This live album shows just how powerful they are live. 
Dave Martone - Nacimiento
Review by Gary Hill
Well, this might not be progressive rock. I’d argue that it’s progressive music, though.
Marco Minnemann - Celebration
Review by Gary Hill
I always enjoy Marco Minnemann’s work.
Monks of Mellonwah - Never Been Good (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This is the new single from Monks of Melonwah.
The Moon & Pollution - The Box Borealis
Review by Gary Hill
I don’t know if this is progressive rock.
Nattefrost - Futurized (Vinyl Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
This is a new vinyl reissue of an album I already reviewed on CD.
Jeff Oster - NEXT
Review by Gary Hill
I guess the only one word classification for this music would be “fusion.”
Willie Oteri - Willie Oteri's Jazz Gunn: Concepts of Matematoot
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a cool set.
Pentwater - Pentwater (Vinyl Reissue)
Review by Gary Hill
I remember getting this record when it was around the first time on vinyl.
Bruce Stringer - One
Review by Greg Olma
Instrumental albums have always been a difficult genre for me to get into. 
Styx - Live at the Orleans Arena Las Vegas
Review by Gary Hill
This brand new live album from Styx is exactly what you’d expect.
The Syn - Live Rosfest
Review by Greg Olma
The Syn may not be a household name but many prog fans know it as a band that Chris Squire lent his talents to before forming Yes (and again for a while when the band reunited in the twenty first century).  
The Unravelling - Master Drone (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
This clearly isn’t progressive rock in the classic old school definition.
Christian Welde - Illuminate
Review by Gary Hill
This is a good fit under progressive rock, but it’s got plenty of things like classical and jazz in the mix.
061180 - I’m Considering Being a Cloud
Review by Gary Hill
Psychedelia, creepy music and more merge into something that’s unusual, but also compelling.
Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews
Armored Saint - Win Hands Down
Review by Mike Korn
You can make a pretty strong case that Armored Saint is the great American metal band.
Girlschool - London 1980
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always liked Girlschool’s raw brand of hard rocking metal.
Huguenin - Where from Here
Review by Gary Hill
This act is from my hometown of Rockford, Illinois.
Thor - Unchained
Review by Gary Hill
This vintage Thor album is getting the reissue treatment here.
Waverly Lies North - A Soul in the Void
Review by Gary Hill
There are moments here that would qualify as progressive rock.
Non-Prog CD Reviews
Mick Abrahams - Revived
Review by Gary Hill
Mick Abrahams was the original guitarist for Jethro Tull.
Alpine Camp - The Alpine Camp
Review by Gary Hill
I really wish I had more music to hear with this set.
America - Homecoming (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve always loved America. I got to see them live once, and they were great.
Mary Bue - Holy Bones
Review by Gary Hill
I dig the great rock vibe of this album.
Call Security - To Whom It May Concern
Review by Gary Hill
This pop rock set has a lot of energy. It’s also packed with fun.
Canned Heat - with John Lee Hooker - Carnegie Hall 1971
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite an interesting live album.
The Chocolate Watchband - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
Review by Gary Hill
This outfit was one of the original garage bands of the 1960s.
David Clayton-Thomas - Soul Ballads
Review by Gary Hill
David Clayton-Thomas is probably best known for his work as the lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Lucia Comnes - Love, Hope & Tyranny
Review by Gary Hill
There are some strong cuts on this set. I’d also say that nothing is particularly weak.
Tyler Edwards - Too Young For Love
Review by Gary Hill
Folk music is one of the biggest influences on this set.
Emily Gold - Recluse
Review by Gary Hill
I like this set. It has a fairly wide range of musical styles from mellow and dreamy, to hard rocking and a lot in between.
Jordan Hurwitz - Here I’ll Stand
Review by Gary Hill
This is sure to appeal most to fans of pop music.
Kevin Jenkins - Til The Story's Told
Review by Gary Hill
This is the kind of album that should have pretty wide appeal.
Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade (Hybrid Multichannel SACD)
Review by Gary Hill
Here we have a classy reissue of an often forgotten Billy Joel album.
KKB - Got to Get Back
Review by Gary Hill
The name of this group is a combination of the last initial of each member of the group.
Jelani Lateef - Cold Days and Dark Nights
Review by Gary Hill
Hip hop can be a tough genre to review.
Mumford and Sons - Wilder Mind
Review by Laura Turner
The long awaited Mumford and Sons CD finds that the group dropped their original banjo sound we all know and went all electric.
Nic Nassuet - Eleutherios
Review by Gary Hill
Folk music, progressive rock and much more is on display here.
Kat Perkins - Fearless
Review by Gary Hill
This EP is quite strong. I’d have to say that it probably would appeal to fans of Heart quite a bit.
Pinder Brothers - Melancholy Sea
Review by Gary Hill
This is a band made up of two brothers with the last name “Pinder.”
Rebel House Radio - One More Day
Review by Gary Hill
This album has some modern music in the mix.
Buddy Rich - Birdland
Review by Gary Hill
Buddy Rich is a legendary jazz performer and also a big influence on a lot of modern drummers.
Stan Riley - 2nd Chances
Review by Gary Hill
This is the new CD from someone in my geographical neighborhood.
Tim Russ - Lifeline
Review by Gary Hill
I definitely consider myself a fan of Tim Russ.
Jillian Speer - Daggers and Suede
Review by Gary Hill
This set isn’t always completely successful, but it’s always entertaining.
The Title Trackers - The Lost Title Tracks
Review by Gary Hill
The concept here is a bit gimmicky.
The Tosspints - The Privateer
Review by Gary Hill
There are some really fun moments here.
Various Artists - Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles
Review by Gary Hill
I would say that this set is pretty effective.
Well Known Stranger - Another Sun (digital single)
Review by Gary Hill
It’s tough to judge a lot from one song, but that’s what we’ve got here. It’s quite a strong cut, though.
DVD/Video Reviews
The Boomtown Rats - Live Germany '78 DVD/CD
Review by Gary Hill
I had completely forgotten how raw and pure punk the Boomtown Rats were at first. This scorching hot concert really makes that fact clear.
Der Moderne Man - Live At Rockpalast DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I had never heard of this band before. I rather like their new wave sound.
Armored Saint
Interview by Mike Korn

Interview with Joey Vera of Armored Saint from 2015

Tom Caufield
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Tom Caufield from 2015
Kinetic Element
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Mike Vissagio of Kinetic Element from 2015
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Bruce Kulick of KKB from 2015
Jeff Oster
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Jeff Oster from 2015
The Syn
Interview by Jason Hillenburg

Interview with Steve Nardelli of the Syn from 2015

Concert Reviews
Rush - Live in Chicago, Illinois, June 2015
Review by Greg Olma
I simply can’t believe that Rush have been around for slightly more than 40 years, thus the name of the tour being R40.
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