Hey! Listen to Galactic Empire!

As another Star Wars movie release is upon us, I would like to offer up Galactic Empire to your music rotation today. As you’re standing in line waiting for Solo tickets and you need a boost, the John Williams shredders should lift your spirits and reduce your anxiety. The YouTube cover band sensations are more than just a couple of dudes who plucked away until they had “Imperial March” nailed. These guys are legitimate talents in their own right, and everyone should take a listen just to hear it.

The Anatomy Of: Felix Martin

Felix Martin has and will always be a unique trailblazer for progressive and world fusion music. This Berklee-trained virtuoso taps out Latin-inspired riffs and melodies across his custom multi-fretboard 15 and 16 string guitars to create challenging compositions and unique performances. Martin’s new self released record Mechanical Nations is out now, and…

58 – Cinematic Metal

I actually wanted to title the episode ” If I call this episode ‘Why isn’t Cinematic Metal a thing?’ surely someone will point me to some obscure Spanish power metal band that calls themselves Cinematic Metal so I won’t” but that would probably be too long for iTunes. Eden healthy…

Starter Kit: Devin Townsend

We’re taking another diversion from our usual Starter Kit format to focus on the work of another seminal artist. Let’s face it; if you’re a reader of this website then you’ve probably already at least heard of some of Devin Townsend’s music. He’s one of the most electrifying, prolific, and impressive…

Jazz Rock Supergroup The Aristocrats Announce New Album and DVD

The Aristocrats are the kind of super group geared almost exclusively towards serious musicians. An exceptionally talented trio, the collaboration of guitarist Guthrie Govan (Asia, Steven Wilson), bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani) has produced two albums of delightful jazz fusion and progressive tinged, instrumental…

Plini – The End Of Everything

If you’ve been paying a minuscule iota of attention to the online progressive rock/metal scene within the past three years you’ve no doubt heard the name Plini. If not, it is not too late to start your journey into the most playful, articulate, and uplifting musical world this side of…

Alek Darson – Panopticon

With the art of shred slowly on the out, having been dominated for years by names like Joe Satriani and his legendary pupil Steve Vai, it’s only natural that a few self-made individuals would do their best to keep the genre alive in the back alleys. Today, doing his best to keep the faith, we have Alek Darson, a Serbian guitarist who began playing at the young age of 10 on his mother’s nylon-stringed acoustic and has only cultivated that gift throughout the years, even making his way to his current residence in Boston where he studied at the famed Berklee College of Music.

William Shatner To Release Prog Rock Album

This is the most unlikely and offbeat serious email I’ve gotten in some time. The infamous William Shatner and former Yes guitarist/keyboardist Billy Sherwood have teamed up to pen a prog rock concept album titled Ponder The Mystery. The album will be packed to the brim with special guests, including…