Thursday, July 9, 2015

Scott Henderson Live 2016 dates and the new album

SCOTT HENDERSON's brand new studio album "Vibe Station"

Scott Henderson's impressive work over the years as co-leader of the group TRIBAL TECH, leader of his own ground breaking trio, and sideman to some of the best jazz artists of their generation, including the great Joe Zawinul, has elevated him to the front ranks of both Jazz and Blues. Besides being a world class player and premier composer, Scott's trademark is his beautiful tone and striking ability to blend Blues, Rock, Funk, and Jazz, creating a soulful and unique voice on the guitar.

"Henderson wreaks havoc on his guitar amid howling bottleneck notes, multihued chord voicings and ungodly hype-mode licks atop the rhythm section's slamming grooves and agile progressions. He often harmonizes with bassist Travis Carlton and during a variety of movements the trio summons an Armageddon with supple and heightening choruses within the prog-metal domain." - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

"Vibe Station reminds us once again of what an unbelievable talent Scott Henderson truly is. If you haven't yet discovered the genius of this remarkable guitar player, now is the perfect time to do so." - Peter Pardo, Sea Of Tranquility

Guitarist Scott Henderson's 5th solo project exhibits elements of jazz, rock & blues, but has a bigger variety of textures and tones. The new all instrumental CD features bassist Travis Carlton (son of Larry) & drummer extraordinaire Alan Hertz. Henderson speaks of the new work as the most challenging project of his career. Says Scott, “I'm really excited about this record because our trio has been touring a lot and that energy came through on all the performances. The music is still blues-based, but also has a lot of harmonic content. The big change is no vocals, which challenged me as a guitarist to write material which can be played in a vocal way on the guitar, while incorporating my own chord-melody style. I think fans will enjoy the scope of this record because it has elements of blues, rock, jazz and funk. There's something for everyone here.” Scott also said that the majority of the songs are layered with multi guitar tracks, utilizing many different guitars, pedals, amps and speaker combinations, making it the most textural and versatile sounding album he's ever done. Travis Carlton on bass and Alan Hertz on drums make this project and live show very much groove-based. Says Scott, “I need to see people moving in their seats. I'm not interested on putting on an intellectual show for musicians only. I don't believe I need to dumb down the music to appeal to people who aren't musicians, because when Travis and Alan play together, the groove is going to attack you whether you're a musician or not”. Scott Henderson's impressive work over the years as co-leader of the group TRIBAL TECH, leader of his own ground breaking trio, and sideman to some of the best jazz artists of their generation, including the great Joe Zawinul, has elevated him to the front ranks of both Jazz and Blues. Besides being a world class player and premier composer, Scott's trademark is his beautiful tone and striking ability to blend Blues, Rock, Funk, and Jazz, creating a soulful and unique voice on the guitar.

TRAVIS CARLTON - bass guitar & ALAN HERTZ - drums
(ERNEST TIBBS - bass guitar; only on July 24)

Fri, July 10 - Studio City, Los Angeles, CA (Baked Potato)
Fri, July 24 - Santiago de Quéretaro, Mexico (Festival Internacional Jazz de Verano)
Thu Sep 10 - Chicago, IL (Reggie's) w/Marbin
Fri, Sep 11 - Chicago, IL (Reggie's) w/Marbin
Sun, Sep 13 - Austin, TX (Wobeon Festival, Ironwood Hall)
Wed, Sep 16 - New York, NY (The Iridium)
Thu, Sep 17 - New York, NY (The Iridium)

Sat, Sep 19 - Auburn Hills, MI (Callahan's)
Sun, Sep 20 - Auburn Hills, MI (Callahan's)

(more info to be announced soon)

Thu, October 8 - Uppsala, Sweden
Fri, October 9 - Uppsala, Sweden
Sat, October 10 - Moscow, Russia
Sun, October 11 - Astana, Kazakhstan
Tue, October 13 - Tromso, Norway
Wed, October 14 - Tromso, Norway
Thu, October 15 - Munich, Germany
Sat, October 17 - Delemont, Switzerland
Tue, October 20 - Bologna Italy 

(more info To be announced soon)

Fri, October 23 - Valparaiso, Chile
Sat, October 24 - Colina, Chile
Sun, October 25 - Puerto Montt, Chile
Mon, October 26 - Santiago, Chile
Thu, October 29 - Rancagua, Chile
Fri, October 30 - La Paz, Bolivia
Sat, October 31 - Lima, Peru
Mon, November 2 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tue, November 3 - Cordoba, Argentina
Thu, November 5 - Azul, Argentina
Fri, November 6 - Rosario, Argentina
Sat, November 7 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sun, November 8 - Montevideo, Uruguay
Mon, November 9 - Mar Del Plata, Argentina

November 10/11/12/13/14/15 - more shows to be confirmed soon. Stay tuned.
For bookings in the USA, Canada, Central America, The Caribbean and Africa:
Leonardo Pavkovic @ Moonjune Music • Email: noanoamusic (at) moonjune (dot) com

For bookings in South America, Asia, and Europe:
Alejandro Orellana @ The Art Media • Email: artemedios (at) gmail (com) com

SCOTT HENDERSON's brand new studio album "Vibe Station"

For all publicity inquiries related to this album, please contact Billy James @ Glass Onyon PR
(828) 350-8158 | e-mail: |

Spock's Beard reveal 'Tides of Time'; first track from 'The Oblivion Particle'

Legendary progressive-rockers Spock's Beard recently announced that their brand new 12th studio album 'The Oblivion Particle' is set for release on August 21st, 2015, and now they are pleased to reveal the first track to be taken from the record.   

Fans can listen to the song 'Tides of Time' over at Soundcloud for 7 days here:

Dave Meros previously said of the track: "I think the opening track 'Tides of Time' is classic Spock's in terms of arrangement and style, but everything else is fairly different. That said, the whole album is still within the parameters of what people expect to hear from us."


The band also recently announced European tour dates in support of the album. The band will be joined by young UK act Synaesthesia and Hungarian band Special Providence.

The full list of dates are as follows:
16.09 - Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium
17.09 - De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands
18.09 - Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany
19.09 - Progresja, Warschau, Poland
20.09 - Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic
21.09 - Ship A38, Budapest, Hungary
23.09 - Legend, Milan, Italy
24.09 - Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
25.09 - Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany
26.09 - Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany
27.09 - Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany
29.09 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
30.09 - Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
1.10 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
2.10 - O2 Academy Islington, London, UK
3.10 - Club Academy, Manchester, UK

Spock's Beard's forthcoming new studio album The Oblivion Particle is the follow-up to 2013's Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep. The album finds the band answering the needs of their creations by utilizing the considerable versatility of each member. In addition to Ted Leonard's soaring vocals and Dave Meros' distinctive bass, Alan Morse adds autoharp, banjolele, electric sitar and mandolin to his array of instruments, drummer Jimmy Keegan takes over lead vocals on "Bennett Built a Time Machine" and Ryo expands his arsenal of keyboard sounds throughout the album. In addition, virtuoso Kansas violinist David Ragsdale lends his touch to the album's majestic closer, "Disappear."  

As with the previous album Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, The Oblivion Particle was recorded at The Mouse House and produced by Rich Mouser, Alan Morse and John Boegehold, a band collaborator of many years.


Spock's Beard Online:

Nad Sylvan signs to InsideOutMusic for new solo album

InsideOutMusic are pleased to welcome Steve Hackett and Agents of Mercy vocalist Nad Sylvan to their roster, for his forthcoming solo album which is due out in October. Nad comments: "Finally, after 40 years of fighting for it, I get a first class record deal".

Nad has most recently been seen performing alongside the legendary Steve Hackett as part of his Genesis Revisited show, continuing his stint into the latter part of this year. Nad adds: "In a little less than four years, I was snatched up by two iconic guitarists,
namely Roine Stolt and then Steve Hackett. That must mean something to the world, because it sure means an awful lot to me". Nad formed Agents of Mercy with Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Transatlantic) in 2009, and have released three albums to date.

Nad Sylvan Online:

ENCHANT - Announce European tour and North American dates!

ENCHANT, the Bay Area's long-running Prog Rock institution, are finally returning for live appearances in Europe this October in order to promote their acclaimed comeback album "The Great Divide", which was released via the band's longtime label partner InsideOutMusic last year.

The tour will be a double-headlining bill featuring ENCHANT as well as Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion, kicking off (for ENCHANT) at the 2015 edition of ProgPower Europe festival in The Netherlands on October 4th. Here are the exact dates:

Enchant + Hasse Fröberg & Musical Companion - European Tour 2015: 
Oct 4 Baarlo, The Netherlands - ProgPower Europe (Enchant only!)
Oct 5 Berlin, Germany - Magnet
Oct 6 München, Germany - Kranhalle
Oct 7 Oberhausen, Germany - Zentrum Altenberg
Oct 8 Rüsselsheim, Germany - Das Rind
Oct 9 Stuttgart, Germany - Schocken Club
Oct 10 Zoetermeer, The Netherlands - De Boerderij
Oct 11 London, UK - The Underworld
Oct 12 Bilston, UK - The Robin 2
Oct 13 Paris,  France - Backstage

ENCHANT's Douglas A. Ott checked in about the band's upcoming touring activity:
"We are super excited to be headed back to Europe to play for our fans! It's been way too long and we're looking forward to being back on the road performing again, playing old favorites and a bunch of new material from The Great Divide! We are doing a double headlining tour with Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion, which will be a great overall evening of killer progressive music every night!  

Hope to see everyone come out for these shows!"

Additionally, ENCHANT have confirmed the following  
appearances in North America: 
Saturday August 29th Whittier, CA @ CalProg + Spock's Beard /
Friday October 23rd Houston, TX - BFE Rock Club
Saturday October 24th Austin, TX - Empire Control Room & Garage
November 15-19th Cruise To The Edge + Yes, Marillion, Saga. Etc. /

ENCHANT's 8th studio album, "The Great Divide" was their first set of new recordings in almost ten years, following their acclaimed latest studio album "Tug Of War" in 2003 and the "Live At Last" double-album / live DVD release in 2004.

Check out the title track, "The Great Divide", here: 

The album track "Within An Inch" can be heard here:  
A comprehensive EPK-styled interview with ENCHANT about the album can be seen here: 

An online video teaser featuring samples of various album songs can be checked here: 


ENCHANT Discography: 
A Blueprint Of The World - CD 1993
Wounded - CD 1996
Time Lost - CD 1997
Break - CD 1998
Juggling 9 Or Dropping 10 - CD 2000
Blink Of An Eye - CD 2002
Tug Of War - CD 2003
Live At Last - 2CD/2DVD 2004
The Great Divide - CD 2014
Ted Leonard - Lead vocals (Spock's Beard / Thought Chamber)
Douglas A. Ott - Guitars and backing vocals
Ed Platt - Bass guitar and bass pedals
Bill Jenkins - Keyboards (Sound Of Contact / Thought Chamber)
Sean Flanegan - Drums (Cynthesis)

ENCHANT online: 

Tim Bowness launches stream of 'Sing To Me'

Tim Bowness is set to release his third solo album, 'Stupid Things That Mean The World' on July 17th 2015 (EU) and July 24th 2015 (US) and is now pleased to reveal another new track to be taken from the record. 'Sing To Me' can be heard here:

Tim had this to say about the track and its origins:
"Originally a No-Man demo called Best Boy Electric*, I heard this for the first time in over 20 years when Steven Wilson sent it to me in October 2014 for consideration for the reissue of no-man's Lost Songs album.

I'd completely forgotten the song, and on hearing it again couldn't believe we'd not pursued it further. The No-Man version was skeletal with an improvised, incomplete lyric, but on re-hearing the song in 2014, it felt special to me and I knew where I'd like to take it musically. A new lyric was written as were a couple of new instrumental themes.

One of my favourite songs on the album, it reminds me of aspects of the early no-man that I loved, while also feeling very much a part of the music I'm currently making."

* The original No-Man demo appears on the bonus disc of Stupid Things That Mean The World.

A lyric video for the previously released track 'Press Reset' can be found here:

Tim also recently announced the first live dates in support of the album, and you can find them below:
25th August - The Louisiana, Bristol, UK
26th August - Boston Music Room, London, UK
29th August - Ino Rock Festival, Poland

A year on from the acclaimed Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, Bowness returns with this powerful and eclectic new record, and recently he revealed the first track to be taken from it. 'The Great Electric Teenage Dream' is the opening cut from the album, and you can watch the video here:

Produced by Bowness and mixed by The Pineapple Thief's Bruce Soord (who also adds some choice guitar parts), 'Stupid Things That Mean The World' features a core of Bowness along with members of the No-Man live band (Stephen Bennett, Michael Bearpark, Andrew Booker) and Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), augmented by contributions from Peter Hammill, Phil Manzanera, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), Anna Phoebe, David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, Scott Walker), and Rhys Marsh. As on Abandoned Dancehall Dreams, Classical composer Andrew Keeling, best known for his work with The Hilliard Ensemble, Evelyn Glennie and Robert Fripp, provides striking string arrangements. The album was mastered by The Pineapple Thief's Steve Kitch.

The beautiful artwork for the album was once again done by I Monster's Jarrod Gosling, and you can see that below. The album will be available as Double CD Media book featuring a companion disc of alternate mixes and demos (including an unreleased No-Man demo from 1994), as well as a gatefold vinyl LP with CD & digital download.

Abandoned Dancehall Dreams was released last year to critical acclaim, with Classic Rock calling it a 'cinematic, contemporary classic' and Prog Magazine naming it 'arch art-progger Bowness's masterpiece.' The album also reached the top 20 of the UK rock album charts upon release, and was subsequently included in Prog Magazine's critics' choice top 20 of 2014.

Tim Bowness is primarily known as vocalist/co-writer with the band No-Man, a long-running collaboration with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). In addition to releasing six studio albums and a documentary DVD with No-Man, Tim has worked with popular Italian artist Alice, Robert Fripp, Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), OSI and Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera (amongst many others), and is a member of the bands Henry Fool and Memories Of Machines.
TIM BOWNESS online: 

LEPROUS - Launch lyric-video for album track "Slave"

After having performed last weekend at Metropolis Fest in Belarus with Dream Theater, Norwegian Prog metallers LEPROUS continue to promote their newest studio album "The Congregation", which was recently released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.

Today, LEPROUS are pleased to launch the lyric video for the album track "Slave". 
The clip was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media.

Check out the lyric video for "Slave" here:  

LEPROUS' Einar Solberg checked in with the following comment about the track: 
"I would say that Slave is one of the most emotional tracks of the album.
The foundation is simple, but the content is rich".

 LEPROUS previously launched a video clip directed by David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchy Films for the album's opening track "The Price", which can be seen here  

Also, check out the track "Rewind" here:  

"The Congregation" entered the official national sales charts in several European countries upon release, as follows: Germany # 78, The Netherlands # 66, Belgium (Flemish) # 167 and Finland # 39.

Here is the track-listing for the 65 minutes long album release:

LEPROUS - "The Congregation"
1. The Price (5:14)
2. Third Law (6:18)
3. Rewind (7:07)
4. The Flood (7:51)
5. Triumphant (4:25)
6. Within My Fence (3:16)
7. Red (6:35)
8. Slave (6:37)
9. Moon (7:13)
10. Down (6:26)
11. Lower (4:34)

For North American CD and shirt-bundle orders, please see here:  

LEPROUS have recorded the drums, guitars and bass for the album in Sweden's Fascination Street / Ghostward Studios with David Castillo (Katatonia, Opeth) and the vocals together with Heidi Solberg Tveitan & Vegard Tveitan at Mnemosyne Studios in Norway. Just like the preceding albums "Bilateral" and "Coal", "The Congregation" was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Symphony X, Kreator). The album's artwork was created by Nihil /

A comprehensive making-of studio video for "The Congregation" can be now seen here:  

LEPROUS online:

Echolyn To Release New Album "I Heard You Listening" On July 31st

Acclaimed progressive rock band echolyn is proud to announce their new studio album “I Heard You Listening” The worldwide release date will be July 31st, 2015. 
echolyn’s 8th full-­‐length studio release features nine original songs, each revealing raw, evocative, beautifully
crafted arrangements, with an ever-­‐evolving musical sensibility and lyrical depth that is uniquely echolyn.
Together now for over 25 years, echolyn is (still) comprised of:
Christopher Buzby
Brett Kull
Tom Hyatt 
Paul Ramsey
Raymond Weston
“I Heard You Listening” was Recorded in Pennsylvania at Catapult Sound and Chateau Fornance, Produced by echolyn, Engineered and Mixed by Brett Kull and Mastered by Ryan Smith at Sterling
Sound in New York City.
Track Listing:
1. Messenger of All’s Right (6:24)
2. Warjazz (5:16)
3. Empyrean Views (9:18)
4. Different Days (7:47)
5. Carried Home (5:10)
6. Once I Get Mine (5:40)
7. Sound of Bees (6:58)
8. All This Time We’re Given (7:59)
9. Vanishing Sun (7:34)

The new album will be available as a CD, 24 bit 96kHz digital download, and a special-­‐edition/limited-­‐
pressing double-­‐vinyl release.