Closer to the Edge

  • Thursday 2-4pm
Progressive Rock

CLOSER TO THE EDGE is a "Prog Variety Show" playing the finest classic and modern Progressive music from around the world! Progressive Rock (or simply Prog) evolved in the late 60's/early 70's from Psychedelic music to elevate rock to new levels of artistry. Prog bands, then and now, push rock's technical and compositional boundaries by going beyond the standard rock or popular verse-chorus song based structures. Also, the arrangements often incorporate elements drawn from classical, jazz and world music. Long, multi-dimensional pieces are more common while songs with lyrics are sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. Musically, unusual time signatures are frequent as is orchestration and many 'movements' within one song. Prog bands sometimes use "concept albums" to tell an epic story or tackle a grand overarching theme. Sub-genres include Prog Folk, Progressive Metal, Jazz/Rock Fusion, Crossover Prog, Symphonic Rock, Psychedelic/Space Rock, International Prog and more. Classic bands include Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, Renaissance, ELP, Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, Genesis, Rush, Frank Zappa etc and modern bands include Porcupine Tree, Transatlantic, Anathema, Tool, Dream Theater, Marillion, Opeth, Riverside, Spock's Beard, Steven Wilson, etc. Great resources for Prog fans are PROG MAGAZINE and

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Closer to the Edge's Blog

Mar. 28 2017
Prog, Progressive Rock

JD has the new split LP from Russia's Maat Lander plus Steve Hackett's new record as well as cuts from recent and upcoming releases by Lonely Robot, StevenSteven, The Mute Gods, Siluetless, Carptree, Snarky Puppy, Seas Of Mirth, Encircled, Harkla, Pere Ubu, Pink Floyd and a special Todd Rundgren tune! Get ready for two hours of aural bliss on Thursday, 2-4pm EST on 103.3 FM in Asheville and around the world live and On Demand at:

Mar. 21 2017
Chuck Berry, Prog, Progressive Rock, Martin Barre

This week JD remembers the great-grandfather of Rock 'n Roll with Electric Light Orchestra! Plus NEW Prog releases from Jethro Tull, Without Waves, Bill Hogg, Sounds Like The End Of The World, C Sides, Tom Slatter, Junius, David Maxim Micic, Cast, Echo Test, Combat Astronomy Alan Reed and Vangough. This will also be the final 'Month of Martin' show, with two more giveaways, ahead of the Martin Barre concert at The Grey Eagle on Friday, March 24th. Get rocking on Thursday, 2-4pm EST on 103.3 FM and:

Mar. 13 2017
Prog, Progressive Rock, Porcupine Tree

Ticket giveaways and other prizes on this weeks show! Plus songs by CBDB, Thundercat, Mind Over Mirrors, Night Glitter, Donald Fagen, Ape Shifter, Light Freedom Revival, Porcupine Tree, Richard Barbieri, Beatrix Players, White Willow, Hemina, Kepler Ten, Multi Story, Jethro Tull and Humanfobia PLUS a brand new number from Ireland's The Vicious Head Society, just in time for St. Patrick's Day! Join the party on Thursday, March 16th from 2-4pm EST on 103.3 FM and:

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