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, 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:

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Closer to the Edge's Blog

Jul. 26 2016

The world's longest running Progressive Rock festival happens at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, NC in September and JD will interview festival organizer Helaine Burch and spin a track from all the bands scheduled to perform. In hour two, you will hear brand new and upcoming Prog releases from Minor Victories, Evership, Leon Alvarado, Karmamoi, DGM and Thank You Scientist plus a live track from South Carolina band Farpoint. All this Thurs. July 28th, 2-4pm EST and archived after at:

Jul. 19 2016
Prog, Progressive Rock

Special show with songs highlighting politics, America, the world and more! Classic and modern cuts from Voivod, Pink Floyd, Animals as Leaders, Genesis, Spock's Beard, Public Service Broadcasting, Jethro Tull, Mystery, Rocket Scientists, Todd Rundgren, The Amazing, Renaissance, David Bowie, The Mothers of Invention, Porcupine Tree, The United States of America, Yes, Monster Magnet and Asheville band Straw Man. Don't miss this one! Thursday 2-4pm EST and archived at:

Jul. 12 2016

This week hear tracks from new additions to the Official Progressive Albums Chart plus classic bands The Moody Blues, Genesis, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Rush and King Crimson plus much more AND Asheville area band Straw Man ahead of their concert downtown at Pulp this Sunday evening! Tune in Thursday from 2-4pm EST and archived at:

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