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

Feb. 13 2017
Prog, Progressive Rock, Umphrey's McGee, John Wetton

This week JD pays tribute to Prog legend John Wetton and also gets you ready for three local weekend concerts by Prog jam band Umphrey's McGee! Other bands/artists covered will be U.K., King Crimson and Asia plus Can, Ghost Community, Blackfield, Camel, The Winstons and Ayreon PLUS you will hear a cut from the debut album by Carolina roots band Greyfeather. Tune in live on the radio or Internet from 2-4pm EST on Thurs, February 16th and On Demand thereafter at:

Feb. 7 2017

This week's floating rock concert in the Gulf of Mexico features two dozen Prog bands and artists. The Professor will cover them all for those of us who could not attend! Tune in to hear a track from Yes, Spock's Beard, Focus, Pain of Salvation, John Wesley, The Neal Morse Band, IO Earth, Frost*, The Fringe, Electric Asturias, Patrick Moraz, Haken, Kansas, District 97, Dave Kerzner, Curved Air, Stick Men, Mike Portnoy, Bad Dreams, Steve Hackett (feat. John Wetton) and Anglagard PLUS John Lodge. JD's ship sails on Thursday at 2pm EST. Don't be late!

Jan. 30 2017
Prog, Progressive Rock, Pink Floyd, Yes, Marillion

Join JD this week for an hour of selections from new additions to the Official Progressive Albums Chart PLUS an hour of tracks from Prog Album and Band of the Year, Best Male and Female Vocalists, Reissue of the Year, Best Multimedia and Event and much more! Featured artists include Pink Floyd, Wolf People, Kate Bush, Jean-Michel Jarre, Steeleye Span, iamthemorning, Marillion, Yes, Big Big Train and more! The Professor will also spin a special cut from the fantastic debut album by Once And Future Band! All happens Thurs, 2-4pm EST and then On Demand at:

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