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 PROG MAGAZINE and

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Closer to the Edge's Blog

Dec. 6 2016
Prog, Progressive Rock, John Lennon

JD has a mountain of NEW Progressive Rock this week, including tracks from new additions to the Official Progressive Albums Chart and the #1 Prog album in the world (again) which is Radiohead's latest. Also catch cuts from records that have received rave reviews from Progression Magazine like Ayreon, Drifting Sun, Herd of Instinct, Maglev, Levin Minnemann Rudess, Seven Impale, Tilt, Galactic Cowboy Orchestra and Csillagkod. Show will start by Remembering John Lennon on 36th anniversary. Take the afternoon off and listen to Asheville FM from 2-4pm EST and then On Demand at:

Nov. 28 2016
Prog, Progressive Rock Marillion, Kate Bush, King Crimson, Fates Warning

JD spins NEW Prog from Maschine, Wolf People, Painted In Exile, Lowe & Brzezicki's ESP, Fatal Fusion, Devin Townsend Project, Jakob's Echo, Fates Warning PLUS a brand new King Crimson song, a track from the fantastic new three CD live box by Kate Bush and an awesome cut from the new live Steve Hackett record. Marillion fills out the show with five part opus 'The Leavers' from incredible new album F E A R. There'll be some surprises too. This not to be missed show airs live on Thursday, December 1st from 2-4pm EST or On Demand at:

Nov. 22 2016
Prog, Progressive Rock, Genesis, Dream Theater

The Professor of Prog recommends a weekend of peace and fun with family and friends, and Asheville FM. JD will broadcast live on Thanksgiving Day from 2-4 pm EST. Tune in to hear modern and classic Progressive Rock, including a couple tracks from the brand new Neal Morse Band concept album, a long-track from the remixed reissue of Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes and Supper's Ready by Genesis PLUS offerings from Native Construct, The Anchoress, Jethro Tull, Dream Theater, It's A Beautiful Day and local band The Raptor Trail. All happening at: . Listen anytime thereafter On Demand:

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