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 . For past archives click here:


Closer to the Edge's Blog

May. 23 2016
Prog, Progressive Rock, Bill Kopp

Music journalist Bill Kopp joins JD for two hours of music and conversation. Mr. Kopp has interviewed over 300 artists in every musical genre. He will bring in some of his favorite Progressive Rock records and talk about interviews with some very famous Prog artists like Adrian Belew, John McLaughlin, Todd Rundgren, Steven Wilson, Steve Hackett, Keith Emerson, Chris Squire, Mike Pinder, and many more! Live on Thurs, May 26th from 2-4pm EST and then archived at:

May. 17 2016

Progressive Rock from around the world including 'Anima Mundi' from Cuba, 'Zenit' from Switzerland, 'Jean-Michel Jarre' from France, 'Katatonia' from Sweden, 'Riverside' from Poland, 'Clouds Become Your Hands' and 'Flame Tree' from USA and a bunch of bands/artists from the UK including Yes, Knifeworld, Steven Wilson, Mothertongue, Radiohead, Steve Hackett, David Foster and I Am The Manic Whale! All happening this Thursday from 2-4pm EST and archived after at:

May. 10 2016
Prog, Progressive Rock, Miles Davis

Miles Davis, Radiohead, Mothertongue, Big Big Train, King Crimson live, Knifeworld, Security Project live PLUS ultra-rare MacArthur and Bowie live Plus new additions to the Official Progressive Albums Chart PLUS local musician Garry Byrne and lots, lots more. Join JD for two hours of classic and modern Progressive Rock LIVE only on 1033 FM in Asheville and world-wide on this Thursday from 2-4pm EST. Archived after at:

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