Raven Sad is a project instigated by Italian Samuel Santanna in 2005. The artistic goal is to create emotionally challenging music by blending elements from folk, psychedelic and progressive rock mixed with electronic textures and ambient passages. So far this has resulted in four albums, "Quoth" (2008), and "We Are Not Alone" (2009), "Layers of Stratosphere" (2011), and "The Leaf And The Wing" (2021), all issued by Italian label Lizard Records. With the 2011 album Raven Sad has morphed from a one-man (with friends) vehicle to a proper four-piece band.
Over the past decade, Steven Wilson's relationship with prog rock has grown increasingly intimate. He previewed a killer new band on the live album Get All You Deserve - woodwind/multi-instrumentalist Theo Travis, keyboardist Adam Holzman, session bass and stick player Nick Beggs, drummer Marco Minnemann, and guitarist Guthrie Govan - put a diverse, sophisticated face on Wilson's 21st century brand of the genre. The Raven That Refused to Sing and Other Stories is their first studio outing. Wilson was also able to coax Alan Parsons out of semi-retirement to co-produce and engineer the effort, and he fully committed: the album's crystalline, detailed sound and spacious ambience reflect some of his best work behind the boards…
Over the past 20 years Australian progressive/alternative/underground rock of the early 1970s has taken on a huge cult collector following throughout the world. This is particularly so in Europe, where vast sums are paid for scarce original vinyl albums by such bands as Kahvas Jute, Galadriel, The Masters Apprentices, Fraternity, Blackfeather, Company Caine, Tamam Shud, Pirana, and New Zealand's Dragon - outfits which forged a distinctive Oz Rock sound that would eventually be embraced by an international mass audience.
Dirt Poor Robins: "Without spoiling the story, we can tell you that the musical is a Dickens meets C.S. Lewis meets Lewis Carroll meets Edgar Allen Poe style psychedelic tragedy that takes place 100 years ago in Southampton, England, the Atlantic Ocean and in Hades. The themes and melodies are whimsically dark and the production has a cinematic edge."
Dirt Poor Robins is a theatrical/cinematic/singer-songwriting rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. The band consists of Kate DeGraide, Neil DeGraide, Alex O'Nan and Josh Brown.
Another lost gem for lovers of Japanese psych and hard rock, this time from the inspirational ‘70s prog outfit, Strawberry Path. From its extremely cool front cover to the last track, this is an album that will appeal to garage fans, psych heads, mondo music lovers and acid freaks alike, merging as it does a variety of Western influences, ranging from Jimi Hendrix (check out Shigeru Narumo’s hard psych guitar) to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Originally relased in 1971, Strawberry Path were the forerunners of Japanese Flied Egg, one of the most influential Japanese prog bands to emerge in the ‘70s.