The Contortionist is Coming to Pittsburgh OCT 3 @MrSmalls

The Contortionist have released a “Rediscovered” version of their most recent LP, Language. The new version contains four re-worked tracks recorded and engineered by John Douglass and mixed/mastered by Jamie King. The rediscovered tracks are accompanied by four all new music videos for the same tracks.
“Playing with that idea, throughout all the songs, there is also a story woven in that
               plays on a few different ideas,” Lessard explains. “Even beyond the actual lyrics and what
              they are literally saying, some of the vocal sounds themselves play a part.”It’s a crude summary of an ambitious project – one that has dense layers of
              sophistication listeners can delve into on their own, while others may be just as happy
to nod their head along to the expansive rhythms and accessible song motifs.The men of The Contortionist remain in awe of prog-titans like Yes, King Crimson and
              Rush. At the same time, the music they are creating will not only build bridges between
               different genres and different scenes; it can even send younger fans to dig through their
              parents’ LP collections look for albums by old legends. Language is more than capable of
              launching The Contortionist to the top of the progressive realm and into the creative



The Crimson ProjeKCt launch ‘Red’

The Crimson ProjeKCt, the King Crimson offshoot featuring 3 current members of that historic band,will releaseLive in Tokyo‘ through InsideOutMusic on March 18, 2014. With the tour set to begin soon as well, the band have revealed the classic 70’s King Crimson track ‘Red’ taken from the live album which can be heard here:

The band had this to say:

“Red is one of the pre-80ies instrumentals that has remained an integral part of King Crimson’s repertoire up until the early 2000s. Our interpretation of this classic piece is uniquely energetic and always ‘on-the-edge’, especially the double drumming from Pat and Tobias. Markus is doubling the main guitar part in a baritone register, which adds a subtle new pushing element to the song. The roar going through the audience when we start playing this is one of the highlights of our shows for us.”

Featuring the talents of Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph; The Crimson ProjeKCt primarily focus on repertoire from the early 1980s through to the mid-90s. The band has a “double trio” line-up, as made popular by Crimson between 1994 – 1997. The full track-listing for the CD & Digital release can be found below:

1.    B’Boom
2.    THRAK
3.    Frame By Frame
4.    Dinosaur
5.    Industry
6.    Elephant Talk
8.    Sleepless
9.    Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part II
10.  Indiscipline
11.  Red
12.  Thela Hun Ginjeet

As mentioned previously, The Crimson ProjeKCt will head out on tour in 2014, with the Australian and New Zealand dates recently rescheduled. Those dates are as follows:

The Crimson ProjeKCt Tour 2014 

5th March – Heichal Tarbut, Tel-Aviv – Israel
6th March – Bingo Club, Kiev – Ukraine
7th March – Usine A Gaz, Nyon – Switzerland
8th March – Amager Bio, Copenhagen – Denmark
9th March – Cosmopolite, Oslo – Norway
11th March – Ziquodrome, Compiegne – France
12th March – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London – UK
13th March – Trabendo, Paris – France
14th March – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer – Netherlands
16th March – Arena Club, Moscow – Russia
17th March – Palace of Culture Lensoveta, St. Petersburg – Russia
19th March – Palladium Club, Warsaw – Poland
20th March – Klub Studio, Krakow – Poland
21st March – Neuberin Halle, Reichenbach – Germany
22nd March – Konzerthause, Karlsruhe – Germany
23rd March – Frankfurter Hof, Mainz – Germany
25th March – Grughalle, Essen – Germany
26th March – Z7, Basel – Switzerland
27th March – Archa Theatre, Prague – Czech Republic
29th March – Auditorium Supercinema, Chieti – Italy
30th March – Auditorium Manzoni, Bologna – Italy
31st March – Auditorium Verdi, Milan – Italy
1st April – Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome – Italy
2nd April – Viper Theatre, Firenze – Italy
4th April – Kongresu Nams, Riga – Latvia
24th June – Auckland – the Studio – New Zealnd
26th June – Melbourne – The Hi-Fi – Australia
27th June – Sydney – The Hi-Fi – Australia
28th June – Brisbane – The Hi-Fi – Australia
2nd July  – Fremantle – Fly By Night – Australia


THE ARISTOCRATS NEW ALBUM “Culture Clash” Out July 16/ Live @ HARD ROCK CAFE PGH 8/6

Fans of instrumental rock/fusion (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, John Scofield, Joe Satriani) and heavy progressive musical excellence (King Crimson, Dream Theater, Queen) – LISTEN UP!


THE ARISTOCRATS, the white-hot rock/fusion instrumental virtuoso power trio featuring celebrated musicians Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums), will release their new album, Culture Clash, on July 16, 2013 via BOING Music.

Culture Clash will be sold in both regular and deluxe editions. The deluxe package will contain a bonus DVD called, “Accept The Mystery: The Making Of The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash”, a 33-minute DVD documentary shot while THE ARISTOCRATSwere tracking the album in Nashville, TN between January 15th-21st. Containing both studio footage and exclusive interviews with each member of the band, this is a special behind-the-scenes look at THE ARISTOCRATS that fans have never seen before.


Culture Clash tracklisting:

1. Dance Of The Aristocrats

2. Culture Clash

3. Louisville Stomp

4. Ohhhh Noooo

5. Gaping Head Wound

6. Desert Tornado

7. Cocktail Umbrellas

8. Living The Dream

9. And Finally


The band’s 2011 self-titled instant-classic debut album proved irresistible to fans of guitar-driven instrumental rock (think Vai, Satriani) but ended up crossing over both ways, making inroads with the progressive (Dream Theater) and modern technical metal (Animals As Leaders, Meshuggah, Periphery) crowds alike. That’s not surprising considering the genre-defying panoply of the band’s true influences: Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, John Scofield, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Rage Against The Machine, Pink Floyd, Queen, King Crimson, The Police, Kraftwerk, Bjork, Return To Forever, and more…a variety of which show up in each band member’s individual compositional style, as they’re all contributing songwriters.

Culture Clash honors the band’s panoramic potpourri of influences, while showing up as a more aggressive, intensely-written album that picks up where the band’s first effort left off – all while retaining a quirky Zappa-influenced refusal to take themselves too seriously. That’s evidenced by the album’s title alone, which derives its name from a sly reference to the Coen Brothers’ film A Serious Man, and doubles as an allusion to the band’s multi-national makeup (Govan is British; Beller is American; Minnemann is German).

“We’ve all been totally blown away by the reaction to the first album, the live album, and just us becoming a band in general. We’re all beyond grateful for that,” states bassist Bryan Beller. “So this record, I feel like, is a response to that amazing response. It’s like, ‘OK, you dug all that crazy stuff on the first one, eh? Well, here, check this out.’ We don’t want to rest on our laurels. We want to push this thing further, as far as we can, wherever that goes.”


Culture Clash proves to be a more adventurous piece of work for the trio, with everything from techno-fusion (“Dance Of The Aristocrats”), to nitro-powered rockabilly (the Ren-and-Stimpy-influenced “Louisville Stomp”), to Mr. Bungle-infused metal (“Living The Dream”), to the rhythmically serpentine rock/fusion-esque title track. The band feels that being joined at the hip for the past two years helped them become a stronger unit, which set them on a more unconventional course.

“All the time we spent together as a band touring, and gigging together and interacting, has made us bolder in terms of the kind of material we’ve dared to write for this album,” adds guitarist Guthrie Govan. “I think there’s some wackier stuff that we maybe wouldn’t have submitted for the first album when we didn’t know each other as well. We didn’t know what kind of craziness we would get away with. So I guess we’re enjoying some of the benefits of having been a real band for longer.”

The members of THE ARISTOCRATS first performed together as a trio at the Anaheim Bass Bash during the winter NAMM show in 2011. After a huge response from fans for the trio to become permanent, the band (named after the infamous dirty joke of the same name) quickly recorded their first album The Aristocrats in 2011, to instant wide acclaim. The band released a live album, Boing, We’ll Do It Live! in 2012. Guitarist Guthrie Govan has been featured on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine and is known for his solo album Erotic Cakes, as well as recent touring work with Steven Wilson, and performing with the bandAsia/GPS from 2001-2006. Bassist/solo artist Bryan Beller graced the cover of Bass Player Magazine in late 2012, and is recognized from his work with DethklokSteve VaiJoe Satriani, and Mike Keneally. Drummer Marco Minnemann is a multi-instrumentalist and prolific solo artist/composer, was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine, and is known for his live work with NecrophagistKreatorAdrian BelewUKZ, and Steven Wilson – as well as his Telly Award-winning DVDExtreme Drumming.


THE ARISTOCRATS recently announced via their social media pages that they will be heading out on tour in July and August for their longest American run to date. The venue tour kicks off in Nashville, TN on July 17th and includes select clinics at schools like the Atlanta Institute of Music, Berklee College of Music, and more.




THE ARISTOCRATS “Culture Clash” U.S. Tour Dates:

7/17 Nashville TN @ Douglas Corner

7/19 Tampa FL @ Brass Mug

7/20 Orlando FL @ West End Trading Company

7/21 Jacksonville FL @ 1904 Music Hall

7/23 Atlanta GA @ Atlanta Institute of Music (clinic/show)

7/24 Atlanta GA @Masquerade (Purgatory Room)

7/25 Charlotte NC @ Tremont Music Hall (Casbah)

7/26 Raleigh NC @ Pour House Music Hall

7/27 Washington DC @ Jammin Java

7/29 Boston MA @ Berklee College of Music (clinic)

7/30 Boston MA @ Berklee Performance Center (concert)

7/31 Wilkes-Barre PA @ River St. Jazz Cafe

8/1 New York City NY @ Highline Ballroom

8/2 Philadelphia PA @ North Star Bar

8/3 Dunellen NJ @ New Jersey Proghouse

8/6 Pittsburgh PA @ Hard Rock Cafe

8/7 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Tavern

8/8 Columbus OH @ Rumba Café

8/9 Cincinnati OH @ Southgate House Revival

8/10 Charleston WV @ Empty Glass

8/12 Detroit MI @ Token Lounge

8/13 Indianapolis IN @ Birdy’s

8/14 Chicago IL @ Reggie’s

8/15 Madison WI @ Brink Lounge

8/16 St. Paul MN @ Station 4

8/17 Omaha NE @ Shamrock’s

8/19 St. Louis MO @ 2720 Cherokee

8/20 Kansas City MO @ The Record Bar

8/21 Tulsa OK @ The Vanguard

8/23 Denton TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf

8/24 Houston TX @ Rudyard’s Pub

8/25 Austin TX @ Saxon Pub


For more information on THE ARISTOCRATS, please visit these websites:

DISTRICT 97 Announces October North American Tour: Pittsburgh 10/25

DISTRICT 97 is undoubtedly the most musically adventurous rock band in the world to feature an American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist. The band now returns with their second opus Trouble With Machines. With her fantastic voice, and looks to match, Leslie Hunt has captured the imagination of the male-oriented prog rock scene. Complexity is one of the hallmarks of District 97’s compositions but the album is laced with catchy vocal melodies. The track “The Perfect Young Man” features a guest vocal appearance by KING CRIMSON/ASIA bassist JOHN WETTON. RICH MOUSER who has produced albums for SPOCK’S BEARD and NEAL MORSE mixed the album.

DISTRICT 97 will be going on tour this October in support of Trouble With Machines. A complete list of dates can be found below.

The band commented on their upcoming tour:

“We can’t wait to hit the road in support of our new release, Trouble With Machines. We feel so fortunate to be playing shows with Neal Morse/Mike Portnoy, Three Friends (featuring members of Gentle Giant), IZZ and many more fantastic groups as we make our way through the Midwest and East Coast. Fans can expect to hear a good chunk of Trouble With Machines, as well as cuts from Hybrid Child and some brand-new material. We look forward to seeing some of the great people we met on the road last year, and hopefully seeing lots of new faces as well. See you in October!”

DISTRICT 97’s new video for their song “Open Your Eyes” is available for viewing HERE.

Building on the strengths of their first release Hybrid Child, DISTRICT 97’s sophomore album Trouble With Machines pushes the envelope even further, and solidifies DISTRICT 97’s position at the forefront of uncompromising Rock music.

Trouble With Machines is available to order on Amazon, iTunes and via The Lasers Edge.

DISTRICT 97: Trouble With Machines Fall US Tour

Thursday, October 11th
Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
w/Fibonnacii Sequence and Michael Bettine (Gong virtuoso)

Friday, October 12th
ProgNight @ The Arcada Theater, St Charles, IL
w/Neal Morse (feat. Mike Portnoy) and Three Friends


Thursday, October 18th
Token Lounge, Westland, MI
w/Imminent Sonic Destruction, Recycle the Soul, Crutch to Crown

Friday, October 19th
Wilbert’s, Cleveland, OH
w/Gravity and Chill Broz


Saturday, October 20th
Orion Sound Studios, Baltimore, MD

Sunday, October 21st
NJ ProgHouse @ Roxy and Duke’s Roadhouse, Dunellen, NJ

Monday, October 22nd
Prog on the Sound Concert Series
Marisa’s Ristorante, Trumbull, CT

Tuesday, October 23rd
Magic Room, Brighton, MA
W/IZZ Lite

Wednesday, October 24th
Bar Matchless, Brooklyn, NY
w/IZZ, The Yellow Box

Thursday, October 25th
The Smiling Moose, Pittsburgh, PA
w/Chaibaba and adadsdad


Motometer Serves Up Addictive Self Titled Debut

Did you ever find yourself surfing YouTube and watching the “Will it Blend?” segments for hours on end? Imagine taking two very talented “guns for hire” musicians who met at NAAM and putting them in a blender with influences such as Queens Of The Stone Age, King Crimson, Cream, The Black Keys, Deep Purple, Audioslave, Animals As Leaders and Frank Zappa. What comes out is Motormeter and the taste is addictive.

Motometer is the duo of Stephen Dusenberry (drums, samples, synthesizers) and Adam Fagelson (frankenbass). The group has played with some well-known artist including Peter Cetera, George Clinton, James Brown, Steve Miller, George Benson, Maynard Ferguson, Foghat and Molly Hatchett. And this Sunday July 7 you can catch them doing their own thing at Altar Bar at PM with Protomen, Tracksploitation, and Dethlehem.

As Pittsburgh Music Magazine played their self-titled debut “Motometer” at maximum volume it was found that the blend of genres kept a groove that could be explained as the feel of watching an evil science project unwinding into something out of control and dangerous yet you can’t stop staring at it’s beauty. The instrumental tracks that are punctuated by ‘movie-like’ snippets for vocals throughout felt like being in a sports car driving top speed at 2AM with no headlights on a mountain with no guardrails. In short: We dug it. There are so many layers to their music and so many little nuances to pick up on. The rhythmically based tunage has funk, jazz, metal, and rock all over it. Songs such as opener ‘Mexi Pepsi’ and follow up ‘Cuda’ have a gorgeous atmosphere that is reminiscent of Rush, Joe Satriani, and late night horror flicks from Japan. As the effort progresses there are hints in ‘Flint’, ‘Hwood’, and ‘The Eight’ of ZZ Top, Chick Corea, White Zombie-ish/Queens of the Stone Age style vocal clips, all topped off with a feeling of having becoming more broadened yet secretly dirtier for listening. The whole piece goes together like a finely orchestrated meal- many courses all tempting your listening buds in different ways.
What you really get is something quite familiar yet entirely unique at the same time. When musicians create for themselves rather than for the masses you get an artistic purity that can’t help but rub off on those who love music and not just what is marketed to them. In these dog days of summer Pittsburgh Music Mag will be grabbing the ice and liquor and hitting the “Motometer” button on the music blender full blast.

Motometer has already caught quite a buzz. Check out some of these quotes:
“They really have something unique happening”
Will Kennedy (Drummer) – The Yellowjackets, Quincy Jones
“{Fagelson} weaves pop sensibility with dynamic, rip roaring rock and roll bravado.”
Charleston City Paper
“Dusenberry’s precision and melodic sense are flawless across the heavily complex material. The drummer’s intensity, innovation, and rhythmic complexity are constantly showcased.”
Modern Drummer
“Motometer are one of the coolest bands to come out in a long time. Their debut release is sure to garner them a lot of attention.”
GW Hill (editor-in-chief) – Music Street Journal

Be sure to check them out here:
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And download “Motometer” here:

To book Motometer: