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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase.

Steven Wilson, the songwriter, producer, singer, guitarist behind Porcupine Tree and an uncompromising and successful solo career has once again delivered on surprising his fans. Following the success of his last album, the brilliant 'Raven that refused to sing', Wilson has returned to making a concept album and with 'Hand.Cannot.Erase', he has delivered perhaps one of the best albums of his career.

A true concept album, it is based on the story of Joyce Vincent who was found after being dead in her apartment for 2 years. This can make for some dark moments but Wilson finds a way of encapsulating the entire story of the young woman's life, providing moments of endearment, love, remembrance, loss and intensity all within the flow of the album. Musically, the album covers a lot of territory from parts sounding like Porcupine Tree and Opeth to Pop and Electronica. He has always ventured into other areas, but seems to be shying away from staying in one lane even more with this one. But rest assured, Prog fans should love this album. J-PA

Essential Tracks: 'Home Invasion / Regret #9' The most overtly perfect tracks are actually within another group of tunes piled up together, leading the charge with the edgier and spectacular "Home Invasion", a thoroughly trembling slice of fizzy prog, and featuring a lively electric piano rant that will shock anyone listening, some brash and rash guitar frills embracing the insane drum fills. The first moments offer up a groove that sleeps between sheets of abyss and cloud, brooding and confusing, like fear itself. Creepy synths crawl into the delirious maelstrom, a feverish steamrolling beat that is just plain thrilling, as Steve sings convincingly; this is modern prog at its finest, adventurous, sonically illuminating and profoundly exhilarating. A slick slide guitar scours the scene of the crime, bleeding directly into the tectonic "Regret #9", an extended synthesizer blowout that sends shivers down the spine, recalling the spirit of PT track "Sentimental", well-muscled by some dynamic drum patterns and a gritty imagery that has melancholia in abundance. For those who enjoy electric guitar soloing, you will not be disappointed with this scorching Govan spotlight (wow!). There is also a nice Rush-like dynamic in the rhythmic assault, though this piece has a special feel that defies categorization. t-PA

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New England Events

  • 2015-04-25
    Larry Coryell with Strings Attached Tour at Stage One - Fairfield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-04-25
    Marillion Weekend - Marbles performance at Théâtre L'Olympia - Montreal, CAN at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Lo-Fi Resistance (Randy McStine - Sound of Contact)
    $79.08 CN - $150 CN (3 day pass)

  • 2015-04-26
    Marillion Weekend - The Singles performance at Théâtre L'Olympia - Montreal, CAN at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests David Barrett Trio
    $79.08 CN - $150 CN (3 day pass)

  • 2015-05-01
    RoSfest 3 day Progressive Rock Festival with Spock's Beard, Glass Hammer, Enchant, Haken, Strattman, Sonus Umbra + more (10 bands) at The Majestic Theater - Gettysburg, PA at 06:00 PM
    $60 - $280 (Gold)

  • 2015-05-01
    Queensryche at Mohegan Sun Wolf Den- Uncasville, CT at 06:30 PM
    Free Show

  • 2015-05-01
    Kamelot at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
    $30 - $100

  • 2015-05-02
    An Evening With Todd Rundgren - "GLOBAL" TOUR 2015 - Sumfin' New! at The Stafford Palace Theater - Stafford Springs, CT at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $55

  • 2015-05-03
    An Evening With Todd Rundgren - "GLOBAL" TOUR 2015 - Sumfin' New! at The Wilbur Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $30 - $65

  • 2015-05-03
    ...And You Will Know Us By The Trial Of Dead at Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $18 - $22

  • 2015-05-08
    Brit Floyd - Space and Time World Tour at Merrill Auditorium - Portland, ME at 07:30 PM

  • 2015-05-09
    An Evening With Todd Rundgren - "GLOBAL" TOUR 2015 - Sumfin' New! at The Flying Monkey - Plymouth, NH at 07:30 PM

  • 2015-05-09
    Brit Floyd - Space & Time World Tour at Oakdale Theatre - Wallingford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $47

  • 2015-05-10
    An Evening With Todd Rundgren - "GLOBAL" TOUR 2015 - Sumfin' New! at Infinity Music Hall - Norfolk, CT at 07:30 PM
    $65 - $80

  • 2015-05-11
    Faith No More at Orpheum Theatre - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $53.50 - $84.20

  • 2015-05-12
    An Evening With Todd Rundgren - "GLOBAL" TOUR 2015 - Sumfin' New! at The Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM

  • 2015-05-12
    dUg Pinnick of King's X and Corey Glover of Living Colour at Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH at 08:00 PM
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