Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pinnick Gales Pridgen



dUg Pinnick (Bass - King's X), Eric
Gales (Guitar - Eric Gales Band) and Thomas Pridgen
(Drums - ex-Mars Volta) met  and played together for
the first time in the summer of 2012. The results were
explosive as this new supergroup created a blend of
Blues, Metal, Psychedelia with influences from Cream,
The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Audioslave, Tool, Living Colour
and Soundgarden.

 




Their new album "Pinnick Gales Pridgen" will be
released February 12, 2013 on Magna Carta.









Pinnick Gales Pridgen Talk About Their New Album

on Magna Carta's YouTube Page

Monday, November 26, 2012

Live At The Apocalypse - MoeTar and friends in Oakland

Saturday December 15th is the last Saturday of human existence on Earth, according to the Mayan prophecy. Come live it up and get down to the Bay Area's dramatic, intense and crazy progressive rock.     MoeTar, Cash Pony and Darling Freakhead will be playing your live soundtrack to the end of the world. 
 


 

 9pm - Darling Freakhead
10pm - Cash Pony
11pm - MoeTar
12pm - DJ Travis Is
MC for the night: Michael Melender

WHERE: The Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
WHEN: Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm
HOW: Only $5
WHY: Because we want to spend our last Saturday playing music for and hanging with you.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Points North's Uriah Duffy in Bass Player

a nice overview in the Holiday issue, going into details on how Uriah has modified his Fender Jazz Bass. 
 


See Uriah in action with Points North's video for "High Wire"

Monday, November 5, 2012

OHMphrey - "Posthaste" review



"Renowned jam band Umphrey's McGee always has had one foot in the progressive genre.  OHMphrey - a project featuring three members of Umphrey's (keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Jake Cinninger and drummer Kris Myers) plus OHM guitarist Chris Poland and bassist Robertino Pagliari - allows them to experiment even further."



Monday, October 29, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

MoeTar in Progression Magazine


  The Summer 2012 Issue (with Mike Mangini & Dream Theater on the cover) has a nice spread on MoeTar: 'think Gentle Giant meets National Health meets Stevie Wonder'..




 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MoeTar announced for RoSfest 2013

MoeTar announced for RoSfest 2013

MoeTar is honored to be playing RoSfest 2013. May 5th in Gettysburg, PA. http://www.rosfest.com/

MoeTarWe're excited to announce that US band MoeTar have been signed for the 2013 edition of the Rites of Spring Festival.
MoeTar is named after vocalist Moorea Dickason and bassist Tarik Ragab, the former supplying an essential ingredient of the band's sound with her vocal skills and the latter the main songwriter. Matthew Charles Heulitt (guitars), Matt Lebofsky (keyboards) and Dave Flores (drums) supplement the duo with their instrumental skills and versatile musical backgrounds. 

From the early days of the band to the launch of their official debut album "From These Small Seeds" through US label Magna Carta Records in 2012, MoeTar have sought to combine the challenging and adventurous aspects of progressive rock with the accessible and easily enjoyable qualities of modern day pop and rock, earning them comparisons towards artists as different as Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and XTC. Described by some, at least to some extent, as a US-based, modern day equivalent of Gentle Giant in terms of their approach to the art of creating music.
At ROSfest we're just as much fans of new artists working towards establishing a larger fan base as the well established and familiar ones. And we're convinced that MoeTar is a band that will gain many new fans following their performance at Gettysburg in May 2013, a fresh and innovative new band that will positively surprise a large percentage of the audience in general and the home crowd in particular.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Points North Late Breaking tour news



October 4, 2012
The Rodeo
610 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA
7 PM
OPENING FOR MICHAEL SCHENKER
ALL AGES

With thanks to Mike Beard and Man Down Productions, we'll be headed down to San Jose as direct support (once again) for the legendary Michael Schenker Group.

Michael is featuring Robin MacAuley on vocals, and if you saw the last tour you know it's the best MSG lineup and set in quite some time.

And opening the show will be our friends from Spiralarms, who are supporting their great new record.

Pre-sale ticket information will be available shortly!

October 13, 2012
Vinnie's
2045 Mount Diablo
Concord, CA
8 PM

With thanks once again to Laura Fielding, a Magikwand Production! With our good friends the Travis Larson Band, and TBA...stay tuned...

October 26, 2012
9 Lives
7430 Monterey Street
Gilroy, CA
8 PM

Our first return to Gilroy! The last show there was awesome (with Michael Lee Firkins and Travis Larson Band). Full lineup TBA...

November 21, 2012
The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA
7 PM

OPENING FOR UFO

We're incredibly thrilled to be opening for UFOin San Francisco, at the Independent! It's our first time at the Independent too! Just two bands too, us and UFO! Advance tickets are available 8/31, only direct from The Independent.

November 24, 2012
The Jumping Turtle
1660 Capalina Road
San Marcos, CA
9 PM

With Symbolic, and TBA...more details as we get them!

November 25, 2012
Brick by Brick
1130 Buenos Avenue
San Diego, CA
7 PMOPENING FOR UFOBecause one isn't enough, we'll also be heading down to San Diego, and kicking off the festivities at Brick by Brick, one of San Diego's premiere live venues. Following us will be our friends in Symbolic, who we met on our last trip down south, and the Taz Taylor band.

Discount tickets for this show are available only at our store!

November 26, 2012
Skinny's Lounge
4293 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA
TBA

Details TBA...

November 30, 2012
Vinnie's
2045 Mount Diablo
Concord, CA
8 PM

We'll be helping out our good friends in Bad Boy Eddy celebrate their upcoming CD release! Details TBA!

December 14, 2012
The Coachhouse
33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA
6 PMOPENING FOR GARY HOEYIt's a reprise of last year's SoCal "Ho Ho Hoey" trip, opening for our good friend and amazing guitarist Gary Hoey. Last year's show was a near-sellout and SO much fun! Once again with surf rockers The Mai Tais too!

Discount tickets for this show are available only at our store!

January 18, 2013
Club Fox
2209 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA
8 PM

It's guitar night in Redwood City! Once again with our good friends the Travis Larson Band, and this time our first time with former Joe Satriani student and Bay Area axe legend Jon Mulvey!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Points North Live Dates!

September 16, 2012
19 Broadway
Broadway Boulevard
Fairfax, CA
9 PM

Late breaking news! Some of you might know that our good friends the Travis Larson Band have been touring with our Magna Carta label mate and ridiculously good guitarist Dave Martone - who you might have seen, say, opening for Joe Satriani, or heard on Joe's record, or in Guitar Player Magazine, or...oh hell, his web site speaks for itself, here's links for both of them:

http://travislarsonband.com/
http://davemartone.com/

Anyway, we really wanted to see if we could play a show with them while they were in the neighborhood, and we just worked something out - on Sunday 9/16, we'll be putting on a FREE show at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. We haven't played the North Bay in a while either, so we're really excited. The show starts at 9 PM SHARP with a set from Dave, followed IMMEDIATELY by us, and then Travis Larson, and we'll close with a bit of musical mayhem at the end of the night!

We do know it's a Sunday, but we hope you'll all be as excited as we are about the lineup and brave the late hour on a school night...hope to see everyone there!

September 21, 2012
The Walnut Festival
Heather Farm Park
Walnut Creek, CA
7 PM sharp!
It's our yearly pilgrimage to Walnut Creek for the Walnut Festival, as always thanks to Laura Fielding and Magikwand Productions!

We'll be appearing as "Fred Barchetta", doing a Rush set, hitting the main stage at 7 PM Friday evening!

October 4, 2012
The Rodeo
610 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA
7 PM
OPENING FOR MICHAEL SCHENKER
ALL AGES

With thanks to Mike Beard and Man Down Productions, we'll be headed down to San Jose as direct support (once again) for the legendary Michael Schenker Group.

Michael is featuring Robin MacAuley on vocals, and if you saw the last tour you know it's the best MSG lineup and set in quite some time.

And opening the show will be our friends from Spiralarms, who are supporting their great new record.

Pre-sale ticket information will be available shortly!

October 13, 2012
Vinnie's
2045 Mount Diablo
Concord, CA
8 PM

With thanks once again to Laura Fielding, a Magikwand Production! With our good friends the Travis Larson Band, and TBA...stay tuned...

October 26, 2012
9 Lives
7430 Monterey Street
Gilroy, CA
8 PM

Our first return to Gilroy! The last show there was awesome (with Michael Lee Firkins and Travis Larson Band). Full lineup TBA...

November 21, 2012
The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA
7 PM

OPENING FOR UFO

We're incredibly thrilled to be opening for UFOin San Francisco, at the Independent! It's our first time at the Independent too! Just two bands too, us and UFO! Advance tickets are available 8/31, only direct from The Independent.

November 24, 2012
The Jumping Turtle
1660 Capalina Road
San Marcos, CA
9 PM

With Symbolic, and TBA...more details as we get them!

November 25, 2012
Brick by Brick
1130 Buenos Avenue
San Diego, CA
7 PMOPENING FOR UFOBecause one isn't enough, we'll also be heading down to San Diego, and kicking off the festivities at Brick by Brick, one of San Diego's premiere live venues. Following us will be our friends in Symbolic, who we met on our last trip down south, and the Taz Taylor band.

Discount tickets for this show are available only at our store!

November 26, 2012
Skinny's Lounge
4293 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA
TBA

Details TBA...

November 30, 2012
Vinnie's
2045 Mount Diablo
Concord, CA
8 PM

We'll be helping out our good friends in Bad Boy Eddy celebrate their upcoming CD release! Details TBA!

December 14, 2012
The Coachhouse
33157 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA
6 PMOPENING FOR GARY HOEYIt's a reprise of last year's SoCal "Ho Ho Hoey" trip, opening for our good friend and amazing guitarist Gary Hoey. Last year's show was a near-sellout and SO much fun! Once again with surf rockers The Mai Tais too!

Discount tickets for this show are available only at our store!

January 18, 2013
Club Fox
2209 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA
8 PM

It's guitar night in Redwood City! Once again with our good friends the Travis Larson Band, and this time our first time with former Joe Satriani student and Bay Area axe legend Jon Mulvey!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tempest Live Dates and Poster





 

Download a copy of the Tempest 2012 Tour Poster: http://magnacarta.net/Tempest/TempestLive2012Poster.jpg

Sep. 1,2 Pleasanton, CA
PLEASANTON HIGHLAND GAMES
http://www.caledonian.org
Alameda County Fairgrounds,
Sat. 10am, 1pm, 3pm, Sun. 11am, 2pm, 4pm (800) 713-3160

Sun. Sep. 9 Brookings, OR 
THE AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL http://www.brookingsharborchamber.com
Azalea Park, 1pm (800) 535-9469

Fri. Sep. 14 Sebastopol, CA
AUBERGINE
http://www.aubergineafterdark.com
775 Petaluma Ave. 8pm (707) 861-9190

Sat. Sep. 15 Hollister, CA
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
http://www.norcalrenfaire.com
After Hours Concert Series, Casa de Fruta, 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy. 5:30pm
(408) 847-FAIR

Sat. Sep. 22 Cobb, CA
HOBERG'S MUSIC HALL
http://www.hobergsclub.com *Adolfo’s Birthday Show
15205 Highway 175, 8pm (707) 928-9922

Sat. Sep. 29 Dixon, CA
DIXON SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES
http://www.scotsindixon.org
Dixon County Fairgrounds, 655 South First St. (Hwy 113)
12noon - 5pm (707) 678-8814

Oct. 6, 7 Reno, NV 
RENO CELTIC CELEBRATION http://www.renoceltic.org
Bartley Ranch, 600 Bartley Ranch Rd. times TBA (775) 303-7360

Fri. Oct. 19 Felton, CA
DON QUIXOTES
http://www.donquixotesmusic.com
*dbl. bill with BROTHER http://brothermusic.com
6275 Highway 9, 8pm (831) 603-2294

Sat. Oct. 20 Berkeley, CA
THE STARRY PLOUGH
http://www.starryploughpub.com
Celebrating our 24th Anniversary, at the venue where it all started!
*dbl. bill with BROTHER http://brothermusic.com
3101 Shattuck Ave, 9pm (510) 841-2082

Sat. Oct. 27 Fresno, CA
FULL CIRCLE BREWING COMPANY
http://www.fullcirclebrewing.com/
620 F Street, 8pm (559) 264-6323
 
Sat. Nov. 3 Folsom, CA
POWERHOUSE
http://www.powerhousepub.com
614-D Sutter St. *early show 7pm (916) 355-8586

Sat. Nov. 17 Portland, OR 
SWASHBUCKLERS BALL http://www.swashbucklersball.com
THE MELODY BALLROOM http://www.themelodyballroom.org/
615 SE Alder St. 7pm (503) 232-2759

more dates to be added
booking call (510)452-5084

Be sure to check our home page for updates and information!
http://www.tempestmusic.com

Thursday, August 16, 2012

OHMphrey review in Relix Magazine



"Overall, Posthaste soars, showing a beautiful glimpse into a fantasy world where jamband fans and metalheads coexist in peace."

Read the entire review: http://www.relix.com/reviews/cds/2012/08/10/ohmphrey-posthaste





BUY OHMphrey - "Posthaste" Today:

ohmphreyposthaste/

Amazon MP3: http://www.amazon.com/
Posthaste/dp/B0076V20NG/ref=tmm_msc_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1333732521&sr=8-1

Amazon CD: http://www.amazon.com/
Posthaste-OHMphrey/dp/B00766FNTY/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1333733937&sr=1-1

CD Universe: http://www.cduniverse.com/
productinfo.asp?pid=8704481&style=music

Monday, July 23, 2012

MoeTar tour poster





MoeTar & miRthkon are going on the road together!!! From August 11th-18th 2012 we’ll be touring in random tandem from Baltimore to Chicago. Let us know if we'll see you while we're Eastward bound.

TOUR DETAILS:
* Sat. Aug 11: Baltimore MD at The Orion: http://www.orionsound.com/
* Sun. Aug 12: New York, NY at New Spectrum: http://tinyurl.com/cyszddc
* Mon. Aug 13: New York, NY at Pianos: http://www.pianosnyc.com/
* Tue. Aug 14: Sellersville, PA at Sellersville Theater: http://www.st94.com/home/
* Wed. Aug 15: Rochester, NY at Lovin' Cup: http://lovincup.com/
* Thurs. Aug 16: Columbus, OH at Bernie's Distillery: http://tinyurl.com/bqqt94o
* Fri. Aug. 17: Madison, WI at The Wisco: http://tinyurl.com/c4ebpjc
* Sat. Aug 18: Chicago, IL at Swerp Mansion: http://swerprecords.com/archives/365


MoeTar on Magna Carta: http://magnacarta.net/moetar/

MoeTar on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/From-These-Small-Seeds/dp/B006ZGEMA2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8...

MoeTar on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/from-these-small-seeds/id493880399?uo=4

Monday, July 16, 2012

Looking Back On: Bozzio Levin Stevens



Review by Dan Bobrowski
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator for progarchives.com


Improv deluxe... Terry Bozzio is a musical heavyweight: Zappa, UK, Missing Persons, plus countless solo releases, sideman sessions and clinics. One of the best players at his position. Tony Levin, Bass/Stick man extraordinaire, his list of sessions is nearly a long as the number of bands in this archive. He's played with the prog hard hitters; King Crimson, Pink Floyd, ABWH, Peter Gabriel,California Guitar Trio and the list goes on. He's supported the bottom for artists from Sarah McLaughlin to Alice Cooper.

The surprise for me when I bought this 6 years ago, was Steve Stevens. He of Billy Idol fame... Ultra-teased hair, leather pants, make-up and pointy guitars... ugh! I was blown away.... Shaking my head and taking a step back to re-evaluate this stadium rocker. I have to admit that I had some serious doubts about this album prior to putting it into the CD player. I expected simple riffs, three chord rock and roll licks and more squeals/squonks/tweedly weedly leads than any one man could stomache. What I found was a very talented and eclectic guitarist. Duende still ranks in my top twenty all-time instrumental list.

These musicians layed down an incredibly satisfying 7 tunes, over an hours worth of melodies and skillful improvisations in only 4 DAYS. Most bands take that long just decided which tune to record first. Each piece has an ebb and flow, not a solid wall of sound throughout the entire disc. There is plenty of space for each musician to stretch and take his share of the limelight and they seem to flex and weave together without squeezing anyone out of the sonic picture.

There are ideas aplenty throughout, intricate grooves and stunning solos. Take a dive, come up smiling.


More Info and Sound samples: http://www.magnacarta.net/bozziolevinstevens/

BUY CD from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000003ZBI/ref=dm_dp_cdp?ie=UTF8&qid=1275414635&s=music&sr=8-1

BUY MP3 from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TPVTPG/sr=8-1/qid=1275414635/ref=sr_1_1_digr?ie=UTF8&qid=1275414635&sr=8-1


BUY MP3 from iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-light-syndrome/id254059049?uo=4


Monday, July 9, 2012

Looking Forward: MoeTar East Coast Tour


MoeTar shows with updated venues and cities.


miRthkon and MoeTar




MoeTar is going on the road!!! From August 10th-18th 2012 we’ll be touring from Baltimore to Chicago in (random) tandem with our favorite avante-rock ensemble miRthkon.
We need your help to get us there and back alive, rested, and in one piece.

YEAH, Thanks to all who showed support for the Lickstarter program.  MoeTar has met the goal and a little more.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/moetar/moetar-east-coast-to-mid-west-tour

East Coast Tour

Baltimore, MD Orion Saturday 8/11/12 8pm

New York, NY New Spectrum Sunday 8/12/12 8pm

New York, NY The Piano Monday 8/13/12 8pm

Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater Tuesday 8/14/12 8pm

Rochester NY  TBD   Wednesday 8/15/12 8pm

Columbus OH  Bernies Distillery   Thursday 8/16/12 8pm     

Madison WI  The Wisco    Friday 8/17/12 8pm

Chicago, IL TBD Saturday 8/18/12 8pm     

Monday, July 2, 2012

Looking Back On: To Cry You A Song - A Tribute To Jethro Tull


To Cry You A Song


Magna Carta MA-9009-2

features the talents of the original Jethro Tull rhythm section of Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker and Glenn Cornick; along with Roy Harper, John Wetton, Robert Berry, Echolyn, Derek Trucks and Charlie Musselwhite, Glenn Hughes, Robby Steinhardt, Wolfstone, Keith Emerson, Tempest, Dave Pegg, Matt Pegg, Magellan, Derek Sherinian, Phil Manzanera, Ian McDonald.

1. A Tull Tale - Magellan 2:32
2. Aqualung - Magellan 8:09
3. Up the 'Pool - Roy Harper 3:01
4. Nothing is Easy * - John Wetton, Phil Manzanera & Ian McDonald 4:17
5. Mother Goose - Lief Sorbye with Robert Berry & Mike Varney 4:23
6. Minstrel in the Gallery - Robert Berry with Lief Sorbye 5:22
7. One Brown Mouse - Echolyn 3:15
8. Cat's Squirrel # - Charlie Musselwhite and Derek Trucks 5:52
9. To Cry You a Song * - Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian 5:10
10. New Day Yesterday * - Robby Steinhardt, Phil Manzanera & Ian McDonald 3:59
11. Teacher * - Wolfstone and Derek Sherinian 3:58
12. Living in the Past * - Keith Emerson 3:21
13. Locomotive Breath - Tempest with Robert Berry 4:32
14. Life's a Long Song - Dave Pegg and Matt Pegg 2:45

* with Mick Abrahams, Clive Bunker & Glenn Cornick
# with Mick Abrahams & Clive Bunker




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BUY on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/to-cry-you-song-collection/id90064853?ign-mpt=uo%3D4



Monday, June 25, 2012

Looking Back On: Explorers Club with Terry Bozzio, Billy Sheehan, Steve Howe

Explorers Club on Magna Carta

 A rotating supersession of prog rock players spearheaded by Trent Gardner.
Members include: Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, UK) on drums, Billy Sheehan (Talas, Mr Big) on bass, John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Steve Howe (Yes), James LaBrie (Dream Theater), D.C. Cooper (Royal Hunt), Brett Douglas (Cairo), Derek Sherinian (Alice Cooper, Dream Theater), Steve Walsh (Kansas), bassist John Myung (Dream Theater), Kerry Livgren (Kansas), Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery), keyboardist Mark Robertson (Cairo) and Marty Friedman (Megadeth).

Friday, June 22, 2012

MoeTar Kickstarter Program for East Coast Tour

MoeTar shows, with more to follow!
miRthkon & MoeTar









Friday July 7, 2012 - In Sacramento, CA
Fox and Goose Pub | 1001 R St., Sacramento CA |
9pm | $5 | ALL AGES |
http://www.foxandgoose.com/


MoeTar is going on the road!!! From August 10th-18th 2012 we’ll be touring from Baltimore to Chicago in (random) tandem with our favorite avante-rock ensemble miRthkon.
We need your help to get us there and back alive, rested, and in one piece.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/moetar/moetar-east-coast-to-mid-west-tour


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Points North - Road Less Traveled Tour

June 15-23, 2012
THE "ROAD LESS TRAVELED" TOUR BEGINS

We're excited to announce our first tour run in support of "Road Less Traveled". We'll be going up the California coast with our good friends and amazing musicians, the Travis Larson Band. Dates are still coming together; here's the schedule so far:

June 19
The Frog & Peach
728 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, CA

June 20
The Pour House
1331 Vendels Circle
Paso Robles, CA

June 21
The Bistro
1001 B Street
Hayward, CA

June 22
Full Circle Brewery
620 F Street
Fresno, CA

June 23
Vinnie's
2045 Mt. Diablo Street
Concord, CA

July 20, 2012 Bottom of the Hill1233 17th Street
San Francisco, CA

***

BUY CD:
http://magnacarta.net/pointsnorth/

BUY MP3 from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Road-Less-Traveled/dp/B006ZGGA2K/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1331659825&sr=1-1

BUY MP3 from iTunes:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/road-less-traveled/id497263815?uo=4


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Autographed OHMphrey "Posthaste" CDs

Jake, Joel, Kris, Chris & Pag signed copies of the latest OHMphrey for us to offer as a special treat.  There are still a handful or two left:




BUY a Signed Copy of OHMphrey - "Posthaste" Today:



Thursday, May 10, 2012

MoeTar review by Richard Warren Field

There are a few times in my life when I have heard new music and was stunned. “What exactly was that? I’ve never heard anything like that before. What the hell was that? I need to hear it again—and again—and again.” Some instances I can recall: 1) As a teenage kid hearing “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix, 2) As a slightly older teenage kid hearing Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Tarkus,” 3) Around the same time—“Dance of the Maya” by John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, 4) As a college student hearing Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” for the first time, 5) Later in adulthood hearing Dimitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, particularly the leaping slightly off-kilter fanfares that start the piece, and 6) “Cult of Personality” by the late 80s/early 90s group, Living Colour. Now we can add to that “Dichotomy” by MoeTar. Thank you Magna Carta records for keeping me on your mailing list and letting me know about these people.

“Dichotomy” is one of a number of really captivating cuts in the MoeTar style. I’ll discuss each cut individually. Generally, we have the crystal clear female vocal stylings (except for occasional raspiness in the upper range) of Moorea Dickason over adventurous rhythms and harmonies (most writing credits are attributed to bassist Tarik Ragab) producing a sound that is hard to compare to anything I’ve heard before. Certainly influences from progressive rock both past and present are evident. But this really is an original sound. And during some sections, if you want to sing along, you are going to have a challenge keeping up with Moorea Dickason as she sings complex vocal lines in unison, and sometimes in harmony, with the guitar and keyboard. Do I think MoeTar will break through the way Jimi Hendrix did? In this current music climate, probably not. This music takes effort to absorb—effort well worth expending, by the way—and often in our culture now it is the simple, sometimes overly simple, pounding drum and bass lines under step-like melodies with easy leaps that catch our attention, then fade quickly as their shallowness causes our attention to drift to the next banality. But those of us who like our music fresh, and inventive, and adventurous, need to stick up for acts like MoeTar. And—encourage them to produce more music!


Read the entire review and visit Richard's website:

Richard Warren Field's Blog

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Points North New Video

"High Wire" By POINTS NORTH

Video Director: Bryan Atarama


Points North is a leading light of modern instrumental guitar music, single-handedly helping to revitalize the genre through their technical prowess, superior musicality and compositional skills.
Spearheaded by guitarist Eric Barnett (a finalist in Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Superstar competition), drummer Kevin Aiello and newest member, bassist Uriah Duffy (Whitesnake, Christina Aguilera), Points North stands on the shoulders of iconic artists The Police, Rush and Dixie Dregs, but, as the title of their debut album suggests, clearly cuts its own artistic path.

Points North - "High Wire" on YouTube

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

MoeTar interview on Music Legends

MoeTar Interview

Questions and Answers with Moorea Dickason (Vocals) and Tarik Ragab (Bassist) for Progressive Rock group MoeTar.


7. Could you tell us about your main influences?


Tarik Ragab: That’s easy: the Beatles, Weather Report, Jaco, Sly and Family Stone, XTC, James Brown, Queen, Hermeto Pascoal, Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, Strawinski Genesis, Yes… just to name a few of the main ones. I remember my kindergarten teacher played piano and sang and every morning she would play Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and that chord that was played on “I’ve got a beautiful FEE-LING” Would always make my heart melt. Ever since I’ve been a sucker for tri-tones and dominant chords.

Moorea Dickason: In my impressionable youth I was really inspired by Ella Fitzgerald for her agility and playfulness, Janis Joplin for her biting, gritty, bad ass rockin style, Aretha Franklin for her strength and ability to sound at ease singing the S*#@ out of something, Mariah Carey for her crazy range and melismas for days, Stevie Wonder for more then I have time to write about, Bobby McFerrin and Nina Simone for doing something completely different with the voice then just singing. I’m sure there’s plenty more but these were some of the big ones for me.



Read the rest of the interview:
Music Legends Interviews Magazine : Canada : By Jason Saulnier : March 09, 2012








MoeTar on Magna Carta: http://magnacarta.net/moetar/

MoeTar on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/From-These-Small-Seeds/dp/B006ZGEMA2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8...

MoeTar on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/from-these-small-seeds/id493880399?uo=4

Monday, March 26, 2012

OHMphrey - "Posthaste" new album (Umphrey's McGee & OHM)

OHMphrey, an instrumental, improvisational supergroup, which features three members of the veteran improg band Umphrey’s McGee (keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Jake Cinninger and drummer Kris Myers), and OHM guitarist (former Megadeth guitarist), Chris Poland and bassist Robertino Pagliari (a.k.a. “Pag”).

OHMphrey - Posthaste

OHMphrey’s latest effort, the unforgettable, and soon-to-be-classic, Posthaste, finds these five extraordinary artists creating instrumental music with a unified voice – once again. The album’s seven original instrumental compositions, and two bonus live tracks (“Firestarter” and “20/20”) recorded at Winston’s in San Diego in 2009, never meander. Simply put, Posthaste contains some of the most thought-provoking, elastic and heavy jam band music this side of A Live One, Space Wrangler, and Under the Table and Dreaming


Tracks such as “The River Runs”, “Tom Bombadil"(named after a character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ringsfantasy trilogy), “The Sun also Rises”, and “The Devil’s in the Details” are as distinctive and enthralling as their titles might suggest. Each track has its own identity and the music never lets up. Even upon repeat listens, Posthastecontinues to inspire, surprise and even shock.


Dig the joyous and playful staccato rhythms, Cummins’ Wakeman-esque lead synth lines and Myers’ ability to play with time during a drum solo in “Ramona’s Car Wash.” Rifle through your memories as you listen to the intriguing arpeggios opening “The Shoemaker’s Back” (as if these riffs have been encoded with subliminal information). Free your mind (and your butt) to the totally chilled out trace/dance feel of “Reggaelic” (which fades with a glorious guitar solo).


“Composing these songs was something we all did together,” says Cummins. “One of the best analogies I can give is ‘Simon Says for Musicians’, where we’re trying to organize these musical ideas in the moment.”


“Everybody contributed to these songs,” says six-string fretless bassist Robertino Pagliari, or Pag. “Once an idea popped out, it was like, ‘Oh, I have a melody…’ Or, ‘Oh, I have a rhythm part that works with that …’ These ideas just molded together, as if we had been working together forever, you know?”


“We all have this kind of synchronicity,” says Poland. “It’s kind of an overused word, but we have it. Whatever we’re doing, it works.”


BUY OHMphrey - "Posthaste" Today:

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/posthaste/id500499373?uo=4

Friday, March 16, 2012

Celebrate Spring with Tempest on their East Coast tour

Wed. Apr. 18 Rochester, NY
WRUR 88.5fm
http://www.wrur.org
'Open Tuning' with your host Scott Regan.
Tempest will be performing live on the air around 11am,
tune in or listen on line.

Wed. Apr. 18 Rochester, NY
LOVIN’ CUP
www.lovincup.com
Bop Shop Presents (585) 271-3354
http://www.bopshop.com
300 Park Point Dr. 8pm (585) 292-9940
 
Thu. Apr. 19 Oneonta, NY
ONEONTA THEATRE http://www.oneontatheatre.com
with very special guests One Click Culture featuring Todd Evans
http://www.oneclickculture.net
47 Cestnut St. 8pm (607) 643-4022  

Fri. Apr. 20 Sellersville, PA
SELLERSVILLE THEATER
http://www.st94.com
24 Temple Ave. 8pm, All Ages (215) 257-5808
 
Sat. Apr 21 Rock Hall, MD
THE MAINSTAY
http://www.mainstayrockhall.org
5753 Main St. 8pm, All Ages (410) 639-9133
 
Mon. Apr. 23 Cleveland, OH
WCSB 89.3fm
http://www.wcsb.org
Live and Electric Radio Broadcast on 'Tim The Hippy's Folk Show',
Tempest will be on the air from 7:30pm to 8:30pm,
tune in or listen on line (216) 687-3515

Tue. Apr. 24 Pittsburgh, PA
CLUB CAFE
http://www.clubcafelive.com
special guests Bonfire Night http://www.myspace.com/bonfirenightmusic
58 South 12th St. 8pm (412) 431-4950

Wed. Apr. 25 Cleveland, OH
THE WINCHESTER MUSIC HALL 
http://www.thewinchester.net
12112 Madison Ave., 8pm (216) 226-5681

Thu. Apr. 26 Columbus, OH 
BYRNES PUB
http://www.byrnespub.com
1248 West 3rd Ave. 8pm (614) 487-8140
 
Fri. Apr. 27 Dayton, OH 
CANAL STREET TAVERN http://www.canalstreettavern.com
308 East 1st St. 9pm (937) 461-9343

Sat. Apr. 28 St. Louis, MO 
FOCALPOINT THEATRE
http://www.thefocalpoint.org
2720 Sutton Ave, 8pm, All Ages (314) 781-4200
 
Sun. May 13 Davis, CA
WHOLE EARTH FESTIVAL http://wef.ucdavis.edu/
Quad Stage, UC Davis Campus, afternoon tba (530) 752-2569

May 26, 27 Costa Mesa, CA
COSTA MESA SCOTTISH GAMES & GATHERING
http://www.scotsfest.com
Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Dr. afternoon tba 
 
June 2, 3 Ferndale, WA
BELLINGHAM HIGHLAND GAMES
http://www.bhga.org
Hovander Homestead Park, 11am - 6pm each day (360) 647-8500

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Points North Live April 28th with Michael Lee Firkins

April 28, 2012 8:00 PM 9 Lives7430 Monterey Street
Gilroy, CA

WITH MICHAEL LEE FIRKINS AND TRAVIS LARSON BAND

We've put together a mighty guitar lineup for our first trip to Gilroy...fellow Magna Carta recording artist Michael Lee Firkins, and our good friends and amazing musicians Travis Larson Band.  We'd happily be spectators at a show with the just the two of them - so to headline a show as fantastic as this is such an honor.

Tickets on sale soon!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Glen Drover talks with WatchMojo about Metalusion

Glen Drover

Guitarist Glen Drover, formerly of bands like Megadeth and Testament, chats with WatchMojo about his solo album "Metalusion." He talks about the genres he experiments with, how he assembled his band and the challenges associated with creating an instrumental album.

Watch the video interview
Glen Drover talks about Metalusion
on WatchMojo

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Points North Autographed CDs


Eric, Kevin and Uriah autographing the Points North CDs.  If you preordered, these will go out as soon as the band sends them back.  Most likely shipping next Monday, March 12th. 
I hope they didn't get too many cramps in their fingers.  The first 50 copies ordered through the Magna Carta website will be signed by the band:
http://magnacarta.net/pointsnorth/











YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO BE A PART OF POINTS NORTH'S FIRST MUSIC VIDEO AT THE CD RELEASE PARTY !!  
Friday, March 9th at the Historic Great American Music Hall.

It's Simple:

1. Get to the show !!!
2. Bring your camera or phone with you.
3. Film the song.
4. Email your footage to: www.PointsNorthVideo@gmail.com

Thursday, February 23, 2012

You Are All Invited To Be A Part of Points North's 1st Music Video

YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO BE A PART OF POINTS NORTH'S FIRST MUSIC VIDEO AT THE CD RELEASE PARTY !!  
Friday, March 9th at the Historic Great American Music Hall.

It's Simple:

1. Get to the show !!!
2. Bring your camera or phone with you.
3. Film the song.
4. Email your footage to: www.PointsNorthVideo@gmail.com

We're going to use what YOU- Our family, friends and fans film that night for parts of the video !!

Get your tickets now and be a part of this amazing night !!

Points North is thrilled to announce the Official CD Release Party Friday, March 9th at the Historic Great American Music Hall!!!

(SEE BELOW FOR SHOW DETAILS, PRE-SALE TICKET ORDERING INFO ($14 advance/$18 door), AND "PARTY BUS" INFORMATION)
 
Come out and celebrate the anticipated release of Magna Carta Recording Artist Points North's debut CD "Road Less Traveled".

We'll be headlining, performing an extended set, with special guests and perhaps a surprise or two! :)

We're excited to have on board for this Historic Show three rising Bay Area bands that we really like, and all of whom we've had the honor of sharing the stage with before:

Full on Flyhead (we were direct support when they first headlined GAMH, and now they are returning the favor)

Seth Chapla (part of our first show at Slim's, our first big San Francisco experience, and a kick-ass guitarist)

Bad Boy Eddy (great guys playing old school rock/metal done right, with songs, conviction, and integrity)

Ticket Price- $14

Buy tickets for the show @ www.pointsnorthband.com
Buy tickets for dinner & the show: $38.95 @ www.slimspresents.com


TAKE THE PARTY BUS ---

To make things easy on our friends in the East Bay we've arranged transportation on the Ultimate Party Bus. The price pf $40 includes Ticket to show, transportation & adult beverages.

Buy tickets at:

http://fullonflyhead.com/Full_On_Flyhead/News/Entries/2012/3/9_Party_Bus_Ticketing_Page.html


We'll see you at the show!!
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Points North review at SeaOfTranquility

Points North - "Road Less Traveled"
Road Less Travelled is one hell of an enjoyable instrumental CD from Points North. The band has been out on the road with acts such as Uli Jon Roth, Blues Traveller, Kings X, Eric Johnson, UFO, Michael Schenker, Al DiMeola, Steve Morse Band, George Lynch, Pat Travers, and many others in recent months, so chances are you might get a chance to see this hot band opening up for some of your favorites. If so, prepare to be amazed.

Read the entire review:
Sea of Tranquility.org

Monday, February 13, 2012

MoeTar interview at MuzikReviews.com






MoeTar is the best band that you have never heard of until now. Consisting of Moorea Dickason (vocals), Tarik Ragab (bass), Matthew Charlea Heulitt (guitar), Matt Lebofsky (keyboards), and Dave Flores (drums), the awkward and cacophonic band name will help to serve as a reminder. Thankfully for the world, From These Small Seeds is the band’s debut release, so there is no extensive discography to catch-up on. This is a good time to stumble upon MoeTar because you will want to and need to spend some time with this album. 

Read More at MuzikReviews.com
http://www.muzikreviews.com/reviews.php?ID=2033


**


MoeTar



 
 
 
Christen: Yeah, I saw that on your website. That’s very cool! So I see that a lot of 60’s bands are your inspiration for your music – Led Zeppelin, The Beatles-…who else?

Tarik: The 70’s and late 60’s are a big part of my musical vocabulary. Frank Zappa…a lot of jazz influence, John Coltrane, Weather Report, a lot of fusion, a lot of that stuff. I listened to a lot of punk rock growing up and heavy metal, so it was kind of like a fusing of all the different influences over the years.

Moorea: And I grew up listening to a lot of rock, but also a lot of soul and R&B and pop music, 90’s, and so, I add that, I think.

Read the entire interview at MuzikReviews.com
http://www.muzikreviews.com/moetarinterview.php

Friday, February 10, 2012

David Martone performs on Shaw TV Vancouver's Urban Rush

Dave Martone with David Spidel and Gary Grace from the Feb 8th Broadcast.




David Martone performs on Shaw TV Vancouver's Urban Rush with hosts Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford.

Download Dave Martone's Version of "Dinky Pinky" recorded "Live At Metalworks"


Martone: 'Dinky Pinky' (Live At Metalworks)

From the Webcast presented by Magna Carta Records on September 25, 2011. Dave Martone - Guitar; David Spidel - Bass; Gary Grace - Drums. The webcast was viewed by 25,000+ people in 64 countries.

Dinky Pinky (Live At Metalworks) - Single - Dave Martone






AND



Martone - "Clean"
With David Spidel and Daniel Adair.
Featured in “Guitar One Magazine” as one of the top 4 underground shredders in North America. Special guests on this record are Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, Jennifer Batten, Billy Sheehan and Rick Fierbracci.

Clean - Martone

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Points North "Road Less Traveled" CD Release Party

Points North is thrilled to announce the Official CD Release Party Friday, March 9th at the Historic Great American Music Hall!!!

(SEE BELOW FOR SHOW DETAILS, PRE-SALE TICKET ORDERING INFO ($14 advance/$18 door), AND "PARTY BUS" INFORMATION)

Come out and celebrate the anticipated release of Magna Carta Recording Artist Points North's debut CD "Road Less Traveled".




We'll be headlining, performing an extended set, with special guests and perhaps a surprise or two! :)

We're excited to have on board for this Historic Show three rising Bay Area bands that we really like, and all of whom we've had the honor of sharing the stage with before:

Full on Flyhead (we were direct support when they first headlined GAMH, and now they are returning the favor)

Seth Chapla (part of our first show at Slim's, our first big San Francisco experience, and a kick-ass guitarist)

Bad Boy Eddy (great guys playing old school rock/metal done right, with songs, conviction, and integrity)

Advance tickets- $14
Door Price -$18

Buy tickets for the show @ www.pointsnorthband.com
Buy tickets for dinner & the show: $38.95 @ www.slimspresents.com


TAKE THE PARTY BUS ---

To make things easy on our friends in the East Bay we've arranged transportation on the Ultimate Party Bus. The price pf $40 includes Ticket to show, transportation & adult beverages.

Buy tickets at:

http://fullonflyhead.com/Full_On_Flyhead/News/Entries/2012/3/9_Party_Bus_Ticketing_Page.html


We'll see you at the show!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tempest Internet Concert March 10th 2012 POSTPONED


Tempest Internet Concert postponed

3/6/2012 – Modesto, CA – Due to logistical circumstances beyond our control, the Tempest Ustream concert has been postponed. WCSL CEO Paul Doty stated Tuesday “We regret the need to postpone and reschedule the Live Tempest show previously scheduled for Saturday March 10th. We are working with Tempest to reschedule the event for a later time. Patrons who have paid $25 for the digital download and pass to be part of the studio audience as well as patrons who have paid $10 for the Ustream concert itself will be refunded by weeks end. We will notify people here as soon as the issues are resolved and a new date has been scheduled.”


For Immediate Release

Tempest Internet Concert March 10th 2012

2/1/2012 – Modesto, CA – Celtic rockers Tempest will be in concert, live, interactive, in real time and brought directly to your home computer screen via their new UStream channel
“TEMPEST-LIVE” on March 10th, 2012  (7:00 PM PST / 10:00 PM EST).

The group will perform songs from the newly released “Another Dawn” CD including it’s current single
“Let’s Live For Today” as well as material from their previous CDs.

Multiple cameras and high end pro audio, staging  and lighting will put you right in the center of the action while you view the show on your own computer, virtually anywhere in the world!  The chat feature allows audience member to actually talk with each other in real time, as the concert is being watched, making it a unique and totally shared interactive experience for the viewer!

Tickets are ordered directly from the TEMPEST-LIVE UStream channel using paypal at
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tempest-live .  Anyone who misses the show in real time can at any point purchase a ticket and watch it at their own convenience from the UStream archives.  Tickets are $10 if ordered before the show airs, and $15 after, so secure your ticket today.



A limited digital download of the concert will also be available for $25.  If you are local to the Modesto area and would like to be part of the studio audience, your seat is FREE with the purchase of the digital download.  Those wishing to purchase the digital download should PayPal $25 to live@wcslonline.com .  You will be emailed a receipt for the download and an admission ticket to the event.  Seats are limited to the first 50 people.  The seats will be issued on a first come first serve basis and are available and filling now.  Simply state in your PayPal payment that you are requesting a seat.  If you are requesting a seat you MUST state that on your PayPal payment.  Download instructions will be emailed to you within 30 days following the concert.

For more information:
www.tempestmusic.com and www.wcslonline.com

Monday, February 6, 2012

MoeTar "From These Small Seeds" review

a dose of heavily Gentle Giant-inspired progressive rock, specifically from that particularly strong middle period where the band started flirting with pop elements in the progressive genre (In A Glass House, The Power And The Glory, Free Hand, Interview).

A nice review from http://somethingelsereviews.com/2012/02/06/moetar-from-these-small-seeds-2012/



Friday, February 3, 2012

Dave Martone’s Serious Shred: Advanced Scales Book/DVD

Dave Martone be on Vancouver's Urban Rush TV on Wed Feb 8th.




"My first book/dvd out from Alfred Publishing! Pick up your copy today!"


Dave Martone's Serious Shred Advanced Scales
    
 



If you admire guitarists who combine killer technique with exciting musical ideas, the Serious Shred series is for you. Each title features lessons from renowned shredders and educators, and includes licks and examples in both standard notation and TAB---all combined in a book and DVD package for a complete learning experience. Learn what you need to know to become the best player possible, straight from bona fide shred virtuosos.

In this book, shred master Dave Martone teaches you essential scales to improve your playing using boxes (or shapes), formulas, and patterns. Learn about connecting boxes, modes, blues scales, modal interchange, three-string patterns, and creative ways to use pentatonic scales. Martone provides exercises that span the entire fretboard for every scale covered. The included DVD features live demonstrations by Martone.

Friday, January 27, 2012

MoeTar's debut masterpiece




MoeTar is a band that will surprise you in many ways, their unpredictable sound of artprog and classic rock. Their melodies that should make Sparks proud or their complex songstructures that you haven´t since the days of Zappa, you can also add traces of Gentle Giant and Kevin Gilbert into this musical mess and you´ll get the Bay Area band MoeTar. They are Moorea Dickason - Lead Vocals, Tarik Ragab - Bass, Matthew Charlea Heulitt - Guitar, Matt Lefobsky - Keyboards and Dave Flores - Drums. Their debut "From these small seeds" is as adventurous as an album can get and it´s also total extasy for a music freak like myself, I can´t think of any other word than Masterpiece. Thank you and goodnight!

www.melodic.net
http://www.melodic.net/?page=review&id=10831
ReviewerKaj Roth


MoeTar on Magna Carta   

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Steve Stevens Live at the Iridium Jazz Club from Jan 27th to Jan 30th, 2012


Steve Stevens will be doing 4 shows in New York City at the Iridium Jazz Club from Jan 27th to Jan 30th, 2012.
He will be joined on stage by Sebastian Bach on vocals; Pete Thorn on 2nd guitar; Neil Jason on bass; Anton Figg on drums.


 



The two January 28 performances will be webcast live at www.iridiumlive.net beginning at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

To Buy Tickets:




See more from Steve Stevens on the Magna Carta website:

Monday, January 16, 2012

MoeTar Live pictures at CalProg

The band sent us some nice photos live from the goig in Sat.

 



We had a great show in Whittier opening for Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Haslip and Virgil Donati last night – sold a bunch of cd's, made lots of new fans, GREAT night. There are some pics posted at the CalProg website: http://calprog.com/


MoeTar - From These Small Seeds