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The 10 Prog albums you need to hear

Here are 10 albums that any music lover needs to hear — in order, in their entirety — before writing off the entire genre.

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I was 18 when Jorma and his band Jefferson Airplane rocked my socks off at Woodstock in 1969. I’m 64 now and Jorma is still a thrill. He headlines this installment of “Filled With Sound.” Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Bnois King, Eric Sardinas and Tinsley Ellis are his blues-drenched opening acts.

John Lodge to release new solo album

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John Lodge of The Moody Blues to release new solo album, “10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO” on May 5

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It was over thirty years ago, but nobody who lived through the early 1980s is likely to forget their first exposure to the three albums that catapulted Rupert Hine from one side of the producer’s next to the other. Immunity …

Devo bassist celebrates release of ‘Miracle Witness Hour’

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Producer revisits Midnight Special TV series

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Modern songwriters mooch off Chopin’s canon

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Since the 1940s, one of the most-borrowed composers has been Frederic Chopin.

Here are six modern-day pop songs — some successful, some not — that owe their existence to Chopin.

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