What we're about

Hello everyone! This group is intended to bring together many (or handful?) progressive music listeners in the D.C. metro area. There are so many hidden gems or underrated bands that we wouldn't want to miss out on. So, let's meet up, make a playlist of everyone's suggestions/discoveries and enjoy the music together!

There are many forms and flavors of progressive music and limiting our options to certain genres would be a non-progressive thing to do! Please join us feel if you would like to share your favorites with like-minded people and also discover new stuff.

My apartment in College Park is usually available for our future Meetups and I also have a good sound system. My plan for the future is to collect suggestions from people for each meeting and listen to our collective playlist, while we're enjoying the conversation, drinks, snacks or anything else we can come up with. Also, there are many great concerts around us that we can all go together (in Baltimore Soundstage or Silver Spring Fillmore).

I'm looking forward to meeting you all! Please message me any comments, questions, concerns or suggestions!

- Yigitcan (please call me John!)

What is progressive music?

I don't know if there is a concrete definition of progressive music. To me, the word "progressive" means adding complication or complexity. Taking simple melodies, simple rhythms, simple chord progressions, simple lyrics and/or topics, and adding to them. Longer songs, intricate melodies, unusual time signatures, etc. It's a shift from "less is more" to "more is more".

A little bit about me:
I'm at University of Maryland for a PhD in computer science. I moved to the US two years ago from Turkey. My initial contact with progressive music was 10 years ago with Images and Words from Dream Theather. Frankly, back then I didn't appreciate it much. In the last couple of years, however, spending hours on Spotify to discover the hidden gems has become one of my favorite activities. I'm still an absolute beginner and and I hope to grow my taste together with this group. I personally love progressive rock (Camel, Alan Parsons Project, CAN, Yes, Gentle Giant, Jethro Tull...) and progressive metal (Queensryche, Dream Theater, Ayreon, Porcupine Tree, Leprous, Caligula's Horse...).

Some good stuff:

Prog Rock:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEFO_i8iUWY -- Gentle Giant, Proclamation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acb3wRtzuBE -- Camel, Stationary Traveler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT0cKjDACIY -- Alan Parsons Project, Turn of a Friendly Card

Prog Metal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e31vVl9kwk&list=PLflrhEBouxHMMX3jIYGkPi-NdSpr3gNKk -- Queensrcyche, Operation Mindcrime Album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9urirKOhgi0 -- Leprous, Golden Prayers

Some good resources for exploration:

https://www.reddit.com/r/progmetal/

https://www.reddit.com/r/progrockmusic/

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