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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 15 2013 at 10:25
I will say that Porcupine Tree, the other day my cousin who listens to modern pop (yuck), she was listening songs in my ipod and she was listening "in absentia" and she liked it.
Marillion it is another option.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 15 2013 at 08:24
Jazz and Symphonic music in general are pretty accessible and can be very proggy.

there is a lot of soul music that is pretty accessible and yet very proggy.
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there is a lot of modern music that you cant classify due to a strong genre mix which can be very progressive.
The whole electro genre is extremely progressive at times. There are amazing remixes out there, full of all kinds of genres. And it is accessible because it consists out of very modern stuff which is very well known even if it is complex and very flexible and unstraight. The people love minimalism/reductionism, but they also love diversity.

and of course you have to ask for, accessible for whom?
Which background of genre you have?
A hard rock, a pop soul or a melodic rock background?

no background and no prog restriction:
Peter Gabriel
The Beatles
The Doors
Air
Radiohead
Dredg
Anathallo
Broken Social Scene
Annuals
Grizzly Bear
Mew
Mum
Hanne Hukkelberg
Talk Talk
The Notwist
The XX
TV on the Radio
Rage Against the Machine


from a restricted prog and rock definition:
IZZ
Big Big Train
RPWL
Marillion
Kansas

so maybe you recognize how much this relates to the background you have.
many bands are very accessible if you just play the right songs and if not, they are also not accessible.

Pink Floyd
Pain of Salvation
The Flower Kings
for example

those are mostly the bands which have a very wide range of genres.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 14 2013 at 11:27
I find classic-era Genesis pretty accessible because of very catchy melodism.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 14 2013 at 01:26
Queensrÿche--Eyes of a Stranger.

Watch the video too! It's so MTV. LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 13 2013 at 12:03
Any prog band that's had more than one Top Ten hit single.
Just one hit could be dismissed as a one-off quirk, but more than one means people actually like the act.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 13 2013 at 10:45

Out of all the great suggestions I took a chance with Big Big Train since I have seen them crop up in quite a few other threads.

Wow. They are that good. At least, to my ears. I'm basing that on listening to their last three albums "The Underfall Yard", "English Electric Part 1" and "English Electric Part 2".
 
Elements of early to mid period Genesis are present as well as a recognizible XTC influence (with Dave Gregory on board that's not surprising).
 
Whether anyone will be listening to them 50 years from now is a question that can't be answered today, but, imo, BBT are a great, accessible band for the here and now.
 
The last time I was this impressed with a band was when I first heard Porcupine Tree in 2005.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2013 at 21:03
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Honestly, the real answer is Rush, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and all the others that have become classic rock canon.  Since everybody has heard them already anyway.


That they're still being played 50 years or more after their inception leads me to believe that you are right regarding their relative accessibility.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2013 at 13:17
Accessible as in a bit more commercial sounding, but still maintaining a flexible amount of complexity in the music I'd have to look at Peter Gabriel's solo career being a good start. 'So' is a very accessible Prog album.
NINE INCH NAILS are another. Boy, Trent Reznor will give you just about anything these days. Actually, his latest album 'hesitation Marks' is a very accessible album. Another choice would be the infamous 'Duke' album from Genesis.
Ummm...for more guitar based sound with less keyboards would be Fates Warning's Insideout album.
Lastly, OSI. OSI are extremely accessible and I would rank them as my top recommendation for this forum. The album 'FREE' is a great example of just how accessible Prog can be. ;)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2013 at 01:28
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 15:39
Add Planet P Project's Pink World to the list. Great moody Floydian prog from the early '80s.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 10:32
Honestly, the real answer is Rush, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and all the others that have become classic rock canon.  Since everybody has heard them already anyway.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 10:12
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

There are many accessible prog bands....off the top of my head  the Moody Blues ,Renaissance , Tull, and Kansas come to mind....as well as IQ and other neo prog bands.

Whilst IQ are one of the finest bands ever, they are not really what I would call very accessible. Their music is quite complex and the lyrics can be impenetrable at times.

Marillion, Pendragon, Camel, Mostly Autumn and Renaissance are all truly excellent bands which a newcomer to prog would not find too intimidating. There are many others, but none so fine as these.


I agree with the bands you named as being 'accessible' but I don't think IQ is  a difficult band at all....some of their lyrics are a bit murky as to the meaning but many of their ballads are very accessible imo.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 10:11
Rush for sure... its one of the few prog bands that my girlfriend will listen to.

I would like to mention the Dear Hunter which are crossover... I have several friends that listen to them but have no idea what prog is.  I think their music is very accessible, yet creative.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 09:59
Rush and Camel are two more bands I would add to this list.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 09:38
Originally posted by Sagichim Sagichim wrote:

Originally posted by schizoidman schizoidman wrote:

I'll start with Taal. Their second, and, unfortunately, last album, "Skymind", from 2003. Here is the link to the PA page for the album: http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=2214

Incredible album? Damn right! Accessible? Mmmmmm...I don't think so.
 
I did go out on the limb with that one. Taal is nowhere near as accessible as The Moody Blues but I really wanted to give them a bit of attention.
 
So then, as an alternate I would like to suggest Ian Anderson's "Divinities: Twelve Dances with God" : http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=3809
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 08:56
I think I will say Big Big Train. They are very catchy and use strong melodic structures but when you listen to it closely you can feel all the complex time signature and the multi-layers harmonies. THey are one of the most brilliant band of their time. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 05:03
Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

There are many accessible prog bands....off the top of my head  the Moody Blues ,Renaissance , Tull, and Kansas come to mind....as well as IQ and other neo prog bands.

Whilst IQ are one of the finest bands ever, they are not really what I would call very accessible. Their music is quite complex and the lyrics can be impenetrable at times.

Marillion, Pendragon, Camel, Mostly Autumn and Renaissance are all truly excellent bands which a newcomer to prog would not find too intimidating. There are many others, but none so fine as these.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 01:45
Originally posted by schizoidman schizoidman wrote:

I'll start with Taal. Their second, and, unfortunately, last album, "Skymind", from 2003. Here is the link to the PA page for the album: http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=2214

Incredible album? Damn right! Accessible? Mmmmmm...I don't think so.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 00:15
Originally posted by schizoidman schizoidman wrote:

Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

There are many accessible prog bands....off the top of my head  the Moody Blues ,Renaissance , Tull, and Kansas come to mind....as well as IQ and other neo prog bands.


Absolutely. The Moody's, Renaissance and Kansas....their albums are very distinctive; not a lot of diverse styles. Tull.....a huge difference between This Was and A Passion Play, yet, Anderson managed to pull it all off quite well over the years.

I haven't heard IQ as of yet but will see about giving them a listen.
I tend to like the more 'accessible' prog bands and I think you would like IQ.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2013 at 00:14
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Beardfish
 
Beardfish....? Accessible..?
 
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