\ˈpräg \
progged; progging

Definition of prog 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

chiefly dialectal

: to search about especially : forage



Definition of prog (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly dialectal

Definition of prog (Entry 3 of 3)

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Lowda and the Humble, which formed at Temple, delivered a powerful set of tunes filed between alt and prog rock. Ed Condran,, "Hall & Oates' Hoagie Nation returns to Festival Pier for its second year," 27 May 2018 Halvorson's slaloming sound employs a Line 6 pedal to maniacally bend pitches, but otherwise her playing is clean and pure; Seabrook, on the other hand, betrays his love of heavy metal and prog rock with his distorted tone and spastic flurries. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Drummer Tomas Fujiwara fuels his writing by recruiting musicians in contrasting pairs," 26 Jan. 2018 Stuff yourself silly at Smorgasburg, then go crate digging through more than 10,000 vinyl offerings, from blues and disco to prog and metal. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 5 Most Interesting Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 18 Jan. 2018 Throughout its 17-year career, the quartet Mastodon has distinguished itself with its blend of heavy metal, prog rock and hard rock. Jim Fusilli, WSJ, "‘Emperor of Sand’ by Mastodon Review: When Heavy Metal Gets Lyrical," 20 Mar. 2017

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But going into a Starbucks is, unavoidably, a kind of liberalish-prog exercise in political bonding. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Starbucks’ Homeless Problem," 23 May 2018 Tompkins’ lyrics and voice, coupled with TesseracT’s precision-edged, atmospheric djent prog metal style, express myriad sensibilities on Sonder. Christa Titus, Billboard, "Exclusive: Listen to a New Version of TesseracT's Intense 'Smile'," 16 Apr. 2018 The record’s eight pieces, all by Mr. Weiss, touch on thorny prog, gritty noise, hushed melody and a kind of sci-fi minimalism powered by Matt Mitchell and Craig Taborn’s twin Prophet-6 analog synthesizers. Hank Shteamer, New York Times, "Dan Weiss’s Starebaby Mines the Loud Ground Where Jazz and Metal Meet," 29 Mar. 2018 Saturday Primus and Mastodon Mastodon's melodic, propulsive prog-metal and Primus' quirky, heavy grooves top a night that will start with the hypnotic psych-rock of L.A. outfit Jjuujjuu. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Upcoming Detroit concerts: Paul Simon, Kendrick Lamar, 30STM, more," 7 June 2018 Fayuca Gabo Fayuca and his bandmates filter their reggae through Latin alternative, ska-punk and a hint of prog with Captain Squeegee's Danny Torgersen on trumpet. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix local music picks: Anarbor, Eyes Set to Kill, Fayuca, Jared & the Mill, Bear Ghost," 7 July 2018 At least, that’s the plan according to a recent statement from Les Claypool, this unabashedly quirky punk-funk-meets-prog-metal band’s bassist, singer and conceptual mastermind. George Varga,, "Primus and Mastodon to deliver doubly thunderous concert at SDSU," 1 July 2018 Strauss is among a growing number of women guitarists joining the ranks of contemporary hard rock, prog, and heavy metal shredders. Andy Hermann, Los Angeles Magazine, "Women Are Saving the Electric Guitar," 26 June 2018 Half a century after its creation, prog — as it’s also called — is still a singular musical beast that draws from classical music nearly as much as rock and generally eschews even a hint of the blues. George Varga,, "Yes, meet Yes! A year after Rock Hall of Fame induction, two bands embark on Yes 50th anniversary tours," 23 June 2018

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