I think the best find I had from this years NEARfest was von Frickle. Interesting that they will be playing at the Rochester festival, I"ll have to think about attending this one.
Feeding the Organick Computer was an excellent surprise. John C from Progression Mag gave me the disk as a bonus for the annual resubscription. It's very RIO like but not in the pure dissonent meaning. Lots of cool sounds, unexpected brass placement, and overall interesting arrangements. At times, it's almost like the rythem section leans towards playing space rock (strong players), while the lead parts contrast from way outside. The chord progressions were less predictable and repititious than expected - which is my primary disappointment when listening to new music.
Certainly progressive in the "true" not "classical" sense - meaning not like something I've heard before.