Reviews, news and assorted thoughts about music, with a strong emphasis on the British grass-roots progressive rock scene. Which, if you still believe the old clichés, is all about twin-necked guitars, capes and Mellotrons, and twelve minute songs about Hobbits. Only the latter is more applicable to power-metal these days. All opinions expressed here are my own.

X Factor is the musical equivalent of the burning of the library of Alexandria.

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Latest Posts

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Best Albums of 2016 – Part One

It’s that time of year again, when music bloggers go through the year’s releases and highlight the best of the year. Continue reading

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Judas Priest – 10 of the best

The Guardian Music Blog has another one of mine in their Ten of the Best series, this time for The Black Country’s finest. Continue reading

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F.E.A.R and Loathing at The Royal Albert Hall

Marillion have announced a show at The Royal Albert Hall on Friday 13th October 2017. Tickets go on sale on Monday 5th December,

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Papillon tour dates

Papillon, the acoustic duo of violinist Anna Phoebe and guitarist Nicholas Rizzi have a number of live dates scheduled across Spring and Summer 2017 Continue reading

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Cairo and Luna Rossa

Cairo start their live career with a bang in London and Leicester, with a beautiful support from Luna Rossa Continue reading

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Music News

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Lazuli UK Tour Approaches

French prog legends Lazuli, described as “Medieval blacksmiths from the future” hit the UK beginning this weekend. Continue reading

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Glenn Hughes announces new 2017 tour

Following the cancellation of his co-headline tour with Living Colour, Glenn Hughes has announced a new tour of smaller club venues. Continue reading

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Mark Rowen album promo

A short teaser promo for “Radience”, the forthcoming album from former Breathing Space guitarist Mark Rowen Continue reading

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Coming Soon….

… to a Merch Desk near you…

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Lonely Robot, Touchstone and Ghost Community for Trinity 2

After the success of Trinity in 2014, the all-day progressive rock charity show at Leamington Assembly, they’re doing it again. Continue reading

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Talking Points

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Can you sum up Prog in 50 albums?

Prog Magazine have a listicle that attempts to show the history of prog in 50 albums. Do you agree with their choices? Continue reading

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Showtimes?

Something of a rant about the lack of information on stage times and curfews from many provincial venues. Continue reading

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Cult heroes: Mostly Autumn

It’s both a great honour and more than a bit scary to be asked to write about a favourite band for the online section of a national newspaper, Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn – Ten of the Best

Another Ten of the Best for a band which have featured a lot on this blog ever since the beginning. Continue reading

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The Ignobles of Rock Lyrics

Noel Gallagher deserves it, but Classic Rock magazine are missing the point about Dio. Just don’t mention Great White. Continue reading

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Record Reviews

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Rebecca Downes: Be:Live

A record of the electrifying 2016 live shows that feels like a Greatest Hits set. Continue reading

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Riverside – Eye of the Soundscape

An ambient compilation that references Tangerine Dream as earlier records were to Porcupine Tree. But again it’s far more than a pastiche. Continue reading

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Duski

Impressive début by the Cardiff band playing music on the blurred boundary between contemporary jazz and the experimental fringe of progressive rock. Continue reading

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The Windmill – The Continuation

Released back in 2014, this album by Norwegian symphonic proggers has a sense of melody that lifts them beyond generic Euro-prog Continue reading

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Unearthed Elf – Into the Catacomb Abyss

Despite singing about finding vials of holy water in ancient, cobweb-laden mausoleums, this is far more than just a dungeon crawl set to music Continue reading

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Concert Reviews

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Mostly Autumn – Leamington Assembly

Like the Panic Room weekend earlier in the year was an event that amounted to far more than just another regular gig. Continue reading

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Chantel McGregor at The Tropic at Ruislip

Some photos of Chantel McGregor at The Tropic at Ruislip a few days ago, a part-seated gig in a small club in the West London suburbs. Continue reading

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2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part Three

The final day of the Cambridge Rock Festival with Mostly Autumn, Heather Findlay and Odin Dragonfy, plus the legendary Curved Air and Focus. Amongst others. Continue reading

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2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part Two

Saturday of the Cambridge Rock Festival, Featuring Derecho, 4th Labyrinth, Hekz, Hazel O’Connor, Anne-Marie Helder and Carl Palmer Continue reading

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2016 Cambridge Rock Festival – Part One

The first three days of the Cambridge Rock Festival, featuring Don Airey, Doris Brendel, The Mentulls, Rebecca Downes, Voodoo Vegas, Haze and more. Continue reading

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