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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Yes, Journey, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Salon

If you really think Yes are defined by “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, you should not be employed to write about them Continue reading


Desert Island Disks

If you were marooned on a desert island, and you had just eight records to listen to, what would they be? Continue reading


Voodoo Vegas – Killing Joke

The official video for Killing Joke, from Voodoo Vegas’ fortcoming album “Freak Show Candy Floss“

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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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Marillion – 10 of the best

I’ve got another Ten of the Best features in The Guardian, this time for Marillion. Continue reading

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Latest Music News


Mostly Autumn announce new album

Titled “Sight of Day”, with a planned shipping date of January 2017 and a general retail release for February. Continue reading


Cairo – Say

The title track from Cairo’s new album “Say”, which is released today.

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Two Weeks to Go

Just over two weeks to go until the filming of Panic Room’s DVD at Islington Assembly. The music in the video is the title track of the third album “Skin”.

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Kate Bush announces live album “Before the Dawn”

The live album from the sold-out 2014 Hammersmith shows will be available on 3 CDs or 4 vinyl records, and released on November 26th. Continue reading

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Duski album pre-order

Swansea jazz-proggers Duski are now taking pre-orders for their self-titled début album, released on or around 12th Octover. Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews



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


Voodoo Vegas – Freak Show Candy Floss

This is an album of no-nonsense no-frills rock and roll that does what it says on the tin. Voodoo Vegas rock. Continue reading

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An Endless Sporadic – Magic Machine

Like the late, great Frank Zappa at his most inventive Zach Kamins mixes disparate genres with gleeful abandon. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews


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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Alex Cromarty at Cambridge

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

Jo Ash of Derecho

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


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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Blue Öyster Cult, The Forum

A little over a decade ago the once-mighty Blue Öyster Cult were playing a half-empty Astoria when they visited London. This time they sold out The Forum in Kentish Town. Continue reading

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