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.

The trouble with music journalism is there are still too many writers who lack the self-awareness to realise that what they think is a universally-acknowledged truth is actually far closer to the linguistic equivalent of a dog urinating to mark its territory.

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Mostly Autumn Full 2015 Tour Dates

Mostly Autumn announce a York show in Noverber, and a special Christmas gig at Leamington Continue reading

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Also Eden tour with Silhouette in May

Also Eden announce a co-headline tour taking in Utrecht, Winchester, Bolton, Glasgow and Bristol Continue reading

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Karnataka, Bilston Robin 2

Karnataka raise their game once again, and go down a storm. Continue reading

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Farewell to The Reasoning

Some personal reflections on The Reasoning’s eight-year career. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Rachel Cohen at Leamington

The Reasoning call it a day

After eight years and four albums, The Reasoning have reached the end of the road. Continue reading

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Karnataka - Secrets of Angels

Secrets of Angels Trailer

Karnataka have released a trailer for their new album “Secrets of Angels”. Pre-orders should ship in early March.

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Lonely Robot Launch Party

A few words and photos from the Lonely Robot album launch. Continue reading

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White Willow Animal Magnetism

White Willow cover The Scorpions

Scorpions songs work remarkably well with female vocals and spiralling clarinet Continue reading

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Kyrrbgrinder - Chronicles of a Dark Machine

Kyrbgrinder announce new album

“Chronicles of a Dark Machine” is released on March 2nd Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

John Mitchell - Lonely Robot

Lonely Robot – Please Come Home

The first essential British progressive rock record of 2015 Continue reading

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Apex Predator - Easy Meat

Napalm Death: Apex Predator – Easy Meat

The originators of Grindcore show no signs of mellowing with age. Continue reading

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Dressed in Voices

2014 Album of the Year

Most regular readers of this blog will probably have guessed by now that this would be the album of the year. Continue reading

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2014 Albums of the Year, Part Four

Numbers 2 to 5, which means there is just the Album of the Year itself to go. Continue reading

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2014 Albums of the Year – Part Three

The third part of the albums-of-the-year countdown, getting into the top ten. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

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A Battleship of Gigs

The Pineapple Thief, Chantel McGregor and Mostly Autumn play Battleships on my diary. Continue reading

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Fish at Reading

Fish – Reading Sub89

With Fish giving indications that this may well be his final tour of club venues on this sort of scale, it’s a case of “see him while you can”. He’s still got it, and still puts on one hell of a show. Continue reading

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Damon Fox at The Garage

Bigelf at The Garage.

With their love of retro 70s sounds and vintage gear, and bombastic theatrical approach to performance, there is nobody else quite like Bigelf. Continue reading

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Steve Rothery at Bush Hall

Steve Rothery at Bush Hall

With the majestic first half and the strongly crowd-pleasing second half, this was a life-affirming gig. Continue reading

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