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 clich├ęs, 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 news that Muse are to headline Download Festival 2015 has predictably drawn out the tribal idiots of the rock world. If The Prodigy can headline the same festival, and Metallica can headline Glastonbury, then a band as over the top and bombastic as Muse ought to go down a storm at Britain’s premier metal festival. Surely people can remember “Knights of Cydonia“?

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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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TILT Kickstarter

TILT, the band featuring Steve Vantsis and Robin Boult, announce a Kickstarter for their new album. Continue reading

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Heather Findlay with Odin Dragonfly

Mantra Vega Update

An update on the forthcoming collaboration between Heather Findlay and Dave Kerzner. Continue reading

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The Endless River

Punk Warriors Strike Again

If you start a review with “This is why punk had to happen” there’s no point reading any further. Continue reading

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Luna Rossa, The Borderline

Luna Rossa’s first headline tour goes from hauntingly beautiful to delightfully quirky. Continue reading

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Morpheus Rising to support Graham Bonnet in December

Morpheus Rising will be rocking out again in December, supporting Graham Bonnet. Continue reading

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Howard Sinclair - The Light Broke In

Kickstarter for Howard Sinclair’s new album

Howard Sinclar announces a Kickstarter for nis new album “The Light Broke In” Continue reading

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Crimson Sky Reading

Crimson Sky call it a day

Crimson Sky are calling it a day, but announce a farewell gig. Continue reading

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Anna Phoebe – Mostar

“Mostar” by Anna Phoebe, taken from her forthcoming album “Between The Shadow And The Soul”

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Luna Rossa Album and Tour

Exciting album and tour news from Luna Rossa Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

Trojan Horse World Turned Upside Down

Trojan Horse – World Turned Upside Down

Trojan horse put prog-rock, post-punk and free jazz into a blender, and what comes out is as just as bonkers as their live performances. Continue reading

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Transatlantic – KaLIVEoscope

For all the fabled self-indulgence of their sprawling studio albums, this recording gives a taste of just why Transatlantic are held in such high regard as a live act. Continue reading

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Threshold - For the Journey

Threshold – For The Journey

Threshold’s tenth album breaks no new ground, but remains a solid piece of work. Continue reading

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Pineapple Thief - Magnolia

The Pineapple Thief – Magnolia

The Pineapple Thief released one of their most accessible albums to date Continue reading

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Robert Plant Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar

Robert Plant – Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar

The former Led Zeppelin frontman returns with his strongest record for years. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

Resonance Festival

Resonance Festival, Balham

An entertaining festival, and the variety of acts covered almost all corners of progressive rock’s increasingly large tent Continue reading

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Livvy at Cambridge

Cambridge Rock Festival 2014 – Part Two

The Sunday at the Cambridge Rock Festival, headlined by Wishbone Ash, Also featuring Mostly Autumn, Cloud Atlas and Winter in Eden. Continue reading

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Cambridge Rock Festival 2014 – Part One

Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Cambridge Rock Festival Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn, Bath Komedia

Mostly Autumn on superb live form with a special guest appearance from Angela Gordon. Continue reading

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Olivia Sparnenn at Crewe

Mostly Autumn return to Crewe

Some photos of Mostly Autumn at The Box at Crewe. Continue reading

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