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.

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Marillion’s F E A R

My review of Marillion’s F E A R has now been published in The Guardian, not just in the online edition but in Friday’s print edition as well/ Continue reading

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Riverside: And The There Were Three

Riverside have made a statement on the future of the band after the tragic untimely death of guitarist Piotr Grudziński. Continue reading

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Opeth – The Wilde Flowers

A lyric video for “The Wilde Flowers”, from the forthcoming album “Sorcoress” to be released on 30th September.

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Panic Room – Ten of the Best

Taking the format of the articles I’ve written for The Guardian’s “Ten of the Best” series, ten of the best songs from a favourite of this blog, Panic Room. Continue reading


CSMA: Trans-Pennine Express

Electronic music and First Trans-Pennine class 185s. What more can you want? Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Mostly Autumn announce details of October Leamington show

The lengthy show on October 9th features an acoustic set, special guests Papillon, and two full-band electric sets. Continue reading

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Heather at Bilston

Heather Findlay replaces Knight Area at Summer’s End

The Dutch neo-proggers withdraw from the festival citing “technical difficulties”, to be replaced by The Heather Findlay band. Continue reading

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Doris Brendel – The Devil Closed the Door on Me

A hilariously sllly video for the song from Doris Brendel’s most recent album “Upside Down World”. She will be supporting Wishbone Ash on their Autumn UK tour. Continue reading

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What next for The Enid?

Following on from the recent departure of vocalist Joe Payne, guitarist Max Read and drummer Dave Storey are now leaving the bamd. Continue reading

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Voodoo Vegas – Tied Up

Voodoo Vegas’s new album will be out soon. In the meantime, here’s a song from their 2015 EP “Hypnotise”.

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Latest Record Reviews


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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The Violet Hour - The Fire Sermon

The Violet Hour – The Fire Sermon

The 1991 album by the band who were an early influence on Mostly Autumn, Continue reading

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Paradigm Shift Becoming Aware

Paradigm Shift – Becoming Aware

A hugely melodic record that represents a modern and forward-looking approach to progressive rock rather than a homage to decades past. Continue reading

Tilt Hinterland

Tilt – Hinterland

This is a record that’s been a long time in the making, but it’s proved worth the wait. 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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