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.

A thought. The Libertines are to indie what ELP are to prog. Loved by their fans but epitomising everything non-fans loathe about their entire genre.

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Chris Squire

RIP Chris Squire

The rock world has lost one of the greats Continue reading

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Dave Foster launches Kickstarter for 2nd Solo Album

The Panic Room & Mr So And So guitarist is crowdfunding his second solo album Continue reading

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Bospop

One Can Only Hope

Look at who Jools Holland is sharing a festival bill with. Continue reading

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Chantel McGregor

Gatekeepers

How much of the sexism of the music industry is down to the power of small numbers of gatekeepers? Continue reading

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Thirty Years Ago Today

Some reminiscences of Knebworth in 1985. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Mantra Vega – Island

A taster for the forthcoming album from Heather Findlay and Dave Kertzner. Continue reading

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Touchstone’s FInal Show

The flyer for the final show at Leamington Spa on November 21st Continue reading

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Lonely Robot to play Touchstone farewell shows

Touchstone have announced that John Mutchel’s Lonely Robot will be the support act for their farewell shows Continue reading

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Panic Room confirm Dave Foster as permanent guitarist

After the successful “Wildfire” tour, Panic Room have now confirmed that Dave Foster is joining the band as a full-time member. Continue reading

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Zero She Flies Small Mercies

Zero She Flies – Small Mercies

Small Mercy by Zero She Flies Zero She Flies new single is now released as a download from Bandcamp, CDBaby and Amazon.

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Latest Record Reviews

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This Month’s Metal Roundup

We have Doom Metal, Black Metal, Power Metal and Goblin Metal. Continue reading

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Jacco Gardner Hypnophobia

Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia

Elements of indie, psychedelia, pop and progressive rock should appeal to fans of Steve Wilson or Halo Blind Continue reading

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Eschaton - Sentinel Apocalypse

Eschaton – Sentinel Apocalypse

What metal must sound like to somebody who can’t abide metal. Continue reading

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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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Latest Concert Reviews

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Karnataka, 229 The Venue in London

As part of the promotion for the single “‘Because of You”, Karnataka played a free showcase gig in central London. Continue reading

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The Swansea Jazz Festival

Since I’m not really a jazz expert, this is more a series of impressions than a full review.. Continue reading

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Knifeworld, Boston Music Rooms

There is nobody else quite like Knifeworld, and they proved yet again that they really are quite a remarkable live band. Continue reading

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Panic Room at Bilston Robin 2

A few words and photos from Panic Room’s final gig of the spring tour, at Bilston Robin 2. Continue reading

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Mostly Autumn, Bury Met

Bury Met sees the return of Angela Gordon and a radical shakeup of the setlist. Continue reading

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