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.

Does this year’s Glastonbury main stage headliners of Muse, Coldplay and Adele represent the most corporate and beige lineup imaginable? I know Muse are a great live band, but they’re a very “safe” choice and have played Glastonbury many times. Nothing remotely out of Glastonbury’s comfort zone like Metallica or Kanye West this year.

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Big Big Train - Folklore

Big Big Train – Folklore

No Wicker Men, but an excellent title track of the new Big Big Train album,

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Zappa Plays Zappa

Zappa Versus Zappa

The feuds and legal shenanigans in the Zappa family of Dweezil;s right to perform as Zappa Plays Zappa is profoundly depressing Continue reading

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Radiohead Scarfolk

Burn the Witch

Radiohead’s new video is straight out of Scarfolk.

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Killit

KilliT – Crash and Burn

Some old-fashioned hard rock from KilliT, which gives you the feeling this band are going places. Taken from the forthcoming album “Shut It Down”.

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Kiama

Kiama added to the Panic Room Weekend

The supergroup comprising Robert Reed, Dylan Thompson, Andy Edwards and Luke Machin will play the penultimate spot on Sunday night. Continue reading

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Latest Music News

Prince (from Wikipedia)

RIP Prince

Prince, like Bowie, was one of the giants, and speaking to some band members after a gig made it clear he’s hugely respected by musicians regardless of the genres they work in. Continue reading

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Panic Room launch live DVD crowd-funding campaign

Panic Room have announced a crowdfunding campaign for a Live DVD on PledgeMusic, which will be recorded at Islington Assembly Hall on June 18th. Continue reading

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HFB CRF

The Heather Findlay Band confirmed for CRF

They join an already strong lineup including The Windmill, Purson, Curved Air and Mostly Autumn, as well as headliners Focus. Continue reading

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Ghost Community album pre-order

The supergroup formed of past and present members of The Reasoning, Also Eden and Crimson Sky are now taking pre-orders for their début album “Cycle of Life”. Continue reading

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F E A R

Marillion announce F E A R

The album will be released on September 9th 2016, and the final date for pre-orders is 17th June. You can pre-order now on Pledge Music. Continue reading

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Latest Record Reviews

Haken Affinity

Haken – Affinity

State of the art modern progressive rock at its best., the sort of thing that should appeal as much to those bought up on Muse or Elbow as to old-school fans of Pink Floyd or King Crimson. Continue reading

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Knifeworld - Bottled Out Of Eden

Knifeworld – Bottled Out Of Eden

By strengthening the most distinctive elements of their sound, Knifeworld take things to the next level with this record. Continue reading

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Wytch Hazel - Prelude

Wytch Hazel – Prelude

Medieval-themed hard rock evoking the spirit of Wishbone Ash and Jethro Tull that rises above the sum of its influences. Continue reading

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Kiama - Sign oi IV

Kiama – Sign of IV

A bit of a curate’s egg of an album that has its moments but falls frustratingly short of what could have been. Continue reading

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Kim Seviour - Fantasise to Realise

Kim Seviour – Fantasise to Realise

Combines a big pulsing dance rhythm and rock guitars with a soaring vocal, an intriguing taster for Kim’s forthcoming album. Continue reading

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Latest Concert Reviews

Heather at Bilston

The Heather Findlay Band – Bilston Robin 2

A triumphal return with a setlist of new material that looks forward rather than back. Continue reading

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Anne-Marie Derby

Panic Room – Start the Sound

Panic Room on top form at The Flowepot in Derby and Sound Control on Manchester. Continue reading

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Lesley Hunt of District 97 at The Borderline

Dave Kerzner & District 97 at The Borderline

Great sets by two very different by highly complementary bands make for a great co-headline experience. Continue reading

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Rosalie at the 100 Club

Purson – The 100 Club, London

An electrifying gig sees the band firing on all cylinders, with the new material coming over very strongly live. Continue reading

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Peter Knight

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – All Saints Wokingham

Peter Knight is the Steve Rothery of the violin, and his trio are an excellent live band. Continue reading

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