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

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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 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

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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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