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Album review: ADRIAN BELEW – Mr Music Head/Inner Revolution

BGO Records [Release date 26.10.18] Adrian Belew is a well respected guitarists having worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, King Crimson and David Bowie amongst others. Even today he is forging ahead in music with his FLUX … Continue reading

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Album review: FRACTAL MIRROR – Close To Vapour

FRACTAL MIRROR - Close To Vapour

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 26.01.18] My heart sinks when I see a shallow Press Release signposting a band as being of the ‘Progressive/Art Rock’ genre, and then sinks several degrees further when I see the only other information (apart … Continue reading

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Album review: TONOCHROME – A Map In Fragments

TONOCHROME - A Map In Fragments

Bad Elephant Music [Release date 02.02.18] The debut album from London based art rock quartet, has proggy undertones, but at heart is more rooted in jazz and ambient soundscapes. The brainchild of singer and main songwriter Andres Razzini, it’s an … Continue reading

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Album review: WHEN MARY – Tainted

WHEN MARY - Tainted

Sonicbond [Release date 10.11.17] The second album from Norwegian art rock band When Mary – Trude Eidtang (vocals, synth, percussion, glockenspiel), Christian Paulsen (guitars, programming, synth, bass) and Vidar Uthaug (synth, organ, korg, Rhodes) is a rather enchanting affair. That … Continue reading

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Album review: SPARKS – Hippopotamus

Sparks - Hippopotamus

BMG [Release date 08.09.17] ‘Hippopotamus’ is a triumph of pop’s true potential over the usual clichéd familiar fare. It’s a cross genre album bursting with creativity, humour and stylistic diversity. The lyrical word plays, eclectic themes and nuanced melodies are … Continue reading

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Gig review: SPARKS – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, 28 September 2017

SPARKS – Shepherd

Sparks breezed into an extra second night at a packed London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire to deliver a thematically driven show – right down to the band’s sailor tops – to promote the new ‘Hippopotamus’ chart album. The Mael brothers have … Continue reading

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Album review: PETER MURPHY – Bare-Boned and Sacred

PETER MURPHY – Bare-Boned and Sacred

Metropolis Records [release date 10.03.17] Best known for fronting Bauhaus, (and starring in that Maxell tape cassette advert) in the early ‘80’s, Peter Murphy has released 10 solo albums in the 30 years since.  This live album was recorded in … Continue reading

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Album review: JADE VINE – Mind Of A Man

JADE VINE - Mind Of A Man

Self released – Release date: 26 February 2016 You know you’re onto a winner when the wife shouts from downstairs “What’s that you’re listening to? Sounds good” And she’s right – this is good. Very good. Jade Vine are a … Continue reading

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News: RENAISSANCE & CURVED AIR – Pioneers of Symphonic/Art Prog tour together in April 2016

Renaissance

ANNIE HASLAM of RENAISSANCE (59:15) David Randall chats to Annie about prog rockers Renaissance Also available in several parts here Symphonic rock icons Renaissance featuring legendary singer Annie Haslam will be performing in the US & UK in support of … Continue reading

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Album review: PHI – The Waves Of Sound Remain

PHI - The Waves Of Sound Remain

Gentle Art Of Music   [Release Date 03.11.14] Despite being described by Phi themselves as ‘art rock’ this Austrian 3-piece’s musical debut screams progressive rock all day long – although, it has to be said, the prog metal template of … Continue reading

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Album review: DOME DWELLERS – Maybe I Should Have Some Pride

DOME DWELLERS – Maybe I Should Have Some Pride

MondoTunes [Release date 15.01.14] Dome Dwellers are an indie rock trio from Denton,Texas, with art rock elements and free form pretensions. The band is very much the sum of its idiosyncratic parts, as all three players spiral into different directions … Continue reading

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Album Review: TIDES FROM NEBULA – Eternal Movement

       Longbranch Records [Release Date: 07.10.13] I was beginning to think that I was getting to know everything there was to know about Polish progressive rock and its (somewhat understated) importance in the contemporary progressive rock landscape. Bands … Continue reading

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Album review: MR AVERELL – Gridlock

Gonzo Multi Media [Release date 06.05.13] René van Commenée is Dutch visual sound artist. He trained as a graphical designer and is a self taught musician who studied Indian classical music as a tabla player. Never one to take the … Continue reading

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