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Concert Review: Fish’s Return to Childhood

I had mixed feelings when I heard Fish was going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marillion’s 1985 concept album Misplaced Childhood by playing the album live in its entirety. Although many fans consider it to be their masterpiece, it’s never been one of my favourite Marillion albums; I have always preferred the underrated Clutching at Straws and Fugazi. And ... Read More »

Porcupine Tree – Deadwing

Reminds me very much of the last couple of Marillion albums; strongly recommended if you liked "Anoraknophobia" and "Marbles." Read More »

And they’re off!

The British election phony war is finally over, and the metaphorical tanks have begun rolling through the Ardennes. Read More »

Live review: Asia/Barclay James Harvest, Manchester

Two classic bands. One original member left in each. Two very different performances. Read More »

The Mars Volta: Frances the Mute

Conclusive proof that "Difficult second album syndrome" simply doesn't happen to great bands. Read More »

GURPS Infinite Worlds

I’m a big fan of alternate histories. The two GURPS Alternate Earths books published a few years back for the old 3rd Edition of GURPS are among my all-time favourite RPG sourcebooks. Still, it rather surprised me when I first heard that Steve Jackson Games had chosen to make this meta-setting the core background for the fourth edition of GURPS ... Read More »

Spock’s Beard: Octane

“Octane”, as the name implies, is neo-proggers Spock’s Beard’s eighth album, and their second without former mainman Neil Morse. Their first Neil-less opus, 2003’s “Feel Euphoria“, proved that the band were far from being a spent force without him. Is Octane as good? I think the answer has to be yes. The first half of the album is made up ... Read More »

Concert Review: Rammstein in Manchester

Cauldrons, flamethowers, cellos and Segways, oh my! Read More »

Classical Music: The New Rock’n’Roll?

Will classical music be the new rock’n’roll? Martin Kettle, upon reading a new book by South African scholar Peter Van der Merwe, seems to think it just might be. But at the moment, it’s very much in the doldrums. In the 18th, 19th and into the early 20th centuries, classical music was the most significant music in western culture. But ... Read More »


A charity record that won't suck? Read More »