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Nektar - Recycled

Nektar – Recycled [5CD Remastered Boxset]

In the past, I’ve been critical of Nektar’s merits and made anything I actually liked by the group seem like some sort of a guilty pleasure. The snide remarks stop here. Loosely hanging my expectations on the albums’ ProgArchives ranking,…

PAKT – No Steps Left To Trace

PAKT – No Steps Left to Trace

The ‘P’ in PAKT is Mrs Jones’s lad Percy, the virtuoso fretless bass player on all the Brand X albums from Unorthodox Behaviour in 1976 to Manifest Destiny 21 years later. On one of those albums – I think 1982’s…

Lind – A 3rd Ear Conversation

Lind – A 3rd Ear Conversation

Well, this is a fascinating little nugget I’ve been playing a lot since it arrived, and I’m still discovering parts I seem to be noticing for the first time. A 3rd Ear Conversation, sub-titled The Justification of Reality, Part II,…

The Pineapple Thief - It Leads to This

The Pineapple Thief – It Leads to This

The Pineapple Thief have been beguiling listeners since its roots as a Bruce Soord solo project in 1999. Bruce is clearly a busy man; aside from his burgeoning career in producing and remixing, he also released the diaphanously fragile solo…

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A Different Aspect #92

Featured artists: Cédric Theys | Great North Star | Siobhan McCrudden | Daniel Crommie | Exowst Scotland Rounding off the ADA section for 2023 we have five bite-sized reviews taking a snapshot of just some of the albums, EPs and…

A Different Aspect #91

Featured artists: Steve Broomhead | Teea Aarnio | Nathanaël Larochette | Exowst Scotland In this ADA update of bite-sized reviews, we take a snapshot of just some of the albums, EPs and singles to land at TPA: • Steve Broomhead…

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Richard Wileman & Chantelle Smith

Richard Wileman & Chantelle Smith / VÄLVĒ

The Victoria, Swindon Sunday 18th February 2024 The Vic is a lovely venue, friendly and welcoming with an excellent stage room downstairs, today laid out with seats to rest the weary bones of the 30+ lucky audients who have assembled…

The Pineapple Thief at SWX Bristol February 2024

The Pineapple Thief / Randy McStine

SWX, Bristol Thursday, 22nd February 2024 The Pineapple Thief return to home territory in Bristol on a damp February night for only the second date of their European Tour, performing much of their excellent new album It Leads to This,…

Supersister & Residentie Orkest at Amare Theatre, The Hague 2024 TPA banner

Supersister & Residentie Orkest

Amare Theatre, The Hague, The Netherlands Thursday, 8th February 2024 I was somewhat surprised by the last-minute invitation from a good friend to witness a unique performance by legendary Dutch band Supersister together with the renowned Residentie Orchestra in their…

Godsticks

Godsticks / Karmen Field / Edit The Tide

The Bunkhouse, Swansea Friday, 9th February 2024 Swansea… breaker of dreams and, for a long time, the cultural equivalent of putting the bins out. But wait! Things are beginning to change, and we’re now seeing bands from as far away…

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IQ

IQ Weekend – The Met, Bury Friday, 19th & Saturday, 20th January 2024 For one weekend in January, the Northern town of Bury in England becomes the beating heart of IQ and their fans. They gather from across the UK,…

Spock's Beard - photo by Jamie Robertson

Spock’s Beard

229 The Venue, London Thursday, 1st February 2024 Some nights make you glad to be alive. An evening with the scintillating Spock’s Beard on the final night of their UK tour in London was, without any shadow of a doubt,…

Tim Bowness & the Butterfly Mind Band

Tim Bowness & The Butterfly Mind Band / Theo Travis

45 Live, Kidderminster Saturday, 20th January 2024 I went into this gig unfamiliar with much of Tim Bowness’s back catalogue and with only a passing knowledge of No-Man’s songs. That meant I came into the venue with a different perspective…

Jo Quail & Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm / Jo Quail

Sin City, Swansea Monday, 11th December 2023 Music is the best. Frank Zappa’s words continue to resonate, and seldom is music better than what was delivered on this particularly rainy night in Swansea – it was wetter than a haddock’s…

Interviews View More

Storm Deva

Storm Deva

A week or two before Christmas, TPA’s Roger Trenwith sat down with Carollyn Eden and Stuart Clark, a.k.a Storm Deva, and they had a good old natter, discussing their backgrounds, how the band formed, their influences and the recently released…

V Ä L V Ē, Chloe Herington (right)

Chlöe Herington – V Ä L V Ē

Chlöe Herington is a woman with a long history on the prog-adjacent fringes of this weird scene we inhabit. TPA’s Roger Trenwith had a chance to chat with her about her project V Ä L V Ē, their imminent new…

Peter Horvath - The Anderson Council

Peter Horvath – The Anderson Council

After seeing The Anderson Council’s incendiary performance at a local venue in New Jersey, TPA’s John Giordano was able to grab a few words with vocalist/guitarist Peter Horvath and lead guitarist Michael Potenza. The two were both warm and engaging,…

John Boegehold – Pattern-Seeking Animals

John Boegehold – Pattern-Seeking Animals

Not only is John Boegehold of Pattern-Seeking Animals one of the more prolific artists working in any genre today, he is one of the warmest, most gregarious persons you could hope to meet. The following is an edited (no, really)…

Fat Grapple

Fat Grapple

About two months ago, I received two reissues of Stackridge’s albums to review. One of them, Extravaganza, delighted me so much that I decided to go back and cover all five of Stackridge’s 1970s albums, reissued this year by Esoteric…

Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett

He hasn’t even finished his current tour of Foxtrot at Fifty, but Steve Hackett has already announced his next tour, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the controversial concept album that was the last…