Author Archives: Laurence Todd

Took early retirement after many years as a teacher in order to write books as well as about music. A long-time music obsessive, has wide and eclectic tastes but particularly likes prog rock and rock in general. Enjoys going to gigs and discovering new acts.

Shinedown – The Human Radio

‘The Human Radio’ is the second single from Shinedown’s latest bestselling album, Attention Attention, which reached no:5 in the Billboard top 200 charts as well as a career high of no:8 in the UK album charts. This single follows on from lead track ‘Devil’, which amassed airplay on Planet Rock Radio (A list) and Total Rock Radio, as well as ...

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Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators are ‘Living the Dream’

Guitar hero Slash has teamed up with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators yet again for a new album. This is entitled Living The Dream and is set for release on September 21st via Slash’s Snakepit Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records Living the Dream is the fourth solo album to be released by Slash, and his third with The Conspirators,  which features ...

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Paragnosis – Clarity In Three (Redux)

Paragnosis… The obtaining of knowledge through an external source. But then you knew this already, didn’t you? Most musicians start off with just instruments, then look for a vocalist who fits into and complements the band’s style, but Paragnosis did things differently. After releasing their debut single in 2015, they decided to pursue their brand of Prog Metal with the ...

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Spock’s Beard have always been about moving forward and attempting to do something different

Spock’s Beard are an American progressive/symphonic rock band who, in many ways symbolise the ethos of what Prog rock is all about. The ethos of Spock’s Beard has always been about moving forward and attempting to do something different. That they can still do this despite the loss of the stellar talented prog legend Neil Morse says something about the ...

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KLAUS SCHULZE .. Silhouettes

Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze release Silhouettes

German composer Klaus Schulze is an amazingly prodigious artist and composer of electronic and ambient music. Whilst today he’s known for his usage of synthesizers and Moogs, he began his musical career as a drummer and played on Electronic Meditation, the first album by German purveyors of electronic music, Tangerine Dream. His leaving reduced the Dream to a three piece ...

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VEGA unveil new track ‘Let’s Have Fun Tonight.’

Taken from their recently released fifth album, Only Human.UK melodic rock stalwarts Vega have released their new track, ‘Let’s Have Fun Tonight.’ The twelve songs on this new album sees Vega taking their songwriting and musicianship up to the next level. Following on from this, Vega will be performing at Scotland’s Wildfire Festival on June 23rd, after which they hit ...

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The Struts reveal new track ‘Body Talk’ – New Music Mondays

After their triumphant appearance at the recent Download festival, acclaimed British rockers The Struts have released their new track, ‘Body Talk,’ taken from their highly anticipated, upcoming second album. The release comes ahead of two UK headlining shows, at London’s Koko on June 19th and Manchester’s Gorilla the following night, where fans will get to hear even more new material, ...

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Devin Townsend Project – Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv

When Devin Townsend stepped onto the stage in the quite spectacular setting of the Ancient Theatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to perform the album Ocean Machine, plus other tracks from his long and varied career, it was the culmination of a dream he’d been nursing for the better part of twenty years. As he said it ‘signifies the end of one era ...

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Clutch announce details of new album ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’

Maryland rockers, Clutch, have announced their twelfth new studio album is to be called Book of Bad Decisions, and will be released worldwide on their own label (Weathermaker Music) on September 7th 2018. The album, consisting of 15 new tracks, was recorded at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, was produced by Vance Powell, and whichever format bought on (CD, black vinyl, ...

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Byline Festival announces Badly Drawn Boy, Pussy Riot, The Vapors, and more

Badly Drawn Boy is back and will be headlining at the Byline Festival during the weekend of August 24th-27th.  The English indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be performing music from across his eclectic career in the intimate setting of the Media Circus tent. This highly anticipated return on his comeback tour will be welcomed by the Byline crowd, who’re ready ...

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