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Go on, admit it, aside from a select few, most of you are scratching your heads and wondering why we are dedicating our important front page real estate to Tim Bowness? Well, despite the fact that he is a hugely talented singer/songwriter, chances are you have already heard him on something by No-Man (his project with Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson), Henry Fool (whose recent album was given a very pointy thumbs up in these very pages, more here) or indeed the numerous other projects he appears on. However when the most recently planned No-Man project stalled due to Mr Wilson’s workload Tim decided to carry on regardless and the resultant album Abandoned Dancehall Dreams (only his second actual solo outing), have made more than one critic, including us, get into a bit of a tizz and so ladies and gentlemen we present to you post/prog/art/pop/rock’s best kept secret Tim Bowness.
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Shmade 's Appay

Brain May This week we 'ave been mostly listening to Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel’s Birmingham - Live With Orchestra & Choir, the reason being it’s a live recording (on CD and DVD) of both The Human Menagerie and The Psychomodo played in their entirety with, yup you’ve guessed it, an Orchestra & Choir, and it's bloody great. Never let anyone tell you that Roxy Music were the only good thing to come out of glam rock, just check this '84 performance of 'Judy Teen' from London's Camden Palace
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Brown In The Pink

Arthur Brown The rather splendid but utterly bonkers Arthur Brown returns this month with a new album (his first in 10 years), entitled Zim Zam Zim the album finds the god of hellfire in remarkably fine voice - especially given that he has been entitled to apply for a bus pass for a good many years now (he’s 73 fact fans) and not only are his old vocal chords in fine fettle he has also appears to have rediscovered his muse with a whole host of willfully wayward clanking tunes (see the album review here) and check out the video for 'Unknown' here...
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Busy Boy

Jonathan Boulet An interesting new Aussie artists popped up on our radar recently, Jonathan Boulet is ostensibly a folk-rocker who wrote, recorded, produced and played almost every instrument on his debut self-titled album but also finds time to be a member of Sydney indie rockers Parades (playing drums), hardcore outfit Snakeface (playing bass) and, as if that wasn’t enough, is also a member of Top People. We just love the video for this taster from his upcoming album Gubba featuring the duffest motorbike gang ever.
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