Magnum, 'Live at Symphony Hall'. Recorded in 2018 at Birmingham Symphony Hall. My whole family were there; it was a brilliant gig and the live album has captured it perfectly. It also features guest vocals by Tobias Sammet (of Avantasia).
Currently enjoying spinning Ulaid and Duke Special on the turntable, a coming together of an Irish folk band and the whimsical tunes of Duke (always worth seeing live if you get the chance) on their live album, 'A Note Let Go':
also The Waterboys latest, 'Where the Action Is':
On pre-order the new record from The Divine Comedy, 'Office Politics'. I think Neil Hammon is one of our best lyricists, and having met my wife in Cromer and having a thing for the Saxons and Normans (I might not reenact, but I do run Pendragon), their latest video was an instant hit:
Currently on my virtual turntable on heavy rotation, courtesy of Spotify/Sonos:
Twenty One Pilots - not sure how best to describe them because at times they remind me of Duke Special, and at others it's more Eminem. Playing all the albums in a shuffled queue isn't helping me figure out either if their sound changed over time or if all the albums contain a mix of styles.
Guaranteed to get the "what's this noise?" response from my wife either way...
This has temporarily displaced my other recent faves:
Daughter (atmospheric & mellow alt. pop, quite lively at times)
Lanterns on the Lake (ditto)
Chvrches (a name chosen with Google in mind and hated by spellcheckers everywhere; less mellow, more dance)
Soundgarden (complex time signatures apparently; that's why I can't dance to it...*)
Rush (you can never have too much Rush)
* to be fair, there's little or no chance of my dancing regardless of time signatures.
Jenny and I just got back from seeing King Crimson at the Royal Albert Hall. OMG! There are no real words to describe what we saw and heard - it was just utterly fantastic. Imagine three drummers, two guitars, saxophone and bass all playing in different time signatures simultaneously, all in a cyclic pattern that repeated every 27 bars - that's an idea of what 'Indiscipline' sounded like. Just unbelievable.
Been listening to a lot of doom recently. Having just turned 50 I find its more sedate pace scratches my metal itch. Stuff like Cathedral, Witchfinder General, Solstice, Pentagram and late period Amebix.