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  • Waxahatchee – The Haunt, Brighton – 16th June 2018

    Waxahatchee - The Haunt, Brighton – 16th June 2018 Waxahatchee – The Haunt, Brighton – 16th June 2018 On a blustery Saturday night, it was a refreshing change of events to witness a performance from a band such as Waxahatchee at Brighton’s The Haunt. The indie-folk project is fronted by Katie Crutchfield, a performer whose vocal range exceeds expectations and then some.
  • Laura Veirs – Komedia, Brighton – 11th June 2018

    Laura Veirs – Komedia, Brighton - 11th June 2018 Laura Veirs – Komedia, Brighton – 11th June 2018 “We trade slaps for sighs, it’s that point of the tour”. Fear not, Laura Veirs has not become slap-happy over the two months that she has been on the road in support of her tenth solo studio album The Lookout. Instead, as the final night brings her to Brighton, there is a palpable sense of celebration and mischief around the singer-songwriter and her band. The Lookout was yet another fine addition to the Veirs canon with its meditations on the fragility of modern life, and tonight brought the album’s subtleties to the fore and showed her for what she is - one of the most impressive, and most...
  • Julie Byrne – St. George's Church, Brighton – 9th June 2018

    Julie Byrne - St. George's Church, Brighton - 9th June 2018 Julie Byrne – St. George's Church, Brighton – 9th June 2018 Resident’s number one album last year, as chosen by its staff, was Not Even Happiness, by the American singer/songwriter Julie Byrne. It was her second album, in a slowly gestating career that had been built up in a DIY fashion, by her own hands, so to speak. She even told us mid-way tonight about her very first gig in Brighton, at The Globe pub, with only a handful of chattering punters present, and no PA. In classic needs-must fashion, she slept on the floor of an obliging new friend.
  • Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018

    Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018 Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018 All day music events seem to be the in thing this year, this is the fourth one I’ve been to so far and it’s a great way to see a short set from a bunch of bands in one day. It can be a tricky thing to get right, especially somewhere like the Green Door Store where there is only one stage and quite a confined space. Though new promoter Utopia did a great job.
  • The Shires – Brighton Dome – 10th June 2018

    The Shires - Brighton Dome - 10th June 2018 The Shires – Brighton Dome – 10th June 2018 In support of latest album Accidentally On Purpose, The Shires took to the stage at the Brighton Dome for the penultimate night of their current UK tour, bringing their pop-inspired country sound to one of Brighton’s best venues. As a seated event, this show was really all about the audience relishing in the soundscapes, though that didn’t stop many taking to their feet to dance and sing-along.
  • Hell Is For Heroes – Concorde 2, Brighton – 7th June 2018

    Hell Is For Heroes - Concorde 2, Brighton - 7th June 2018 Hell Is For Heroes – Concorde 2, Brighton – 7th June 2018 In a parallel dimension, Hell Is For Heroes live in the space occupied in this realm by the likes of Biffy Clyro. Breaking into the limelight at a similar time, they were deemed to be the ones to break big with their 2003 debut The Neon Handshake. However, for reasons unknown, it didn’t quite happen - despite strong sales and a media frenzy, they inexplicably found themselves dropped by their label and instead they seemed destined to fade away into fond memory when they announced a semi-permanent hiatus in 2008. Returning for a handful of shows in support of their friends, Hundred Reasons, four years later,...
  • Warmduscher – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 8th June 2018

    Warmduscher - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - 8th June 2018 Warmduscher – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 8th June 2018 If we’ve learnt anything from Warmduscher, the indie supergroup made up of members from Fat White Family, Insecure Men, Childhood and Paranoid London, it’s that they like to embrace the eccentricity. Their sold-out Brighton gig - from Warmduscher, to Rodeo Death Burger and Jack Medley’s Secure Men - was testament to this as the night was full of Mexican wrestling masks, weird and wonderful characters and a whole load of mishaps. The night, started by new supergroup Jack Medley’s Secure Men, led by Filthy Pedro, started with anti-folk, then continued with the “Turbo folk fetus rock” from Rodeo Death...
  • Rolo Tomassi – The Haunt, Brighton – 7th June 2018

    Rolo Tomassi - The Haunt, Brighton – 7th June 2018 Rolo Tomassi – The Haunt, Brighton – 7th June 2018 As a fitting warm up to Download Festival, Rolo Tomassi played an intimate but packed out gig at The Haunt this week. The show and tour were in support of their latest album Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It which was released back in March this year. The gig saw the band continue their trend of high energy performances, and to add a bit of versatility to the line-up they featured support slots from Orchards and Conjurer.
  • Don Broco – Concorde 2, Brighton – 5th June 2018

    Don Broco - Concorde 2, Brighton - 5th June 2018 Don Broco – Concorde 2, Brighton – 5th June 2018 On the last lap of their UK tour before heading off on the final Vans Warped Tour, Don Broco gave Brighton a muscular, bruising demonstration of their powers. Technology, their third studio album, ramped up the stadium rock sound for the Bedford band and has seemingly turned them into major contenders for the next level. Tonight proved that that next step will surely soon be made. With two superb support bands in Beach Riot and The LaFontaines, fans of all things loud were in delirium from beginning to end.
  • Ty Segall – Concorde 2, Brighton – 4th June 2018

    Ty Segall - Concorde 2, Brighton - 4th June 2018 Ty Segall – Concorde 2, Brighton – 4th June 2018 Fresh from January’s Freedom's Goblin, which we called “Inspired, exciting and different - and for die-hard fans this is like Christmas has come early”, Ty Segall hit Brighton’s Concorde 2 for an incredibly intimate sold-out show. So much so, that there we scalpers, touts and rogue sellers handing out fake tickets outside the venue. Those that did make it into the venue, though, witnessed an artist on top of their game who made the Concorde 2 mosh, vibrate and sweat like few artists have done before. This was a special show,...
  • Drahla – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 5th June 2018

    Drahla - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - 5th June 2018 Drahla – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 5th June 2018 Over the past year, Leeds-via-Wakefield trio Drahla have built up a reputation for producing an economical but brutally effective sound. Economical being the key word to describe their gig at The Hope & Ruin on Tuesday night, too, as in just over 30 minutes they had been and gone. However, due to their ragged guitar lines, resounding bass, and drawled vocals delivered alternately by Luciel Brown and Rob Riggs, they more than made a good impression. On this performance, it’s easy to see why they’ve been out on tour with the likes of Ought and METZ, signed to Captured Tracks, as well as currently working with MJ from...
  • Patti Smith and her Band – Brighton Dome – 2nd June 2018

    Patti Smith and Her Band - Brighton Dome - 2nd June 2018 Patti Smith and her Band – Brighton Dome – 2nd June 2018 “I alwaysfuck it up in Brighton, I’m perfect everywhere else!” So laughs Patti Smith at the climax of an evening that moves, stirs and, yes, amuses a packed crowd at Brighton Dome. The show, which Smith confessed was also a dress rehearsal for the following night’s All Points East festival appearance (“There’s a lot of songs we haven’t played for a long, long time”)has all of the unpredictability and eccentricity that fans have come to expect from Smith. It also contains some of the finest songs written in any era, performed by an artist who has lost none of...
  • Beth Ditto – Concorde 2, Brighton – 31st May 2018

    Beth Ditto - Concorde 2, Brighton - 31st May 2018 Beth Ditto – Concorde 2, Brighton – 31st May 2018 There are many reasons to love Beth Ditto tonight. Firstly, with a vocal performance that is the perfect demonstration of one of thegreat rock voices of this or any other period. Secondly, for a setlist that leans as much on last year’s impressive solo debut, Fake Sugar, as much as it does her Gossip heritage. Lastly, and most importantly, it is a night of fun - neither artist nor audience taking anything too seriously, instead simply giving themselves over to the power and joy of music.
  • Beck – Bournemouth International Centre – 28th May 2018

    Beck - Bournemouth International Centre - 28th May 2018 Beck – Bournemouth International Centre – 28th May 2018 On one of only three performances in the UK this year, Beck rolled into Bournemouth and showcased the full range of his multi-coloured kaleidoscope of fun. This lucky audience can hardly believe their luck at the dream line-up on display, with the superb Sparks and Shame generating as much excitement and energy as some headliners. In short, it is like a mini summer carnival with one Beck Hansen as the ringmaster.
  • Deerhunter – Concorde 2, Brighton – 27th May 2018

    Deerhunter - Concorde 2, Brighton - 27th May 2018 Deerhunter – Concorde 2, Brighton – 27th May 2018 It’s been a while since Deerhunter’s last album, Fading Frontier -three years to be exact - but the band finally look like returning with a new album. Having released a tour-only cassette, limited to only 300 copies which sold-out instantly, they hit Brighton’s Concorde 2 - as part of a tour which sees them travel across Europe, to play at festivals such as Best Kept Secret, Northside, Sideways and Primavera. The band, reset with some new members, showcased some new music, as well as some old favourites in a sweltering, very intimate showcase of what the band does best. As a live indie band, you’d be hard...
  • Ezra Furman – Brighton Dome – 26th May 2018

    Ezra Furman - Brighton Dome - 26th May 2018 Ezra Furman – Brighton Dome – 26th May 2018 Brighton in May is a simply wonderful time. Not only do you have The Great Escape, Brighton Festival and Fringe but, due to the start of the European festival season, we see renowned international stars flock to our sunny shores to play special shows. As such, Ezra Furman, off the back of his phenomenal 2018 release Transangelic Exodus, which we called, “An angry record about America right now, in the vein of a terrific, detailed and structured album” arrived at the Brighton Dome for a very special show for the Brighton Festival. On this evidence, Ezra Furman’s rise through cult status into international stardom is secured,...
  • The Rolling Stones – London Stadium – 25th May 2018

    The Rolling Stones - London Stadium - 25th May 2018 The Rolling Stones – London Stadium – 25th May 2018 Truly, nobody does this better than The Rolling Stones. On the second sold-out night at Stratford’s London Stadium, they hold tens of thousands of awestruck punters in the palms of their hands for a 130-minute powerhouse display of a rock show. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts. Faces as familiar as family members, there is almost a slight sense of disbelief at seeming them appear and then rock, really rock in front of you. Time may be ticking on but it is diminishing none of their potency or power.
  • Cigarettes After Sex – O2 Academy Brixton , London – 24th May 2018

    Cigarettes After Sex - O2 Academy Brixton , London - 24th May 2018 Cigarettes After Sex – O2 Academy Brixton, London – 24th May 2018 With the stage lights barely rising enough to make out any faces of the Texas band, and the music remaining in the air seemingly long after instruments have been played, tonight feels like a barely remembered dream at times. Easily selling out Brixton Academy after just one EP and one superb self-titled album, tonight is a night that confirms Cigarettes After Sex as a very special band indeed (if any proof was needed). Atmosphere is everything, with a mood-setting playlist replacing any need for a support band. Usually that feels self-indulgent, but here it feels the right decision.
  • LICE – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 23rd May 2018

    LICE - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - 23rd May 2018 LICE – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 23rd May 2018 It’s been a pretty good few months for satirical art-punk troupe LICE, all things considered. Not only did they go on a mammoth tour with Bristol brethren Idles, but Idles frontman Joe Talbot signed them to his brand-new label Balley Records as his first ever act. There’s no wonder they called their first release under the label It All Worked Out Great,which they well and truly launched with a thunderous show at The Hope & Ruin on Wednesday night. Electrifying, mischievous and incredibly fun, they’re a terrific live outfit who, importantly, seem to mean something and stand defiantly for it.
  • Lankum – St. George's Church, Brighton – 18th May 2018

    Lankum - St. George's Church - 18th May 2018 Lankum – St. George's Church, Brighton – 18th May 2018 Formerly called Lynched and now called Lankum, the four-piece, punk-inspired Irish band have found favour amongst folkies, alternative festival and anti-establishment types, as well as a sprinkling of the more conservative Brighton Festival fanbase, under whose auspices this gig was promoted.

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