Weekend Gig Picks

The weekend is almost upon us so it’s time for our weekly round up of the best local talent that you can see live this weekend.

We’ve spotted two great gigs on Thursday night – Tiny Dragons are playing at Club Criminal at Latest Music Bar, with support from Fools Knowledge, Dead Whisky and Dress Theque. Round the corner at the Blind Tiger The Resonators headline Dub Organiser.

Impellers Blind TigerOn Friday there are a crazy number of local bands playing live in Brighton. The biggest show is at the Dome, where the Levellers play Brighton for the first time in ages to celebrate their twenty fifth year as a band. Support comes from Electric Soft Parade. Friday night also has two gigs by Brighton bands at the Blind Tiger. Early doors Standard Lamps and Calico are on the bill, and later on from 10pm The Impellers play their own gig. Meanwhile The Meow Meows are holding a launch party for their album at The Gladstone, and Emberhoney, Mishkin Fitzgerald and Simonne (without her Dark Stars) play at the Komedia. Just a few miles out of town, British Sea Power play at the Gentlemen of the Road Festival in Lewes.

The rest of the weekend we think you should be out enjoying the sun, stopping only at the end of the weekend when Brighton Folk hold their regular night at the Brunswick with Dave Blackwell topping the line up.

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Weekend Gig Picks

Here’s this weekend’s gig picks for you all. This week we’re extending things out to Monday, because there’s a gig that we can’t not mention.

PHBOn Friday night Martin Rossiter headlines the Source New Music Night at the Dome Studio Theatre. Support comes from The Beautiful Word and Jacko Hooper so this should be a bit special. Tickets are a bit pricier than a normal Source New Music though – so if you’d rather save your pennies then head down to Sticky Mike’s where the Physics House Band are hosting another Physics House Party. They’re playing a headline set with members of Flamingods, and there’s support from Luo, Caveman Genius, Demob Happy, and Shrine. Hush Hush Friday at the Blind Tiger caught our eye too – another free gig with FVNERALS topping the bill and Dog in the Snow supporting.

ImpellersSaturday Night’s pick is Clowns, who are playing at the Prince Albert. If you like your weekends a bit funkier then The Impellers are on the bill at Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club at the Concorde.

Brighton Folk comes back to the Brunswick on Sunday Night, with Amy Hill and The Galleons playing.

The reason we’ve extended things out to Monday for this weekend’s picks is to include the Electric Soft Parade‘s album launch at the Green Door Store. The album is definitely the highlight of 2013 for us so far and will be on sale at the gig. Support comes from Crayola Lectern. Also on Monday, for those who prefer their ‘problem folk’ to sunshine pop, ex Brighton resident The Great Park returns from Germany for a gig at the Prince Albert, ably supported by local singer-songwriter Tandy Hard. Frankly, as ever, we’re torn…

Brighton Folk in Hove

Every third Sunday of the month, Brighton Folk is held, at the Brunswick pub. It’s been running for a few years now and is a pretty established part of the Brighton music scene. Last night, two local acts were on the bill – The Galleons and Peanut Albinos. The evening started off, as ever, with Amy Hill playing a few of her own folk songs.

Amy Hill

The Galleons reminded me a lot of Tunng – they were quite folky with occasional time signature changes, and the interplay between vocalists Ben and Beth hark at their sound too, sometimes harmonising and other times swapping melodies. Six people on stage was quite a squeeze, especially with the bassist swapping between conventional electric bass and a futuristic looking upright electric bass. Still, they managed a lot better than last time I saw them, when they were shoehorned into a tiny corner at the Constant Service in Hanover. With that bit more space, they managed a bigger sound, one which will hopefully be brought to life even more when their new album hits the shelves in a few weeks time

The Galleons

Peanut Albinos might have been playing in the side room at a pub in Hove, but when you closed your eyes, you might as well have been in a whiskey bar in America. Actually, if you ignored the rest of the pub and just looked at the stage, you could easily imagine the same. Sonically, it’s as if Tom Waits were fronting an stateside version of The Pogues. It’s music to get drunk, dance and sing along to. They brought their own crowd along, but they didn’t need to – even without them there, they would have raised the roof.

Peanut Albinos