Lily & Madeleine are two sisters from Indiana with an excellent album under their belt and a musical presence that belies their teenage years. Suffice to say, they put on an excellent performance at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar last night … Continue reading
If you’re brave enough to leave the house without fear of being blown away or drowned, here’s our gig picks for this week:
Tonight two local acts are supporting Basia Bulat at The Hope. You can catch Bella Spinks and Heliopause on Queens Road from 8pm. Meanwhile Audiobeach Studios celebrate their fourth birthday with a showcase at Sticky Mike’s with sets from BirdEatsBaby, Nylon Sky, Echo & the Beats and Departure from Normal.
Friday Night is Valentines day, and The Valentines are playing their last ever gig at the Prince Albert, with support from Fire Eyes and Dirt Royal. You can also catch Normanton Street over at the Green Door Store.
Our pick for Saturday night is also two local acts supporting a touring band – Ez Stone and Ellie Ford are on the bill with Lily & Madeleine at Sticky Mike’s. We also like the look of Derriere who are playing at the Blind Tiger.
As Christmas approaches, we haven’t got quite so many acts in our weekly roundup of the local gigs we’ve picked out, but it’s all about quality rather than quantity.
Before I mention any other gigs this weekend, I want to give a special mention to a charity gig that’s taking place on Sunday afternoon / evening at the Above Audio, put on by Les Enfants Terribles in aid of the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Project, supporting those affected by the recent catastrophic weather in the Philippines. They’ve got a great line up, including The Miserable Rich (who are re-forming as a one off for this gig), The Phantom Runners, Spit Shake Sisters, Common Tongues, Lost Dog and Will Musset. There’ll also be a raffle and mince pie sale to raise more money for a deserving cause.
Anyway, back to tonight’s gig recommendation – A Lily (who appeared in our Advent Calendar last week) are supporting Farao and Asgeir at the Green Door Store.
Friday Night sees one of Brighton’s hottest tipped bands play at Bermuda Triangle. Royal Blood have been tipped as one of the BBC’s sound of 2014 bands, and are playing what’s bound to be a sold out gig supported by Tigercub.
Ez Stone launches his Moroccan Whiskey EP at the Red Roaster coffee shop on Saturday night, and is joined by Your Correspondent, Bella Spinks and Sam Jordan. Elsewhere, Kill Moon are headlining this month’s Drugs at the Green Door Store, alongside Dead Man’s Hand, The Harbour and Frankie & The Teardrops.
The big gig of the weekend however is Fatboy Slim, who’ll be playing to a packed room at Digital. It’s rare to see Norman Cook play a venue this small these days, and I’m a bit jealous of anyone who’s got a ticket!
Time for this week’s regular post on the weekend’s gigs that have caught our eye. There’s some interesting this time round – an afternoon gig, a gig celebrating twenty years since the headliner’s first single, a gig accompanied by a Caribbean supper and more.
Tomorrow night we’ve spotted that P for Persia are headlining at The Hope. We haven’t seen them live for a while, having missed the launch of their split single with Speak Galactic, but the few times we have caught them they’ve been brilliant live. We won’t be missing this. Support comes from Fat Bicth and Headquarters.
On Friday night there’s a Beatbet vs Haha Fresh electronica night at The Globe. It’s not your normal venue for a gig, but then Beatabet aren’t the types to go about things the way you’d expect. DA-10 and Foreign Skin are on the bill, alongside Blue Ducks, Morgan Hislop and Hypnotized, and Beatabet DJs. Meanwhile, somewhere else you wouldn’t expect a gig Ez Stone is performing at The Writers Place at 9 Jew Street, at an event called Come Rhyme With Me. Alongside his gentle folk, there will be spoken word poetry and as promised above, a Caribbean Supper.
And then on Saturday Night, My Life Story perform at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. It’s twenty years and a few days since Jake Shillingford and his band released Girl A, Girl B, Boy C, which they followed up with a string of orchestral pop hits throughout the nineties. These days Jake is Head of Music Business at BIMM, although the band still get together for an annual gig up in London, and this is the first time in years that the band have gone on tour. Also on Saturday Night, Professor Elemental is playing at the Green Door Store, alongside steampunk visuals. He’ll be supported by Gilli BloodAxe and Invokal. If staying out late isn’t such an appealing prospect, then perhaps you should pop along to the Brunswick where they’re holding an afternoon gig from 2pm, headlined by Grasshopper, a band with talent that surpasses their years.
We’ve got a bit of catching up to do in our new music round up – it’s been nearly two weeks since we made one of these posts, and we found a couple of other bits and pieces from when we were away a few weeks.
Man Ray Sky – Luma
Man Ray Sun have put up a video for their new track Luma, taken from their forthcoming EP Coreless, which comes out in November on Beatabet Records
Bunty – Multimos 6
Talking of Beatabet, Bunty released the sixth episode of her Multimos project a few weeks back. This time round it’s a free bandcamp download, so you can enjoy it even if you’ve got a tight budget.
Samuel Organ – Bay
The Physics House Band’s Samuel Organ has posted up a taster of his forthcoming album onto soundcloud with the track Bay. The track is a bit more chilled and a bit less aurally challenging than his previous solo releases, but doesn’t lose anything for it.
Lonesome Heights – Nagasaki
The new single by Lonesome Heights is a track that came out back in September while we were away, but we’re pleased to write about it now. Once you’re done with watching the video you can buy the track on iTunes.
Circ – Unself
The new track from Circ is called Unself and features vocals by Hane Laure.
Ez Stone – Moroccan Whiskey EP
Ez Stone’s Moroccan Whiskey EP is coming out next week on TLS Records – the new label set up by The Loft Sessions. For now, you can listen to the second track Old Man Soul on Bandcamp and pre-order the cd. The first hundred will be signed!
Waxwork Figurine – Peace With the World
Peace With The World is the new track from Waxwork Figurine. The first half is a little like some of Radiohead’s more electronic output, but then halfway through, the guitars kick in!
Eone – Dispersion
The new release on Numerology Records is another one which came out while we were on our holidays in September. Eone’s Dispersion EP has got deep house beats for the dance floor, and enough detail and ambience to make it worth a listen through headphones too.
Invokal, Asbest & The Paragraph Pirates – Yo Ho Ho
The new hip hop poetry from Invokal comes in a variety of different versions – Jungle Step, Glitch Hop, Electro Hop and Space Funk – and is available to download now on Bandcamp.
Moulettes – Songbird
Our last track in this mammoth roundup is my favourite from Moulette’s album The Bear’s Revenge. The band have just finished all of their touring and promotion for the record, and to put a close to that chapter are giving away the lovely Songbird as a free download.