October Gig Previews

It’s the first of the month, so it’s time to see what we’ve spotted to get you out the house in October.

First up, Magic Gang play a rare hometown show at the Green Door Store this Fridayat the Green Door Store this Friday at the Green Door Store this Friday. I hope you’ve got a ticket already though – it sold out yesterday.

Thyla are back with a new track (which we’ll have in our next New Music post) and a gig next week at the Green Door Store. They play on Monday 7th October.

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Brighton’s music scene isn’t just about indie bands, so time to give a shout out to jazz outfit Barnacles, who launch their new album at the Rose Hill on Thursday 10th October. Rather than have a support, the band will be playing two sets over the course of the evening.

One venue we haven’t mentioned on the blog yet (or made it up to, at least while they’ve been open) is the new Loud Shirt Brewery up in Kemptown. As well as brewing beer there they’re also putting on gig – an encouraging thing to see when you hear so many stories of venues closing. On Friday 11th October you can catch Oh Mama and Hill playing – we’ll be keeping our eyes out for any other gigs they might be putting on too.

Moving now from something new to something that’s very much part of the furniture of the Brighton Music Scene (and we mean that in the nicest possible way). Jacko Hooper‘s Folklore are holding a special gig for their fifth birthday at the White Rabbit
on October 15th. As well as Jacko, the bill also features Paper Hawk and Family Fiction.

There’s a new studio in town. Pirate Studios already have a few other branches dotted around the country, but they’ve just opened up in Brighton (well, Hove actually). They’ve got a two part launch event on 18th October, taking place from 3-6 at their studios then moving on to Art Republic for the evening from 7pm onwards.

Finally, ARXX are off on tour throughout October. Things are rounded off with a hometown gig at the Hope & Ruin on Monday 28th October, where fellow locals LIME also form part of the bill

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October Top Ten

We probably posted more new music in October than we had in any month in the three years we’ve been writing (we turned three on Friday!). Here’s our top picks from what we’ve heard:

1. Fujiya & MiyagiDaggers (Stephen Morris remix)

When we’re not listening to bands from Brighton, there’s a good chance that New Order ends up on the stereo, so when we read last week that one of our favourite Brighton bands had been remixed by a member of New Order it was almost inevitable that we’d love it.

2. Native RosesShadows (Ambassadeurs remix)

More Ambassadeurs than Native Roses, this remix of lush textured electronica didn’t bear a great resemblance to the original, but it’s beauty won us over.

3. Great PagansTangled up in Chemistry

Great Pagans album Cupid in Error was one of the highlights of the month. We could have picked any of the tracks – it’s all good – be we chose Tangled Up in Chemistry

4. Normanton StreetThis Wolf

We gave Normanton Street’s Much Respect EP a post of it’s own a day before it’s release last week, and deservedly so. The track we’ve chosen for our top ten is the beautiful stripped down This Wolf.

5. HeliopauseCity of Glass

Heliopause have popped up quite frequently on the blog over the years, as folk, then nudging post rock, and most recently as more straightforward indie. It suits them.

6. The DuBarrysUndress Your Soul

The DuBarrys had a self titled EP out this month, and lead track Undress Your Soul is a beautiful folk-pop classic in the making.

7. Fire EyesHide Out

Random Acts of Vinyl’s latest 7″ release by Fire Eyes is a great track on it’s own, but it confirmed it’s place in our top ten with remixes by the Bad Seeds’ Barry Adamson and AK/DK.

8. Eva BowanLacerta XI

Eva Bowan’s latest EP Hyperspectacle has been released by local label KLDCP and is possibly her most accessible, most cohesive work yet. We loved EP opener Lacerta XI.

9. Dog in the SnowConcrete Wall

Technically, Concrete Wall came out last month, being released as the B-side to Dog in the Snow’s Africa single, but it only got posted up to Soundcloud this month, and it’s still getting a lot of plays around these parts.

10. NightkitesDrones

We got the heads up about Nightkites’ future garage from GAPS who posted up a link to the music on their facebook page. The EP is named after the paranoid yet slightly hopeful standout track Drones.