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Nisennenmondai : Dictionary Pudding presents
with Nope and Drill Folly - 8:00pm Wed 18th Feb 2015 @ Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
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The early arrivals were rewarded with an excellent set of beat driven electronica from Drill Folly, who displayed a love of the pile-driving 4/4 techno with some always interesting noise at the frayed edges of her compositions. Horn samples and spoken word parts all combined to create an ambiance that wouldn’t feel out of place  [read more…]

With enough band members to fill two Haunt-sized stages, Peasant’s King truly brought their A-game to an almost sold out Brighton show supporting Young Kato. With an atmospheric, built-up introduction to their entrance and a hopeful anticipated audience, the whole room seemed to realise that they were in for a treat. It took a song  [read more…]

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with Hypnotized - 7:30pm Mon 28th Sep 2015 @ The Green Door Store
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Locally based lads Hypnotized seem to have a pathological fear of standing still musically, whereby no sooner have they released something, they’ve moved on. If earlier efforts such as their Say It demo tape and the Telesto EP saw a young band making tentative steps toward breaking away from the shackles of their influences (Animal Collective’s joy, the  [read more…]

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Clowwns : Clowwns album release
with Prince Vaseline - 7:30pm Fri 10th Jul 2015 @ Latest Music Bar
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This was a great chance to catch bands that have produced two of the better releases from Brighton outfits so far this year. Prince Vaseline’s A Naturally Coloured Pleasure is a clever psych-pop affair that manages to tie different eras and places together with a seamless ease, somehow connecting John Fogarty, Lou Reed, Canterbury Folk  [read more…]

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Jenny Hval : Be Nothing present...
with TBA - 7:30pm Fri 12th Jun 2015 @ The Hope & Ruin
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It seems ridiculous given Jenny Hval’s commitment to the weird that we were expecting a standard show. Perhaps it was the relatively straight forward gig we got at 2013’s Great Escape in support of her promising full band breakthrough record for Sacred Bones Innocence Is Kinky, but we weren’t quite prepared for the accoutrements to  [read more…]

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8:00pm Wed 11th Mar 2015 @ BLEACH
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A late change to the bill saw Meddicine, who did an excellent split album with the headliners a few years ago, replaced by Royal Limp, a band of some promise that seem to have spent much of their early career hamstrung by line-up changes. They continue to develop an effective set. Opening track ‘White Relief’  [read more…]

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Normanton Street : AGMP Presents
with NEW STREET ADVENTURE - 7:30pm Fri 13th Mar 2015 @ The Haunt
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Normanton Street are definitely ones to watch. Their sound is accomplished, without sounding over-produced, and sitting on the right side of pop. It’s an enjoyable mix of influences – soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop – which is engagingly listenable without ever sounding stale or tired. Choosing a highlight is difficult, some might point to Phoebe Freya’s  [read more…]

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ASBO Retards : THE LAST ASBO BEFORE X-MAS
with TBA - 8:00pm Sat 20th Dec 2014 @ The Prince Albert
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Saturday night saw the return of ska punk darlings The Junk to Brighton. A night organised by another Brighton favourite ASBO Retards as a way to celebrate Christmas in true punk fashion. It was always going to get a bit crazy at The Prince Albert really… Kicking off the night were South East punk rockers  [read more…]

This Femuary gig – presumably taking place on the first of March to ensure we don’t forget feminism is still relevant despite February being over – is preceded by a night of art and poetry before the first musical act takes to the stage. Using loops and electronics to layer vocals and instruments as a  [read more…]

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with Merlin Tonto - 7:30pm Thu 4th Jun 2015 @ The Joker
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It seemed every indicator was against Merlin Tonto’s support slot, upstairs at the still new and shiny Joker venue on Preston Circus. The evening sun of a glorious day had yet to descend, there was no rig for their thoughtful and mood enhancing projection and they were preparing to play a set of unrecorded material  [read more…]

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