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26
May
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 27

We have a couple of strong, female leads arriving on our pebbled shoreline for you today. Both are guaranteed to shine, bringing with them their gorgeous packets of star quality. Proper frontwomen that garner all the attention on stage, with bright futures ahead of them. Grab the tickets on Ebay or elsewhere if either gigs are sell outs, as it will be worth it.

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE

Ms Welch and her music making machine will be in full tilt on the below date at the Concorde 2 venue. She’s a true master of the student population up and down the country, as she pens catchy, hook-laden Indie-Pop tunes. You will find there is a touch of Regina Spektor in her sound and there’s been a million female soloists appearing in 2009, with front-runners such as Little Boots, V V Brown and La Roux all doing well, but Florence still packs in a unique fashion and music style all her own. Songs with excellent wordplay, sung with her personality packed in the vocals, play over the beat-rattle. Away from her many fine slower ballads you can expect choppy guitars and dutiful singalongs to her singles, as they bounce along to their build-to-a-crash climax.

ARTIST:                     FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
VENUE:                      CONCORDE 2, Marine Parade, Brighton Seafront
COST:                        £10.00
DATE:                         Tuesday 2nd June 2009
WEBSITE:                  Myspace
TRACK:                       KISS WITH A FIST (ysi)

THE JOY FORMIDABLE

Got any cobwebs? Consider the pixie-like frontwoman, Ritzy, to pack a power-punch that’s the perfect cobweb remover, as she blows not only the cobwebs, but they entire crowd away. Just like their songs she’s jammed with explosive energy, often throwing the guitar at the amps as the gig closes. The real star of the show, she has a great voice and plays a mean lead guitar as she’s doing it. Their power-indie, (or are they the first steps to a grunge revival?), comes at you like a tumbling tower block. It’s mesmerising to see live and you won’t be disappointed. Underneath all their buzzing voltage you will find a box full of outstanding, addictively-memorable songs, with strong chorus’ and prize-winning riffs. One of the best finds of 2009.

ARTIST:                    THE JOY FORMIDABLE
VENUE:                     AUDIO, Brighton
COST:                       £ 6.50
DATE:                       Thursday 11th June 2009
WEBSITE:                 Myspace
TRACK:                     WHIRRING (ysi)

The two gigs above show that there is life in Brighton after the mammoth Great Escape Festival, as we continue to see wonderful showcases of the UK’s talents. Talking of festivals, you can see the Glastonbury line up in full here.
Mike

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29
Nov
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 17

   

I’ve had a couple of tantalising gigs waft past my ears recently, so time to share in a generous-kind-of-Xmassy-sort-of-way. Tis the season to be jolly and all. Get involved and you won’t be disappointed. Do I ever let you down? OK, forget that shite performance by…um…no, thinking about it, I never let you down…

 

NME TOUR 2009

A new year begins and so another NME Tour rolls into town for it’s annual jaunt around the UK. This time hitting the Dome theatre with a larger capacity. Cue hordes of Brighton’s trendy teens en masse. They’re sticking to their trusted formula of four bands as the showcase. First on the bill will be the UK’s gorgeous answer to Ida Maria, Florence And The Machine with her troop of eclectic catchy Indie pop tuneage. Next up you should catch a band just about getting their fingertips over the edges of Radio One airplay, White Lies. With their New Romantic Rock, they’re placed too close on the shelf to The Bravery for me, but there you go . Third on the bill are the highlight of the night, Friendly Fires. Their self-titled album, released back in September, was a true highlight of 2008. When they hit their peaks they’re unreachable and live they give it an additional notch all together, especially watching both of the Ed’s (the frontman and the lead guitarist) hit it out. Lastly that night, a band that are NME darlings, (but then so was Pete Doherty and he’s a lost twat), the Scottish 4-piece Glasvegas. They ain’t bad and to be fair I’ve never seen them live, but for some reason their wave just didn’t wash upon my shore. The best thing to do in these circumstances is at the very least give them go. When have you ever taken my word as bible eh?

ACTS:                    FLORENCE & THE MACHINE, WHITE LIES, FRIENDLY FIRES, GLASVEGAS
VENUE:                  BRIGHTON DOME, Brighton
COST:                    £ 16.00
DATE:                    Monday 16th February 2009 
WEBSITES:            NME.com

 

WILD BEASTS

Just as you thought you were over the painful fact that Christmas and New Year had buggered up your wallets and you were climbing slowly closer to you bank account resembling something of normality – think again. Money will surely be flying back out of your account once more because February holds as much good live talent on our South shores as any previous year. Of the wide selection of acts performing for our pleasure this month I emplore you to check out this excellent group. I first fell in love with them after hearing one of my favourite songs of the year, Devils Crayon. Two singers, Tom and Hayden, the former providing the Edwyn Collins styled vocals and the latter giving us the tender Falsetto, almost reminiscent of Alison Moyet in part! The 4-piece’s sound is a guitar-based clambering brilliant piece of pop, that nestles somewhere inbetween nobody else. You won’t quite be able to shelve them and that’s definitely part of their charm. Set up in the tiny venue, Audio, this will be a truly up close and personal encounter not to be missed.

ACT:                      WILD BEASTS
VENUE:                  AUDIO, Brighton
COST:                    £ 8.00
DATE:                    Friday 20th February 2009
WEBSITES:            Myspace    Last.fm

 

So that’s yet another reliably fantastic recommendation for a couple of nights out in the new year. Get over Xmas save up your pennies as best you can once more and get busy foot tapping…
Mike




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