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Mildlife

Rialto Theatre, Brighton
Friday 21st September
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Jimothy Lacoste

The Haunt, Brighton
Saturday 22nd September
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Fort Process

Newhaven Fort
Saturday 22nd September
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Skinny Pelembe

Green Door Store, Brighton
Wednesday 26th September
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Album Reviews



  • Iceage – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th September 2018

    Iceage – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th August 2018 Iceage – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th September 2018 Danish post-punk six-piece Iceage, who are currently touring their new release Beyondless,treated the ears of their dedicated fans at The Haunt. They had support from Josiah Konder, who also travelled a similar distance for the show. Now, I wish not to be mean, but Josiah Konder made a mistake touring with Iceage. Not because they were bad (they weren’t), just uncomfortably similar to the headliners – but a bit less settled in their image. Then again, for a lot of the fans in attendance, anything similar to the headliners most definitely wasn’t a bad thing.
  • Saltwater Sun – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – 14th September 2018

    Saltwater Sun - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton - 14th September 2018 Saltwater Sun – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – 14th September 2018 Four top bands, three of them Brighton favourites, all for not much more than the price of a pint. That’s what dreams are made of round these parts, and Hidden Herd’s special show this weekend certainly lived up to that. As well as showcasing what the rising buzz of Saltwater Sun is all about, it is also the first sneak peak at a very exciting future for some of Brighton’s best acts.
  • Albert Hammond Jr – Concorde 2, Brighton – 16th September 2018

    Albert Hammond Jr. - Concorde 2, Brighton - 16th September 2018 Albert Hammond Jr – Concorde 2, Brighton – 16th September 2018 It’s been a funny old year for The Strokes. Despite a hoax suggesting they were going to play an intimate show at Camden’s Dingwalls that caught out many loyal fans, and no real sign we’ll ever see them again as a band, both Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr. have released the finest solo record of their respective careers. With Casablancas set to bring The Voidz to Concorde 2 in November, it was down to Albert Hammond Jr. to set a precedent with his own solo show at the very same venue. Thankfully, and brilliantly, he did just that with a career spanning set, a dose of fun-loving humour, and an incredible...
  • Breathe Panel – The Western, Brighton – 13th September 2018

    Breathe Panel - The Western, Brighton - 13th September 2018 Breathe Panel – The Western, Brighton – 13th September 2018 Brighton’s Breathe Panel have really stepped things up a notch in 2018. Not only have the played some great shows - such as their fantastic Great Escape slot at One Church - but they released their debut, eponymous record back in July. Produced by MJ of Hookworms, we described it as “Touching on shoegaze tendencies, with Nick Green’s luscious vocals at the forefront of every track, it’s an album...
  • Passenger – Brighton Dome – 9th September 2018

    Passenger – Brighton Dome – 9th September 2018 Passenger – Brighton Dome – 9th September 2018 If you ever thought Passenger was just the name behind the super hit ‘Let Her Go’, you are quite mistaken. Try telling that to almost 2,000 dedicated fans at the Brighton Dome on Sunday night. After a staggering ten studio albums, Passenger has built an impressive back catalogue of finely constructed, emotive songs, all of which are adored by his fans.
  • GZA – Concorde 2, Brighton – 5th September 2018

    GZA - Concorde 2, Brighton - 5th September 2018 GZA – Concorde 2, Brighton – 5th September 2018 There’s a reason they call Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA the genius. Not only is he regarded as the leader of the seminal hip-hop group, but he’s a Harvard lecturer and a highly respected solo artist in his own right. The word legend is certainly overused, but GZA is an icon pure and simple. His show at Concorde 2 proved all of this and more, as he exhibited his fantastic lyrical flow, his excellent wordplay, and an incredible back-catalogue of hip-hop classics. As Brighton hip-hop shows go, especially in venues as intimate as Concorde 2, this was as fresh and exciting as it gets.
  • Anna Burch – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 3rd September 2018

    Anna Burch - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 3rd September 2018 Anna Burch – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 3rd September 2018 As festival season draws to a close, it’s a good job there’s still a wealth of great artists to enjoy in order to soften the post-festival blues. Detroit-based indie-pop singer Anna Burchhas played at several festivals herself this summer, including End Of The Road, Port Eliot and Deer Shed, and that’s just a few from her UK dates. She’s had a busy year with plenty still to come, stopping at The Hope & Ruin on this Monday, following her appearance at EOTR.
  • Erin Rae – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 4th September 2018

    Erin Rae - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - 4th September 2018 Erin Rae – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 4th September 2018 A little bit of Nashville came to Brighton this week in the shape of Erin Rae, the country-folk singer from Jackson, Tennessee. Having been a performer on stage since the age of five (with her parents, also musicians), she has successfully walked the line between indie-folk and Americana ever since her 2016 debut, Soon Enough,came out. Now, in town for a show in support of her superb recent record, Putting On Airs, she put on a display that delighted her adoring fans.
  • Goat Girl – The Haunt, Brighton – 6th September 2018

    Goat Girl - The Haunt, Brighton - 6th September 2018 Goat Girl – The Haunt, Brighton – 6th September 2018 Despite the fact they released their debut album, which we called “A procession of devastating and precise observations that get right to the heart (and guts) of modern Britain”, this year, it’s been a tumultuous 2018 for South London’s Goat Girl. Not only did drummer Rosy Bones suffer severe burns causing them to cancel shows on their album tour, but bassist Naima Jelly has also left the band. Their show at The Haunt, however, which they’ve dubbed the ‘burns’ tour, finally sees the band returning to normality, showcasing a...
  • Stella Donnelly – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 24th August 2018

    Stella Donnelly – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 24th August 2018 Stella Donnelly – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 24th August 2018 Seeing female-fronted bands is, for the most part, a rare treat, same goes for female solo artists. Seeing female bands, with female support, and a female tour manager, is even more so. It shouldn’t be, and some people would think I’m over reacting, but screw them, because I’m not. As pointed out by Australian singer/songwriter, Stella Donnelly, there’s a tendency for these artists to be categorised as ‘political’, particularly when approaching particular topics, when in reality, to Stella, these ‘heavily political topics’, are “just...
  • Hidden Herd Festival – Green Door Store, Brighton – 1st September 2018

    Hidden Herd Festival - Green Door Store, Brighton - 1st September 2018 Hidden Herd Festival – Green Door Store, Brighton – 1st September 2018 Over the last 12 months, online magazine Hidden Herd have announced themselves as a fantastic promoter offering up the best of indie music. Thus, their very first festival was an eclectic affair showcasing bands from Brighton and further afield in an all-dayer that grew more and more in strength as it escalated up the bill. From prog-rock to operatic pop, this wasn’t only an entertaining day of music, it was an exciting portrayal into the strength of up-and-coming British guitar music.
  • Shannon and The Clams – The Haunt, Brighton – 31st August 2018

    Shannon and The Clams - The Haunt, Brighton - 31st August 2018 Shannon and The Clams – The Haunt, Brighton – 31st August 2018 The rise of Shannon and The Clams has been a joy to watch. Having seen them rise through the ranks, including playing venues such as Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, the Brighton audience has really taken their 50s-meets-garage-rock to heart. Their latest album, Onion,has further seen them rise and their gig at The Haunt was the ultimate celebration of a truly unique band. With joint vocalists, and a sound from a bygone era, Shannon and The Clams turned The Haunt into a setting more accustomed in an American prom movie.
  • ‘The Freewheeling’ Yo La Tengo – Komedia, Brighton – 29th August 2018

    Yo La Tengo – Komedia, Brighton - 29th August 2018 ‘The Freewheeling’ Yo La Tengo – Komedia, Brighton – 29th August 2018 ‘An Evening With…’ style shows rely on two things: the willingness of the performer and the enthusiasm of the audience. Luckily, both were on hand for indie-rock icons Yo La Tengo’s show at Komedia. Titled ‘The Freewheeling’ Yo La Tengo, it was an acoustic show mixed with a Q&A, in what was essentially a love-in between the New Jersey band and their devoted fanbase. Devoid of awkward silences, and brimming with intense belly-laughs, it was about as entertaining as a two hour show can be.
  • Maggie Rogers – KOKO, London – 29th August 2018

    Maggie Rogers – KOKO, London - 29th August 2018 Maggie Rogers – KOKO, London - 29th August 2018 Sometimes a pop star comes along so fully formed, so undeniably perfect at that moment in time, that it feels pre-ordained. Dua Lipa was one, and Sigrid another. Now, so it is with Maggie Rogers, a name that may currently be unfamiliar to some, but one that is certain to dwarf many other current front-runners. On the first of two sold out shows at London’s famous KOKO venue, she shows exactly why she is about to inherit the pop throne.
  • Sons Of Bill – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 13th August 2018

    Sons Of Bill - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - 13th August 2018 Sons Of Bill – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 13th August 2018 Hailing from Charlottesville, Virginia, Sons Of Bill began their tour this week, kicking off the UK leg of it in Brighton. As a warm up to their London show, SOB took to the stage at The Hope & Ruin, in support of their new, audacious record Oh God Ma’am. The band’s new record pushes them into new territories, taking an 80s-inspired sound but plunging it into a darker direction.
  • African Night Fever 15th Anniversary – Ropetackle Arts Centre – 18th August 2018

    African Night Fever 15 years Anniversary Concert - Ropetackle Arts Centre - 18th August 2018 African Night Fever 15th Anniversary – Ropetackle Arts Centre – 18th August 2018 African Night Fever is a promoter who started off with a night club that only played African music 15 years ago in deepest Hove. Over the years they have expanded to promoting live music and have brought many diverse and interesting African bands into the area. Tonight, was their party to celebrate their first 15 years, incorporating all the things that have made them successful.
  • Jake Shears – Concorde 2, Brighton – 16th August 2018

    Jake Shears - Concorde 2, Brighton - 16th August 2018 Jake Shears – Concorde 2, Brighton – 16th August 2018 Handsome, charismatic, supremely talented. Where did it all go wrong for Jake Shears? With the beloved Scissor Sisters on a hiatus since 2012 following the release of their fourth album, Magic Hour, fears rose that audiences would never again get the chance to get jacked up on some cheap champagne to their infectious and quirky brand of pop. However, this month’s release of a self-titled solo album from Shears has brought all those good times back, effortlessly updating the classic Sisters sound into something new but equally, and importantly, fun.
  • At The Edge Of The Sea – Concorde 2, Brighton – 11th August 2018

    At The Edge Of The Sea - Concorde 2, Brighton – 11th August 2018 At The Edge Of The Sea – Concorde 2, Brighton – 11th August 2018 This year is the 10th anniversary of the At The Edge Of The Sea (ATEOTS) festival and this is my fourth time covering it for Brightonsfinest. When I first discovered the festival five years ago I did not know much about The Wedding Present, except that their fans are the sort of people who would see The Wedding Present headline their own festival every year. It’s a very clever festival really. Firstly, the title is perfect as it’s hosted at the Concorde 2 venue, right at the edge of the sea. Also, a few of the bands have joked it should be At The Gedge Of The Sea, as the festival is put together by David...
  • Mystic Braves – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 12th August 2018

    Mystic Braves - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - 12th August 2018 Mystic Braves – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 12th August 2018 Since 2013, Acid Box Promotions have carved a niche out of the Brighton music scene that has made them truly stand out. Focussing on “Psychedelic, garage rock, fuzz-fuelled nights” they’ve put on great gigs that have an intimate feeling and are put together with genuine love and care. Their latest night saw an arrival of L.A. psych descend on The Hope & Ruin with a joint tour between The Creation Factory and Mystic Braves. Both bands, along with Brightonians Buddha Blood, provided an enticing night of jangly, gloomy psychedelia.
  • The Rhythm Method – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – 11th August 2018

    The Rhythm Method - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton - 11th August 2018 The Rhythm Method – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – 11th August 2018 Many people - probably due to their name and their hilarious social media presence - think that The Rhythm Method are a parody band. It couldn’t be further from the truth, however, as not only are the duo a terrific live band but they’ve got fantastic pop songs in abundance. Subsequently, a Saturday night in Sticky Mike’s basement with the band’s infectious pop songs about politics, football and nuanced social observations provided one of the more humorous, enjoyable and entertaining gigs of the year. Make no mistake about it, The Rhythm Method are one of the freshest acts on the indie circuit.

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