Looking to catch some live music this week in Brighton? Then you’ve come to the right place. We hope that this article will give you some guidance in navigating Brighton’s eclectic, busy, and bustling music scene. Below are some of our top picks for the week….
Mr Jukes / Concorde 2 – Solo project of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman explores a mix of jazz, soul, and funk, opening up a whole new side of the versatile artist. On the back of singles ‘Grant Green’ (Ft. Charles Bradley), ‘Leap of Faith’ (Ft. De La Soul, Horace Andy), and ‘Somebody New’, Mr Jukes is to perform a selection of track from the new and debut album ‘God First’. Head to Concorde 2 to hear it first hand, although tickets are now sold out so anyone unlucky enough to have missed the chance to snap one up may have to spend some time trawling re-sale pages and waiting lists.
Pom Poko / The Prince Albert – Norwegian namesake of Brighton’s beloved Japanese restaurant, as well as Studio Ghibli’s 1994 animated adventure involving a group of shapeshifting racoons, play this evening in the recently decorated Prince Albert. Expect scratchy post-punk guitars and addictively energetic drums in this four-piece’s opening show for their European Fall 2017 tour.
Ducktails / The Joker – The lo-fi New Jersey band are in Brighton on Tuesday night for a show that AllMusic describes as full of “all burbling analog synths, bedroom processing, and sunburnt soundscapes”. Expect a giddy blend of psychedelia, drone tone, and hazy vocals, alongside a host of lush tropical riffs.
Plaid & Felix’s Machines / ACCA – Bringing together a unique mixture of natural amplification and audio processing synchronised with hypnotic patterns of light and movement, Plaid & Felix’s Machines are set to deliver nothing less than astonishment and intimacy. Playing at the recently opened Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on the University of Sussex campus, custom built instruments will be integrated alongside more conventional elements with impressive and immersive lighting arrangements in a way that promises to prove well worth the price of admission!
Estrons / The Hope & Ruin – The Welsh alt. rock outfit, self described as a “heavy pop band”, play at the Hope and Ruin on Wednesday for a show that promises confrontation and cultural-probing from the band that deliver empowering songs on sexual dominance and male ego deflation, and that may also deliver a shoe in the face (the product on a tequila fuelled on-stage outburst). Maybe take a crash-helmet to this gig if you’re feeling fragile…
Palm / The Joker – Experimental rockers coming out of Philadelphia, Palm promise a show packed full of complex duelling melodies, abrupt time changes, and unconventional structures that are sure to tickle your sonic fancies. Hailed as one of the most ambitious and promising acts in the art-rock scene today, Palm’s sets constantly deliver unexpected bursts of noise alongside a whole host of trapdoors and tricks that will keep you guessing as you clutch your beer in astonishment.
Holly Herndon / ACCA – The American composer, songwriter, and sound-artist, coming out of San Francisco, is currently a doctoral student at Stanford University studying composition, bringing out a whole host of techniques and tricks from her highly trained arsenal to dazzle her audience. Her computer-oriented compositions utilises a unique set of visual programming software to create custom instrument and vocal processes. Her most recent album ‘Platform’, released in May 2015, will give you a hint of the flavours on offer, but the set is sure to include new musical musings from this exciting artist.
Guantanamo Baywatch / The Joker – This slick Portland band, centred around grimed up homages to golden oldies, exist to be head live. Recently credited by NPR for “setting surf rock ablaze”, this act promise to deliver a show packed full of energy and eccentricity. Their recent single “Blame Myself” is one to check out before you go, paying tribute to a tapestry of surf-rock classics before setting them ablaze.
James Lavelle / ACCA – Superstar DJ, recording artist, and co-founder of Mo Wax, the label that brought us DJ Shadow’s ‘Endtroducing’ and featured in collaborations with the likes of 3D from Massive Attack and Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age, comes to the Attenborough Centre this Friday. A long time resident of London’s Fabric, and producer of soundtracks for films including the much acclaimed ‘Sexy Beast‘, Lavelle brings his wealth of experience to Brighton for a show that is part of a programme of performances for Brighton Digital Festival, and is one that promises to get you on your feet.
Ross From Friends/ Patterns – The south London based techno DJ, who combines 80s synth charm with old school house and techno through an experimental playfulness, plays patterns this weekend in a show that promises to fill the dance-floor. Listen to break-out track “Talk To Me You’ll Understand” if you’re unsure whether you want to go, but this Brighton regular is a sure fire hit for anyone looking to dance the night away this weekend.
Ryoji Ikeda: Supercodex / ACCA – Japanese sound artist working out of Paris, interested in experimental music and frequencies is concerned primarily with sound in a variety of “raw” states, such as sine tones and noise, often using frequencies at the edges of the range of human hearing, comes to Brighton for a show that is billed as a live audiovisual concert that uses raw data and mathematical models to generate music and projections. A continuation of superposition (2012) which focuses on quantum information, the concert reworks musical concepts from this work into an immersive club show.
DZ Deathrays / The Hope and Ruin – Award-winning Australian dance-punk duo play upstairs in the Hope on Sunday if you are looking for some post-roast entertainment this weekend. Their latest release ‘Black Rat’ (2014) was well received and has been described as the sound of “a confident band torn between its populist, party-friendly beginnings and a new-found ability to embrace glimpses of beauty amid the sonic destruction” by Andrew McMillan at The @Australian Today.