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Monday Blues – King Blues live at The Haunt, Brighton

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WARNING: Fan alert, my love for The King Blues knows no bounds, so please beware copious amounts of gushing ahead. I first heard them in 2011, ‘What If Punk Never Happened’ was played to me and I knew that I was going to have a long and beautiful relationship with whoever had made this record. Nothing has changed, the flame ...

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Live Review: Teleman @ Concorde 2, Feb 2017

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Teleman began their UK tour for second album Brilliant Sanity in Brighton on Monday night, with an accomplished live set at Concorde 2. It’s a great venue, albeit one that feels like a long way along the seafront from the centre of town on a February evening. Perhaps this accounted for the relatively subdued nature of the crowd, or maybe ...

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Folking Hell: Beans on Toast at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar

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January came with its promise of a new year and we all blindly sang along to Auld Lang Syne clinging desperately to our hope for a better one. 2017 warned us not to go into the cellar in the suffocating dark, but we went in the fricking cellar and I am yet to find my way out. So now we ...

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John Grant at the De La Warr Pavilion

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The De La Warr Pavilion is a curious venue. It is a similar size to the Corn Exchange or Dome in Brighton and possibly boasts a better sound system. And yet, due to its location in Bexhill, an awkward hour away from Brighton, it remains undervisited. Is this due to a lack of familiarity with the place? Or are people ...

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Album Review: Holy Ghost by Modern Baseball

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At 27 minutes, Modern Baseball’s Holy Ghost certainly wastes no time in establishing the Philadelphian band as being one of the most exciting groups on the scene. Despite its brevity, Holy Ghost opens many conversations for Modern Baseball including death, depression and isolation. A long way from songs about Instagram and Twitter handles – see 2012s Sports. Words by Tom ...

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ACDC (with Axl Rose) live at the Etihad Stadium Manchester

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ACDC. A legendary band who need no introduction. That is if you can still call them ACDC? After rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to retire in April 2014 due to ill health, things were not looking too good for the Australian rock band. This being said I went ahead and got tickets for their Rock or Bust show in ...

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The Great Escape 2016 Round Up

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As ever, The Great Escape was a fantastic event, showcasing a wide variety of talent musicians from across the globe. Most of the city’s venues were open for business, as were a number of more extravagant locations, allowing visitors to get a feel for what Brighton has to offer. Only recognizing a couple of acts on this year’s line-up, TGE2016 ...

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WHITE at Green Door Store

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At the start of the year, I suggested that White, a sharp and snappy band hailing from Glasgow and channelling the well-measured electronic pop sounds of the 80s, would be a band to keep an ear out for over the course of 2016. Their gig on Tuesday 1st March at the Green Door Store in Brighton was an opportunity to see ...

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Ezra Furman at Concorde 2

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It has been great following the rise of Ezra Furman by seeing him play at venues that have grown in size with each successive visit to Brighton. Having masterminded great gigs at both the Green Door Store and the Haunt, Furman now had Concorde2 in his sights. 2015 was a restless year for the band, with months of touring to ...

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Album review: Cage The Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty

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They kept it quiet, but in October 2015, Cage the Elephant surprised us by announcing the upcoming release of their fourth studio album. Formed in 2006, the Kentucky group, heavily influenced by punk and classic rock, have become renowned for their energetic and eccentric performances, and their three previous albums were well received. I was excited to hear that Dan ...

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