Folk singer Amelia Meath and electronic producer Nick Sanborn released the debut Sylvan Esso album last year, topping many end of year critic’s lists. A collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance, it was accessible without being poppy.
This American indie duo offers something incredibly charming, both artists finding renal and freedom through the project. Expect an evening of quirky heartfelt electronica, warmly blanketed with Meath’s beautifully warm voice.
The new incarnation of Beth Jeans Houghton, Du Blonde, returns to showcase a fiercer, heavier rock sound. It’s certainly a dramatic switch from her original dreamy folk-pop sound.
She might be embracing the harder end of the music spectrum, but there’s a deftness of touch on display that you’d never expect from her clattering influences. Some of the music is angry, some of it is maudlin, but all of it comes from Houghton’s heart. She’s playing it by her own rules now and no one should stand in her way.
ANDREW JACKSON JIHAD Thu 4 Jun Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
This Arizona outfit has built a significant cult following since their inception in 2004, one which loves just how heart-breaking, heart-warming and inspiring their shambolic songs can be.
A little bit silly and a little bit serious ‘Christmas Island’ – the fifth album from Andrew Jackson Jihad – truly cuts right to the bone of the human condition. Dealing with life, love, death, loss and Linda Ronstadt, the new record has it all, delving into the most profound of emotions.
Last year saw him prove to Glastonbury and Coachella that he’s still got what it takes. This British musical icon is touring an incredible set list of both Roxy Music and solo hits, plus songs from his forthcoming album ‘Avonmore’.
Seducing a new generation of fans, loved by the critics and still capable of effortlessly turning on the charm, this is a welcome revival for Britain’s smoothest man.
After three consecutive top five albums, 750,000 sales and three sold-out headline tours, The Overtones have struck a big win with their rebooting of classic sounds for contemporary audiences.
Their fourth collection ‘Sweet Soul Music’ came in February, offering a tribute to doo-wop and soul pioneers like The Drifters, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. Audiences are transported back to the heady 60s, when ground-breaking television shows like ‘Ready Steady Go’ and ‘The Tami Show’ launched a host of era-defining artists.
Baltimore resident Dan Deacon may be renowned for his live performance parties and childlike enthusiasm for audience participation, but he’s also a true modern renaissance man.
Since wave experimentation, video collage, modern classical composition and film scoring are all part of Deacon’s coat of many colours; he also releases expansive, euphoric electronic albums. His new work ‘Gliss Riffer’ presents a clutch of psychedelic electro-pop tunes to bathe us with a strangely spiritual light.
A former postman and life-long dreamer, Argos’ real ambition was to, one day, get on Top Of The Pops. Now the Art Brut singer talks about his experiences in the music industry and on how to form a band and become famous.
“Now the whole of the UK will have the opportunity to hear his tales of a life spent in rock ‘n’ roll, from playing the vacuum cleaner onstage to lying to people in London about how he could sing like Aretha Franklin. This is his story.”
Critically acclaimed electronic/ambient duo, Marcus O’Dair and Andrew Phillips, return to their hometown. Romantic, nostalgic and magical, their unique brand of electronica delights the senses.
Whether composing music for film and television, writing a biography of Robert Wyatt or producing albums that offer treasure hunts around the country, it’s clear this pairing is an artistic powerhouse.
Kansas-born and London-based, Piney Gir returns to Brighton and with new album ‘Mr Hyde’s Wild Ride’. Its 12 pop stories tell of a young woman coming to terms with the hope and regret accompanying loss and love.
Gir can’t resist the perkiness of a finely-honed, heavenly tune, channelling 60s pop sensibilities and up beat kraut-rock. Sweet, endearing, crazy and fun, we’re certainly not in Kansas anymore…
With their trademark pumping pop punk choruses, Brakes are back from the wild frontiers for a hometown show.
Originally signed to cult indie label Rough Trade, Brakes have shaken off the Brighton super-group tag to an extent. Comprised of former members of Brighton music scene stalwarts British Sea Power, Tenderfoot and Electric Soft Parade, they are now a tightly wound rock outfit. Here comes some superior party rock, live and direct, just for you…
Another hometown show this June, this time for GAPS, AKA Rachel Butt and Ed Critchley. The debut album ‘In, Around The Moments’ from the duo, saw release on Maya Jane Coles’s I/AM/ME label last month, the first time Coles has brought outside talent into her label.
Unhurried acoustic guitars drift over loose deflated beats; they present an ever-shifting sonic landscape. Perplexing or beguiling, try and say they’re not utterly magical.
THE BURNING HELL Thu 25 Jun The Hope and Ruin
The Burning Hell is the alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom. He’s been on the road since 2007, playing everywhere from festivals and bars to living rooms and mental asylums.
These hyperactive live shows has gathered heaps of critical acclaim, as have the caustic lyrics, proving that songs about the inevitability of death can also be fun to dance to. With a witty and engaging storytelling and compelling instrumentation, The Burning Hell are a cracking prospect.