QUEENSRŸCHE

Fri 7 Aug

Concorde 2

There have been personnel changes, disputes over the name and a few minor tweaks to the sound, but Queensrÿche remain as powerful as they did at their formation in 1982.

Having sold over 20 million albums worldwide, this progressive metal band made a recording comeback with 2013’s eponymous album. It marks a return to the sound which made them unique. Expect massive vocals, tripped-out classics and a slew of rock hits. This will be a night of epic proportions in almost every sense.

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SAMANTHA CRAIN

SAMANTHA CRAIN

Fri 7 Aug

Latest Music Bar

Pushed to the front by the minimal production on her last album, the talent and potential of this Oklahoman chanteuse has been revealed in all its glory. She certainly has enough skill with her voice to fill any void left when everything is stripped back.

The recorded material has yet to capture the sweeping charm of her live performances. The endearing fragility of her voice belies a painful past, one she’s sharing with us all. That’s not to say there aren’t hidden depths concealed amongst her critique.

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deerhoof

DEERHOOF

Weds 26 Aug

Patterns

Fractured, whimsical-noise pop comes to Patterns, courtesy of the revered San Francisco–based indie rockers. Disorientating, with an ear for a blissful groove or two, they’ve turned being weird into an art-form. Some might call what they do avant-garde, but there are discernable moments of self-parody.

Their 13th album, ‘La Isla Bonita’, is, however, surprisingly accessible. Yet it still manages to gleefully swing between ferocious heavy metal and saccharine-sweet guitar pop. Properly bonkers…

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA

Thurs 27 Aug

Concorde 2

The Atlanta-based hard rockers are finally doing a European tour. Last year saw the release of their critically acclaimed album, ‘Cope’, accompanied by a stripped-down, reimagined version of its songs called ‘Hope’. Even for a band at the peak of their powers it was a bold move.

These chaps effortlessly bang out energetic pop riffs and high-energy anthems. It’s the kind of melodic, hooky and thrilling indie rock that everyone needs in their lives.

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Arc

ARC

Fri 28 Aug

The Joker

The Joker continues to bring the finest emerging bands to its stage. This time the Brighton-based alternative rock band Arc, are rocking the London Road venue. The band’s new EP ‘Dopamine’ is out now, and ripping it up on SoundCloud. Check it out now.

With a sumptuous wall of washy sound, they’re a little bit ambient, somewhat reverberated and undeniably garage. But you can be certain they’ll gently caress you in all the right places…

www.thejokerbrighton.com

At the edge of the seas - Wedding Present

AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA

Sat 29 – Sun 30 Aug

Concorde 2

With tales of rejection, 180mph jangly guitar riffs and a defiantly uncool attitude, The Wedding Present returns for another Bank Holiday mini-festival. Curated by their imitable singer David Gedge, it shows all those unbearable hipsters what indie means.

Sat features the band playing the A side from their ‘Saturnalia’ album, with guest slots from Watoo Watoo and Cinerama. Sun sees Saturnalia’s B side, with another appearance from Cinerama, plus The Nightingales. Go out and get ’em, boy!

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