Live Music in Brighton

Best Live Music In Brighton March 2015

Published On February 27, 2015 | By Brighton Noise | Music & Nightlife Features

With Spring approaching, the days getting longer and finally some Sun making an appearance it’s that time of year when your energy starts to come back! Make the most of it by getting out there and enjoying some of the best live music in Brighton this March 2015. With everything from glam-metal, psycho-pop and sex-funk to classical song writing, house, techno and dub there’s something for everyone!

Be Nothing presents: Ariel PinkOld Market (Pictured above)

Ariel Pink is a musical genius. Last year’s ‘pompom’ was the album that fans have been waiting for him to make since he signed to 4AD for his breakout album, 2010’s ‘Before Today.’ ‘pompom’ combined the zany, eclectic, mix tape, song writing of earlier efforts with the increased production values bigger labels offer. Musically his mix of glam-metal, psycho-pop and sex-funk isn’t matched by many other artists out there. Self-made controversies continue to follow him, falling out with Canadian singer/ songwriter Grimes over accusations of misogony and agism whilst Alanna McCardle of Joanna Gruesome accused him of acting like “a self-satisfied 4chan user.”

Wed 4th March
8pm | £15 Advance

Live Music in BrightonUnderworld – Brighton Dome

A couple of Underworld based misconceptions cleared up: 1. They are Welsh, despite being often mistakenly thought of as Scottish due to their association with the soundtrack of the Danny Boyle’s comedy-drama ‘Trainspotting.’ 2. They have done far more than mega-hit ‘Born Slippy’ releasing eight albums since 1988. Their unique combination of classical song writing, house, techno and dub has been highly influential in the development of multi-genre electronic music since their mid 90’s heydey. This should be quite a night for Brighton’s electro hedonisits with 2manydj’s playing the Concorde after this show for those that refuse to call it a night.

Sat 7th March
8pm | Sold Out

Live Music in Brighton Vision Fortune and Soft Walls – Bleach

Brighton’s Faux Discx is one of the finest small labels in the land, specialising in lo-fi minimalist post-punk with beautifully noisy guitars and insistent rhythms. Vision Fortune are alumni of the label, they released a succession of EP’s before 2013’s discordant, deconstructed, drone-punk epic ‘Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune’ album. Newly signed to ATP Recordings (F*** Buttons, Deerhoof, Autolux) their soon to be released album ‘Country Music’ is reminiscent of American experimentalists Liars, before that band gave up their guitars and moved to Berlin. In support Soft Walls are led by Faux Discx label head Dan Reeves. Their krautrockisms are transcendental live. Mouthwatering.

Wed 11th March
8 pm | £7

Live Music in BrightonDr John and the Nite TrippersBrighton Dome

Not just a genuine living legend, N’awlins crooner Dr. John has enjoyed a late career bloom primarily through 2012’s album of the year contender ‘Locked Down.’ Recruiting Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys on production duties and a group of younger musicians was successful in introducing him to a whole new generation of fans. Dr. John (born Malcom John Rebennack) started as a session musician but came to prominence after adopting the ‘Night Tripper’ moniker in the late 60’s. His invigorating mix of New Orleans R&B and psychedelic rock has been often imitated but never matched.

Thurs 12th March
8 pm | £21.50, £24, £27.50

Live Music in BrightonGreat Pagans & The Hundredth AnniversaryGreen Door Store

Local label Anti-Ghost Moon Ray came to national attention last year through the post-industrial horror electro of Gazelle Twin, who won Quietus’s album of the year for her Unflesh record. Released on the same label, Great Pagans, ‘Cupid In Error’ kept up the outstanding quality control whilst sounding nothing like that record. It is most reminiscent of the distinctive line of British ‘thinking man’s indie’ that runs through The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian and Wild Beasts. The Hundredth Anniversary have already featured in the NME and should appeal to any fans of the headliners. Their EP ‘Wreckers’ was a local highlight of last year.

Fri 13th March
7-10.30 pm | Free

Live Music in Brighton Dictionary Pudding Presents: Sealings & Lower SlaughterHope and Ruin

Brighton based trio Sealings have an air of malevolence around their records and live performance that distinguishes them from their post-punk peers. Their Psychocandy influenced, gothic noise-punk drips with menace; it’s drenched in static and feedback with the occasional creepy guitar lead or zombiefied monotone vocals lending an air of casually sadistic indifference. Last release, the ‘My Boyfriend’s Dead‘ single on Too Pure Record sounds like a tranquilized Jesus and Mary Chain – genuinely unsettling. In support, we’ve not seen Lower Slaughter yet but if there was a prize for buzz emerging from early shows they’d be winning it.

Sun 15th March
8 pm | £5

Live Music in BrightonSCNS & Joints Manoeuvre Arts Collective Presents: Slabdragger Hope and Ruin

It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that the delightfully named Slabbdragger are a metal band; doom-metal for the subgenre literate. They come from school of Black Sabbath acolytes like Cathedral, Electric Wizard, Sleep and Torche. Riffs come thick with detuned distortion and the drums thunderously powerful, giving the listener a feeling akin to wading through treacle. We suspect you’ll be psychosomatically creating the weed smoke. We are waiting for the full length follow up to 2011’s outstandingly huge sounding Regress, we would very much hope for new material at this show. That’s SLOW and HEAVY, right.

Sun 22nd March
7.30 pm | £5

 Live Music in BrightonLout Presents: Charlie XCX – Concorde 2

A chart bothering pop act plays the Concorde twice, once on the way up and once on the way down. Charlie XCX is very much on the way up, in fact some might argue she’s already a star which makes this gig all the more essential. Tipped for the top since 16, she co-wrote global mega-hit ‘I love It’ for Icona Pop in 2012, whilst her turn on Iggy Azelea’s ‘Fancy’ contributed toward the most streamed track of last year on Spotify America. Already a big thing across the Atlantic, her new album “Sucker” is full of hits, she has the bad-girl sass of M.I.A mixed with the mega-hits of Gwen Stefani.

Tues 24th March
7.30 pm | £14 + bf in adv

Live Music in Brighton Love Thy Neighbours Presents: Thomas Traux Komedia Studio

If Thomas Truax is playing venues the size of the Komedia Studio still then there either appears to be some element of collective amnesia on the part of all people that have seen him or the music press is completely failing to do its job. Both probably. He creates his own ridiculously fun musical instruments going under names such as “Stringaling” or “Hornicator” and uses live samples to build songs gradually. His outstanding songwriting stops this being some novelty performance, we reckon that if you think the news that Truax recorded a David Lynch tribute album is good, then this is the gig for you.

Sun 29th March
19.30 pm | £8

Live Music in BrightonStara Rzeka – Prince Albert

Kuba Ziolek is an esteemed figure of the Polish underground, known for his work in a variety of outfits such as Alameda 3, T’ien Lai and Innercity Ensemble but it is his one man project Stara Rzeka (meaning Old River) that appears to have pricked the ears of the world’s critics. 2013’s outstanding ‘Cień Chmury Nad Ukrytym Polem’ album is at it’s core an obfuscated acoustic folk union with blown-out ambient electronics, though it also touches on black metal, drone, komische and conventional krautrock. It ends with a vocally naked, spacious Nico cover, all of which should be fascinating live.

Tues 31st March
7.30 pm | £7.70


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