Top 10 Brighton gigs in July

Published On June 28, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Music & Nightlife Features

Of Monsters and Men

Icelandic dreamy pop folksters, comprised of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Ragnar “Raggi” Þórhallsson, Brynjar Leifsson, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Árni Guðjónsson and Kristján Páll Kristjánsson. The band’s debut album ‘My Head is An Animal’ topped album charts in Iceland, Ireland, Germany, Canada, America and has now gone Gold in the UK. Of Monsters and Men have released their new single ‘King and Lionheart’ on the 4th of March 2013 through Island Records. Crafting epic songs inspired by their amazing homeland, story telling and personal history, Of Monsters and Men have gone from a battle of the bands winner to an internationally and critically acclaimed sensation. SOLD OUT

De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP
Wed 3rd

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Shuggie Otis

The son of a rhythm and blues pioneer Johnny Otis, Los Angeles-born Shuggie started playing the guitar at the tender age of two. In 1969, the 15-year old multi-instrumentalist and singer -influenced by contemporary acts such as Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Lee of Love- released his first solo album “Here Comes Shuggie Otis”, which prompted B.B. King to state that Otis was his “favourite new guitarist”. During his lengthy career Otis has also performed with such luminaries as Frank Zappa, Etta James, Eddie Vinson and most recently Mos Def. £22 in adv + bf

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Concorde 2, Madeira Shelter Hall Madeira Dr, Brighton, BN2 1EN
Thu 11th

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MS MR

OIB are delighted to be bringing one of our absolute highlights of this years SXSW. Very very excited to be bringing this act to Brighton. Noir-Pop New Yorkers MS MR release their debut album ‘SECONDHAND RAPTURE’ on May 13th. The album has been written and produced by the band, which comprises of London-born Lizzy and Idaho native Max, with additional production and mixing by Tom Elmhirst (Back To Black, 21). May 13th also sees the release of the next MS MR single, ‘Hurricane’ which follows up their last release, the Radio 1 playlisted ‘Fantasy’. £9

The Haunt, 10 Pool Valley Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1NJ
Thu 11th

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Com Truise

Com Truise is one of the many personas of producer and designer Seth Haley, born and raised in upstate New York and operating out of a 12’-overrun apartment in Princeton, New Jersey. An admitted synth obsessive, Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”. £8 adv / £10 otd

Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard Brighton Train Station, BN1 4FQ
Tue 16th

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Local Natives

Indie rock band quartet Local Natives formed 6 years ago in their hometown of Los Angeles and have been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend. They recently released their highly anticipated second full length album “Hummingbird” at the start of the year and will be bringing it to the British South Coast this summer. Having already gained a huge global following this is a band not to be missed! £18 + bf in adv

Concorde 2, Madeira Shelter Hall Madeira Dr, Brighton, BN2 1EN
Tue 16th

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The Levellers

Brighton folk-rockers Levellers have long been and still are, one of the best live bands around. Having headlined numerous festivals throughout their illustrious career including the main Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury (for which Levellers are credited as having Glastonbury’s biggest ever audience watching) and still to this day headlining their own annual (always sold-out) festival ‘Beautiful Days’, Levellers are without a doubt not only Brighton heroes but music industry legends. Alongside their countless live successes, Levellers back catalogue of recorded music is breathtaking, in fact Levellers sold more platinum, gold, and silver albums in the 1990s than any other act, just think about that for a moment! £21.50 advance

Brighton Dome, 29 New Rd Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UG
Fri 19th

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Akron/Family

It was a century ago when I first saw Akron/Family perform, in the tiny back room of a bar in Brooklyn that held perhaps 20 people. Akron sat in chairs on a small stage festooned with red velvet and small theater light bulbs, their plentiful gadgets and musical toys littering more than a few tables – always seemingly on the verge of collapse. The young men awkwardly held their guitars in their laps or gently played drums/percussion, apparently trying not to knock anything over (to disastrous results) mid set. Cables and extension cords laced through their legs, they proffered a sort of delicate, improvisational experimentalism, laced with occasional rock grooves, but most extraordinarily, often punctuated with beautiful 4 part harmonies.

The Haunt, 10 Pool Valley Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1NJ
Sat 20th

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Two Gallants

Alternately explosive and restrained, Two Gallants’ new album, the aptly titled The Bloom and the Blight, is a meditation on past and present – melodic fury matched with the eloquent, confessional lyricism that has made Two Gallants an enduring favourite of both fans and critics. Capturing the sound of a new beginning, The Bloom and the Blight celebrates the band’s much anticipated reunion following a multi-year break. £12.50 / £14.50

Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, 9-12 Middle St Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AL
Sat 20th

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Thomas Truax

Thomas Truax (pronounced troo-aks) travels the world singing into a contraption he invented called ‘The Hornicator’. Constructed on the shell of a junk gramophone horn it resembles something that might have been dreamt up by Dr. Seuss. He taps out live rhythm loops, plucks assorted strings, springs and attached noisemakers, building a backdrop of layered hypnotic sounds on top of which come some of the most striking stories about clones, butterflies, dogs, technology, loneliness, and other beautiful and sad things. £9

Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard Brighton Train Station, BN1 4FQ
Wed 24th

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Regina Spektor

Described by Pitchfork Media as ‘the most talented representative of New York’s antifolk scene’, Regina Spektor’s music is a combination of minimal piano and instrumentation with lighthearted yet heavily meaningful singing, her songs casting a wry eye at the world with their amiable storytelling quality. £25

De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex TN40 1DP
Mon 29th

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