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Back in early September 2017, director Mike Mills emailed Matt Berninger (The National's frontman) to introduce himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of the National's nearly 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died. 

Sam Fender, who plays Brighton Dome later this month, recently released Will We Talk?, the final single from his debut album. 

Following the release of his seventh studio album Up On High, Vetiver is heading out to Brighton, next month. In something of a rarity, the upcoming date (part of a UK tour) will see Andy Cabic taking to the stage without the accompaniment of his backing band.

"Our last gig of the world tour was September 2018, in Brooklyn - I was done, had written no songs, nothing new, I thought I felt like quitting for a while," says Stereophonics frontman, Kelly Jones.

Brighton-based musician, promoter and studio owner, Stuart Avis, recently sat down with Steve Hackett - ahead of his date at Brighton Dome - who, as one fifth of Genesis during their 1970's prime prog phase, has gone on to build himself a reputation as one of rock's leading and most innovative guitarists. 

Calexico and Iron & Wine first made an artistic connection with In the Reins, the 2005 EP that brought Sam Beam, Joey Burns and John Convertino together. 

Lemon Jelly producer Fred Deakin's The Lasters is an ambitious new solo project inspired by classic concept albums like The Who's Quadrophenia and Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds.

Charly Bliss, the American four-piece band - who have traded their brash punk persona for a more thoughtful pop sound - make a welcome return Brighton, following a well received appearance at the city's Great Escape Festival, back in May.

It all started with two dubstep acts and a folk band, which perhaps explains the rainbow coalition of genres that spray across the album (Poor Girls/Broken Boys): punk, disco, metal, electronic pop – “all the main food groups” as The Vegan Leather bassist Matt puts it. 

"We're from the days when a number 14 bus and a supermarket trolley got us around." Soul II Soul mainman Jazzie B remembers the lengths he and a school friend used to go to play dances with their first sound system when they were just thirteen years old.

Originally conceived as a solo project by Siobhan Fahey, Shakespears Sister were thus born by a one-time punk turned chart-pop singer who left girl-group Bananarama in the late eighties.

Accidents, heartbreak and a career curse plagued Brighton-duo Blood Red Shoes on the road to their new LP, the appropriately and knowingly-titled, Get Tragic. 

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