Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Naming your band after a small griddle cake eaten in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Australia would probably be a bit too out there for most bands. But then Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are far from your typical psych rock group.

Formed in 2014, the Perth experimental quintet have quickly become one of Australia's hottest prospects, uncovering all kinds of weirdness and psychotic fuzz in their deceptively concise and punchy sonic warfare. Debut album "High Visceral Part 1" set the bar incredibly high from the off, quickly followed by "Part 2" a year later, with landmark release "And Now for the Whatchamacallit" hitting the shelves in 2019 and racking up millions of streams on Spotify in very little time.

Fourth full-length "Shyga! The Sunlight Mound", released January 2021, marks the biggest step in their evolution yet; melding all manner of quizzical and heart-palpitating sounds into their uncompromising orchestra of noise.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 21 Aug 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Goldblume
+ special guests

Veterans of the East Anglia music scene, Goldblume return with their second album, and accompanying home-town launch gig.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 9 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill
Unironically Sings Some Songs They Like (plus work in progress!)

Andrew O'Neill is an award-winning comedian, punk-rock musician and best-selling writer. A psychedelic non-binary whirlwind, they combine surrealism, polemic and good old-fashioned stagecraft to produce uniquely counter-cultural stand-up.

Andrew has performed in over a dozen different countries, at over a hundred different festivals and is equally at home in rowdy comedy clubs as performing to their own cult following.

This show sees them "unironically singing some songs they like" as well as work in progress material.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records & Green Mind Gigs

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Sat, 17 Sep 2022 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Scott Matthews

If there's one quality that defines the career of Scott Matthews it's this: evolution.

The singer/songwriter has challenged himself creatively during a career that has been characterised by rare quality. As Matthews gears up for the release of his seventh studio album, new horizons loom into view as he finds different ways to cast a spell.

The quality of Matthews' craft is a given. The Ivor Novello-winning artist is part of a lineage that includes such greats as Buckley and Drake, John Martyn and Paul Simon. With guitar in hand and a voice that conveys raw emotion, he has long been established as one of the world's foremost purveyors of song.

Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, mixing the ethereal with the empyrean, Matthews is a musical alchemist who transforms base metal to gold. He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures as he addresses universal truths.

Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Fri, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock

With a career now spanning six decades, Robyn Hitchcock remains a truly one-of-a-kind artist: surrealist rock 'n' roller, iconic troubadour, guitarist, poet, painter, performer. An unparalleled, deeply individualistic songwriter and stylist, Hitchcock has traversed myriad genres with humour, intelligence, and originality over more than thirty albums and seemingly infinite live performances. From The Soft Boys' proto-psych-punk and The Egyptians' Dadaist pop to solo masterpieces like 1984's milestone "I Often Dream of Trains" and 1990's "Eye", Hitchcock has crafted a strikingly original oeuvre rife with sagacious observation, astringent wit, recurring marine life, mechanized rail services, cheese, Clint Eastwood, and innumerable finely drawn characters real and imagined.

Norwich Puppet Theatre, Fri, 23 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sam Russo
+ Harrison Rimmer + James Hull

SAM RUSSO is a Haverhill-based singer-songwriter, who has been travelling the world since the 2012 release of his début album "Storm".

Having found himself sharing stages and cars with the likes of The Lawrence Arms, Lucero, Tim Barry and Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano; Russo has honed his sound into a perfect blend of Billy Bragg-esque punk, Bruce Springsteen-esque rock, and Steve Earle-esque Americana.

York's HARRISON RIMMER is a singer-songwriter who combines the energy of a full-on rock band with the heartfelt reflection of a folk singer. 2022 saw the release of his début album "Larkholme", of which Paul Barry from Hyve Music said:

"For all the floor fillers on the album, there's an underlying darkness and longing within the words, which gives Larkholme it's spine."

JAMES HULL is a Lewisham-based singer-songwriter, fresh off appearances at Manchester Punk Festival.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Sat, 24 Sep 2022 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Scott Matthews

If there's one quality that defines the career of Scott Matthews it's this: evolution.

The singer/songwriter has challenged himself creatively during a career that has been characterised by rare quality. As Matthews gears up for the release of his seventh studio album, new horizons loom into view as he finds different ways to cast a spell.

The quality of Matthews' craft is a given. The Ivor Novello-winning artist is part of a lineage that includes such greats as Buckley and Drake, John Martyn and Paul Simon. With guitar in hand and a voice that conveys raw emotion, he has long been established as one of the world's foremost purveyors of song.

Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, mixing the ethereal with the empyrean, Matthews is a musical alchemist who transforms base metal to gold. He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures as he addresses universal truths.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 27 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage

Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage have more or less perfected a scuzzy and urban style of indie-folk - a 21st Century mash-up of Pete Seeger, R. Crumb and Sonic Youth.

A born and raised New Yorker, Lewis has been hard at work in the underground music and art world since the turn of the century - touring throughout the world and releasing eight acclaimed albums on the record labels Rough Trade and Don Giovanni. He is also a widely respected comics artist who self-publishes a comic book series called "Statics".

On stage Lewis is backed by his band the Voltage, including long-time collaborators Brent Cole (drums) and Mem Pahl (bass) as well as recent addition Mallory Feuer (violin and keys). The spectacular full-length Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage album "Bad Wiring" was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo) and was released November 1, 2019.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 28 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Luke Sital-singh

Luke Sital-Singh has unveiled the title track to his upcoming new album "Dressing Like a Stranger", a song inspired thematically and musically by his move halfway across the globe from London to Los Angeles just before the pandemic. Pondering the ways that experience changed him as a person, or perhaps the ways he expected it would and didn't, Sital-Singh penned "Dressing Like a Stranger" on a rubber-bridge guitar he got from Silver Lake's Old Style Guitar Shop fresh after arriving in his adoptive hometown.

In the months ahead, the instrument would become a comforting musical companion for the typically-collaborative songwriter as the world remained shut down, as well as the key that unlocked the sound of the new record.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 29 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Dears
+ Perfect Son

Formed in 1995, The Dears released their first, ultra lo-fi album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. The orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie-rock renaissance.

In 2001 and 2002, they released two separate concept EPs, "Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique" and "Protest", respectively. In 2003 they released their second full-length album "No Cities Left" in Canada, and a string of highly anticipated shows at SXSW '04 prompted the international release of "No Cities Left" with Bella Union. "Gang of Losers" came in 2006. In 2008 the group partnered with Dangerbird Records to release "Missiles", followed by "Degeneration Street" (2011), "Times Infinity Volume One" (2015) and "Times Infinity Volume Two" (2017). In 2019, Murray A. Lightburn released his solo record, "Hear Me Out".

The Dears have toured the world over, including performances on Letterman (twofold), Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Ross and at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Wireless, Montreal Jazz Fest, Siren Festival, Coachella, Austin City Limits, V Fest, Reading and Leeds, Les Inrocks (France), Montreux Jazz Fest, Istanbul Jazz Fest, Pop Montreal, CMW, NXNE and countless appearances at SXSW. They have shared stages with Spiritualized, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Daniel Lanois, Rufus Wainwright, Zemfira, Bloc Party, Keane, Morrissey, The Tragically Hip, Metric and Death From Above, to name a few.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Nerina Pallot

A classically trained pianist, Pallot was born in London and raised between Jersey and India, where her mother was born. Aged 21, she signed a development deal with EMI, but no one really attempted to develop her. She worked as a waitress, and at banks, and sang in restaurants, eventually signing to Polydor in 2000. But the team around her envisioned her as another Sophie Ellis Bextor or Lily Allen, failing to recognise her unique songwriting style and folk-leaning sound, and she was uncomfortable around fellow artists who would, it appeared, do just about anything to be famous. Shortly after a notorious incident where she was pushed unceremoniously off a sofa by Steps singer Faye Tozer on live TV, Pallot was dropped by her label. Honestly? It was probably the best thing that could have happened to her.

Some art comes to its creator like a crack of thunder: a strike of inspiration out of the blue. Other projects require nurturing; they need to be coaxed out of their hiding places like shy creatures. In the case of Nerina Pallot's magnificent seventh album, "I Don't Know What I'm Doing", it turned out to be a case of the latter. This record is the product of more than three years of songwriting and studio sessions, resulting in what is undoubtedly one of her finest works to date. It is filled with memories of childhood, strange tales of fate and coincidence, and beautifully realised reflections of self. It's about making mistakes, learning from them, and celebrating life for as long as we have breath in our bodies.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 8 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Skinner Brothers

Formed in London in 2017, after deciding a life in music might mean they'd never have to work a real job again, The Skinner Brothers gained notoriety after joining The Libertines on their 'Tiddeley Om Pom Pom' seaside tour on a personal invitation from Carl Bârat. With influences ranging from Sinatra to Oasis, The Skinner Brothers don't really sound like anyone else.

Cambridge Mash, Sat, 8 Oct 2022 at 6:30pm buy tickets

Pulled Apart By Horses

Pulled Apart By Horses are less a gang and more one big messed-up dysfunctional family. The Leeds quartet are a tightly-knit rock band who make music that thrills and menaces, their songs armed with suckerpunch riffs and zinging choruses. They formed in 2008 out of the ashes of various bands in Leeds. Since then they have existed in their own chaotic ecosystem, embarking on relentless tours around the world and stopping only to make 2010's punkily infectious self-titled debut and its snarling 2012 follow-up "Tough Love" (produced by Gill Norton; Pixies/Foo Fighters etc). Everything they've done has been drenched in a sense of youthful recklessness, of all or nothing ardour. With third album "Blood" they took things a step forward with wider musical and lyrical themes, embracing their love of psychedelic cinema and developing as a band whilst retaining the thrilling 'Horses' sound.

But life doesn't come with a user manual. Amid the constant noise, clamour and confusion of the Information Age, sometimes - as with much of the technology which surrounds us - human beings work best after simply being switched off, unplugged, reconnected and switched back on again or more accurately, the band felt a simple desire to fall in love all over again with the pure joy of making music.

With the trials and tribulations of their critically acclaimed fourth album "The Haze" behind them, Pulled Apart By Horses are approaching the future with fresh perspectives, open minds and a flurry of creativity writing new songs, defining their sound and taking back control!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 12 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

William The Conqueror

William The Conqueror's live performances have drawn wildly enthusiastic comparisons to Kings of Leon, Nirvana, Buffalo Tom and The Marshall Tucker Band.

Latest album "Maverick Thinker" (Chrysalis Records) has been described as "a record of cuts and bruises, wrapped within bittersweet leftfield rock n roll tunes; short, sharp shots to the arm; fuzzy college rock with chops, one foot lingering menacingly over the distortion pedal."

Recorded in LA at the infamous Sound City Studios, the trio rattled through the album's ten tunes at a breakneck speed - the energy and chaos nods to some of the US lo-fi greats and yet arrives at something innately British.

"instant classic" - Uncut
"razor sharp, dripping with the blues" - American Songwriter
"Whip-smart indie rock" - Clash

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 14 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Courting

Courting are a Liverpool based post punk band who write witty, jagged songs about everything from awful public transport to Take That reunions.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 18 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mik Artistik's Ego Trip

Hugely popular Leeds-based trio Mik Artistik's Ego Trip are well known for their unique live performances and madcap antics deeming every performance not just a gig, but a truly momentous event. So much so that they have been entertaining the Glastonbury Festival for the last 11 years. Some say Glastonbury hasn't really started until they've seen one of Mik's multiple performances.

Mik spouts poetic verse, creates chaos, plays air-crook lock (!), and all-out entertains over the top of an exquisite layer of rock, soul, funk, and punk created by multi-instrumentalist Jonny Flockton on electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele.

In December 2019 no-less than rock icon and 6Music presenter Iggy Pop endorsed Mik's anthem of hope 'Sweet Leaf of the North' as his favourite song of the last DECADE!, Iggy continues to support the band at every opportunity.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 22 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

October Drift

An immersive wall of distortion envelopes the powerful fragility of frontman Kiran Roy's vocals, while he paints a verbal landscape of introspection, despair and hope amid a sonic palette that evokes both the driving, spacious absorptivity of My Bloody Valentine and the poetic, visceral honesty of Nick Cave's lyricism.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 25 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Aoife O'donovan
+ Donovan Woods

Recognised for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O'Donovan is also known for her collaborations. Called "a vocalist of unerring instinct" by the New York Times, O'Donovan is one of the most sought after vocalists and songwriters of her generation and her career has allowed her to collaborate with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres.

The most recent example is I'm With Her, the band comprised of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and O'Donovan. Their debut album See You Around, released in February 2018, has garnered praise from NPR, who instantly hailed the collection as "willfully open-hearted", and The Guardian called their sound both "ethereal and purposeful".

As a solo artist, O'Donovan has released two studio albums. In the Magic Hour (2016), a 10-song album full of the singer's honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, and the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Mojo described the record as "exhilarating and exploratory," while the New York Times named "The King of All Birds" one of the Best Songs of 2016. Aoife toured 2016 in support of the album and ended that year releasing a live album Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge with her touring band. Her debut solo album, 2013's Fossils, is a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The record received critical acclaim and was featured on a number of "Best of 2013" lists including NPR Music, American Songwriter, New York Magazine, and No Depression. In 2018, Aoife contributed an original song titled "Are You There" to the film What They Had, an official selection at both Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.

O'Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and front woman of the string band, Crooked Still. She is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile and its one-third of the female trio Sometimes Why. Throughout her career, she has also collaborated with artists such as Alison Krauss and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, and is currently a member of the house band on the radio variety show Live From Here.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 31 Oct 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Bug Club

To say that the exuberant appeal of The Bug Club's live performances and songmanship has been spread by word of mouth is a bit of a contradiction, as you could never sum up the music produced by these three groovy peas in a far-out pod (musically and lyrically interesting, deliciously individual, stripped-back garage pop songs, which shimmy, bounce and slide from joyfully frenetic guitar riffs to melodious harmonies) in anything like one word.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 4 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

B-sydes (full Band)

B-Sydes has released two full-length albums - 2015's "Constant Fictions" and 2019's follow up "Self-Sabotage" - and regularly tours up and down the UK, alongside artists and contemporaries such as Gaz Brookfield and Jake Martin.

Whilst primarily performing as a solo act, tonight sees a rare outing for the B-Sydes Full Band; adding a new element to Sydes' performance.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 5 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Plastic Mermaids

They're surfers, they build their own effects pedals and they once sketched out the designs for a synthesiser played entirely by pigeons; but on their second full-length album, the endlessly inventive Isle Of Wight five-piece Plastic Mermaids are facing their dark side.

At the heart of Plastic Mermaids is the creative force of two brothers, Douglas and Jamie Richards, sons of a Gurnard boat-builder, who approach life like an art project, putting as much love into their band's visual concepts and staging as they have into their unique brand of psych-rock and electronica.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 6 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tv Priest
+ Modern Woman

TV Priest announce new album "My Other People" out 17th June 2022 via Sub Pop Records, which is the follow up to acclaimed debut "Uppers".

Frontman Charlie Drinkwater says of the album, "My Other People is a more 'open' set of songs, both musically and in our themes; in the process of writing we found ourselves talking about things other than anger or aggression. We wanted to discuss love, loss and joy too. It's a record about personal disintegration and destruction, but also rebuilding again after this. It's also heavily rooted in place, the music being a very direct response to Britain and England in 2021, but in a more abstract and textural sense. A muddy field viewed from a train window between cities, a patch of wild flowers growing next to a motorway, sticky carpets in a suburban flat roof pub, pissing rain on an August bank holiday and the smell of diesel in an out of town supermarket car park. An angry, hopeful, shitty, beautiful island."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 7 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Josh Rouse

With Brill Building wit, and a Midwestern sense of melancholy Josh Rouse has built a career that spans almost 25 years, reaching back to his acclaimed 1998 debut "Dressed Up Like Nebraska" and continuing to his breakthrough albums "1972" and "Nashville". His well-crafted and hook-laden tracks are coupled with closely-detailed, well-observed vignettes in his lyrics. Now passing 50, Josh faces the next phase of his life. "I remember seeing Tom Waits on the cover of a magazine with the headline TOM WAITS AT 50." Josh recalls "I was in my twenties and that seemed so far off... but he made a great record (Mule Variations) and I hope I have too."

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 11 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Waydown Wanderers

Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious.

High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. "Everybody says it. We'd be nothing without our supporters. Yeah, they buy tickets and of course we love that, but when we've been on the road for 10 hours and walk onto a stage road weary and we see familiar faces singing along, it's hard to describe. It's everything, really. There's a whole lot of love there."

Music enthusiasts are not the only ones taking note. Critics and tastemakers alike have awarded the young artists an impressive number of accolades ranging from official showcases at AmericanaFest (2018) and International Bluegrass Music Association (2016) to Whitstable UK Session of the Year (2017), a BBC Scotland Session (2017) as well as Finalist, International Song Writing Competition (2015 & 2016), Chicago's Best Emerging Artist, Deli Magazine (2014) and Songpickr's Best Songs Spotify Playlist (2016) among others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 17 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Red Rum Club

Formed in early 2016, Red Rum Club are a sextet from Liverpool, channelling 'Tarantino-esque' wild western vibes with the help of a solitary trumpet. Amongst the 80s Liverpool influence they deliver a modern twist of poetic yet catchy lyrics combined with melodies that blend to create the sound that is unmistakably, Red Rum Club.

Since forming, Red Rum Club have toured the UK extensively, booking every show themselves and adopting a strong DIY work ethic which has seen them build up an ever-expanding fanbase; a measure of their popularity is that they recently sold out the 02 Academy main room in Liverpool to 1200 fans! They also played all major spring/summer festivals including Sound-City, Isle of Wight, Tramlines, Liverpool International Music Festival, Truck- Fest and YNOT, plus an international showcase at Zandari Fest in Seoul, South Korea.

Cambridge Mash, Thu, 17 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Keg

KEG are a seven piece. Albert (vocals), Joel (bass) and Will (synth) grew up together around the seaside Yorkshire town of Bridlington; and like many artists growing up in removed quarters of the country, they shared a yearning to leave. Spreading to different parts of the country after leaving school, they found their bandmates in their respective cities and found one another once again on the southern shores of Brighton.

Frank (guitar), whose background resides mostly in hip-hop, afforded a unique pulse with a guitar sound which is manic, discordant but firm. Jules (guitar) whose song-writing sensibilities come from a love of cadence and craft of beautiful soul ballads, imbued the band with his structured sense of composition. Both Charlie (trombone & shell) and Johnny (drums) come from classically trained jazz backgrounds.

On their "Girders" EP, the band say it "came about quite naturally, unconsciously it all seemed to line up, perhaps with the exception of Kids which is just a nice radio friendly song about hating your offspring."

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 20 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Gaz Brookfield
+ Heartwork

Following on from his successful post-pandemic return to touring earlier in 2022, Gaz Brookfield takes to the road once more.

Gaz will be playing songs from his recent album "Idiomatic" - which reached number 10 on the Official Downloads Chart - as well as plenty of old favourites, from his massive discography.

Support comes from Aaahh!!! Real Records' own Heartwork.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Heartless Bastards

On the new album "A Beautiful Life", Heartless Bastards share a wide-eyed and radiant vision for harmonizing a broken world. The Ohio-bred and Texas-transplanted band's first new music since 2015's Restless Ones, "A Beautiful Life" affirms frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom as a songwriter with the power to profoundly influence our state of mind, often by alchemising her idealism into viscerally potent rock-and-roll songs. With its delicate coalescence of so many eclectic touchstones - French pop and Celtic folk, space rock and symphonic pop, Disney scores and post-punk - the result is an album that immediately lures the listener into a more receptive mindset, one that leads to deeper generosity, greater compassion, and a restored sense of possibility.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 30 Nov 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live
+ Linq

Daft Funk Live are a Daft Punk tribute-band based in the UK. Embracing the live aspect of DP's performances, they incorporate their own custom light shows, including a three-meter high LED pyramid, and use live instruments to give an immersive and dynamic show. Their stage production is meticulously crafted, paying the utmost homage to the infamous and illusive Robots.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 2 Dec 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jesca Hoop

California-born but now based in Manchester, Jesca Hoop is what you'd call a musician's musician. Discovered by Tom Waits, and brought on tour by Peter Gabriel to sing in his band, it was a phone call from Elbow's Guy Garvey that saw her move to the UK. Her most recent album "Stonechild" - produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, This is the Kit) - received huge acclaim from fans and critics alike, and it's easy to see why: her beautiful songs, rooted in the folk tradition are intricately detailed, acoustic-led pieces that teem with ideas.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 8 Dec 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Grant-lee Phillips

I'm drawing on the urgency of the moment,' reflects Grant-Lee Phillips. 'The things that eat away in the late hours...' That urgency inspired the headlong rush of Widdershins, in which Phillips invests the insight, nuance, and wit that has distinguished his songcraft over the past three decades in a riveting dissection of today's fraught social landscape. With more than two decades' experience first as frontman of the acclaimed Grant Lee Buffalo then and accomplished solo artist, Phillips awakens comfort and hope by shining light into darker corners. 'I hope to express my faith in people, my faith in the good ideas we're capable of, and that regardless of what opposition we face, the fact that we can surmount these things,' he concludes.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 31 Jan 2023 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Subways

The band have released four albums to date. Their sophomore, "All Or Nothing" (2008), was recorded in LA with heavyweight producer Butch Vig and, is "Buoyed with emotional heft and supernova guitar riffs, wired around a maturing song craft" (Mojo). The tracks were written at a time when Billy was battling to save his voice following surgery to remove nodules from his vocal cords

"Money and Celebrity" followed in 2011, filled with "brilliantly anarchic punk-pop vignettes; each being a big musical finger that sticks it to financial greed, the mediocre mainstream and the fame fetishists" (Rock Sound) and included the Radio 1 A-listed single "We Don't Need Money to Have a Good Time". Their self-titled 4th album saw the emergence of singer and songwriter Billy Lunn as a producer, as he took control of engineering and mixing duties and is "On par with the best things they have ever written... and finds the band energized, focused and battle-ready" (Q Magazine).

Cambridge Mash, Sat, 4 Feb 2023 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Shonen Knife - 40th Anniversary Uk Tour

Shonen Knife - from Osaka, Japan - formed in 1981 by sisters Naoko and Atsuko. Long before terms like 'riot girrrl' entered the lexicon, the all-female trio were happily snapping guitar strings to the sound of imported Ramones covers. Like fellow cult Japanese girl group The 5,6,7,8s, Shonen Knife have weathered decades of musical change by adhering to what they know best: belting out their own infectious brand of feelgood pop-punk.

Over the last 40 years they might not have packed out out stadiums but have been credited as a huge influence on alt rock acts from Sonic Youth to Nirvana. Despite years on the road, their enthusiasm for live performances remains a joy to see as they delve into an extensive back catalogue ranging from solid thrash rock through to hit parade melodies.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 14 Apr 2023 at 7:00pm buy tickets