Bodega

https://www.facebook.com/BODEGABK/

under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Bodega released their debut album Endless Scroll earlier this year to rave reviews from the likes of Observer, Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, The Times, DIY, Uncut and more. Recalling the rich history of New York's musical heritage whilst keeping its sight on the future, Endless Scroll revitalizes the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting.

Endless Scroll was recorded and produced by Austin Brown (Parquet Courts) on the same Tascam 388 tape machine used for their LP Light Up Gold.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 27 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Drenge

https://www.facebook.com/ddrreennggee/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Drenge's new album, Strange Creatures, produced by longtime collaborator Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Fall)comes out on Feb 22nd. The follow up to their critically acclaimed albums Drenge (2013) and Undertow (2015), as well as this year's Autonomy EP, Strange Creatures includes the singles 'This Dance' and 'Autonomy', and was recorded in Sheffield at McCall Sound earlier this year.

The album was made after months of chiselling away, ripping themes and ideas apart, and sewing them back together, and is described by the band as the most considered record we have ever made. To coincide with the release of the new album, Drenge have announced a UK tour for spring 2019 including a Cambridge date.

Speaking about the new album, the band say It's a nocturnal record. A psychological horror movie on wax. Warped hallucinations from mundane observations as you move through it. Is that a school or a skyscraper on fire in the distance? Or maybe it's just the ski village? You drive nearer, past roadside diners jammed with dancing teenagers, through Uncanny Valley, past the most unhygienic nightclub in the world. The stereo sounds like it's going to fall apart at any moment. The car judders to a halt and all you can hear is the sound of the sea.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 1 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Penelope Isles

https://www.facebook.com/penelopeisles/

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Hailing from the Isle of Man, Penelope Isles is the sounds of Jack and Lily Wolter, with the help of friends Becky Redford and Jack Sowton. Currently based between Brighton and Cornwall, the band perform melodic fuzz pop with dynamics that will transfix and satisfy. Hypnotic, chiming bedroom pop music. For the lovers of Radiohead, The Magic Numbers and Deerhunter.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dream State

www.dreamstateofficial.com

A five piece, female fronted, alt-rock / post hardcore band from south Wales who formed at the end of 2017. Sparking glowing comparisons to Emarosa and A Day To Remember, Dream State strike you with hard hitting vocals, powerful guitars, and earnest emotion.

Peterborough The Met Lounge, Wed, 3 Apr 2019 at 7:45pm buy tickets

Piroshka

https://www.facebook.com/piroshkaband/

Piroshka is the Hungarian for Little Red Riding Hood, and
gives a subtle nod to a certain red hairdo that stood out in the 1990s Brit-guitar-pop scene. It's also the alter ego of four notable talents - Miki Berenyi (Lush), KJ 'Moose' McKillop (Moose), Mick Conroy (Modern English) and Justin Welch (Elastica).

Making gorgeous bittersweet, euphoric pop that is much more than the sum of the four parts, Piroshka's music combines physical force with sublime delicacy and lyrics that reflect the brutal times we are currently living under. The band will be making their live debut in November 2018.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 5 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Williams

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"He has released four albums as Tom Williams & the Boat but for his fifth, the Hastings troubadour has dropped his anchor, come ashore and is suddenly riding a quickening hype-wave, under his own name. The vintage pop-rock of All Change was recorded between classes with a student-backed band while he was artist-in-residence at Leeds Beckett University but its orchestral flourishes and even, on the track What a Shame, bursts of choir alongside an eerie organ, make it sound expensive and epic. Stylistically, Williams swings from Damien Rice acoustica on Sometimes to a whorl of psychedelic Radiohead on the refugee crisis-inspired Everyone Needs a Home, while nailing Oasis's knack for pop songwriting. Better, though, is the monster, bourbon-laced riffage on Little Bird, as if latter-day Arctic Monkeys had done the Twin Peaks soundtrack, and the throaty urgency of Higher Place. Next year's Brits critics' choice award is surely his." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 7 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Xcerts

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/Thexcerts/

Searing Scottish indie band making heavy soul-fuelled rock influenced by the likes of The Smiths and The Clash. With a punky, psychedelic feel to their music, The Xcerts sound is both truly original and consistently passionate. Expect fervent live shows and arena-sized tunes.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 8 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

"The pig has several connotations. Most civilisations and cultures have seen them as arbiters of fertility, virility, strength and abundance. The Buddhist tradition swings the other way, seeing the pig as ignorant, illusory, greedy, lustful. Other religions see them as unclean. Then there is the Celtic fable of Manannan, who owned a herd of pigs that never dwindled they were forever replenishing their numbers.

I could go on. The point is that the pig is multifaceted and almost indefinable a shifting construct for people to hang their hopes and fears on. It is also a heave bag of flesh that wallows in mud and s*** all day until taken to the slaughterhouse. A myriad of strong, indelible, contradictory images, fit for a Newcastle heavy psych band that can't reign in their swine (although they have reined in members of likeminded noisemongers Khunnt and Blown Out)." The Quietus

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 9 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Cc Smugglers

https://www.ccsmugglers.co.uk/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

There are buskers that will make you cry, they're so good, according to cult Americana artist Andrew Bird. And then there are buskers that will take you to a place where sound and energy merge to create a kind of spiritual ecstasy, a joyful affirmation of life itself. CC Smugglers, who have made the transition from the street to the stage with consummate ease and considerable acclaim, exemplify the latter, and then some.
The band from Bedfordshire started out as guerrilla buskers, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators.

They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade. So impressed were the Old Crow Medicine Show they invited them to share their platform on the remaining dates.

It was Richie who formed the band after busking alone for some years as a teenager. He enlisted the help of Dan Edwards (double bass) Ryan Thomas (lead guitar) and Sam Barrett (rhythm guitar and fiddle) who formed the Bedfordshire contingent of the band for several years. They were joined 18 months ago Joel Barford (drums) and more recently by Tom Seals (keys) both accomplished young jazz players their influences have really allowed us to explore more contemporary challenging arrangements said Richie.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 12 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Luke Sital-singh

https://www.lukesitalsingh.com/

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'The Last Day' is the breathtaking new single from Luke Sital-Singh, available to stream and download now. A heart-wrenchingly poignant yet life affirming imagining of his last day alive, it's a song that masterfully crafts hope and light out of the embracing of mortality.

I had no intention of writing another song about death, Luke says. I guess that's just the happy fun-time guy that I am. I like how a song about the end is coming out first. Putting everything in perspective again as a new phase begins."

The exquisite animated video for 'The Last Day' was directed by Uncle Ginger, who say: As fans of Luke's music and approach to songwriting, we were delighted to be asked to create an animation for Luke Sital-Singh. Our animation visually reflects the beautiful narrative woven by Luke's lyrics, whilst echoing the intimacy, honesty and tenderness of The Last Day.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 15 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind

http://www.righteousmind.co.uk/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Following on from their critically acclaimed debut album, Super Natural, Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind has announced details of its hotly anticipated follow-up, CollectiV, and a UK tour. The single, Sex Robot, will precede both.

Released on 08 March 2019 on Ma§onic Records via Cargo, CollectiV is a veritable sonic feast. Made from only the finest ingredients including rock'n'roll, chain gang chants, mutant soul and gospel, as well as the band's own heavy lounge, this is the best release yet from singer Jim Jones, whose career has seen him front the legendary bands Thee Hypnotics, Black Moses and The Jim Jones Revue.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bloxx

https://www.facebook.com/BloxxUK

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DIY praised female fronted, 4 piece, alt rock / indie pop band, BLOXX are known to fuse grungy undertones with classic indie-influenced melodies to create their unique, yet comfortably familiar sound which is most evident within their live shows.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 19 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dawn (formerly Dawn Richard)

DAWN (formerly Dawn Richard, D∆WN) is one of music's most distinctive voices and songwriters, developing her own unique style through a tirelessly independent route.

After cutting her teeth as part of the girl group Danity Kane and the quietly-influential r&b project Dirty Money, DAWN went solo in 2011, building her own self-made infrastructure and honing a style of r&b that she describes as genderless, colourless and genreless. DAWN went on to release the critically acclaimed album trilogy of Goldenheart, Blackheart and Redemption. The trilogy, inspired by everything from experimental electronic music to mythology, garnered her praise in the NY Times, FACT, NME, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and many more, while Blackheart reached #2 in the Billboard Dance charts.

Following eighteen months focused on touring Redemption and collaborating - she featured on Dirty Projectors' 2017 hit single Cool Your Heart, as well as tracks from Kimbra, Jimmy Edgar and Mumdance - DAWN returns this winter with new breed, a new full-length project that sees her return to her birthplace of New Orleans both musically and spiritually, drawing from the city's rich musical heritage and traditions as well almost two decades of experience as a black independent woman in the music industry.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 21 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Malena Zavala

https://www.facebook.com/MalenaZavalaband/

"Malena Zavala's debut album is a transcendental dream in musical form: Aliso immerses listeners in lush lullabyes and sweetly haunting tapestries of sound that blur the lines between fantasy and reality, allowing us to revel in the alluring haze between asleep and awake." Atwood Magazine

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson

http://www.martinsimpson.com/

Under 14s welcome with an adult

Seated concert

Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. His own song writing has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic Love Never Dies, to the profoundly moving Never Any Good. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon and many more. Simpson is a very regular nominee in the BBC Folk Awards and received Musician of the Year in 2002 and 2005.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 27 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Murray A Lightburn

https://murraylightburn.com/

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"as if Brian Wilson had borrowed [Curtis] Mayfield and the Impressions for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Rolling Stone

MURRAY A. LIGHTBURN is a composer, musician, performer and music producer. He is best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter of internationally-known Montreal chamber rock band, The Dears.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 28 Apr 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Honeyblood

http://honeyblood.co.uk/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Glasgow two-piece Honeyblood have a sound that has been described as 'slacker-grunge-garage-rock', but members Stina Tweeddale (vocals/guitar) and Shona McVicar (drums) prefer to call it 'crunch-pop'. Their sound has drawn comparisons to recent favourites Best Coast and Frankie Rose, along with hints of 90's female guitar heroes the Breeders and Throwing Muses. Since tumbling onto the Glasgow music scene in 2012, the duo have since signed to the FatCat label, home of The Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit and We Were Promised Jetpacks.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 1 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cabbage

http://cabbageband.com/

'There's stuff brewing in Manchester again at the moment with a new wave of excellent Manchester bands coming through in their own unique ways. Cabbage have always been at the forefront introducing us to other bands like The Blinders, Proletariat and more. Their debut album doesn't disappoint.

The dirty side of Greater Manchester has reared its ugly head with this band of misfits who don't want to conform to the colour by numbers indie state of the norm we have had for years. Cruising away from the Manc swagger of the you know who's they ramp up the odds with a dirty sound that still captures the anthems inbetween the mess of lovely noise.' NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 1 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Just Tom And Pete

https://www.facebook.com/justtomandpete/

Just Tom and Pete' is the spoilt and drunk man child of Cambridgeshire friends Tom Copson and Pete Robbins. Their music began in 2009 when they started jovially playing R&B tunes to mates in the pubs they drank in. Perfecting the art of putting their own unique spin on some of the worlds best known songs, they have performed in Australia, USA, Europe and the seas in between. Using only a cajon, a guitar, and their voices, audiences are often shocked at the depth of sound they can find as a pair. Fresh from supporting Rockgrass pioneers Hayseed Dixie, they embark on shows in celebration of the release of their debut album 'Can't cut the Mustard'.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 May 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Kris Barras



https://www.krisbarrasband.com/

Kris Barras is one of the U.K's most exciting Blues-Rock Guitarists. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies with blistering technique has thrilled audiences worldwide for the past 13 years. The band's unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them one of the 'must-see' Blues bands of 2018.

Kris was voted in the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the world by the reader's of Music Radar/Total Guitar Magazine.

Kris has signed a multi-album deal to legendary Blues record Label, Provogue/Mascot Label Group. He joins a roster with artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Walter Trout.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 7 May 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Aldous Harding

http://www.aldousharding.com

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

New Zealand singer / songwriter, Aldous Harding, has been wowing audiences around her native country for years with her original 'gothic folk' music. She's known for her sinister torch songs with a charismatic combination of wit and quiet horror. She comes from the same dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 16 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Mini Mansions

https://www.facebook.com/MiniMansions/

Works Every Time' finds the band in their prime open, honest, and full of real tangible emotion but counterbalancing those feelings with musically fun songs. The single is infectious, with dark cool sounds layered with zingy guitar work and Parkford's love-torn lyrical confessions. Although arguably a pop hit, Mini Mansions do not shy away from the melancholic toe-tapping grit that is their staple. Of the EP's title single, Tyler elaborates, "A lot of these lyrics are playing with the cliché of a love song," he explains. This is our Mini Mansions cliché."

Following on from their critically acclaimed 2015 album 'The Great Pretenders', which saw the band tour with the likes of Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood, only now are the LA trio ready to unmask themselves more than ever before. Michael Shuman states on the new material "This is probably the most personal and vulnerable we've ever been."
The recording of the Works Every Time EP at Hollywood's Barefoot Recording Studios was co-produced by the band and Cian Riordan, who worked with them on their prior record, whilst Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age) and Darren Weiss (Papa) tracked the drums. Dash Hutton (HAIM) will be playing live with the band.

Mini Mansions are singer and guitarist Michael Shuman (bassist of Queens of The Stone Age), bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and singer and keyboardist Tyler Parkford.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 17 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Steve Lamacq - Going Deaf For A Living

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

DJ and journalist Steve Lamacq celebrates 30 years in the music industry with a new, intimate one man -show of anecdotes and observations, clocked up over three decades of championing new music.

Since swapping his fanzine for a job at the New Musical Express in 1987, the music obsessive has seen more than 5,000 gigs, banged on endlessly about music he's found (as his friends and colleagues will dolefully testify) and occasionally been coerced into manning a one man band's merch stand.

But Going Deaf For A Living isn't just his story; it's a fond exploration of the life of all music fans from the first record you buy to the best gig you've ever seen; how bands you love will let you down; and how knowing the catalogue numbers of the Rough Trade label won't necessarily win you friends at dinner parties.

Expect frontline stories from his NME days (including the lunchtime spent interviewing Nirvana in a Shepherds Bush B&B in 1990) and about life at Radio 1 and BBC 6Music, where, over 20 years he's booked sessions for numerous Next Big Things; interviewed Noel Gallagher 17 times; and, in 2013, was awarded the prestigious radio gong, the Sony Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, Fri, 24 May 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Dreadzone

https://www.facebook.com/dreadzone/

One of the most energetic, exciting and powerful live bands to emerge from the post-rave scene, Dreadzone have steadily been releasing albums and progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub since their inception in 1993. Still going strong after 25 years in the game they have also long been and still are, one of the best live bands around.

In 2018, Dreadzone move forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show - a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album 'Dread Times' which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.


In 2018, Dreadzone move forward as a 5 piece, after parting ways with their guitarist after 10 years, and are focusing more on the electronic and dub elements of their stage show - a sound they developed in earlier years of Dreadzone. Their old skool dread sound comes bubbling to the surface on new album 'Dread Times' which digs deep into their dub and reggae roots whilst still keeping the beats fresh and the textures electronic.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 25 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pip Blom

https://www.pipblom.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

If you asked a cross-section of people to name things that were musically naff, the Eurovision Song Contest would likely rank pretty highly across the board. If you were to then ask what qualities one would need to succeed at said venture, a lifelong love of Blur and The Breeders would probably swoop to the opposite end of the scale.

That's likely why Amsterdam-born singer Pip Blom's childhood dreams of competing in the cheesy pop spectacle never really got off the ground (an adolescent attempt at penning a tune with her best friend, in her own words, sucked). But TV's loss is the indie world's gain: now 21 and with a full band in tow, Pip's honing a sweetly scuzzy sound that'll trounce the competition with ease.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 29 May 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Yonaka

https://www.facebook.com/weareYONAKA/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

English quartet Yonaka combine heavy riffs, melodic hooks, and on-stage punk furor like the wild spawn of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Royal Blood. The Brighton-based band, comprising vocalist Theresa Jarvis, guitarist George Edwards, bassist Alex Crosby and drummer Robert Mason, met in college while each member played in different bands. They got together in 2014 and quickly gained a reputation for their formidable live shows.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 3 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Fonda 500

https://www.facebook.com/fonda500/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Governments rise and fall, seasons wax and wane, fashions change, millions die and millions are born, but two things remains constant: Fonda 500 keep churning out nuggets of pop gold and vocalist and keyboard wrangler Simon Stone is still welded into a bear hat.

For the uninitiated, take Super Furry Animals sense of the surreal and way round a pop hook, the chugging guitars of Weezer and the twinkly keys of Grandaddy. Make them part of your life.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 14 Jun 2019 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Focus

http://www.focustheband.com/

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits Hocus Pocus, House of The King and Sylvia, as well as critically acclaimed albums 'Moving Waves', 'Focus 3' and 'Hamburger Concerto', the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their tenth album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

After a comeback in the early 2000's, which resulted in the well-received albums 'Focus 8' and 'Focus 9', the band regrouped with a fantastic new line-up. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is famed Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972. Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, complete the band's current line-up. Recently, Focus's biggest hit "Hocus Pocus" was used in a 4-minute Nike commercial before the World Cup broadcast. Focus music can be regularly heard on Top Gear and Saxondale on TV in the UK.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 27 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Part Chimp

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/partchimpofficial/

"There is something about London's bruised cultists Part Chimp that has always harboured both jaw-shattering awe and tightrope-teetering ridiculousness. The unapologetic, from-the-bowels-of Hell sludge they have dredged up over the last seventeen years comes at you in a myriad of ways: it's archaic, like pre-dawn pagan guttural mantras; it's Herculean, David vs Goliath iconography etched in sledgehammer noise and funereal riffs; it's anarchic, making the walls sweat blood before imploding in a Poltergeist twist of pinprick white light; yet it is also at times simplistic, base, even (dare I say it) silly.

Yet it is next-level cathartic washed clean in the hot scree of white noise. Tim Cedar, Joe McLaughlin, Iain Hinchcliffe and Jon Hamilton take their brand of searing cerebellum strippers very seriously - but at the same time it has always been double-dipped in a sense of beating the fun back into you. Walking the blade-thin line between raw ferocity and sly, deceptive laconicism has been done by quite a few noise bands over the years, but very few (like The Melvins or Cows) are able to make it a tectonic statement of infinite appeal. And while they are nowhere as prolific as the former their last, the brilliantly destructive Thriller, came out in 2009 - they haven't been dormant either. A show last year in a crypt in Camberwell threatened to wake the dead and kill the tympanic membrane of the living." The Quietus

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

http://www.hot8brassband.com/

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

An extraordinary, raw and funky brass band from the streets of New Orleans. The Hot 8 are famous for playing all day in the sun, then hopping to a club gig and playing through the night. But even more than their boundless energy, what makes them special are the sounds they coax from their well-loved, well-worn horns. Just listen to their recordings for a sampling of the rich harmonies and the magical, sweet tone that make it impossible to mistake this band for any other.

"Marching music for modern times... incendiary" - The Guardian.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 15 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Catenary Wires

Under 18s are welcome when accompanied by an adult

http://www.catenarywires.moonfruit.com

The Catenary Wires are Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher. They specialise in emotive indie duets, capturing the spirits of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, and releasing them into modern Britain. In their previous lives, Amelia and Rob featured in indie bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Tender Trap. Live, The Catenary Wires become a five-piece, with musical heavyweights Andy Lewis (Paul Weller Group, Spearmint) on bass and cello; Fay Hallam (Makin' Time, Prime Movers) on Hammond organ and backing vocals, and Ian Watson (Death in Vegas) on drums. The new Catenary Wires LP, 'Til the Morning' is available on Tapete Records from June 14th.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 17 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Martha

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

http://marthapunx.com

From their sudden and deliberate first chord on Love Keeps Kicking, beloved British punk collective Martha announce their intent to kick back. Across 11 tracks, these daughters and sons of Pity Me, England, show that, while our world might be in spiral, there is still plenty worth fighting for.

In many ways Love Keeps Kicking is a breakup record, with each song inhabiting different parts of the process. This year blew my world apart sings guitarist/vocalist Daniel Ellis on album opener Heart is Healing. With lush vocal harmonies (and one of the best riffs in Martha's discography) Healing explores the uncomfortable period between love's end, and when the heart is ready to move on.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 3 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Damo Suzuki

http://www.damosuzuki.com

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

Japanese musician Kenji Suzuki, better known as Damo Suzuki, is best known for his work with the pioneering German group Can. He is a vocalist and improvisational musician whose creative wanderlust has taken him around the world, performing with a dizzying variety of collaborators.

Suzuki had little experience as a musical performer before joining Can in 1970, but his bold, theatrical style and abstract lyrical sensibility put its stamp on three of the group's most memorable albums (1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi, and 1973's Future Days) before he left the group in 1973. A

After a decade away from music, Suzuki returned in 1983, shunning the recording studio in favor of improvised live performances, a number of which have been recorded and released, among them 2000's Seattle, 2002's P.R.O.M.I.S.E., and 2007's The Fire of Heaven at the End of the Universe. Working with established groups as well as 'sound carriers' he often has never met before walking on-stage, Suzuki's music in the 21st century has found him relentlessly exploring the boundaries of spontaneous creativity.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway And The Big Band

http://www.johnotway.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

The man, the two hit wonder! Otway is back to Cambridge to bring all the headbutts, bunsen burners and more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 11 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Josin

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https://www.facebook.com/josinmusic/

"Why: Rhythmic and emotive, the latest track from German producer/composer Josin is truly enveloping. Crafting a sound that is both intense and seductive, 'Feral Thing' swirls and sways through its five minute running time. Building with consideration and an adept subtleness, the song flowers into a melancholic and, frankly, beautiful piece of steadily expanding delicateness." Overblown.co.uk

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 14 Oct 2019 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock

http://www.robynhitchcock.com

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in 'Storefront Hitchcock' an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as 'paintings you can listen to'. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."

It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.

"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone

"These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock's typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals." - American Songwriter

"Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing." - Hot Press

"Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn't really gone in the first place." - Paste Magazine

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