Decade + Light You Up + Hey Vanity

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Fast rising punk pop upstarts hit Cambridge for the first time!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 30 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

John Wheeler + Paul Goodwin

John Wheeler is best known as the creator and frontman of the internationally-known "Rockgrass" band Hayseed Dixie whose recordings have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and have performed more than 1,000 live performances in 31 different countries. He has recently appeared as a special guest on BBC Radio 2 programs, including the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Simon Mayo Drivetime. He describes his current musical approach as, "acoustic-electric jazz-punk riding on the back of some old-school folk-funk.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 2 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Dry The River

Occupying the point where massive riffs and noise meets folk rock, Dry the River have ploughed their own unique furrow, gaining fans aplenty. It's been a while since they did Cambridge (a tiny show at The Portland Arms for fans), so make sure you don't miss them this time round.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 3 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Flagship + The Moon The Tide + The Sigma Collective

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North Carolina's Flagship are quickly establishing themselves as a band with an eloquent and emotionally stirring sound.

After we fell in love with [Waste Them All] we had to give the rest of the record a listen and it's completely on point with the single.
Nylon Guys Mag

Both immediately captivating and unique, largely due to the impressive vocals by singer/songwriter Drake Margolnick
Filter Magazine.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 6 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Eagulls + Autobahn

UNDER 18S MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. You will be refused entry without.

"Eagulls are a four-piece band from Leeds who write revved-up post-punk songs combining the sound of a mannered Killing Joke, who they've covered, with a deep atmosphere reminiscent of early Misfits and guitars that bring to mind the Cure's "Boys Don't' Cry". Clean-cut vocalist George Mitchell, who keeps his eyes closed when he sings, clearly likes Ian Curtis, but his pained yelp is more reminiscent of onetime Baltimore standouts Wilderness or a cleaner Iceage with a hint of Joe Strummer's rock'n'roll swagger. All that, and he and the band can really write hooks." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 7 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Ducking Punches + Kelly Kemp + El Morgan

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So good back in July we had to have them back already. Violin-fuelled folk punk from Norwich fresh off a European tour with Frank Turner and Andrew Jackson Jihad.


Okay, so a very long time ago she was in NoComply, but things change and these days she plays downright awesome acoustic punk rock.


Another awesome South Coast songstress and frequent collaborator of Kelly Kemp; from the folk three-piece Dear Everyone (also featuring Helen Chambers) to their split 7" (backed up by UK punk royalty Bangers and The Arteries). More awesome acoustic punk with the odd country and indie twinge.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 9 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Model Village + Tape Runs Out + Alicia Catling

Model Village are an indie-pop band based in Cambridge and London. Their first album 'A Solution To Everything' (Towed by the Ghost, 2012) was described by The Line Of Best Fit as being "as deft as The Shins at their finest, and completely, utterly ace with it". Featuring a Fleetwood Mac-style revolving cast of lead singers, the band have recently supported The Lemonheads, The Wave Pictures, Jeffrey Lewis and Allo Darlin'. Their new album 'You Chose These Woes' will be released in January 2014 and is an unashamedly grown-up collection of confident, memorable indie-pop songs with nods to country and folk idioms.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 10 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Billy Lockett + Karima Francis

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Billy Lockett's star continues to rise at a dizzying rate. Having been championed by Radio 1 for his most recent song 'Pathways' - which was played across all the daytime shows including Greg James, for whom he re-recorded 'Pathways' as a show jingle - Billy's debut UK headline tour in March then completely sold out! Not bad for an artist still to sign a deal...
Billy has recently been out supporting Brit Award-nominated songstress Birdy in Europe. He spent three weeks on tour with her showcasing his stunning live set to audiences and winning fans across the continent, and on the back of that has recorded a batch of new tracks that will feature on his forthcoming third EP, which is being produced by Andy Green (Keane, The Feeling, Paolo Nutini).

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 15 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Nick Mulvey

Cambridge's Nick Mulvey has garnered plaudits from all corners and his profile seems set to rocket this year. Everyone from Radio One to 6 Music to Radio 2 and the Broadsheets have fallen in love with Nick's delicate and melodic songs.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 17 Oct 2014 at 7pm buy tickets

Hundred Waters

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"If they had a Mercury prize in the States, this would be on the shortlist" -THE GUARDIAN

"...bass ripples soothingly, sun-warped synths flicker out and make your hair stand on end, drones hum and shiver, and drums chatter like teeth... Hundred Waters' members make music to burrow deep into to obsess over." -NPR

"Hundred Waters's own art-rock is rhapsodic and mercurial: pointillistic or gauzy, meditative or dramatic, near-jazzy or quasi-classical, a percussion workout or a rock processional." -NEW YORK TIMES

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 21 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Josh Pyke

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Josh Pyke is one of Australia's premier singer/songwriters. Known for his ability to weave intelligent lyrics with warm melodies and quirky song structures, Pyke is a modern-day storyteller whose unique and evocative use of both words and music places him in a league of his own.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 26 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Subways + Max Raptor + Mark Ellis ***sold Out***

Back in 2005, with an average age of just 16, Billy, Charlotte and Josh crashed onto the international music scene with their, now cult, debut album 'YOUNG FOR ETERNITY' and rock-club floor filler 'ROCK & ROLL QUEEN'. The band have released 3 albums to date. The second, 'ALL OR NOTHING' (2008), was recorded in LA with producer Butch Vig (credits inc. Nirvana/Sonic Youth) and is a sonically enormous, harder hitting album. The tracks were written at a time when Charlotte and Billy were midst a breakup of their personal relationship and Billy too was battling to save his voice via surgery to remove nodules from his vocal chords caused by strenuous touring. 'MONEY AND CELEBRITY' followed in 2011, The band sight the circus of celebrity & money culture and a huge hunger to get crowds going absolutely nuts as the drive behind tracks such as lead single 'WE DON'T NEED MONEY TO HAVE A GOOD TIME' which was A-Listed on BBC Radio 1.
It is truly live where the band hit another level. On the International live circuit The Subways have been earning praise from all corners. Firm summer festival favourites, they have graced the main stages of over 100 international festivals. Whether in front of 100 people or 250,000 the band always deliver a high octane, thoroughly entertaining set...

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 29 Oct 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Twin Atlantic

Almost three years and over 300 gigs since the release of their silver-selling, debut album, Free, catapulted them from clubs to sold-out shows at Shepherds Bush Empire and the main stage at Reading and Leeds, Twin Atlantic have made a mainstream record that marries their incredible energy live with a more mature approach to songwriting that acknowledges their long-held love of pop. Great Divide may be driven by guitars and drums, but it is also steeped in piano and strings, built on soaring melodies and littered with lyrics, sung in McTrusty's strong Scottish accent, that express grown-up emotions as chantalong slogans.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 6 Nov 2014 at 7pm SOLD OUT

Hero Fisher + Fast Infamy

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Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 6 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Violet Woods

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Formed in Cambridge in 2011, Violet Woods take their cues from the classic lineage of UK Psych Pop and Freakbeat thru' dusty West Coast / LA jams.

Where the 12 string jangle of The Byrds, Love et al is brought stunningly into the present with Stereolab / Broadcast flavoured, retro synth vibes, ghostly vocals, surf basslines and rolling beats. Like some lost lo-fi 45 being played on a dansette, Raw Love is a real dancer- a killer groove and a mighty debut 45 released on The Great Pop Supplement.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 7 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Marika Hackman

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"Cinnamon is a blurry, fuzz-tinged salvo, reminiscent of the math-pop and kook of alt-J (funnily enough, they share Charlie Andrew as a producer) in its utterly delicious incoherence. It flits from low-key bucolics with dreamy-shoe synths, to a rhythmic pot-pourri draped in primitive perucssion and jangly strums. It winds between the surreal and the real, deviating into psycho-intimacy and an abundance of glitches. Bloody lovely stuff." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 19 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs + Mammoth Penguins

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"First lines are important. A strong incipit should command attention instantly. But there are strong opening gambits, and then there's the brash hilarity of people are twats. Difficult to argue with, huh? The Lovely Eggs are That Sort Of Band.

Naturally, their splendidly oddball lyrics are the hook, incorporating subjects as universally important as obsessive worrying, crappy jobs and agreeing to another pint even though it's late and you're up early for work the next day. No-one likes a smartarse, of course, but these engagingly witty songs are packed full of enough punchlines and razor-sharp non-sequiturs to have Half Man Half Biscuit quaking in their Dukla Prague away kits. Like the Wirralian wonders, the Eggs are too clever and too damn good to be written off as a comedy act.

The music itself is pretty great, in any case. There are splashes of rickety old indie, a dash of US punk rock and even a whiff of cuddlecore bands like Cub, resulting in a sound that's frequently off-kilter yet never unsettling. Holly Ross' wide-eyed delivery helps, of course her insistent yelp on the garage rush of 'Don't Look At Me (I Don't Like It)' is more paint-stripper than polish, and weirdly beguiling with it.

The Lovely Eggs cut directly to the same part of your brain that knows that finding a forgotten fiver is better than spending a fortune, that Emo Philips is funnier than Bill Hicks, and that Shonen Knife understand pop music better than Kings Of Leon ever possibly can. They'll make you grin and laugh so hard that you'll spray every mouthful of beer over the back of whoever's unfortunate enough to stand in front of you, before that guy turns round, nods in understanding and cackles right back atcha. Not convinced? Hey, every story's gotta start somewhere." The Fly

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 20 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Simone Felice (duke & The King, Felice Brothers) + Dan Whitehouse

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Renowned Catskill Mountain songwriter Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Duke & The King) returns for a special string of intimate acoustic dates accompanied by his friend Anna Mitchell on harmonium, piano, and vocal harmony. Expect mesmerizing renditions of songs from the recent highly acclaimed Strangers Lp, plus a wealth of Simone's beloved back catalogue.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 22 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Jesse Malin + Holis Brown

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Malin began his music career, at the age of 12, as the front-man for the seminal New York City hardcore band Heart Attack. Following the demise of that band in 1984, Jesse worked on several other projects, including the band Hope, before joining glam punk band D Generation for which he was the lead singer for eight years. As one of New York City's most noted bands of the 1990s, D Generation released three albums, including No Lunch before eventually disbanding in April 1999.[

Malin didn't stop writing music and went on to form two other projects, PCP Highway (with former D Generation bandmates Howie Pyro and Joe Rizzo) and Bellvue (also named Tsing-Tsing for a brief time); the latter band released one album, To Be Somebody on Goldenseal Records. The album included versions of songs that would later be reworked for Malin's first two solo albums, including Solitaire, Basement Home, Brooklyn and Downliner.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 24 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Chris Tt & The Hoodrats

"Now on his ninth album, Chris T-T has moved away from the (anti) folk and along with the Hoodrats (the clue is in the name) he's lobbed an incendiary device (fueled by punk energy) into his career, embraced a lo-fi approach and produced a hugely enjoyable set. The songs were recorded quickly, live in the studio and the results a mix of quotation, homage, social comment, anger, eloquence, humour and fun. To orient yourself start at the Broken Family Band and progress through the Pooh Sticks to Pavement." Americana UK

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 26 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Saint Saviour + Bill Ryder Jones

"Saint Saviour, aka, it shouldn't matter what her real name is, has been around a while, cutting her teeth performing upbeat pop songs and touring as Groove Armada's frontwoman... but that shouldn't put you off. That's because, as a sideline, she's been making some insultingly great music.

Part chanteuse, part preacher, Saint Saviour has drawn comparisons from Liz Frazer and Kate Bush, which of course, may be something of a cliché, but in this instance, are well-deserved. Sensitive, powerful and ultimately unusual ballads have appeared online, occasionally bringing to mind the gloomy, introverted hymnal weirdness of the likes of Anthony and the Johnsons." The Quietus

Bill Ryder Jones: "Once you've accustomed yourself to the sedate pace, something haunting, stately and in a small-scale, arthousey sort of way cinematic gradually reveals itself. References to the hypersensitivity and naivety of childhood abound, though most of them like the mini-narrative of 'Christina That's The Saddest Thing' and 'You're Getting Like Your Sister' (in which the protagonist professes his love for a girl before falling for her sister) are intended to bring a wry smile of recognition. It's not maudlin or cynical, but often quite comical." NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 2 Dec 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Toby Jepson

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Toby Jepson made his name as the singer/songwriter in UK based rock act 'Little Angels'. The band enjoyed 10 UK top 40 hits and their last studio album - 'JAM'- went straight in at Number 1 on the first week of release. The band played all over the globe supporting many of the major acts of the time, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, as well as headlining sold out shows all over Europe. They bowed out at the Royal Albert hall in 1994.

Since then a career as a solo artist has been augmented with stints as a vocalist with 'Fastway', Scottish Rockers 'GUN' and most recently with 'Dio's Disciples' containing the final line-up of the late Ronnie James Dio's band, touring the world as a celebration of his life and music.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 14 Dec 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Laura Stevenson

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"(Runner) is a song about moving, sure, but also about naming your demons in order to blast past them. 'Running' grows bigger and bigger with each iteration of the chorus, till it hitches its sails to its own adrenaline high and leaves that hurt in the dust."
Lindsay Zoladz, Pitchfork

"Laura Stevenson comes into her own on Wheel. A boost in fidelity and aggression elevate the big-hearted indie jams... Lovely and heartfelt, Wheel is an introspective delight."
Annie Zaleski, Alternative Press

"Brooklyn's Laura Stevenson & The Cans make the good kind of indie rock: the beaming, soaring, cloud-gazing, theatrical kind; the nu-sensitivo version of 'all killer no filler.'"
Christopher Weingarten, The Village Voice

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 16 Dec 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Tim Barry + Cory Branan + Sam Russo

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After more than twenty five years of making music, and a full decade as a solo folk-rock troubadour, Tim Barry presents his first ever concert recording, Raising Hell & Living Cheap Live In Richmond. As a forward-thinker not big on sentiment or revisiting the past, Barry had sometimes toyed with the idea of releasing a live set, but only if it resonated as an authentic document of the interplay between artist and audience, which - without toting along a professional sound engineer to record a series of shows - can seem an almost insurmountable challenge.


"Branan's hushed, dry whiskey voice and his sharp edged, story song lyrics make the appropriately titled Mutt a mongrel that rewards repeated spins..." - American Songwriter


"Russo does what he does just as well, if not better than, most of the known heavyweights of this genre. His songs are evidence that
while many of his musical contemporaries were out touring with their various bands, Russo was home getting his heart broken." - Razorcake

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 19 Feb 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Jarrod Dickenson

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Texas-born songwriter, Jarrod Dickenson's slightly spooky melodies and lyrics invoke a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn't yet kidnapped the country's imagination, and men wore hats every day. His reflective lyrics, almost like hand-written letters, remind us that human stories of lost love, sudden fortune, and abiding mystery transcend the decades...and nothing is better or worse right now than it's ever been

"If you can catch him, you should...he reminds of this cat, Gram Parsons" -Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 2

A voice like a young Tom Waits...Jarrod Dickenson's songs are simply breathtaking, possessing melodies many of his peers would give their left arm for. - No Depression
"An incredible talent" -Janice Long, BBC Radio 2

"Dickenson has a superb, expressive voice..." -Country Music People (5 Star Review)
"Brilliant songs" -Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 1 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

John Otway

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In 1977, John Otway briefly took the UK punk scene by storm with 'Really Free'. But what seemed like the first hit of a promising musical career turned out to be his only chart success for 25 years, until a wily and well-coordinated guerilla marketing campaign got 2002 single 'Bunsen Burner' into the top 10. In the intervening period, Otway's likeable eccentricity, and his continuing string of hilariously bad career decisions, garnered him an unlikely, but loyal fan-base. Consistently up for a stunt, it was that fan-base that enabled the singer-songwriter to gatecrash the charts as a 50th birthday present in 2002, and who launched him to seventh place in a BBC poll of Britain's favourite lyrics.

The film about his career (Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie) was shown at Cambridge Film Festival.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 5 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams

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House Music, the new album from Steven James Adams, was originally conceived as a stripped-back home recording, but soon grew into something more textured and far-reaching, showcasing both Adams's songwriting prowess and his perceptive lyrics. The cover features an original work by acclaimed artist Dan Hillier.

With musical contributions from Vancouver 's JUNO award-winning Dan Mangan, rising stars John Smith and Emily Barker, Justin Young of The Vaccines and Scottish musical luminaries Martin Green (from three-time BBC Folk Award winners Lau) and Inge Thomson and more, the resulting record is ambitious, beautifully conceived and graceful.

He says of House Music I've had such a good time doing this. It was an opportunity to make music exactly the way I wanted, with people I love dearly and no compromises. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.

House Music is Steven's first 'solo' album. He started out in 2001 as frontman and principal songwriter in the much-lauded Broken Family Band - who released seven albums over the course of eight years - and more recently released two albums with his band Singing Adams.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 13 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets