Allo Darlin' + Model Village + The Centimes

http://allodarlin.com/

"Say hello to Allo Darlin': a welcome reminder that any aversion to cutesy music in recent years may have been due not to the aesthetic, but the quality. The London-based foursome are firmly in the tradition of classic indie pop: Australian-born, ukulele-strumming singer Elizabeth Morris also plays in Tender Trap, the current band of Amelia Fletcher, an icon since her years in Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, and Marine Research, while bassist Bill Botting has backed former Hefner frontman Darren Hayman. The 10 songs on Allo Darlin's self-titled debut album, out in the UK on Fortuna Pop!, don't rewrite the formula for wistful bedsit charm as much as show that it can still be carried out masterfully.

Rather than the cloying infantilism of some twee bands, Allo Darlin' focuses its tunefulness on the simple pleasures and modest melancholies of young adulthood." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Jul 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Ducking Punches + Akuso + B-sydes + Other Half

http://www.facebook.com/duckingpunchesuk
http://www.facebook.com/akuso.band
http://www.b-sydes.co.uk
http://otherhalf.bandcamp.com

DUCKING PUNCHES (full band)

Fresh off a European tour with Frank Turner, Norwich-based five piece Ducking Punches return to home soil. Starting life as a solo project, Dan Allen ultimately recruited four talented musicians to augment Ducking Punches into the violin-fuelled folk-punk juggernaut it has become.

AKUSO

Cambridge based four piece full of massive pop hooks and scorching rock riffs. Members of just about every Cambridge band ever.

B-SYDES

Passionate and honest acoustic punk who has shared stages with the likes of Sam Duckworth (Get Cape), Dave McPherson (InMe) and Walter Schreifels (Rival Schools/Gorilla Biscuits).

OTHER HALF

Norwich-based threesome playing 90s inspired rock/punk featuring members of Reno Dakota, Maths and Manbearpig.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 28 Jul 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Whybirds + Winter + Special Guests Tbc

https://www.thewhybirds.com/
http://songsfoundinthedark.com

The Whybirds have been busy over the last few years running up and down the country spreading their english take on southern fried rock and roll to the masses. Lazy comparisons would be The Boss, Lynyrd, and Neil Young, but hell, it's not rocket science, but we like it.

Winter are led by brothers Matt and Joe Winter and form close harmonies over folky rock that have brought comparisons to Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes and Simon and Garfunkel.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 9 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Maths _ Hukkle + Special Guests

http://www.facebook.com/MathsBand
http://www.facebook.com/Hukkle

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

MATHS

Touring for the first time in four years, Maths are a three-piece playing chaotic and intricate hardcore/screamo.

"Maths distinguish themselves from their more lumpen peers with a grasp of subtle dynamics not to mention a dramatic, skull-cracking heaviness that places this record a good head and shoulders above most of its competitors."

HUKKLE

Guitar and drums two piece from around Cambridge (including a member of Molasses) playing frenetic and discordant hardcore/noise.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 12 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Jeffrey Lewis & The Jrams

http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/
https://www.facebook.com/JeffreyLewisBand

Jeffrey's the product of loving beatnik parents who raised him in New York's Lower East Side in a tenement apartment with no television (it seems they're on to something there). Before Jeffrey could even read he was crazy about comic books,

Lewis's themes may range from bad acid trips to politcal history and oral sex, but there's an overriding preoccupation that tends towards the life affirming. bad times give you something to talk about/the next time you feel you're all worn out/remember life is a story, don't you doubt/it only takes a day for everything to turn around.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 13 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures

http://stanleybrinks.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thewavepictures

"If you're already familiar with either of the acts, you'll know what to expect. Stanley Brinks - once of Herman D√ľne, now a sort of wandering indie-folk minstrel - sings observant lyrics in his curious Anglo-French accent. He also occasional plays some saxophone on top of it all. The Wave Pictures - in their modern incarnation - stretch and pull at the conventions of the traditional indie three-piece thanks to some extended wig-outs." Drownedinsound.com

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 15 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Mick Turner (dirty Three) + Fuzzy Lights

http://mickturner.com/
http://www.fuzzylights.com/

"And how to describe Turner's playing? I don't know, "heroin-flamenco?"

He strikes chords with a kind of rolling, prophetic brush. He plucks strings as if he's confidently repairing or cleaning them with nervous tools. Yet there's something "organic" about his leapfrogging tranquilly up the fretboard's stream. His arpeggios sound like they're stumbling home from ex-lovers' porches." Pitchfork.com

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 17 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

http://thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Pure indie-pop to hold close to your heart." NME

"The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have crafted an impeccable debut way beyond their years, and any misconceptions about them being mere revivalists of a scene only their elders could recall at first hand will surely be diminished instantaneously upon hearing this most accomplished of long players." Drownedinsound.com

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 19 Aug 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Ringo Deathstarr

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

https://www.facebook.com/ringodeathstarr

"With strong, fully realized statements such as Mauve, Ringo Deathstarr are making a strong case for being one of the most vital bands in shoegaze today." No Ripcord

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 1 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams

www.stevenjamesadams.com

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

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, Wed, 3 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Rob Lynch + Jake Martin + B-sydes + Heartwork

https://www.facebook.com/roblynchmusic

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

"After changing his name from Lost On Campus, ROB LYNCH has now delivered this, his debut and self-titled EP: Full of catchy hooks and melodies, Rob has pushed himself to the forefront of the genre and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as artists such as (lazy comparison alert) Frank Turner.

What makes this EP so special is the underlying pop element 'Hawking' and 'Sleeping' are both great up-tempo tracks that stick in your head and will be fantastic in a live setting. Even in quieter tracks like 'Souls' and 'Plans' there is still the obvious pop sensibility that many 'singer/songwriters' lack." Punktastic.com

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 9 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Thomas Truax

http://www.thomastruax.com

"it's a surprise to hear that many of Truax's drone and rhythm machines are increasingly producing post-industrial squall that wouldn't sound out of place on Liars' 2006 lo-fi weird rock masterpiece Drum's Not Dead. He also shares with Angus Andrew a penchant for singing songs of murder and terror. On 'The Cannibals Have Captured Our Nicole Kidman' he smears the music with threatening drone, creaking loops and half chanted vocals that recall DnD's 'It Fit When I Was A Kid'. Truax ups the Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibe even higher with a cut up and mangled hillbilly banjo break half way through. He certainly wears his agitated, restless spirit on his sleeve throughout these off-kilter noise pieces, and it's no surprise to hear him question his own sanity, "maybe I need more therapy but that would cost more money, and if I had more money would I really need more therapy" (from 'What's The Matter With My Grey Matter').

When dazzled by the lunacy of a Thomas Truax live show it's easy to overlook the innate musical skill that he has developed over years spent gigging the length and breadth of the British Isles. Aside from the noise collages Truax can write a ballad that hits you right in the heart. 'It Always Rains On Sundays' is an acoustic hymn for a girlfriend temporarily departed. Deft acoustic guitar lines intertwine with beautifully arranged cellos and a lyric that sweetly captures rainy Sunday melancholy." The Quietus

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 12 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Tom Hickox (all Seated Show)

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"In a singer-songwriter scene crowded with sensitive souls crooning about love and desire, Tom Hickox is a rare and bold new talent. The son of the late conductor Richard Hickox, his voice is a deep, sonorous baritone painted onto a canvas of noirish rock and darkly cinematic orchestrations conceived with Richard Hawley's producer Colin Elliot.

Sombre, elegant melodies host nuanced, gravely dramatic character studies that have a Pinteresque precision. The Pretty Pride of Russia is a tender piano ballad delivered in the persona of a deluded young beauty bound for prostitution. The woozily uplifting The Lisbon Maru is the valedictory proclamation of a sozzled old soldier. A Normal Boy is an outstanding, empathetic, provocatively mundane portrait of a terrorist that sweeps away in a terrifying, epic coda boasting you shall all breathe in the name of Allah.

For my money, Hickox is the most powerful and original lyrical songwriter this country has produced in years, yet it is hard to see where his old-fashioned seriousness fits in this flippant era of brash beats and socially networked hooks. His masterful and long overdue debut is a strange and beautiful thing, like a lost classic from another age." The Telegraph

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

Signals Midwest + Garuda + More...

http://www.facebook.com/signalsmidwest
http://signalsmidwest.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/garudacbg
http://soundcloud.com/garudacbg

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

SIGNALS MIDWEST

Signals Midwest formed in late 2008 as a trio and issued their first full-length album in 2009. In 2010 the band expanded to a quartet with the addition of a second guitar player. That would be a pivotal move in the band's collaborative development. Experimenting with and expanding their sound, Signals Midwest quickly outgrew the standard pop/punk pace. With 2011's "Latitudes and Longitudes" there is a fleshed out maturity that shines through. Recorded mostly live, the album bristles with the kind of energy and purpose that emanates from a band confidently growing comfortable in their own skin.

http://www.facebook.com/signalsmidwest
http://signalsmidwest.bandcamp.com

GARUDA

Post-punk tunes about pub brawls, the Riemann hypothesis, colonialism and The Incredible Hulk. Think Tubelord, early Biffy Clyro, Les Savy Fav, Fugazi, etc.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 18 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Honeyblood

https://www.facebook.com/honeybloodeatitup

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Rolling drums providing the backbone for toothache-inducing guitars and one hell of a central hook." Pitchfork

"Urgent, self-assured, windows-down rock n' roll" The Fader

"There are a tonne of wicked reference points to get excited about a vague hint of The Vaselines, nice touch of Velvets two-chord simplicity and even bit of Moz (solo, circa 'Viva Hate') chucked in for good measure in the melody" NME

Achieves special merit points, not just for its irresistibly perky two-minute popsmarts but for productively moving the post-White Stripes formula on in a way that many have tried and many more have failed to do. MOJO

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 24 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Famy

http://www.famy.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/famyboys

"Despite toting their alt-folk around London since 2011, FAMY are finally getting around to putting out their first record after messing around in disco side project Los Porcos. Recorded in a church in Wales with BBC Maida Vale engineer Miti Adhikari, the 'Donkey' EP sees the quartet going back to their roots and swapping synths for acoustic guitars. The soaring, stomping folk-pop of the title track sets the tone of the record, 'A Ho A Hand' following suit while a chiming rework of live staple 'Hebrew' shows a more placid side. " NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 28 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Toseland

http://www.toselandmusic.com/

Superbike champion James Toseland has teamed up with Little Angels Toby Jepson to form a biker/rock supergroup. Expect big riffs and epic tuneage.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 29 Sep 2014 at 7.30pm buy tickets

John Wheeler

http://www.johnwheelermusic.com/

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

http://drytheriver.net/

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

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

Model Village

http://modelvillagethepopgroup.tumblr.com/
http://modelvillage.bandcamp.com/

MODEL VILLAGE
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

See more info at facebook.com/billylockettmusic

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

http://www.nickmulvey.com/

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

The Subways

http://www.thesubways.net/
https://www.facebook.com/thesubways

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

Marika Hackman

http://marikahackman.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"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

http://www.thelovelyeggs.co.uk/

Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

"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

John Otway

http://www.johnotway.com/

Under 18s welcome with an adult.

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