Man Without Country

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

Man Without Country, aka Tomas Greenhalf and Ryan James from south Wales, make the kind of windswept post-rock you expect from M83 or Sigur Ros.

"When they really hit their Ultravoxian stride on Clipped Wings or the piano breaks through the wall of synthesizer on Migrating Clay Pigeon, they're really quite spectacular." Q Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 2 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Zun Zun Egui + The Furious Sleep

http://zunzunegui.org/
https://www.facebook.com/zunzuneguirocks

"a kinetic sort of art-punk that wriggles and writhes and spirals out of every description you might attempt to snare them with. Just count the reasons how: French, English, Creole and Japanese lyrics; trilling and artfully nutso vocals; and a sonic adventurism that journeys from wiry post-punk to Afro-funk, prog to pan-everything-north-and-south-of-the-Equator." NME

"This Bristol-based quartet claim to play "free-range rock music", but it's more informative to take their description of their visual sense and apply it to their music: "Fifth world". Zun Zun Egui sound like a great many things, but most of all like themselves. You can see antecedents Talking Heads, for example but Katang doesn't sound like an attempt to finesse west African music into the shape of rock; rather, it's the other way round. So Kushal Gaya's guitar doesn't ring and chime, it buzzes and snarls, but following lines drawn in another continent (his voice, too, flits between languages, some of them possibly made up, often in the same song). But the wonder is that there are hooks here, melodies that grab, even if they loiter for just a few bars before being shoved aside by something else. Katang is an odd record, but for all the experimentation manages to sound unselfconscious and exhilarating." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 3 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Grant Nicholas (feeder) + Mark Ellis

Grant Nicholas is best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist of the rock band Feeder.

In early 2014, Grant Nicholas announced via social media that he was recording a solo album. The song "Soul Mates" premiered on the Dermot O'Leary show on Radio 2 on Saturday May 31. The same track was made available for a limited time as a free download.

His debut solo album Yorktown Heights was released on 11 August 2014, via Popping Candy, although in Japan it was released a few months earlier on Victor. Yorktown Heightswas produced, written and played by Grant in his North London Treehouse Studio, The Crypt (London) and Angelic Studios in Banbury. Help at the controls came from Sam Miller & Brian Sperber at his Tiny Pocket Studio in Yorktown Heights, upstate New York.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 4 Mar 2015 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

Funeral For A Friend

https://www.facebook.com/funeralforafriend

Presented in association with United Cambridge

Funeral For A Friend is one of the last remaining bastions of the British hardcore scene that exploded into the mainstream at the turn of the century. Bursting out of Bridgend, South Wales, in 2001, Funeral For A Friend were hailed as the saviours of rock music from a young age and given the task of re-energising a scene in desperate need of fresh blood. They are veterans, in many ways, but fourteen years after their formation and the band still packs as much punch and purpose as they started with, if not more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 8 Mar 2015 at 6.30pm buy tickets

Nothing But Thieves + Twin Wild

https://www.facebook.com/NothingButThieves

Last seen in Cambridge opening up for Twin Atlantic on their sold out Junction show, NBT bring their forward looking pop-rock back to Cambridge.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 9 Mar 2015 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, Fri, 13 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Allusondrugs

https://www.facebook.com/Allusondrugs

Under 18s when accompanied by an adult

Gloriously massive grunge rock with a fine melodic twist.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 17 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Ruen Brothers

http://www.ruenbrothers.com/

Under 18s welcome with an adult

People ask if we're intimidated by the music industry, says Henry Stansall with a laugh. I think if they'd seen some of the gigs we've played, they wouldn't be asking that question.

Along with younger sibling Rupert (22), Henry (23) has taken The Ruen Brothers from some of North Lincolnshire's more insalubrious drinking dens to acclaim from tastemaking figures like Rick Rubin and Radio One's Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Alice Levine.

Good things have come easily to the Scunthorpe duo since their track, 'Aces', was posted online in January this year. And well it might, since the song's marriage of Stones-y R&B with heart-stopping, Roy Orbison theatrics sounds remarkably fully formed in a band so young.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 20 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Lucy Rose

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

http://www.lucyrosemusic.com/

Lucy Rose is set to play her first headline UK tour in 18 months this spring. The acclaimed singer takes her five piece band out on the road throughout March to play some new material from her second album, due later in the year. Lucy Rose worked on the follow up to her 2012 debut 'Like I Used To' across 2013, stepping out of the studio for rare live shows including supporting Neil Young in Hyde Park and playing the second stage at Glastonbury Festival. The Independent review of her Glastonbury show singled her out as one of the festival's rising stars, labelling her "the stand out female vocalist of the weekend." Her forthcoming album is likely to confirm her upward trajectory.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 23 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Kill It Kid + John J. Presley

Under 18s welcome with an adult

http://www.killitkid.com/

Blues rock upstarts hit Cambridge for the first time!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 23 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Dave Mcpherson

United Cambridge is proud to present

DAVE McPHERSON

Frontman of seminal 00's emo/rock band INME, Dave McPherson returns to Cambridge in the intimate surroundings of CB2 in support of his new solo record Journal of a Journey Buoy.

http://www.dave-mcpherson.co.uk

B-SYDES

Cambridge/London based singer-songwriter with appearances at 2000Trees and a string of decent support slots under his belt. New album Constant Fictions out later this year.

http://www.b-sydes.co.uk

WE ARE ALL FOSSILS

South Africa born, London bred, acoustic singer-songwriter making a name for himself with a series of Youtube cover versions.

http://www.weareallfossils.com

Cambridge CB2 Bistro, Thu, 26 Mar 2015 at Doors at 8.00pm buy tickets

Seafret

https://www.facebook.com/seafretofficial

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

Acoustic, heartfelt songs of love, loss and heartache.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 30 Mar 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Tom Copson

http://tomcopson.com/

Just occasionally, amidst all the dodgy Beatles cover versions and taped backing music, you come across a busker who's so good, you have to stop in your tracks to listen. If that sounds familiar, you may have been lucky enough to stumble upon 29-year-old Cambridgeshire singer-songwriter Tom Copson.

Armed with a an incredible four-octave range, a sense of humour, as well as a guitar and omnichord, it's no surprise that Tom's performance style, as well as his songwriting ability, has led him to prestigious stages (Cambridge Folk Festival, Hop Farm, Proud Galleries Camden), famous fans (Tom Robinson, Seasick Steve, Ezio) and, in 2012, the release of his debut album 'Woven'.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 2 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Keltrix Album Launch Party

https://www.facebook.com/Keltrix

The award winning Keltrix brings the launch for Between & Beyond Storms, their long awaited third album. This live show will be an eclectic mix of the band's roots and producer driven Electro-live crossover, plus visual arts and dance. Expect foot-stomping electro folk, interwoven with ambient and acoustic moments with seriously infectious beats. These impressive shows have led to the group supporting the likes of Dreadzone, Alabama3, The Levellers and The Wonderstuff, as well as playing festival slots at Bestival and The Secret Garden Party, Boomtown Fayre amongst many others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 3 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Courtney Barnett

Australia's answer to Jeffrey Lewis, Courtney Barnett has been a firm favourite around here for a while now and her sold out Portland Arms show last year was a sweaty, celebratory joy. Her songs are quirky, funny and maudlin in equal measure. She has recently been made Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the world and rightly so.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 7 Apr 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Damon And Naomi (galaxie 500)

http://damonandnaomi.com/

Their new album FORTUNE is out now! Watch a video single, "A Shining Dream" at https://vimeo.com/118650547

They will be performing the entire album, alongside Naomi's film of the same name at this show.

Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang started playing music together as the rhythm section, co-songwriters, and sometime singers in Galaxie 500. When that band ended, they continued as a duo, first recording for Shimmy Disc and then on a series of albums for Sub Pop Records. In 2005, they formed their own label (20/20/20) and have since released three further Damon & Naomi albums - The Earth Is Blue, Within These Walls, and False Beats and True Hearts - alongside reissues of their own and the Galaxie 500 back catalogue.

In addition to their work as musicians, Damon & Naomi are the publishers of Exact Change, a small press dedicated to avant-garde literature and artists' writings. Individually, Damon is a writer (books, blog, articles for Artforum and others), and Naomi is a visual artist (photography, video, and graphic design).

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 8 Apr 2015 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, Tue, 14 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Turbowolf

http://www.turbowolf.co.uk/

Drawing influence from all over the place, but with their roots definitely in RAWK, Turbowolf make a welcome return to Cambridge.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 20 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Xcerts

http://www.thexcertsband.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Scotland's knack for producing incredible power trios continues with The Xcerts, who were last in Cambridge supporting Twin Atlantic. Two Scots and one Brightonian have taken the emo pop template and run with it. After some impressive independent demos and releases, Xtra Mile snapped The Xcerts up to release their d├ębut album, In The Cold Wind We Smile, which showcased infectious choruses and eloquent lyrics, while brave follow-up Scatterbrain upped the dynamic and textural tempo. The Xcerts can, and will, move in any direction they want and continue to spread their frenetic, fuzz-laden rock.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 21 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Ltnt

https://www.facebook.com/ltntuk

"Laying on the fuzz, you'd have a hard time cleaning up their dirty riffs with a lifetime's supply of domestos, but when they're as exciting as those on Body Blood and Great Entertainment, why would you want to? Mmm, nasty." Kerrang

The first thing that hits you when you listen to this EP, on opener and single 'Body Bloody' is just how massive the guitars sound. Like Faith No More meets Biffy Clyro. They should be huge Big Cheese

A wayward musical path between grunge, alt. rock and blues! Metal Hammer

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 22 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Arcane Roots + Black Peaks + Gallery Circus

https://www.facebook.com/ArcaneRoots

Under 18s welcome with an adult

"They've pulled it off brilliantly..The five main tracks here tie together perfectly to create a sprawling work that's a joy to explore and get lost in. The end result is a beautiful, breathless and brutal mind fuck." [Kerrang]

"There are so many genres blended together on this new album from...Arcane Roots that it's almost impossible to describe their sound...One thing's for sure; the quality rarely dips and the delivery is captivating".[Rocksound]

Arcane Roots sound so fresh, special, and deliciously unpredictable. Wherever they go next... It's sure to be a fascinating listen. [Rocksound] 8/10

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 30 Apr 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Winter (album Launch!)

Take gorgeous autumnal harmonies, reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel and Fleet Foxes, some delicate guitars, a smattering of well poised drums and bass and you've got the joy of Winter. This gig celebrates the release of their debut album, In The Dark.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 15 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Bohicas

http://dominorecordco.com/artists/the-bohicas/

The Bohicas signed to Domino are part of a new wave of gritty, very exciting bands to emerge over the past year or so. The band are already reknowned for a ferocious live show, and pop hooks to match. They supported fellow Domino act (and Field Day alumni) Franz Ferdinand at Ibiza Rocks last year, and you can sense some of that band's smart, angular nature in The Bohicas. Debut single XXX/Swarm (which also has its own neat, combined video) is a real winner.

"Able to grow up without the pressure of conforming to a specific scene, The Bohicas are able to pick and choose as they please, plundering rock's heritage to form their own identity." Clash Magazine

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 21 May 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

The Nightingales + Ted Chippington

www.thenightingales.org.uk
www.facebook.com/thenightingalesuk
http://thenightingales.bandcamp.com/

Described in John Robb's definitive book on 'post punk' (Death To Trad Rock) as "The misfits' misfits" and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early '80's as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them - "Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980's to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans".

The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always 'Single Of The Week' in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 1 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Eddie Argos (art Brut) - The Spoken Word Tour

The show in Eddie's own words:

"I've recently had it pointed out to me that actually all Art Brut shows are spoken word as my singing voice is not very different than my speaking voice, but these spoken word shows won't have any musical backing, it'll just me talking at you.

The show I've written is called Formed A Band it is about forming a band, specifically me forming Art Brut and how I went about it. Some of it will be funny because I am an idiot and did quite a few stupid things.

However there is a vaguely serious reason for me performing this show and I'm afraid when I tell you it I'm going to sound self important and a little bit like a grumpy old man, but I'm going to say it anyway.

So, without wanting to sound too much like Jake Bugg, here we go...

I'm not really a fan of those TV shows where people try and get famous by singing/performing in front of judges, I think it is detrimental to music and art and that the pop charts are much worse because of it.

I recently became worried that nowadays people think those shows are the only way to become a performer so to show there is another path, I have decided to tell my tale of starting a band which is full of happenstance, hoover playing and pretending you can sing like Aretha Franklin.

Luckily no judges were involved.

I'm not telling my story in front of Simon Cowell or Ricky from The Kaiser Chiefs with a tear in my eye, hoping to win a very short lived record contract and a mawkish christmas single, I'm telling it upstairs at the Hen and Chicken and in a tent on Jersey. You should come.

That has made the show sound a bit grumpier than it is, I promise I wont shout at you (well no more than usual)"

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 3 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Ren Harvieu

https://www.facebook.com/renharvieu

Under 18s welcome when accompanied by an adult

"Like Lana Del Rey, this 21-year-old singer has a touch of David Lynch about her style; the red drape in front of which she performs could have been taken from the nightclub in Twin Peaks. Yet Harvieu never looks more comfortable than when on stage, sliding up and down the microphone, head rocking back, eyes closed in rapture.

The songs have a timeless quality; inspired by old Disney movies and kitchen-sink dramas, Harvieu is the kind of Salford lass you can imagine a young Morrissey raving about. Inevitably, there will be comparisons with the current crop of retro female soul singers, but tonight Harvieu showcases a subtlety that places her voice streets ahead of the more foghorned end of the Adele spectrum. It's a voice that can lend sadness to the country-flavoured Do Right By Me, but pack a punch when surrounded by the soaring strings of closing track Open Up Your Arms." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 4 Jun 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets

Rae Morris

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 6 Oct 2015 at 7.30pm buy tickets