Nervous Conditions

https://www.facebook.com/nervousconditionsalright/

Squalling sax, gutteral yowls, thundering drums and Stooges-esque blasts of guitar. Essential.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 5 Aug 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Kominas + Grieving

THE KOMINAS

Massachusetts based foursome playing "Taqwacore": post punk/garage rock, influenced by their Asian/Muslim backgrounds.

http://kominas.bandcamp.com

GRIEVING

Cambridge four piece taking influence from late 90s/early 00s emo/post hardcore.

http://grievingband.bandcamp.com

KOHINOORGASM

Chilled lo-fo electro pop from California.

http://kohinoorgasm.bandcamp.com

WIZARD APPRENTICE

Oakland-based Electronica.

http://wizardapprentice.bandcamp.com

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records
http://www.real-records.co.uk

Cambridge The Blue Moon, Thu, 17 Aug 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Sam Russo (full Band)

SAM RUSSO (FULL BAND)

Having toured the world countless times over, Sam returns home and brings a full band with him; beefing up his usually solo alt-country/folk-punk tunes.

http://www.samrussomusic.com

ROB LYNCH

Singer-songwriter with albums out on Xtra Mile Recordings.

http://www.facebook.com/roblynchmusic

JAMES HULL

Currently plying his trade in London four-piece Apologies, I Have None; James Hull previously played as a solo act, with his sound taking influence from the likes of Chuck Ragan and Frank Turner.

http://www.apologiesihavenone.co.uk

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records
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Cambridge The Blue Moon, Sat, 19 Aug 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Laura Gibson

https://www.facebook.com/lauragibsonmusic

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"She addresses transformation, loss, connection and apartness in literate, finely turned pop songs centred on her sweet, pellucid voice and filled out with dreamy loops and strings." Uncut

"The pace is unhurried, and Gibson offers a cathartic tale of loss and redemption, set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. She sounds newly confident, invigorated, and free." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Aug 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jake Martin + Murder Ballads

JAKE MARTIN

Cambridge/Brighton based singer-songwriter, taking influence from the likes of Frank Turner, Ducking Punches and Chuck Ragan.

http://www.jakemartinmuzic.com

MURDER BALLADS

Dark and moody folk-blues trio.

http://www.facebook.com/deepdarkblues

PLEASE NOTE: This gig is pay-what-you-can entry; there is no need to buy a ticket, just turn up on the night and throw whatever you can afford into the donation bucket.

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records
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Cambridge The Cornerhouse, Tue, 29 Aug 2017 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Hannah Lou Clark + Si Dartford

https://www.facebook.com/hannahlouclarkmusic/

"With its dark and spiritual themes and deft guitar work, the music on Clark's debut EP Silent Type was sparse, compelling and at times a little sad. Her latest number, however, offers something much brighter: a carefree retro drum machine loop, straightforward arrangements, and chugging guitars.

Even if the lyrics still hint at something more sinister ("your hand's in the shape of a gun/it's your love") there's something much more optimistic about this latest creation.

With flashes of Courtney Barnett in its nods to '90s US guitar-pop, "It's Your Love" makes for a catchy ditty as the sun comes out for springtime." Clash Music

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 1 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Districts

http://thedistrictsband.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Though arguably more than deserving of the fame and radio play enjoyed by bands like Black Keys and Kings of Leon, The Districts likely won't end up taking that path. So far in their career, they've only just been a band: just four high school friends deciding to make music and hit the road. There are no pretensions, no chance of headline gimmicks, just four humble and incredibly young guys who are also quite talented. In many ways, their unfussy approach to being a band translates to their music. Despite some of the fuzz and purposefully lo-fi studio tricks, they let the songs speak for themselves. As A Flourish and a Spoil proves, that's all they need." Consequence of Sound

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 3 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Surfing Magazines (wave Pictures/slow Club)

https://www.facebook.com/TheSurfingMagazines/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Surfing Magazines, a new garage-rock group consisting of two thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club, have shared the video to 'Lines and Shadows' - the first song to be taken from their self-titled album, due for release on Moshi Moshi on 1st September.

Consisting of David Tattersall and Franic Rozycki of The Wave Pictures, Charles Watson of Slow Club and drummer Dominic Brider, the band have also announced their debut festival appearance at End of the Road Festival this summer, with more dates to be added soon.

Not content with their already ferocious work rate, with three album releases in 2016 alone and over twenty in total between them; members of The Wave Pictures and Slow Club's 11-track debut as Surfing Magazines is an intriguing and exciting mishmash of musical styles soundtrack surf, weird pop and Americana.

Speaking on 'Lines and Shadows', the first track revealed from the record, the band incorporate a quote from writer Dashiel Hammett whilst speaking on the track:

The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two [Hammett]. This is definitely the type of song that puts two and two together and gets twenty-two.

Pulling in influence from all of the great surf music of the 60s and the band's musical inspirations of Bob Dylan and Lou Reed, the band are professedly 'at war' with today's pretentious prog-indie-rock millionaires and bongo pop demigods. They intend to 'rock out and blow your mind, and then mellow out and soothe your mind, then rock out again'.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 8 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Little Barrie

https://www.facebook.com/littlebarrieband/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Little Barrie, a classic British power trio in the lineage of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, may not have all the answers, but they're asking all the right questions.

Made up of Barrie Cadogan (guitar/vocals), Lewis Wharton (bass) and Virgil Howe (drums), their fifth album, 'Death Express', packs a heavy punch, channelling the three members' ferocious musical chops into a raw, DIY response to today's atmosphere of confusion and division.
There's no political message, just lyrical food for thought, and some of the tautest, most incendiary grooves you'll ever hear, enticing even dancefloor-shy listeners to hip-shake away their cares. High-octane meditations on surveillance paranoia ('Copter'), devious policing at mass protests ('Molotov Cop') and greed ('Vulture Swarm') have rarely felt so irresistible to body movement.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 12 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Aquilo

http://aquilomusic.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Having released their debut album 'Silhouettes' at the head of 2017, Aquilo today share the title track as their new single accompanied by a live video of the same track and news of their forthcoming UK headline tour this autumn. The live video will also be released as an audio track alongside the single.

Evolving from a spacious piano ballad to a powerful crescendo across its four minutes, 'Silhouette' is a tour de force of stirring balladry, cinematic sonic textures and immersive dynamics.

Listen HERE
Watch the live version HERE

Aquilo have been flying the UK flag over in North America these past few weeks criss-crossing the country on tour which took them via SXSW and a sold out shows in NYC and LA. They also made their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers - you can view the performance HERE.

It's clear that the duo of Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher are continuing to grow their already far-reaching fan base globally. To date they have amassed a whopping 80 million streams on Spotify.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 19 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Big Moon

https://www.facebook.com/commoonicate/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Camaraderie can't "be faked. You can spot a lack of chemistry from a million miles away.

Whether you're a duo or a much larger collective, actually getting along and wanting to spend time together works wonders for your music. It's why Little Mix, despite being manufactured, work - because they actually seem to like each other a lot.

The Big Moon have that bond in buckets. From interviews through to their live shows, there's an electric chemistry between the four of them. They're just four mates having a laugh. And with something as simple as that, they've become a band that really feel special.

With their debut album, Love in the 4th Dimension, they've captured lightning in a bottle. It's an album that brings back that giddy feeling of finding a band that's just pure fun to listen to. There's no pretension here. In fact, it's an album that embraces its imperfections and makes it part of the DNA.

You'll find coughs, you'll find yelps and you'll find drum rolls imitated through blown raspberries. "Pull the Other One" even ends with someone dropping their tambourine. Keeping these things in, rather than letting them fall to the cutting room floor, only adds to the carefree image that The Big Moon like to radiate. If anything, cutting those fun little moments would probably have been to the album's detriment." The Line Of Best Fit

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 24 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Flyte

www.facebook.com/flyteband

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Flyte is a young alternative four piece from London. Rooted in classic pop songwriting and propelled by the sound and sensibilities of New Wave, Flyte's songs are infectiously melodic and compellingly lyrical.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 25 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Micah P Hinson + L.a. Salami

https://www.facebook.com/micahphinson/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Micah P. Hinson's new album Presents The Holy Strangers is described by the artist as being a modern folk opera. Telling the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead. We follow their story, we see their decisions, we see their faults and their beauty. We live with them, we die with them.

Two years in the making, Micah wrote and recorded The Holy Strangers in Denison, Texas, incorporating ancient reel to reels, analogue keyboards, old Tascam and Yamaha desks. The recording only entered the digital realm once pre-mastering took place.

Split across two pieces of the vinyl, the 14 tracks which make up The Holy Strangers are at times sparse and haunting; at other times luscious, maybe even euphoric. From the Johnny Cash-style country single Lover's Lane, to the album's broad, spoken-word centrepiece Micah Book One,

The Holy Strangers covers a lot of ground over the course of its hour long running time, appealing to both long-time fans and new ones alike.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 29 Sep 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Juanita Stein

https://www.facebook.com/msjuanitastein/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Howling Bells have been and remain one of our favourite bands to emerge during all our years of blogging. They really should be a band of stadia-straddling hugeness. So with that in mind, it's no great stretch to imagine our excitement when we heard frontwoman Juanita Stein was to release a solo album.

Often solo albums evolve from writing songs that perhaps don't quite fit into an artist's band's oeuvre or emerge when a band takes a break. Or, alternatively are the result of a gargantuan ego that assumes the announcement ' and the next track is from my new experimental, 'less song-oriented' album featuring field recordings of Himalayan Yaks' will be greeted with wild applause rather than tumbleweed.

In this case, it was perhaps a little of the former and definitely not the latter as Juanita's solo work started to take shape around the arrival of her first child and since has grown into a full-length album entitled 'America.' The latest track to emerge 'Dark Horse' perfectly encapsulates Juanita's vision of the 'tone' of the album. There's a sense of familiarity, of wistful nostalgia and of faded glamour as Stein's mellifluous, elegant vocal weaves it's way around chiming guitars and a subtlety propulsive percussion.

Whilst it may not sound a million miles away from Howling Bells music, the album is very much Juanita's own take on the 'dark heart of America' . Of the album, Juanita says I've forever idealised American life growing up in Australia we were fed the American dream through film and television. The dichotomy between what was real and a dream is forever intriguing to me. The music of Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Lee and Nancy and Patsy Cline all informed my musical sensibilities. They opened up this wide screen universe for me. NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 2 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Andrew O'neill's History Of Heavy Metal

http://www.andrewoneill.co.uk/

Andrew's combination of sci-fi twists on real life, long hair and impeccable manners have led him being revered on the London comedy circuit. Activist, misanthrope and transvestite waxes comical about the decline of British industry.

'One of the funniest comedians on the circuit at the moment... hitting new heights
of comedic brilliance' (Timeout)

'So funny I put him on my new TV show' (Steve Coogan)

'... talented, intelligent and unique. Bringing the spirit of the alternative '80s back into the comedy circuit' (Dazed & Confused)

'clever comedy for those who like their laughs original, off-kilter and cliché-free' (Three Weeks)

'... comedian, metalhead, amateur occultist and musician... Sharp, artistic and unique, his innate confidence and fondness of absurdity leaves his audiences feeling full of glee' (Funhouse Comedy).

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 4 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts

http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"Longtime fans of Jeffrey Lewis treat each of his albums like a returning old friend. We know what to expect by now scratchy, lo-fi punk and croaky anti-folk yet we also know his lyrical wit still has the capacity to surprise. Outta Town is a perfect example, a Cribsesque love song that appears at first to conform to standard tropes Is it Friday, is it Monday, I can't tell without you? but it transpires that Lewis's lover hasn't left him; she has just gone to visit her mum for a couple of days, leaving him to confront the fact that he's barely able to look after himself: The recycling starts to pile up and smell without you. Elsewhere he wrestles with neighbourhood crackheads, the pressures of settling down and who else could tackle this? the stress of having to pay your drummer on support tours. Lewis is unlikely to ever dramatically change; instead his music slowly develops and wizens, as we all do. It'll be fun growing old with him." The Guardian

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 5 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lucy Spraggan

Under 14s welcome with an adult

http://lucyspraggan.com/

For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 has already been a year to remember. The singer-songwriter has already netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with a huge tour across the UK and Europe.

Described as 'a triumph' by The Sun, I Hope You Don't Mind Me Writing was released in January 2017, charting at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart. It was the second release under her own label, CTRL Records.

Frequently recognized as one of the leading lights in the LGBT community, Spraggan has managed to build her fanbase to a new high, with more than 12,000 tickets sold for her recent Dear You tour. Lucy's festival season is looking equally busy with shows confirmed at some of the UK's leading festivals.

Lucy appeared on the X Factor in 2012, since then her audition video has been viewed more than 40 million times. She achieved the unprecedented success of securing a top 20 single (Last Night) and top 40 album (Top Room at the Zoo) while still competing on the TV show. She was also the most Googled musician of 2012,

Lucy immediately signed to Columbia and her debut album Join the Club was a top-ten success. Her next record We Are was released on her own label, after Spraggan opted to take the independent route. The album just missed out on a top twenty position.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 10 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson

http://www.tomrobinson.com/

Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.



As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.



As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing.

To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway in October 2017, Tom will be performing performing his entire Power In The Darkness album on tour in the UK. His first two shows shows at London's legendary 100 Club sold out within 4 hours a third date has just been added. In 2017 Tom's incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals.



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Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 12 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway

http://www.johnotway.com/

The living legend, the two hit wonder himself, Mr. John Otway makes a welcome return to The Portland for a night of Headbutts and being Really Free. Turn on the bunsen burner and BURN!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 13 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

https://www.facebook.com/Hot8BrassBand/

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, Fri, 13 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Fickle Friends

https://www.facebook.com/FickleFriends/

Fickle Friends are a '80s-inspired indie-pop five-piece from Brighton. Fronted by Natti, they describe themselves as, 'pop but with a slightly mental indie feel' and with those claustrophobic synths, scattered beats and a gigantic pop hook, she's not wrong. They have been making waves since they unveiled their debut single SWIM, which gained nearly six million plays on Spotify.

The band caught the attention of BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, Apple Music's Zane Lowe and even captured the interest of Billboard Magazine in the US.

Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 14 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton

https://www.facebook.com/thebegoodtanyas/

Under 14s welcome with an accompanying adult

Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton, the two original founders of The Be Good Tanyas, have joined forces once again to create a new band. This is the first time in fifteen years that the two have led a group together. Holland and Parton will be presenting fresh arrangements of Be Good Tanyas material, as well as songs from their separate catalogs. Their new project, as always, is a page from the big book of North Americana and outsider folk. Holland cherry picked three of her sweetest, juiciest bandmates as supporting musicians for this project: Stevie Weinstein-Foner, Jared Samuel and Adam Brisbin.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 15 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Nick Mulvey

http://www.nickmulvey.com/

His standout debut album, First Mind, in 2015 was the introduction of an artist who shirked the conventional and side-stepped the expected. It was a record of opposing shades, all leftfield rhythms, and harnessing an exquisitely natural guitarist doing extraordinary things, painting unique colours across a very moreish collection of songs. It was quite peerless, and translated to the stage alongside fine collection of talented players that formed his band. Nick's return with the first fruits of his new album sessions has brought with it his own outlook
on a world that can't decide which direction it's going, or quite what to do with itself. We're all hastily trying to find our spot within these times, and Nick is no exception, but if clarity is part-resolved by a call to arms, perhaps it's time to make that call. Unconditional, the first new music from Mulvey in over two years, is a multi-layered, groove-based tune that doesn't stray too far from First Mind, but far enough to sound fresh, unique and exciting.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 16 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

http://www.ccsmugglers.co.uk/

Good times music inspired by american and world folk, swing, jazz and blues.

Playing music anywhere from the streets to the stadiums, from busking to barmitzvahs, from the clubs to the King's palaces.

Having a good time, all the time, with good friends, good booze and great music.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 19 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Steven James Adams & The French Drops

http://www.stevenjamesadams.com

Under 18s welcome with an adult

Former singer/songwriter with Cambridge's legendary Broken Family Band returns. In the wake of critically acclaimed solo album, 2016's intimate 'Old Magick', and several years of one man shows, Adams has a new band.

He's joined by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, rhythm section with psych-folk oddballs The Drink, guitarist Michael Wood (Singing Adams/The Leaf Library/Hayman Kupa Band) and a rotating cast of guest musicians.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 21 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Diet Cig

https://www.facebook.com/dietcigmusic/

"The New York boy/girl duo specialize in lovesick fuzz-pop on their fantastic debut album Swear I'm Good At This. Guitar-toting firecracker Alex Luciano keeps tripping over her own reluctant sentimental streak in these sardonic modern-love vignettes as she sings, "It's hard to be punk while wearing a skirt." Even when her melodies get sugary, Luciano never wusses out as she contemplates the anxieties of youth, the terror of adulthood and the ever-astonishing lameness of the male. " Rolling Stone

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 23 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Steven Page

https://www.stevenpage.com/

For twenty years, Steven Page was the lead singer and songwriter with Barenaked Ladies, the Toronto-based band he formed in 1988 with Ed Robertson.

Known for his dynamic, physically exuberant performances, his powerful tenor, quick wit, and an arsenal of songs that span the gamut between humour and pathos, Steven and the band toured the world, selling out venues ranging from Madison Square Garden to the Royal Albert Hall; sold nearly 15 million albums and won numerous Juno awards as well as two Grammy nominations, and two Gemini awards for their work on Canadian television.

Cambridge Emmanuel United Reform Church, Mon, 23 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Itch (the King Blues Unplugged) + Louise Distras

https://www.facebook.com/thekingblues/

Jonny 'Itch' Fox is a London-based MC, from Camden punks The King Blues. He will be a playing a mix of King Blues material, his solo work and also poetry. His solo material takes in a massive array of styles, yet maintaining iTCH's unique delivery, fire and integrity. Known for his cutting and honest lyrical approach, his energy never lets up, creating a varied, sonic journey from one of the UK's finest creative talents.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 24 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

(sandy) Alex G

https://www.facebook.com/sandyalexg/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"...Most of the songs have one-word titles and the lyrics are both vague and evocative. These traits come together best in the haunting and sweet "Mud". For this track, Giannascoli reaches beyond the pitch-shifter and gets an actual additional human being, Emily Yacina, to harmonize with him. When the pair repetitively whisper-sing, "I know something you don't know," your mind leaps to the worst conclusions of what this "something" could be, as nauseous keys creep into the arrangement and overtake the sounds of fingers skating up and down the frets of an acoustic guitar.

Some of the songs also feature the slightly atonal jangle that Pavement eventually claimed as their sound when they became a full band. What is remarkable about Beach Music is that some of these arrangements beg for you to dismiss them, the way you might have the very first time you heard Pavement, but what at first feels sloppy and clogged is actually intricate upon closer inspection. Complicated arrangements and gorgeous melodies reveal themselves to you as rewards for your patience. Over time, even the alien voices begin to sound natural, even inviting. " Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 25 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

https://www.facebook.com/thelovelyeggs/

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

"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, Mon, 30 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Pigeon Detectives + Little Comets

www.thepigeondetectives.com
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The Pigeon Detectives - Wait for Me (10th Anniversary Tour) Autumn 2017 The Pigeon Detectives Announce Anniversary Tour for debut Record Leeds band The Pigeon Detectives are back touring this Autumn to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of platinum selling debut album ' Wait For Me' . Formed in 2002 The Pigeon Detectives are Matt Bowman on lead vocals, Oliver Main and Ryan Wilson on guitars, Dave Best on Bass, and Jimmi Naylor on drums. The band enjoyed a meteoric rise starting in Leeds where they released their first single in 2005 with Leeds label Dance to the Radio, then growing into the UK Music scene rapidly with ' Wait for Me' which celebrates it' s 10th Birthday in May 2017. Within a year of release singles from the album such as ' Take her Back' , ' I' m Not Sorry' and ' I Found Out' had dominated the national airwaves. The band saw their live shows grow from DIY tours in small venues to 2 sell-out shows at Leeds Millenium Square and a headline show at Alexandra Palace in London. This special anniversary tour will see the album played in full, and is accompanied by a special double 12 vinyl re-release of the album with B-Sides and previously unheard tracks, as well as a digital re-release of the album and all it' s B-sides out on Dance to the Radio on 26th May. Speaking about the re-release and tour singer Matt Bowman said: We will forever be grateful for the opportunities and adventures that our debut album provided us with. For anyone that's ever been to see us live, you know the connection we have with our fanbase is a special one. So we thought what better way to pay homage to the album on it's 10th birthday than to take it on tour and play it in FULL for the first time ever!

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 30 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Ghostpoet

https://www.facebook.com/ghostpoetfb/

Immigrant Boogie marks the first new material from Ghostpoet since the release of his third and much lauded, Mercury-nominated Shedding Skin album in 2015. The track also heralds news of a full UK / Irish tour in the Autumn see below for full itinerary.

Swathed in post-punk virtuosity, Immigrant Boogie is a narrative only too pertinent in 2017.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 2 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hugh Cornwell (stranglers)

https://www.facebook.com/hughcornwellofficial/

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest song-writing talents and accomplished live performers. The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers enjoyed massive UK and European success with ten hit albums and twenty-one top forty singles, etching himself into the UK's musical psyche with Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess, Walk on By, Strange Little Girl and Skin Deep.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 2 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Pins

https://www.facebook.com/wearepins/

Bella Union signings PINS are a girl four-piece from Manchester playing gloriously fuzzy guitar pop with strident vocals and attitude to spare. For fans of Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls and Best Coast.

Norwich Green Mind @ Norwich Waterfront Studio, Mon, 6 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Martin Simpson

http://www.martinsimpson.com/

Please note there will be no bar. Please bring your own refreshments.

One of the best acoustic, finger-style guitarists in the world and a multi-award winning artist, including 6 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Martin has worked with Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Steve Miller, Richard Hawley, June Tabor, Martin Taylor and more

Cambridge St Phillip's Church, Thu, 9 Nov 2017 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Rackhouse Pilfer

https://www.facebook.com/Rackhousepilfer/

Rackhouse Pilfer formed in 2012 by the fireside of McGarrigles bar in Sligo, performing an acoustic set of bluegrass and folk hits from their favourite Americana artists. It wasn't long before they had to be plugged in to be heard due to their growing popularity. In that short time they have supported Imelda May, Paul Brady, Mundy, Royseven, Beoga, Birds of Chicago (USA), Cabin Collective, Leo Moran of the Saw Doctors, Steve Craddock Band Band (of Ocean Colour Scene). They have shared the stage with Kila, Brian Kennedy, Jack L, Fiachna O'Braonain, Eleanor McEvoy, Republic of Loose, Sandy Kelly, Charlie McGettigan, Lumiere. As well as their nationwide tour, fans will also see them support Damien Dempsey.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 23 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Lucy Rose

"it's a voice that increasingly reminds me of the young Suzanne Vega: there's the same gentle, folky, confidential tone, undershot by a similar coolness of intelligence and self possession. Like Vega, she's very interested in the twitch of time signatures and she likes to combine the warmth of acoustic instrumentation with the dreamy-drifty blue washes of electric guitar work. Although she doesn't quite have Vega's tightly sprung lyrical concision, she does share the air of a solitary woman, observing an urban world, making up songs by humming under her breath as she documents events and characters around her." Telegraph

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 23 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs

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Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult

Back for their yearly visit to The Portland, punk legends UK Subs are always vital and always superb. See you down the front!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 14 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm buy tickets