In association with United Cambridge and Ababoonsass
Chicago based four piece melodic punk rock featuring JEFF PEZZATI from NAKED RAYGUN and BIG BLACK. Releases on legendary punk label No Idea Records (home of Hot Water Music and Against Me, amongst others).
PLEASE NOTE: This will be an early show, running from 6pm - 9pm.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 8 Dec 2013 at 6.00pm @ £8.00
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, 9 Dec 2013 at 7.30pm @ £8.00
Big Boy Bloater is a British R&B and Blues guitarist and front man who has toured the world. Celebrity fans include Mark Lamarr and Craig Charles who regularly give him airplay on their BBC shows. He has headlined major Blues & R&B festivals all over the world and is one of the major players on the retro music scene.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 11 Dec 2013 at 7.30pm @ £8.00
"Sivu is a singer-songwriter known by his adopted Finnish name (he's James Page on his gas bill) and for a tremulous quaver that if it's not falsetto certainly aims high. He sounds like a one-man Wild Beasts, which admittedly is easy to say of any male solo artist these days with a voice that isn't as deep as a chopped and screwed Tyler, the Creator. He's managed by ATC (Nick Cave, Laura Mvula), and he's about to be signed to a major to work on an album with Alt-J's producer Charlie Andrew, on the back of a couple of singles that occupy the polite middle ground between An Awesome Wave's idiosyncratic indie and Hayden Thorpe and Co's neo-operatic pop, with a dash of Gotye's textured Australiana. The accompaniment, whoever is responsible for it (our info just mentions Sivu, no other musicians), is ornate but not overblown, going beyond the usual bass and drums,. The lyrics, evincing a preoccupation with the religious, point towards a sensitive individual, not a Liam Gallagher type." The Guardian
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 12 Dec 2013 at 7.30pm @ £7.00
In association with United Cambridge
Brighton via Cornwall three piece returning to Cambridge after too long an absence and multiple festival slots and tours. Gnarwolves play skater influenced punk rock.
Gnarwolves have - so far - released three EPs and are currently signed to BSM Records (Minus the Bear, Kevin Devine, Tellison).
Indie/emo/punk two piece. Their excellent debut 'Whatever' was released by Dog Knights Productions to critical acclaim earlier this year.
Cambridge based slacker punk. Sort of like if a bunch of skater dudes listened to early Strokes.
PLEASE NOTE: The venue is 18+, or 14+ if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 13 Dec 2013 at 7.30pm @ £6.00
Our annual Christmas party rolls round with three of the finest new banns in Cambriidge.
Fast rising Forest do their slacker rock thing, bringing to mind Pavement, Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.
Akuso play lean and melodic rock for fans of Jimmy Eat World, Weezer and more.
She Is Dead Now play shouty brutish hardcore of the best kind. See you in the pit!
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 21 Dec 2013 at 7.30pm @ £5.00
Cambridge's ska heavyweights bring the heavy heavy monster sound to the Portland for a festive Ska Extravaganza.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 27 Dec 2013 at 7.30pm @ £8.00
Cambridge's premier indie folk psychedelicists with a few well chosen friends in tow.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 29 Dec 2013 at 6.30pm @ £5.00
ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY!
Model Village return with their second album 'You Chose These Woes', though on a technicality this could really be their debut. 2012's 'A Solution To Everything' was a compilation of early singles, which no less than The Line Of Best Fit described thus: As deft as The Shins at their finest and completely ace with it. That's an accurate comparison because this new album features subtly brilliant indie-pop with nods toward folk and country.
Featuring no less than three lead singers, the Model Village line-up for 'You Chose These Woes' stabilised in their Cambridge hometown during writing and recording after a few months of personnel changes. Unashamedly grown-up, the songwriting on these songs is mature, confident and, crucially, utterly memorable. It's a terrible burden, but the band wear it with unpretentious dignity. 'You Chose These Woes' is ultimately a superbly realised set of songs in which ordinary people search for connections and meaning through the power of great songs. Beautifully simple. That's a rare thing.
THE LINE OF BEST FIT
Ian Scanlon's Robert Smith-esque tones have their fair share of heartache and his voice practically explodes with sadness and hope.
SLATE THE DISCO
I'm not sure there's anything else like Model Village at the moment. Bloody marvelous.
Warm and fuzzy, like a good hug.
Gently-paced, lush indie, the record's got a jangly mid-era REM aesthetic and a rough- around-the edges Belle & Sebastian-style melodic lightness.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 9 Jan 2014 at 7.30pm @ £5.00
Having released eight solo albums in ten years Adam Green is already renowned around the globe as one of music's most unique and prolific songwriting talents. His songs have been performed by artists as diverse as The Libertines, Will Oldham, Kelly Willis, and Carla Bruni.
A New York native, Green was just 17-years old when he recorded and released his first album. As part of the downtown antifolk scene at the end of the nineties he made up one-half of The Moldy Peaches, the acclaimed duo with Kimya Dawson that enjoyed belated mainstream success via the Grammy-winning soundtrack of the 2007 Academy Award-winning movie Juno.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 26 Jan 2014 at 7.30pm @ £11.50
"If you appreciate Lambchop's mellow mordancy, you'll like Nathaniel Rateliff, the 31-year-old from Bay, Missouri (population: 60) who has been living in Colorado since he was 19. Judging by the contents of his debut album, he's hardly been whooping it up there: In Memory of Loss is a feast of wry introspection, the titles Longing and Losing, Whimper and Wail, We Never Win speaking volumes about the mood of droll self-regard."
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 30 Jan 2014 at 7.30pm @ £8.00
"McEvoy, once a member of Mary Black's Band, is a former music graduate from Trinity College, Dublin. Although only 44, she's an experienced hand at making records and Alone is her ninth. But what makes it special is that it is so personal. It was just one musician - and the technician Dave - working in a recording studio-barn in Norfolk and revisiting and re-evaluating old songs, with just guitar (or piano).
She teases new life out of emotional lyrics in what is like a very intimate concert setting. You can tell from the passion in the singing of Alone that McEvoy is enthralled by performing with her soul bared.
Her voice sounds vulnerable and expressive and the format allows the strong songwriting to breathe and blossom over 12 songs, of which Only A Woman is perhaps best known. It was a standout title song on a compilation work that became one of the biggest selling albums in Ireland's history." The Telegraph
Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 2 Feb 2014 at 7.30pm @ £10.00
Vocalist with InMe and now solo star in his own right.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 7 Feb 2014 at 7.30pm @ £6.50
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) is/was shown at Cambridge Film Festival.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 13 Feb 2014 at 7.30pm @ £12.00
Our favourite tropical popsters make a welcome return after their storming show last year.
Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 15 Feb 2014 at 7pm @ £11.00
Since leaving Sepultura, Max Cavaleros has carried on in his well worn groove of crushing heaviosity and tribal rhythms. Their last show in 2008 was a thing of brutal beauty.
Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 24 Feb 2014 at 7pm @ £16.00
Wildflowers began in April 2012, put together by former Bristol and now Brighton based lead singer and chief songwriter 21 year old Siddy Bennett. Suitably labeled in an early review as Punk Dolly Parton, Siddy's style is freewheeling, strong, and and with lots to say on many subjects, and you can hear the influence of Siddy's tastes from White Stripes to Patsy Cline in the Wildflowers gutsy sound.
They tour with Tom O'Dell in October 2013.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 12 Mar 2014 at 7.30pm @ £6.50
Finding themselves new neighbors in Canada, Glasgow- born Norman Blake and Joe Pernice from Massachusetts began a low-key collaboration in a Toronto tavern. Their performances were marked by plenty of banter, open-tunings and sublime pop smarts. Now they bring their two-man show to the UK and Europe under the guise of The New Mendicants.
Two of the most sublime and revered songwriters of the '90's, Blake and Pernice between them have founded Teenage Fanclub, Scud Mountain Boys, BMX Bandits and Pernice Brothers. Performing together on stage, they delve into each other's hefty back catalogues as well as their new material. They are currently working on a full length album which they expect to release later this year.
Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 17 Mar 2014 at 7.30pm @ £9.00