Frankie & The Heartstrings

Under 18s Must Be Accompanied By An Adult

Frankie & The Heartstrings mark a welcome return this summer and are pleased to announce details of their third album 'Decency' on July 10th through Pop Sex Ltd.

The band continue to ignore the lure of lucre and bright lights and remain steadfastly in Sunderland, opening their own record store in the city's redundant Tourist Office bringing much heralded impetus to the creative heart of Sunderland and it's many like-minded souls. Amongst the artist who have supported their venture and played recently are The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand and James Bay.

'Decency' follows 2013's 'These Days Run Away' and sees the band continue their uncanny knack for conjuring up moments of introspective beauty whilst encapsulating the band's ideals, both socially and politically. The pop suss that flowed through previous releases still reigns but 'Decency' embellishes those hooks and melodies creating some of the band's best work to date.

Recorded at the tail end of last summer at Leeds' Suburban Homes studio with MJ (Hookworms) at the controls, 'Decency ' also sees Futurehead Ross Millard on extra-curricular duty with guitar and vocal artistry making his recording debut as a fully-fledged Heartstring.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 8 Oct 2015 at 7:00pm buy tickets



Ethereal vocals blended with intertwining lo-fi guitars that recall the best of american 90s indie rock. If you saw them at any of their support slots last year you'll know how good they are.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 14 Oct 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets


Under 14s welcome with an adult

Battles have been anything but a conventional band. As result of their constant forward momentum, musically and conceptually, BTTLS albums have placed them among the most innovative of Warp Records' roster.

Battles' yet to be announced third album is their most future-leaning yet, a new piece in an un-planned trilogy that began with Battles as a four-piece on Mirrored, continued with a bold leap into collaboration on Gloss Drop and now culminates in John Stanier, Dave Konopka and Ian Williams pushing the sonic limits of how conventional instruments and electronics meld.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 26 Oct 2015 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Hot 8 Brass Band

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New Orleans Hip Hop-Jazz legends finally make it to Cambridge after their show in 2014 was cancelled due to illness. The New Orleans 8 piece will tear the roof off Junction 2!

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 27 Oct 2015 at 7:00pm buy tickets


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"Feels Like doesn't reference any specific dates or weather, but it feels like a summer coming-of-age album. Sure, there are the mentions of milkshakes and scabbed knees, along with the way Bully's untamed punk should soundtrack windows-down freedom in rattling first cars. But there's also that sense of lonely intimacy with oneself within what can feel like a vast void of time; six weeks where you tempt yourself with the promise of reinvention that you'll probably never commit to, lay uncomfortably with your regrets, and fret that the future isn't making itself clear. These are anthems for "all of us and our unpaid dues," as Bognanno sings on "Brainfreeze"; people who, per the album title, are slowly learning to trust their intuition and the weight of an emotion. On "Picture", one finally weighs too heavy on her, but in a good way: "Break before I start to bend," she sings, finding herself in the act of resistance." Pitchfork

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 3 Nov 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Vant + Prison Whites

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Fronted by charismatic vocalist/guitarist Mattie Vant and completed by Henry Eastham (guitars/ vocals), Billy Morris (bass) and Martin Söderin (drums), VANT have been compared to The Pixies with echoes of Queens of the Stone Age, yet frontman Mattie Vant takes influences from a vast spectrum of musical genres which are then all condensed into two-and-a-half minute onslaughts.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 4 Nov 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Bouquet Of Dead Crows

Despite the name, BoDC are not a death metal band, but a punchy and to the point grunge rock band. One for fans of The Subways, Paramore and much more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 6 Nov 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

The Coal Porters


The Coal Porters claim to be the world's first "alt-bluegrass" act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world being featured on NPR's Morning Edition in the USA and having recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.

The Coal Porters have five albums available. Their most recent, Find The One, was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton.

"Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution."
Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros)

"Sid Griffin was playing Americana long before it was called that with his Long Ryders and his pioneering spirit lives on in his work with the Coal Porters."
Billy Bragg

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 12 Nov 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Carthy, Hardy, Farrell And Young

All Seated Show. Under 14s welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Eliza Carthy, twice nominated for the Mercury Prize, is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Bella Hardy's soaring and captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. Kate Young has an intoxicating passion and drive captured as her soaring voice and fiddle dance together to create a uniquely diverse and poignant sound. Lucy Farrell's exploration of traditional and contemporary song has touched the hearts of audiences well beyond the folk world, her beguiling and crystal clear singing style crafting stories with spellbinding skill.

Together, they are Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young.

Cambridge The Junction, Sun, 15 Nov 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets


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"Seafret is the name applied by those in the North East of England to the wild mists which roll in off the North Sea.

It's a refreshing name for a band. But then, Seafret have a refreshing style, anyway.

Forged from numerous open mic slots in a small town, the duo have a timeless sound but with a fresh modern twist. Think The Lumineers but with the mystery of the moors, or even the supple Americana of The Staves given a masculine twist.

New EP 'Give Me Something' is available digitally now, with a limited seven inch vinyl pressing due to be given away to fans who sign up to this here newsletter.

Perhaps the duo's most strident, confident gesture yet, it finds Seafret spreading their wings while also defining a unique style. The harmonies are impeccable, but there's a hidden darkness to 'Explosion' or 'Play With Guns'.

The title cut is ablaze with energy, a rattlin' and roarin' salute which is equal parts bluegrass stomp and indie bedlam." Clash Music

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sun, 15 Nov 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets


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Younghusband are a four-piece band based in London, comprising Euan Hinshelwood (vocals/guitars/keys), Adam Beach (guitars/keys), Joe Chilton (bass/guitars), Pete Baker (drums/percussion/keys). Their psych-infused indie and krautrock grooves have been championed by BBC 6 Music and NME.

Starting out as Hinshelwood's lo-fi bedroom project, the band formed properly in 2011 and released singles and EPs on labels including Too Pure and Sonic Cathedral. They released their debut album 'Dromes' via Sonic Cathedral in September 2013. It was produced by Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter) and features the singles 'Comets Crossed', 'Silver Sisters' and 'Left Of The Rocks'

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 17 Nov 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets


"Laziness is underrated. What a lot of people see as an undesirable character trait can, in fact, be good for you. Chill out more, live longer. Say no to a 10-mile run, stay up later. Sleep more, yawn less. Life-affirming mottos that bring us to Jaws, a quartet in awe of laziness on their debut six-track EP. Song titles, lyrics, overall vibes: a homage to doing not a lot. Opener 'Breeze' (a lazy version of proper wind) begins with frontman Connor Schofield's plea "Hold my hand, think of me/I'll take you to the beach" before building to a chorus that simply goes "I want it I need it, yeah".

'Donut' (food for lazy people) follows, on which Schofield gives it the full first-Cribs-album Ryan Jarman, when his drawl was untainted by the angst that would later
infect it. He sounds truly blissed-out, singing "Don't want you, don't need you/It's all good, it's all cool/The sun's out, it's all cool". No-one has ever sounded so much like the internal monologue of a sunbathing cat. It's immensely soothing.

Sometimes, though, being soothed isn't enough. And you could criticise Jaws for utilising a lot of overused 2013 touchstones. 'Friend Like You' has the high-pitched reverb of a DIIV track. And they are a Birmingham band, so anyone into Peace and Swim Deep will recognise the baggy '90s sound.

What Jaws have that the others don't, though, is synths. Most obviously on 'Surround You', which intros itself with a wall of sparkles Phoenix would dig. But best of all is 'Stay In' (kind of a lazy activity), which combines all of Jaws' traits with the chorus "Stay in stay out", like Schofield's trying to make an inconsequential decision on holiday. Days when the hardest thing you have to do is work out whether to leave the house are the greatest." NME

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 1 Dec 2015 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Uk Subs + Freedom Faction + Beverley Kills

UK punk legends, UK Subs, make a welcome return to The Portland Arms after their rammed show last year.

One of the first wave of UK punks, the band have pursued a singular path over the last 4 decades. See you down the front!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 3 Dec 2015 at 7pm doors buy tickets

Gaz Coombes

Former Supergrass front man heads out on his own, making a welcome appearance in Cambridge.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 9 Dec 2015 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jeffrey Lewis

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Jeffrey has a new record coming out on Rough Trade, so it seemed rude not to get him back when he toured. Our favourite anti-folk hero has always had a big following here and we love having him. Pretty much essential

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 16 Dec 2015 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Hinds (formerly Deers)

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There is a moment at the beginning of every Hinds show where the four Madrileñas find each others' eye line and share a communal, assertive, smiling nod. A split-second later, we're blasted by some of the most energised, fun and inventive rock n roll this side of White Light / White Heat or Raw Power.

Yes, Hinds are that good - but you have to push beyond the few brilliantly raucous snatches of sound they've dropped to date. The immediacy and fun times of songs like "Bamboo", "Trippy Gum" or "Castigadas En El Granero" is only a blueprint for the finer qualities of these four friends and their intoxicating, limitless potential for musical salvation.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 15 Feb 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Cc Smugglers

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CC Smugglers the blues Americana outfit who are actually from Bedfordshire not Tennessee have some epic stories to tell. Before they were a household name, they set off to 'tail' their heroes Tennessee string band Old Crow Medicine Show on their UK tour, busking outside venues to the waiting crowds. It was an obvious pairing but it was also a ballsy move as Old Crow knew nothing about their plans.
American outfit were themselves discovered playing on a street corner in North Carolina some 15 years before and the happy ending to the story is that they went on to support Old Crow proper on their tour.
Which would not have happened if CC Smugglers weren't incredible. Their barnstorming, uplifting country-Americana combines blues and folk too into a belting and cheerful ramshackle melee.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 16 Mar 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Kris Drever

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Kris Drever's voice and guitar forms part of the backbone of today's contemporary roots scene. Widely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 7 Apr 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Kris Drever

Kris Drever's voice and guitar forms part of the backbone of today's contemporary roots scene. Widely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 7 Apr 2016 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

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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, Tue, 26 Apr 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets

John Otway

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Everyone's favourite two hit wonder makes a very welcome return. Expect all the usual wit and shambling charm.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 6 May 2016 at 7:30pm buy tickets