Uk Subs
+ Roadkill Drive-Thru (ex Freedom Faction)

It's December so we've got the mighty UK Subs back for their annual Christmas show. Expect attitude, moshing and all your favourite punk anthems.

The Subs will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of "Brand New Age" on this tour.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 9 Dec 2021 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Broken Witt Rebels
+ Caspar

"One of the best new live bands in the country, it's a matter of time before they explode onto the big stages" - This Feeling

"There's something about this type of music that feels raw, Southern, and whiskey-soaked. I can't get enough" - Indie Shuffle.

The arrangement of James Tranter's dominant, layered guitar work, Danny Core's strong and unique vocals, Luke Davis's muddy harmonic bass playing and James Dudley's drumming groove are the framework of a band that's enchanting and irresistible.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 10 Dec 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Cavetown
Sara Kays

Since the age of 14, Cavetown has created self-produced songs both intensely diaristic and touched with offbeat imagination. Now 22, the Cambridge-based artist otherwise known as Robin Skinner has built a global following based on that outpouring, forging a connection so personal he's taken to keeping a cupboard full of letters he receives from fans. On his new EP Man's Best Friend, Cavetown expands on the beautifully detailed bedroom-pop that's brought him immense success in recent years (including headlining sold-out shows around the world), ultimately arriving at one of his most vulnerable projects yet.

The follow-up to 2020's "Sleepyhead" (his Sire Records debut), "Man's Best Friend" took shape from a period of enormous change for Cavetown. Prior to releasing Sleepyhead, he'd found himself unmoored by the demands of his growing fame. With the album dropping right as the world went into lockdown, Skinner slipped into what he now refers to as "a very toxic place, mentally speaking," and eventually stepped back from working on music to focus on his mental health. As he began writing again, what soon emerged was the raw introspection of Man's Best Friend, a body of work made in deliberate solitude.

Cambridge The Junction, Fri, 10 Dec 2021 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live

Daft Funk Live are a Daft Punk tribute-band based in the UK. Embracing the live aspect of DP's performances, they incorporate their own custom light shows, including a three-meter high LED pyramid, and use live instruments to give an immersive and dynamic show. Their stage production is meticulously crafted, paying the utmost homage to the infamous and illusive Robots.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 18 Dec 2021 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Childcare

CHILDCARE were formed in 2016 by Ed Cares, formerly one of west London's most in-demand male nannies. Overheard humming a song he had written years before, Ed was persuaded by Katie, then aged six, to form a band. He enlisted local musicians Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Le Gate (guitar) and Glyn Daniels (drums). The band has now been together for several years, performing successfully under the only logical moniker in the circumstances: CHILDCARE.

Enthused with the energy of punk, the infectiousness of The Police and a by-numbers approach to songcraft akin to Happiness In Magazines-era Graham Coxon, CHILDCARE are a band on the up, making skewed, idiosyncratic, art-punk pop that is gaining them eager fans across the continent. Having recently sold out Omeara and releasing two critically acclaimed EPs with extensive BBC Radio 1 support and wide-spread blog coverage from the likes of Indie Shuffle and The Line of Best Fit, CHILDCARE will be babysitting their way onto a stereo near you in the future.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 13 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

John Otway And The Big Band

The man, the two hit wonder! Otway is back to Cambridge to bring all the headbutts, bunsen burners and more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 15 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Surfing Magazines

Consisting of one half of Slow Club and two thirds of The Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines' primary influences are Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and all the great surf guitar music of the 1960s. They burst onto the scene with their eponymous debut album in 2017, a lauded LP described by Record Collector magazine as "a vintage-yet-modern rock'n'roll classic".

Marking their first release since 2017, "Sports Bar" combines rumbling bass, slick vocals and witty lyricism to masterful effect. In typically mischievous fashion, the band describe it as "Like The Modern Lovers if Marc Bolan had sung lead vocals instead of Jonathan Richman, with a bridge ripped out of Pavement, only better than any of those people's music" and in doing so strike a curious balance of self-deprecation and self-belief - a quality that permeates their music as well as their description of it.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 21 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Coach Party
+ Sister Lucy

Coach Party grew up on the Isle of Wight ("it's only a matter of time until you meet pretty much everyone else on the Island," says Eastwood) and eventually crossed paths as avid music fans - working in venues, playing together and meeting at the same gigs. Coach Party eventually formed after Eastwood and guitarist Steph Norris decided to start playing music together; quickly realising that there was something special about the pair's songwriting and bond, guitarist Joe Perry and drummer Page joined the ranks. Musically, Coach Party are inspired by a broad palate of artists, but always find themselves drawn back to Nirvana, Sonic Youth and The Strokes, and contemporary artists like Wolf Alice, The Big Moon and Tame Impala. Ultimately though, Coach Party's primary drive to write and perform music comes from "the often entertaining struggle of real life."

The band still live and work on the Isle of Wight (Jess at a farm park, Guy in a music studio and Steph and Joe in cafes), and describe life on the island as going "through pretty distinct phases of being a great, and a really frustrating place to live." The opening of new venue Strings two years ago has raised the energy of live music in the area and provided the impetus for Coach Party's breakout first offering 'Oh, Lola' in 2019.

The band's debut 6-track Party Food EP sparked their increasingly exciting association with Chess Club - a label famed for breaking new talent, where recent exciting signings include Alfie Templeman and Phoebe Green, and past successes include Jungle and Wolf Alice. Upon the EP's release, Coach Party found themselves subject to acclaim all over UK radio with fans, including BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens (single 'Bleach' was even added to the station's playlist as Introducing Track Of The Week), BBC Radio 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, Radio X's John Kennedy, and more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 22 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Heartless Bastards

On the new album "A Beautiful Life", Heartless Bastards share a wide-eyed and radiant vision for harmonizing a broken world. The Ohio-bred and Texas-transplanted band's first new music since 2015's Restless Ones, "A Beautiful Life" affirms frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom as a songwriter with the power to profoundly influence our state of mind, often by alchemising her idealism into viscerally potent rock-and-roll songs. With its delicate coalescence of so many eclectic touchstones - French pop and Celtic folk, space rock and symphonic pop, Disney scores and post-punk - the result is an album that immediately lures the listener into a more receptive mindset, one that leads to deeper generosity, greater compassion, and a restored sense of possibility.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 24 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

S-x

S-X (born Sam Gumbley) is a Grammy nominated producer, singer and songwriter, born and raised in Wolverhampton, UK. In 2010, he released what became one of the biggest Grime tracks of all time "Woooo Riddim", this catapulted S-X to the top of the UK production scene.

After the success of producing for the likes of Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Skepta and many more, S-X transitioned into releasing tracks of his own as an artist and quickly started to gain momentum with an extremely loyal, fast growing fanbase.

S-X is a passionate about his hometown, proven by being an ambassador for the cities football club Wolves. He is also renowned for only wearing shorts.

S-X produced and featured on KSI's hit "Down Like That" alongside Lil Baby & Rick Ross. The song peaked at #10 in the official UK chart and has amassed over 100 million streams to date. S-X performed the song at the KSI v Logan Paul boxing event, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to a sold out arena and millions worldwide. The event was dubbed the biggest in internet history.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 25 Jan 2022 at 7:30pm buy tickets

Lucero

Like the great river that flows through Memphis, the music of Lucero keeps rolling on, twisting and turning through the years, the same dark and brooding steadiness always at work.

Since forming in late the 90s, this group of Memphis road-dogs has mixed heartfelt lyrics with the sounds of early rock and roll, classic punk, country-folk, and deep-fried Southern soul. It's a sound that stands on the pillars of American music, born more of feeling than technique, delivered night after night to legions of fans in dive bars and theatres, and on stages as august as Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Ryman. In short, it's music that is built to last, impervious to trends.

For their tenth studio album, "When You Found Me", the band continues its natural evolution, this time tapping into a more atmospheric, widescreen vision (one that wouldn't seem out of place on a Reagan-era FM dial) while still staying tethered to its roots.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 27 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Conchúr White

Indicative of his raconteur nature, Conchúr (pronounced Conor)'s lyrical influences include the likes of Father John Misty, Lana Del Rey, Alex Turner, and Charles Bukowski and there's a dream-like surrealism in his musical storytelling which he delivers with understated theatrical manner. "Dreamers EP" follows on from Conchúr's 2020 debut EP "Bikini Crops". Hailing from Co Armagh, Conchúr previously fronted the band Silences who achieved notable success in Ireland.

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Fri, 28 Jan 2022 at 8:00pm buy tickets

Daft Funk Live

Daft Funk Live are a Daft Punk tribute-band based in the UK. Embracing the live aspect of DP's performances, they incorporate their own custom light shows, including a three-meter high LED pyramid, and use live instruments to give an immersive and dynamic show. Their stage production is meticulously crafted, paying the utmost homage to the infamous and illusive Robots.

Bury St Edmunds The Hunter Club, Sat, 29 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Toby Jepson: Digital Busker Live

Toby Jepson found fame as the frontman/singer/songwriter in British rock band Little Angels who achieved significant success in the UK, Europe and Japan between 1989 and 1995.

Between 2007 and 2017 Toby fronted Eddie Clarke's (Motörhead) vehicle Fastway across the globe, sang for Scottish rock band GUN, and then once again on a global scale fronting Dio's Disciples: a band made up of the late great Ronnie James Dio's final line up.

Toby's new band Wayward Sons have been hailed as one of the key bands at the forefront of the UK hard rock scene. Their debut album "Ghosts Of Yet To Come" was ranked eighth by Planet Rock Radio's listeners in 2017?s Top 20. Wayward Sons also went on to be voted Best New Band in the station's 2018 Rocks Awards. The sophomore album "The Truth Ain't What It Used To Be" was released in October 2019 to critical acclaim.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 29 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Jane Weaver
+ Hyperdawn

Abusing, evading, and obliterating 20 years of whimsical pop trends, Jane Weaver's experience as a truly independent and resilient songwriter and sound-carrier commands respect and inspiration in equal measures.

Set for release in 2021, new album "Flock" is the record that she always wanted to make, the most genuine version of Jane Weaver, complete with unpretentious Day-Glo pop sensibilities, wit, kindness, humour and glamour.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Mon, 31 Jan 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Scott Matthews

If there's one quality that defines the career of Scott Matthews it's this: evolution.

The singer/songwriter has challenged himself creatively during a career that has been characterised by rare quality. As Matthews gears up for the release of his seventh studio album, new horizons loom into view as he finds different ways to cast a spell.

The quality of Matthews' craft is a given. The Ivor Novello-winning artist is part of a lineage that includes such greats as Buckley and Drake, John Martyn and Paul Simon. With guitar in hand and a voice that conveys raw emotion, he has long been established as one of the world's foremost purveyors of song.

Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, mixing the ethereal with the empyrean, Matthews is a musical alchemist who transforms base metal to gold. He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures as he addresses universal truths.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 3 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Scott Matthews

If there's one quality that defines the career of Scott Matthews it's this: evolution.

The singer/songwriter has challenged himself creatively during a career that has been characterised by rare quality. As Matthews gears up for the release of his seventh studio album, new horizons loom into view as he finds different ways to cast a spell.

The quality of Matthews' craft is a given. The Ivor Novello-winning artist is part of a lineage that includes such greats as Buckley and Drake, John Martyn and Paul Simon. With guitar in hand and a voice that conveys raw emotion, he has long been established as one of the world's foremost purveyors of song.

Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, mixing the ethereal with the empyrean, Matthews is a musical alchemist who transforms base metal to gold. He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures as he addresses universal truths.

Stowmarket John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Sat, 5 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Aoife O'donovan
+ Donovan Woods

Recognised for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O'Donovan is also known for her collaborations. Called "a vocalist of unerring instinct" by the New York Times, O'Donovan is one of the most sought after vocalists and songwriters of her generation and her career has allowed her to collaborate with some of the most eminent names in music across a wide variety of genres.

The most recent example is I'm With Her, the band comprised of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and O'Donovan. Their debut album See You Around, released in February 2018, has garnered praise from NPR, who instantly hailed the collection as "willfully open-hearted", and The Guardian called their sound both "ethereal and purposeful".

As a solo artist, O'Donovan has released two studio albums. In the Magic Hour (2016), a 10-song album full of the singer's honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds: splashing cymbals, airy harmonies, and the leisurely baritone musings of an electric guitar. Mojo described the record as "exhilarating and exploratory," while the New York Times named "The King of All Birds" one of the Best Songs of 2016. Aoife toured 2016 in support of the album and ended that year releasing a live album Man In A Neon Coat: Live From Cambridge with her touring band. Her debut solo album, 2013's Fossils, is a moody collection of original songs with a country lilt. The record received critical acclaim and was featured on a number of "Best of 2013" lists including NPR Music, American Songwriter, New York Magazine, and No Depression. In 2018, Aoife contributed an original song titled "Are You There" to the film What They Had, an official selection at both Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals.

O'Donovan spent the preceding decade as co-founder and front woman of the string band, Crooked Still. She is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile and its one-third of the female trio Sometimes Why. Throughout her career, she has also collaborated with artists such as Alison Krauss and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, and is currently a member of the house band on the radio variety show Live From Here.

Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 5 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Flint Moore

UK rock-folk band Flint Moore don?t believe in doing music by halves ? it must be ferocious and raw, or delicate and emotional. When people try and describe them, they reach for many different names ? from Pearl Jam to Mumford and Sons, Audioslave to Dave Matthews Band. Whatever their choice, it always speaks volumes of their powerful and honest sound.

Flint Moore is grassroots in their attitude and grounded in their worldview. They believe music only comes alive when songs are meaningful, and when people feel truly connected.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 11 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

She Drew The Gun

"I believe art should provoke a reaction."

Passionate, principled, and refreshingly plain-spoken, Louisa Roach will not be cowed into silence. As She Drew The Gun, the Wirral-based singer-songwriter has spent the last seven years cementing her reputation as a vital voice in the alternative scene, using punk-infused psych-pop as a vehicle for exposing injustice and for advocating for a fairer and more tolerant society. That message is more potent than ever on Behave Myself, her incendiary third album due in September 2021.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 17 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Deathcrash

London slowcore 4 piece deathcrash announce their debut album, ?Return?, which will arrive on 28 January via untitled (recs). Alongside this announcement, the band share ?Unwind?, a new single which comes with a video shot by friend Mark Gavigan in Sweden,and features Bella the dalmatian.

Having recently released their starkly beautiful single ?Horses?, a concise and hopeful song showcasing a new side to the band, ?Unwind? sees deathcrash return to their driving, distorted roots. Beginning with singer Tiernan Banks? quiet lyrics spoken over the top of slow, loud guitar and drum parts, the track builds into an intense rock song that showcases the band doing what they do best.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 17 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Gaz Brookfield
+ Jake Martin, B-Sydes

Following a two year hiatus from live touring, Gaz Brookfield returns to the road with is biggest tour to date, in celebration of the release of his 8th studio album, "Idiomatic".

Joined by the other two thirds of The Original Trilogy, B-Sydes and Jake Martin, the three busketeers will be taking their brand of acoustic folk, punk-drunk, daftness to as many parts of the UK as possible.

If the last two years have taught us anything it's that we should not take live music, or indeed anything for granted. So, get yourself a ticket, get your friends, get a drink, and we'll see you at the bar!

Presented by Aaahh!!! Real Records

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 23 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Roxanne De Bastion

By her own admission, Roxanne de Bastion was a "weird kid". Smiling at the memory today, she recalls, "Being really frustrated with myself around the age of seven or eight and saying to my musician dad 'but when am I going to write a song?' and he would just say, 'You'll write a song when you've got something to say.' Take your time, it's fine." These words of reassurance are set to be proven prophetic with the release of Roxanne's second album, "You And Me, We Are The Same", a record that sees the now London-based singer-songwriter finding her authentic voice, while channelling the pain of her father's death last year.

For Roxanne, it's been an arduous journey to this point, and one that?s required her to keep courage in her convictions in order to succeed. Brought up between Berlin and the West Midlands, she grew up obsessed with The Beatles and Alanis Morissette, and was soon determined to become a musician like her father. To those ends, she left Berlin for London straight from high school and - with no financial support and no contacts in the city - got by balancing hospitality and admin work with the 90-odd solo gigs she played per year across the UK and Europe. To date, Roxanne has played over 600 gigs, including two USA tours in 2017 and 2018.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sprints

Raw and raucous, SPRINTS are a garage-noise four-piece from Dublin. They combine guitar-driven hooks, motoric rhythm and emotive lyricism to create a unique sound that pulls from garage, grunge, punk and beyond.

SPRINTS formed in late 2019 but have quickly been championed by the likes of NME, BBC Radio 6 & Radio 1, DIY, Clash Magazine, Nialler9 and Hot Press Magazine. Driven by experience, tough political climates and social and economic uncertainty - their music is honest, often politically charged and authentic.

Recently signed to both Nice Swan Records and ATC Live, SPRINTS are expecting big things for 2021. Their debut EP Manifesto was released to rave reviews from DIY and NME with Spotify editorial support and more. They?ve recently completed their second EP which be will be released via Nice Swan Records in ?21, followed closely by a Ireland & UK tour in November.

?Dublin?s next no f***s given guitar heroes? ? NME Magazine

?With potent songwriting that packs a real punch, their punk-etched sound is visceral while hiding a natural knack for melody. It?s the kind of attitude-laden grunge nugget Garbage made their own and Wolf Alice seek to emulate? - Clash Music

"Sprints may be the latest to emerge from Dublin's fertile stable of guitar-wielding new heroes, but their two-fingers-up, no-nonsense rattle'n'roll arrives as the natural heir to Amyl and the Sniffers' grot punk - DIY Magazine

Cambridge Green Mind @ The Blue Moon, Sat, 26 Feb 2022 at 7:00pm Tickets on sale from
Tue, 07 Dec 2021 at 10:00

Stephen Fretwell

Stephen Fretwell's long-awaited third album, Busy Guy, is set for release on Dan Carey's Speedy Wunderground label this summer. Described by Fretwell himself as 'a song cycle of sorts' Busy Guy examine the seasons of a life, exploring fatherhood, grief and rebirth, with Fretwell's trademark eloquence and wit.

Preceding the album's release are two singles, 'Oval' and 'Embankment'. 'Oval', the fourth song on the album, will be released first. It is heady with sensuous images - 'a harvest pear in silk' ' and heavenly bodies ' the moon and the sun', as well as those lying on beds. But, as in so many of the songs on Busy Guy, all is not well. There is a deep sense of unease: tropical heat at twilight. Beyond the innocent curves of 'Oval', images of opposites clash and collide; celebration sours to disappointment. The longed-for sun can be a thing that burns. The birthday becomes a sultry disco.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 1 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Feet

Spending endless days making music, FEET's journey since their debut has been a rollercoaster - one with a definite U-turn. An initial batch of songs ended up being entirely scrapped after a sobering practice room realisation that, far from sounding like a cohesive second record, "one song sounded like a covers pub band, and another sounded like Eminem could throw some bars over it," notes guitarist Callum Parker.

And so, they sat down to write a manifesto: one that would tame their overflowing pot of ideas and put some necessary parameters around what they were doing. "No guitar solos, no sailor outfits, no bringing a broom onstage," jokes singer George Haverson. All fair points. But as well as that, the band started digging into what they actually wanted to sound like, setting up their home studio and taking a bigger interest in production and the atmosphere of the tracks, trying to hit the cross-section of pop music and something a little darker that they've always loitered around.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 2 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

The most exciting new band to break out of Wales in recent years Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have today shared ?Yourself? - a new track taken from their heavily-anticipated debut album Backhand Deals, which will be released on 25 February 2022 via Communion.

Off the back of packed-out festival sets over the summer and sold-out headline shows at Cardiff Castle and two nights at London?s The Social, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have also announced details of a headline tour in 2022

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 5 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

David Ford
+ Annie Dressner

Please note the venue does not have a bar. Please bring your own refreshments and take your rubbish when you leave. This is an operational church and we need to leave it as we find it.

As an artist Ford still defies classification or comparison. Singer-songwriter doesn?t begin to cover it. He writes and performs with fluency across multiple genres, plays every instrument on the stage and even invents new ones to create truly unique recordings and performances. Every live show is different. Ford?s trademark one-man loop machine circus grows more complex and audacious every year, but then he is just as likely to show up with a six-piece band, a string quartet, jazz drummer or a choir and his most recent UK tour proved he can be equally compelling sat in an armchair, playing acoustic guitar and telling stories. The result is a live spectacle described by The Guardian as ?unmissable?.

Cambridge Unitarian Church, Sat, 5 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in "Storefront Hitchcock" an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as "paintings you can listen to". His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."

It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.

"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone

"These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock's typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals." - American Songwriter

"Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing." - Hot Press

"Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn't really gone in the first place." - Paste Magazine

Seating is unreserved.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 17 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Naming your band after a small griddle cake eaten in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Australia would probably be a bit too out there for most bands. But then Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are far from your typical psych rock group.

Formed in 2014, the Perth experimental quintet have quickly become one of Australia's hottest prospects, uncovering all kinds of weirdness and psychotic fuzz in their deceptively concise and punchy sonic warfare. Debut album "High Visceral Part 1" set the bar incredibly high from the off, quickly followed by "Part 2" a year later, with landmark release "And Now for the Whatchamacallit" hitting the shelves in 2019 and racking up millions of streams on Spotify in very little time.

Fourth full-length "Shyga! The Sunlight Mound", released January 2021, marks the biggest step in their evolution yet; melding all manner of quizzical and heart-palpitating sounds into their uncompromising orchestra of noise.

Cambridge The Junction, Tue, 22 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Roddy Woomble
+ Michael Anguish

Roddy Woomble is widely regarded as one of Scotland's finest songwriters.

Known for his enigmatic lyrics, warm baritone voice and consummate gift for a tune, Roddy has released five solo albums to date - 'My Secret Is My Silence' (2006), 'Before The Ruin' (2008, with Kris Drever and John McCusker), 'The Impossible Song & Other Songs' (2011), 'Listen To Keep' (2013), and 'The Deluder' (2017). Roddy's first poetry collection 'Instrumentals' was released in 2016.

For the past two decades Roddy has also been the frontman of much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 23 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Enola Gay

Belfast based Irish noise rock/post-punk 4-piece formed in late 2019. With socially aware vocals and a bed of reverb-soaked buzz-saw guitar layered on top of a driving rhythm that draws as much inspiration from left-field electronica as it does from post-punk heroes of the late 70s / early 80s. Enola Gay have already crafted a unique sound that has drawn widespread acclaim from key industry figures and music fans around the globe, culminating with them being chosen to perform at IMW, ESNS, and SXSW for their 6th, 7th and 8th performances ever.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 24 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Fatherson

Normal Fears, Fatherson?s fourth album, is a lush lesson in letting go. Gorgeous, groove-led singalongs steeped in electronics find the band in a playful mode, putting break-ups, old ways of working and everyday worries behind them to start afresh, sunny side up.

The album follows 2018?s Sum Of All Your Parts, which saw the band reach new levels of critical acclaim, with extensive support from BBC Radio 1?s Annie Mac, Clara Amfo, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, culminating in a European arena tour supporting Lewis Capaldi.

Normal Fears was largely written remotely, taking flight with the first lockdown. Stuck at home, Fatherson embraced the new normal and the fresh possibilities it posed. When lockdown lifted in early summer, the band decamped to RAK studios in London with producer Steph Marziano (Hayley Williams, Denai Moore, Mumford & Sons) and engineer Isabelle Gracefield (Dua Lipa, Stormzy), where ?Normal Fears? took yet another twist. Rather than record everything live, as Fatherson previously had, songs were torn apart and reassembled, pianos fed through cassette players and ping pong balls introduced.

?It was the most fun we?ve ever had making an album and I hope you can hear it,? says the band?s frontman Ross Leighton. ?It?s also a lesson to ourselves. We?re best friends in a band. Life is more than alright.?

Renowned for their encapsulating live performances, they have toured alongside the likes of Lewis Capaldi on his EU arena dates and at Wembley Arena, as well as playing with Frightened Rabbit, Biffy Clyro, Idlewild, Augustines, Enter Shikari, Amber Run, Twin Atlantic, and more.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 25 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Mysterines: Reeling Tour

When it comes to pivotal life moments, having the mighty Nick Cave snatch a balloon out of your hands when you're seven years old before smirkingly stomping on it is going to make you do one of two things: 1) run off crying and forever commit to a quiet life or 2) decide to be just like the big tall man who gets a kick out of scaring little kids. When it happened to Lia Metcalfe, she wisely decided to do the latter.

Still only 20 years old, the Mysterines' imposing frontwoman melds together more than her lifetime's worth of experiences with the kind of deep, impassioned vocal you won't forget in a hurry. In her songs and stagecraft you?ll see and hear everything from PJ Harvey's raw and ragged stomp to the crazed carnival energy of Tom Waits and eviscerating poetics of Patti Smith. The first great British rock band of the post-pandemic era, the Mysterines let us in on Lia's unfiltered look at life, the universe and everything, complete with serious riffs and an unflinching honesty.

Though currently based in Manchester, Lia was raised in Liverpool, born to parents only just out of their teens who raised her on the road and in and out of festival VIP areas; hence that unforgettable run-in with Nick Cave. Both were - and still are - music obsessives, bringing her up to the sounds of Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, Motown classics and Bob Dylan, who remains her song-writing icon.

PLEASE NOTE EARLY STAGE TIMES. Doors open at 18:30 and this event will be finished by 21:30 at the latest.

Cambridge Mash, Sat, 26 Mar 2022 at 6:30pm buy tickets

Bodega

Bodega's new album was inspired by a book club. In the early months of 2020, the Brooklyn art-punk incendiaries gathered together with close friends to study the works of a wide range of philosophers. Passionate debates lasting long into the night became a regular occurrence, motivating the band to become as ideologically unified as the weighty tomes they were reading. "Broken Equipment" is Bodega's attempt to interrogate the external factors that make them who they are, propelling existential quandaries with tongue-in-cheek humour, highly personal lyrics, and irresistible grooves.

In the album's opening moments, vocalist Nikki Belfiglio urges listeners to "watch the thrown." She is joined by fellow founding member Bodega Ben, who details various ways his personality is constantly influenced, or 'thrown', by phenomena such as 'big rock ads' or 'the itch on my back.' This opening song - "Thrown" - serves as a thesis statement for the record's multi-faceted exploration of how ideology and identity are shaped, but never fixed.

Since Bodega's formation in 2016, Ben and Nikki (who previously played together in the band Bodega Bay) have experienced a rare meteoric rise. The duo double as filmmakers, earning acclaim for their 2020 erotic drama PVT Chat starring Peter Vack, Julia Fox, and other recognizable faces from the Safdie brothers' cinematic universe. When the pandemic forced them to hit pause, they used the opportunity to regroup with drummer/performance artist Tai Lee, bassist/philosophy professor Adam See, and lead guitarist Dan Ryan.

"Broken Equipment" was produced by Ben himself with Bobby Lewis, Bodega's NYC live sound mixer. The record was mixed by Bryce Goggin, whom the band sought out for his work with Pavement, and Adam Sachs (Wives).

Cambridge Portland Arms, Mon, 28 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sunflower Bean

New York trio Sunflower Bean - Julia Cumming (she/her), Nick Kivlen (he/him), and Jake Faber (she/they) - released their second album "Twentytwo in Blue" in 2018, which skyrocketed to the UK?s Top 40, and quickly followed it with 2019's "King of the Dudes EP" (which included the Radio 1 playlisted "Come For Me") and stand-alone single "Moment In The Sun" in 2020. Since then, the band opened for Bernie Sanders and The Strokes in New Hampshire, Cumming appeared on Yves Tumor's "Strawberry Privilege" and Manic Street Preachers "The Secret He Had Missed", and the band toured extensively with the likes of Beck, Cage the Elephant, Interpol, Courtney Barnett, and more, while also playing countless festivals internationally.

Now the band returns with their first new material of 2021. Alongside the announcement of new UK tour dates Sunflower Bean release a new song entitled "Baby Don?t Cry", premiered by Radio 1's Clara Amfo as the 'Hottest Record In The World'. Written by the band, produced and mixed by UMO's Jacob Portrait, co-engineered by Jake Faber and Portrait, and recorded between Electric Lady and Sunflower Bean Studios, "Baby Don?t Cry", out now via Lucky Number, is an exciting taste of what's to come from Sunflower Bean in 2022.

Cambridge The Junction, Wed, 30 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning are a 4-piece from South London. The quartet of Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) released their debut album New Long Leg on 2 April.

The 10-track long-player, which includes ?Strong Feelings? and last year?s single ?Scratchcard Lanyard?, was recorded over two weeks last summer at Rockfield Studios in rural Wales with producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding). Following on from their thrillingly taut 2019 EPs Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks and Sweet Princess, New Long Leg is more ambitious and complex, with Shaw?s spoken vocals tightly intertwined with the band?s restless instrumentals. With lyrics preoccupied by themes like dissociation, escapism, daydreaming, complicated feelings of love, anger, revenge, anxiety, the kitchen, lethargy, forgetfulness, and survival, Shaw says, ?the title is ambiguous; a new long leg could be an expensive present or a growth or a table repair.

On release the album received the much coveted ?Best New Music? on Pitchfork and entered the official UK Charts at number 4

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 31 Mar 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Dream Wife
+ Lucia and the Best Boys

"New wave structure meets punk blatancy and 21st-century gender fluency" - New York Times

"[Dream Wife] combine sticky pop flourishes and bruising sounds with brazen self-assurance....extending the continuum of uncompromising feminist musical statements with refreshing directness." - NPR Music

"Part It's Blitz!-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part long-lost Cardigans B-side, their second track of the year is a strawberry-sweet, hazy ode to times gone by" - The Guardian on 'Hasta La Vista'

"Punk rock trio Dream Wife make music that flips a middle finger to convention." - The Fader

"The art-school project that's evolved into one of indie-rock's most politically dynamic emerging acts" - Entertainment Weekly

"Dream Wife just want to dismantle the patriarchy. The U.K. art punks make music that's roiling with feminist rage and Spice Girls attitude" - Rolling Stone

"The girl gang proving there's force in femininity. Dream Wife create pop anthems for the Instagram generation" - Dazed

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 2 Apr 2022 at 7:30pm buy tickets

John Smith

?The Fray? is Smith?s sixth studio album, written and recorded in a universally difficult 2020, and his vulnerability throughout is offered to his listeners, unadorned. ?It?s been a hell of a year, but I feel I?ve created my most honest work as a result, and as a necessity. A lot of these songs are about accepting that life is hard, but just holding on and trying to enjoy it anyway.? Smith?s stubborn optimism in tough circumstances shines through on the title track, in which he sings ?Holding onto hope / I don?t need a decent reason / Yes and though it disappears sometimes / It returns with every season?.

Smith co-produced ?The Fray? with long-time friend and producer Sam Lakeman. They recorded at Peter Gabriel?s Real World Studio, with pianist Jason Rebello (Sting, John Mayer), bass player Ben Nicholls (Seth Lakeman, Nadine Shah), Drummer Jay Sikora (Paolo Nutini) and Jessica Staveley-Taylor of The Staves. The album is a true reflection of the times, with American collaborators Sarah Jarosz, Courtney Hartman, The Milk Carton Kids and Bill Frisell recording remotely and sending contributions over international borders. John?s frequent touring partner Lisa Hannigan contributed via a virtual studio session in Dublin.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 2 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Melt Banana

Japanese noise legends Melt Banana are back and ready to shake the Portland to its core! You know what to expect by now - frenetic blast beats, squalling guitar and synth and vocals that are one of a kind!

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 6 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bambara
+ Deep Tan

One thing you won't be able to avoid on Bambara's "Stray" is death. It's everywhere and inescapable, abstract and personified - perhaps the key to the whole record. Death, however, won't be the first thing that strikes you about the group's fourth - and greatest - album to date. That instead will be its pulverising soundscape; by turns, vast, atmospheric, cool, broiling and at times - on stand out tracks like "Sing Me To The Street" and "Serafina" - simply overwhelming.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 8 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm SOLD OUT

Mystery Jets

It's hard to believe that it's been ten years since Mystery Jets broke surface with their debut album, Making Dens. Of all the acts that sprang into life in The Libertines' Fagin-like wake, Mystery Jets were always the hardest to pin down. A Syd Barrett-enthralled troupe fashioning delightfully skewed, potting shed psychedelia out of playful wonky pop and unashamedly proggy flourishes from their Thameside hideout of Eel Pie, the South London island that played midwife to the British R&B boom in the early '60s.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 11 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Lovely Eggs

With observational and often surreal lyrics about life The Lovely Eggs have a powerful raw sound that creates the sonic illusion of a band twice their size. The result is a mix of heavy psych, pop and strangeness and they have become known for their ferocious yet joyous live performances.

The single "This Decision" preceded full-length "I am Moron" which was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT, Tame Impala, Mogwai).

With much support from BBC 6 Music and Radio One the band continues to sell out gigs across the UK without the help of management, booking agent or record label support.

They are selling out bigger and bigger venues and more eggheads are joining them in their crusade against bullsh*t.

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 11 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Shonen Knife - 40th Anniversary Uk Tour

Shonen Knife - from Osaka, Japan - formed in 1981 by sisters Naoko and Atsuko. Long before terms like 'riot girrrl' entered the lexicon, the all-female trio were happily snapping guitar strings to the sound of imported Ramones covers. Like fellow cult Japanese girl group The 5,6,7,8s, Shonen Knife have weathered decades of musical change by adhering to what they know best: belting out their own infectious brand of feelgood pop-punk.

Over the last 40 years they might not have packed out out stadiums but have been credited as a huge influence on alt rock acts from Sonic Youth to Nirvana. Despite years on the road, their enthusiasm for live performances remains a joy to see as they delve into an extensive back catalogue ranging from solid thrash rock through to hit parade melodies.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 15 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sound And Vision Festival

What Is Sound + Vision Cambridge?

Sound + Vision is a multi-venue festival taking place across 8 stages in various venues in Cambridge across three days and nights from Thursday 21st April to Saturday 23rd April. The festival will feature over 70 acts (both new and established) from the worlds of music and comedy.

Additionally there will be a conference programme taking place during the daytime aimed at those working in, or aiming to work in, the music and creative industries with expert speakers from across the whole sector.

Look out for updates on the line up for both the festival and conference over the coming weeks.

How do I attend Sound + Vision Cambridge?

The best way to enjoy sound Sound + Vision Cambridge is to buy a ticket for the whole festival which you exchange for a wristband when you arrive. This wristband will get you in to any of the events across the festival programme (venue capacity allowing) which means you can pick and choose which acts you are most interested and ?venue hop? throughout the festival.

You can also buy individual tickets for most of the shows if you only want to go to one event.

If you are interested in attending the conference you can buy a separate pass for that which will allow access to all of the conference programme.

If you would like to attend both the festival and the conference you can buy a combined ticket for a discounted rate.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 21 Apr 2022 at 12:00pm buy tickets

Sound And Vision Festival

What Is Sound + Vision Cambridge?

Sound + Vision is a multi-venue festival taking place across 8 stages in various venues in Cambridge across three days and nights from Thursday 21st April to Saturday 23rd April. The festival will feature over 70 acts (both new and established) from the worlds of music and comedy.

Additionally there will be a conference programme taking place during the daytime aimed at those working in, or aiming to work in, the music and creative industries with expert speakers from across the whole sector.

Look out for updates on the line up for both the festival and conference over the coming weeks.

How do I attend Sound + Vision Cambridge?

The best way to enjoy sound Sound + Vision Cambridge is to buy a ticket for the whole festival which you exchange for a wristband when you arrive. This wristband will get you in to any of the events across the festival programme (venue capacity allowing) which means you can pick and choose which acts you are most interested and ?venue hop? throughout the festival.

You can also buy individual tickets for most of the shows if you only want to go to one event.

If you are interested in attending the conference you can buy a separate pass for that which will allow access to all of the conference programme.

If you would like to attend both the festival and the conference you can buy a combined ticket for a discounted rate.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 21 Apr 2022 at 12:00pm buy tickets

Sound And Vision Festival

What Is Sound + Vision Cambridge?

Sound + Vision is a multi-venue festival taking place across 8 stages in various venues in Cambridge across three days and nights from Thursday 21st April to Saturday 23rd April. The festival will feature over 70 acts (both new and established) from the worlds of music and comedy.

Additionally there will be a conference programme taking place during the daytime aimed at those working in, or aiming to work in, the music and creative industries with expert speakers from across the whole sector.

Look out for updates on the line up for both the festival and conference over the coming weeks.

How do I attend Sound + Vision Cambridge?

The best way to enjoy sound Sound + Vision Cambridge is to buy a ticket for the whole festival which you exchange for a wristband when you arrive. This wristband will get you in to any of the events across the festival programme (venue capacity allowing) which means you can pick and choose which acts you are most interested and ?venue hop? throughout the festival.

You can also buy individual tickets for most of the shows if you only want to go to one event.

If you are interested in attending the conference you can buy a separate pass for that which will allow access to all of the conference programme.

If you would like to attend both the festival and the conference you can buy a combined ticket for a discounted rate.

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 21 Apr 2022 at 12:00pm buy tickets

Sound + Vision Festival: Peaness

What Is Sound + Vision Cambridge?

Sound + Vision is a multi-venue festival taking place across 8 stages in various venues in Cambridge across three days and nights from Thursday 21st April to Saturday 23rd April. The festival will feature over 70 acts (both new and established) from the worlds of music and comedy.

Additionally there will be a conference programme taking place during the daytime aimed at those working in, or aiming to work in, the music and creative industries with expert speakers from across the whole sector.



Formed late 2014 in Chester university digs, the three-piece band Peaness write catchy, fuzzy, harmony driven indie-pop songs about love, friendship, frustrations, Brexit and food waste.

The trio have been playing together since summer 2015, and their fun, friendships fuelled live performancses have been winning the hearts and minds of people up and down the country.

They have secured nationwide and international shows with bands such as The Beths, Kero Kero Bonito, The Cribs, We Are Scientists, The Big Moon & Dream Wife. They have performed at many festivals including Green Man, Benicassim, Truck, Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Kendal Calling & Indietracks.

Peaness have received backing from across the BBC, including a live 6music session with Marc Riley, multiple plays on Radio 1, 2, 6music and have become firm favourites on their local BBC Introducing stations BBC Radio Wales and Merseyside. The band have also received support from Radio X with a live session with John Kennedy, as well as a multitude of press coverage from Kerrang! Magazine, Rolling Stone, Dork, Clash, Drowned in Sound and The Metro.

The band have strong roots in the DIY scene, self-releasing their first EP ?No Fun?, and releasing their critically acclaimed EP ?Are You Sure?? with UK independent label royalty Alcopop! They often make their own music videos, have close creative friends doing press shots and art work, and even have their mum?s making handmade squeaky peas for merchandise.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 21 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Kristin Hersh Electric Trio
+ Fred Abong

Influential songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kristin Hersh, leader of the indie rock band Throwing Muses and the noise rock power trio 50 Foot Wave, is back on the road with her highly acclaimed Throwing Muses release, "Sun Racket".

The touring trio is a hard-hitting super group: Fred Abong, bass player from Throwing Muses (who opens solo, promoting his new LP, "Yellow Throat") and Rob Ahlers, drummer of 50 Foot Wave. These electric trio shows are loud, tight and intense, featuring material from across Kristin's thirty-year career.

"Lean, Immersive, and groove-heavy, tapping the vein of hardscrabble psychedelia that defines their best work." - Pitchfork

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Fri, 22 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sound + Vision Festival: John

What Is Sound + Vision Cambridge?

Sound + Vision is a multi-venue festival taking place across 8 stages in various venues in Cambridge across three days and nights from Thursday 21st April to Saturday 23rd April. The festival will feature over 70 acts (both new and established) from the worlds of music and comedy.

Additionally there will be a conference programme taking place during the daytime aimed at those working in, or aiming to work in, the music and creative industries with expert speakers from across the whole sector.


www.facebook.com/JOHNTIMESTWO

Four arms, four legs, two heads, wood, metal and plastic. JOHN. It?s a cryptic and unsearchable band name but it serves an important manifesto. Not only is it logical ? with the duo being comprised of John Newton (drums/lead vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar/backing vocals) ? but it?s deliberately mundane, a response to the sensationalism that was often promoted through rock music when JOHN began playing together in 2013. ?It?s a bit like shooting yourself in the foot,? explains Newton, ?but it helps remind you that the creative drive is what?s central to the project. The sensational collateral is just cladding that can easily become a hindrance to your intentions.? Drawing inspiration from the DIY approach of independent enterprises such as Dischord Records, the pair formed in London?s East End opting to self-manage, self-release and self-distribute, adopting an ethos that?s served as an antidote to the reality of the day jobs required to exist in an ever-inflating city.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 22 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sound & Vision Festival: Liz Lawrence

What Is Sound + Vision Cambridge?

Sound + Vision is a multi-venue festival taking place across 8 stages in various venues in Cambridge across three days and nights from Thursday 21st April to Saturday 23rd April. The festival will feature over 70 acts (both new and established) from the worlds of music and comedy.

Additionally there will be a conference programme taking place during the daytime aimed at those working in, or aiming to work in, the music and creative industries with expert speakers from across the whole sector.

Liz Lawrence is a singer, songwriter, producer and sometime Bombay Bicycle Club collaborator.

Her 2019 album Pity Party saw Liz reemerge as a solo artist, refining a sound that?s as catchy as it is lyrically complex and engaging. The album also saw her become a mainstay at UK National radio, with two singles from the album (None Of My Friends & USP) playlisted at BBC Radio 6 Music.

In 2020, Liz released ?Whoosh?, a four track EP that was supported by Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw at BBC Radio 1, and solidified her as one of the UK?s most talented and versatile homegrown talents.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Sat, 23 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Anchoress

Welsh songwriter and producer Catherine Anne Davies aka The Anchoress, has found a room of her own beneath pop's playground, in the basement of prog's castle, creating her one-woman sonic vision.

Whilst her debut won awards and critical acclaim, the follow-up, "The Art of Losing" successfully transformed those wall-to-wall critical plaudits into a Top 40 position in the album charts, as well as the #1 spot on iTunes.

Produced and written by Davies, "The Art of Losing" was created in the aftermath of several years of huge personal loss, after the untimely death of her father, undergoing treatment for cervical cancer, and navigating baby loss, the record follows Dylan Thomas' instruction to "rage against the dying of the light" - and there is nothing sonically 'gentle' about its enquiry.

The album tackles death and trauma with a defiant optimism, firmly concerned with how to find purpose in the midst of grief: "Was there some purpose to losing my mind?", she asks on the title track. At the emotional centre of the album is "5am" - a brutally simple song that looks at the visceral physical
impact of sexual assault, centred around Davies' own assault as a teenager.

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Thu, 28 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

José González

Few people have managed to become quite so celebrated worldwide, quite as quietly as José González has. "Local Valley", his long awaited fourth album, serves as a relieving reminder that you don't have to be loud to be heard.

Since his debut single "Crosses" back in 2003, both he and his music have remained dependably quiet and unassuming. "Local Valley" calmly exhibits his singular ability to communicate with such modesty and power. Beginning with the sun-dappled "El Invento", the first song he's recorded in Spanish (the native tongue of his Argentinian heritage), and ending with the intimate yet rhapsodic "Honey Honey". Along the way it engages in his signature melodic and metrical hypnotism, showcasing his remarkable fingerpicking skills, while there's further evidence of his love for music from around the world (he references an inspiring jam session in Gothenburg with Niger artist Bombino) and for the first time, the introduction of a drum machine on a few songs, further widening José's musical spectrum.

The record, full of his trademark bittersweet pastoralism, includes what González considers "my most accomplished songs to date". While continuing his tradition of reinterpreting songs by other artists, with "Line Of Fire" he picks one written for Junip, the band he formed with friends in 1998. That the original version has now been streamed some 60 million times suggest it, like other songs he's covered, is now part of the songwriting canon.

"Local Valley", González cheerfully acknowledges, "is similar to my other solo albums in sound and spirit, a natural continuation of the styles I've been adding through the years both solo and with Junip. I set out to write songs in the same vein: short, melodic and rhythmical, a mixture of classic folk singer songwriting and songs with influences from Latin America and Africa. It's more outward looking than my earlier works, but no less personal. On the contrary, I feel more comfortable than ever saying that this album reflects me and my thoughts right now."

Cambridge The Junction, Thu, 28 Apr 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Sleeper
+ Lottery Winners

After hibernating for twenty years (where did the time go!?) Britpop favourites Sleeper are back on the road, performing live. Original members: Louise Wener (vocs, guitar), Jon Stewart (guitar) and Andy Maclure (drums) are newly joined by Kieron Pepper (previously of The Prodigy) on bass.

The band enjoyed huge critical and commercial success in the mid 90's: achieving eight Top 40 singles across three Top 10 albums with well over 1,000,000 sales. The band also had two tracks featured on the era defining soundtrack to "Trainspotting"; named as one of the best film soundtracks of all time by the likes of Rolling Stone. Sleeper garnered front covers across the music press and appeared numerous times on key music shows of the time like TFI Friday, Jools Holland and Top Of The Pops: an episode of which Louise Wener presented. Together, the band played the main stages of Reading, Glastonbury, V etc along with sold out touring across all of the UK and a support slot with REM at Milton Keynes Bowl.

Cambridge The Junction, Sat, 7 May 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Osees (oh Sees)

"At their best, Oh Sees songs evoke matter in flux. Their music hints at lurking violence, a lazy simmer always threatening to boil over. They've honed this sound for about 15 years under a series of similar monikers: as OCS, The Ohsees, and Thee Oh Sees, among others, with about an album a year since 2006's Grave Blockers.

Despite dabbling in krautrock, psychedelia, and punk, they've remained remarkably consistent. This is to say: They sound unfailingly like themselves...raucous, driving, and atmospheric, a heady brew of weeded-out insouciance and wah pedals." Pitchfork

Cambridge The Junction, Mon, 9 May 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Gustaf

Formed in 2018, Brooklyn?s Gustaf have built a kind of buzz that feels like it comes from a different era. The art punk 5 piece are yet to release any recorded music, but rapidly established a reputation as one of New York?s ?hardest working...and most reliably fun bands? (BrooklynVegan), and excitement about their danceable, ESG-inspired post punk has expanded
outside of their city with remarkable effect despite their scant online presence.

The band have found early champions in all quarters, catching the attention of luminaries like Beck -who saw them perform at a secret loft party he played around the release of his latest album - the New York no wave legend James Chance, and have shared stages with buzzing indie acts like Omni, Tropical F*** Storm, Dehd and Bodega, while word of mouth led to sell out shows when they played their first LA headline dates in late 2019.

"An art punk band from Brooklyn with rave reviews. They've opened for many high-profile acts, including Beck, even though their debut single, "Mine," is less than four months old. Fans of Talking Heads and Television will want to keep an eye on this band."
NPR

"Drawing on old school NYC art-punk, ?Mine? is a snappy two-minute tune of talky, bass-driven post-punk. It?s got the confident ego of Alan Vega and the sass of The B-52s."
Paste

"Impossible-to-resist grooves...If super serious scene bands send your eyes rolling to the back of your head, Gustaf will win you back around."
NME

Cambridge Portland Arms, Wed, 11 May 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Tom Robinson

Although many of Tom Robinson's 70s contemporaries such as The Jam, Elvis Costello and Ian Dury have spawned tribute bands, to the best of his knowledge no such act has ever attempted to cover his own back catalogue. Which of those songs, he wondered, would a Tom Robinson tribute band choose to assemble a full-on crowdpleasing set?

There'd have to be the songs co-written with Elton John and Peter Gabriel. Also those unexpected comeback hits of the 1980s such as War Baby and Atmospherics. Not to mention the stone-cold punk-era classics that launched his career: Motorway, Power In The Darkness, Up Against The Wall, Too Good To be True and of course the anthemic Glad To Be Gay.

In May 2020 the veteran broadcaster and songwriter will mark 70 years on the planet by embarking on a month-long tour with his incendiary live band playing highlights from his own 45 year career in music. There may not have been a Tom Robinson tribute act until now - but as the chorus of his debut single puts it: "2-4-6-8... ain't never too late".

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 14 May 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Darwin Deez

New Yorker Darwin Deez is influenced by other New York artists such as The Strokes and The Mouldy Peaches. Darwin Deez began his career by performing at open-mic nights in New York, in the same cafes where Regina Spektor and Adam Green would often play. Deez has followed his own quixotic path and has quickly become a bona fide pop star on his own terms. He continues on his one man mission to improve the world through his particular streak of curiously addictive pop songs and bursts of gloriously unfettered synchronized dancing.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 17 May 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Bob Vylan

?There?s a lot of artists working right now in the shredded space between rap and noise, but their take is a little different.? Noisey

There aren?t many bands that blur the lines between punk and grime as effectively as London duo Bob Vylan. Outspoken and engrossing in equal measures, their lyrics convey the angst and discrimination at the hand of a corrupt system while sonically it?s like ?being pelted by a downpour of razor sharp arrows? NME

2019 saw Bobby (vocals and production) and Bobb13 (drums and spiritual guidance) generate significant hype with guest appearances on Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes Radio 1 session for Annie Mac, supporting Gallows at their triumphant comeback show at House of Vans and collaborating with Massive Attack alumni Tricky on his new album.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Thu, 2 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's 2005 self-released ground breaking debut album is hailed as one of "The 50 Most Important Recordings Of The Decade" by NPR.

In the ensuing years, Ounsworth has continued pushing himself creatively, releasing further acclaimed CYHSY full-lengths (for which he again wrote all of the music and lyrics) issuing two solo projects and touring all over the globe.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 7 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Laura Veirs

"My Echo" is Laura Veirs' eleventh studio album, and includes appearances and features from Jim James, Bill Frisell, Karl Blau, Matt Ward and others. Laura says: "My Echo is my songs-knew-I-was-getting-divorced-before-I-did album."

"My conscious mind was trying as hard as I could to keep my family together but my subconscious mind was working on the difficult struggles in my marital life. I was part of a 'Secret Poetry Group' that met and wrote poems monthly for a year during the writing of this record."

"Many of my poems turned into songs for this album. By the time the album was being mixed last fall, my ex-husband/producer Tucker Martine and I had decided to go our separate ways. We were a great musical team for many years but we struggled to be compatible in our marriage and family life and that struggle is reflected in this album. In this new batch of songs I imagine escaping from some sort of prison or cage."

"Advancing age, the confines of domesticity, our oppressive government and the threat of the apocalypse permeate these songs. In these songs my heart craves certainty and permanence but none is to be found. It's an album about disintegration. It reveals my artist's intuition at work."

Cambridge Storey's Field Centre, Sat, 11 Jun 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

The Dears
+ Perfect Son

Formed in 1995, The Dears released their first, ultra lo-fi album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000. The orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie-rock renaissance.

In 2001 and 2002, they released two separate concept EPs, "Orchestral Pop Noir Romantique" and "Protest", respectively. In 2003 they released their second full-length album "No Cities Left" in Canada, and a string of highly anticipated shows at SXSW '04 prompted the international release of "No Cities Left" with Bella Union. "Gang of Losers" came in 2006. In 2008 the group partnered with Dangerbird Records to release "Missiles", followed by "Degeneration Street" (2011), "Times Infinity Volume One" (2015) and "Times Infinity Volume Two" (2017). In 2019, Murray A. Lightburn released his solo record, "Hear Me Out".

The Dears have toured the world over, including performances on Letterman (twofold), Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Ross and at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Wireless, Montreal Jazz Fest, Siren Festival, Coachella, Austin City Limits, V Fest, Reading and Leeds, Les Inrocks (France), Montreux Jazz Fest, Istanbul Jazz Fest, Pop Montreal, CMW, NXNE and countless appearances at SXSW. They have shared stages with Spiritualized, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Daniel Lanois, Rufus Wainwright, Zemfira, Bloc Party, Keane, Morrissey, The Tragically Hip, Metric and Death From Above, to name a few.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Fri, 30 Sep 2022 at 7:00pm buy tickets

Grant-lee Phillips

I'm drawing on the urgency of the moment,' reflects Grant-Lee Phillips. 'The things that eat away in the late hours...' That urgency inspired the headlong rush of Widdershins, in which Phillips invests the insight, nuance, and wit that has distinguished his songcraft over the past three decades in a riveting dissection of today's fraught social landscape. With more than two decades' experience first as frontman of the acclaimed Grant Lee Buffalo then and accomplished solo artist, Phillips awakens comfort and hope by shining light into darker corners. 'I hope to express my faith in people, my faith in the good ideas we're capable of, and that regardless of what opposition we face, the fact that we can surmount these things,' he concludes.

Cambridge Portland Arms, Tue, 31 Jan 2023 at 7:00pm buy tickets