The Autumn live music season gets off to a grand start this October in Cambridge.
Norfolk Street’s The Blue Moon has a host of evenings that catch our eye starting with Cambridge punk outfit Bloody Knees (26th) in what will be their first hometown show in ages. The four-piece are back with new EP ‘Maybe It’s Easy’ this month and the 26th gives us a chance to remind ourselves of their excellent gut punching raging guitars and growls.
The Blue Moon schedule kicks off with the fuzz-pop stylings of Acid Tongue on the 1st, expect surfy garage rock that’s as catchy as it is kooky. On the 8th we have the duo of Sally Anne Morgan and Sarah Louise Henson who hail from North Carolina. Experiencing their sparse and unadorned use of close vocal harmony and acoustic instrumentation in a live setting will make for an eerie and uncanny evening, especially in the intimate surroundings of The Blue Moon. Instrumental doom outfit The Grey play on the 17th whilst on the 27th The Blue Moon welcomes Noga Erez. Erez is an Israeli musician, singer-songwriter, keyboardist and producer who creates uncompromising, unpredictable, sophisticated, bold dance-heavy beats and dynamic melodies.
We have a tie for our top pick at The Portland Arms this month. Firstly, we have Diet Cig on the 23rd and then (sandy) Alex G two days later on the 25th.
Diet Cig is the New York boy-girl duo of Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums). Their debut album released earlier this year was a triumph of raucous pop-punk that was clever, funny, confrontational and ever so slightly twee. (sandy) Alex G also released a new record this year with ‘Rocket’. The record was a brilliantly considered next step and also his catchiest record yet. and whilst it is his most accessible album ‘Rocket’ also featured his best traits such as obtuse storytelling and oddly shaped songs.
New York City dweller Jeffrey Lewis is a comic book artist and indie-rock musician, mixing captivating folk spiels with raw-edged garage rock. Lewis never disappoints when in town and he’s back on the 5th with his brilliant full-band show. Other Portland tips this month include the pop-punk stylings of Junior (18th) indie-pop stalwarts The Lovely Eggs (30th) and Howling Bells’ Juanita Stein (2nd). Stein released her own solo record earlier this year and it’s a gem, evocative and filled with stories of heartbreak and optimism weaved together with her honey voice.
At the Hidden Rooms this month we definitely recommend the Alex Hitchcock & Will Barry Duo (5th). Both from an acclaimed music schooling, this new duo format sees them explore each other’s original compositions as well as other repertoire ranging from Hermeto Pascoal to Lennie Tristano.
October is a busy month at the Cambridge Junction with a host of gigs on our radar. Topping our must see list is The Horrors on the 26th. The Horrors released their fifth album, the aptly titled ‘V’ last month and it’s another gem from the Faris Badwan band. ‘V’ sees the five-piece move their gothic garage stylings into a larger, widescreen sound.
Local lad done really good Nick Mulvey returns to the Junction on the 16th with his new record in tow. ‘Wake Up Now’ is Mulvey’s sprawling sophomore solo record and the follow up to his Mercury Prize nominated debut from 2015. The record is filled with great leftfield rhythms, harnessing an exquisitely natural guitarist doing extraordinary things, painting unique colours across a very moreish collection of songs.
Last seen in Cambridge opening for The Kooks, Fickle Friends perfectly craft glittering pop music, they play the J2 on the 14th. Elsewhere at the Cambridge Junction this month folk festival faves CC Smugglers take to the stage on the 19th whilst The Pigeon Detectives bring their ‘Wait For Me’ debut album ten year anniversary tour to town on the 30th.
Formed during the late 70s new wave period, South-London legends Squeeze are at the Corn Exchange on the 27th, as is hit maker and crowd favourite Dizzee Rascal. A pioneer of grime music, his work has also incorporated elements of UK garage, bassline, British hip hop, and R&B, he brings his latest record ‘Raskit’ to Cambridge on the 13th.