November for Cambridge’s live music scene is a month brimming with excellence.
We start down Norfolk Street on the 1st when avant-garde-country guitarist Dr Eugene Chadbourne plays downstairs at CB2. Eugene Chadbourne is an eclectic and unconventional improvisor/guitarist/banjo player who draws on a range of forms – from free jazz, country and blue grass and all out noise. His idiosyncratic and uncompromising approach to music has made him a living legend
Staying on Norfolk Street there are a host of gems at The Blue Moon. Firstly there is the stellar Moonstrips, Jung Frau, Newts billing on Sunday 12th. We’re particularly looking forward to Jungfrau’s haunting psyche sounds, this Brighton 5 piece use intuitive beats and hypnotic bass lines to weave a rich texture of sonic guitar licks. Then we have the Goldblume, War Waves and Pale Girls triple header on the 17th. Finally there is the Sweet Revenge all dayer of Indie Pop on the 18th. The event is back for a second year and will host eight quality bands with our picks being the whip-smart songwriting slacker sounds of Peaness. There’s an excellent bill of Nervous Conditions, Culture CT and Modest playing the The N.C.I. (New Chesterton Institute on Holland Street) on the 10th. Whilst Nervous Conditions and Culture CT are local, Modest are bringing their post-punk gloomy sounds over from Denmark for just three UK shows.
There’s a busy month at The Portland with our top pick being Weaves who bring their distinct brand of wonky, guitar-driven pop back to Cambridge on the 13th. Last month saw Weaves release their sophomore album and it is a sonic treat filled with idiosyncratic songs that play with genre and form while vocalist Jasmyn Burke’s precisely calibrated alto is truly on point.
Jared & The Mill bring their south-western indie rock to The Portland on the 14th whilst Hugh Cornwell plays the same venue on the 2nd. Dundee quartet Model Aeroplanes bring their sun-drenched pop to the Portland on the 20th whereas on the 29th Hunter and The Bear bring their thunderous live show to the same venue.
There’s a huge month shaping up at the Cambridge Junction. Standout highlight for us is Ghostpoet’s show on the 2nd. Ghostpoet’s take on hip hop is filled with brooding post-punk guitar lines that provide the menacing landscape for his provocative lyrics, all of which take on an extra layer of doom noir in a live setting. Another big treat at the Cambridge Junction is Spoon’s visit on the 9th. Back in March the band released the captivating ‘Hot Thoughts’ record, which over ten songs sees the band creating a musical universe all of their own and rivalling some of their best ever work. It’s also ten years since the release of their finest album, ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ so we can speculate we might get a few visits to that record on the 9th also.
British folk artist Lucy Rose, who released her acclaimed third album ‘Something’s Changing’ in July returns to Cambridge this month, playing the J2 on the 23rd. Like all folkloric stories, the making of ‘Something’s Changing’ has a certain degree of serendipity. Rose organized and booked her own tour of Latin America in response to fan requests from that region, the experience resulted in the evocative intimacy and widescreen sweep of the new album. With a lyrical depth that belies his age and a singular musical ability, Charlie Cunningham as the tour support for Rose is a reason to get to the J2 early for this one.
Get ready for those big brass numbers because London’s much loved Hackney Colliery Band are back for a big show on the 4th. Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years. The legend plays the Junction on the 8th as part of his ‘Bridges Not Walls’ solo tour.
Following on from their fourth studio album hitting their highest ever chart position in January, Deaf Havana bring the record to the Junction on the 12th with the excellent Black Foxxes in tow. Finally at the Junction we have the ever popular Newton Faulkner 16th and the much loved Roy Ayers on the 25th.