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Cambridge Gig Guide February 2019

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At The Blue Moon this month you’ll find the unusual line-up of two singing drummers. It sounds like it can’t be done, but, Rattles (1st) use the limitations of their arrangement to create pieces of intertwined, flowing, textural percussion and threading sublime melodies through the gaps. The same venue this month also hosts History and Lore (23rd) and the return of Cambridge’s eclectic night of electronic music, Theo Sayers & Friends (15th) with COIN OP headlining. Our top Blue Moon pick however, comes courtesy of Leeds noise-rock and DIY linchpins, Bilge Pimp, who last released their first record in 10 years.

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are one of the best live bands we’ve seen and they return to the UK to celebrate 20 years of their seminal sophomore album, ‘MADONNA’ this month. The band will be performing the album in full, alongside a host of songs from their other studio albums at Storey’s Field Centre on the 10th.

Returning after nearly ten years, the Evan Dando led, alt-rockers The Lemonheads (14th) perform at the Cambridge Junction in support of their new covers album, ‘Varshons 2’. The same venue hosts White Lies on the 13th. As they celebrate an entire decade as a band, White Lies return with their new album, Five and a headline tour to flaunt it at. The record sees the indie trio reaching new creative heights, with it being bolder and more complex than previous efforts and is sure to cement their status as one of the most important bands on the scene. Canadian hardcore legends Cancer Bats (7th) and New Orleans street brass legends, Hot 8 Brass Band (19th) complete our Junction recommendations.

Our Portland Arms tip this month is Kevin Krauter (11th). An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences: ‘60s flower pop, ‘70s easy listening, ‘80s New Wave, ‘90s alt-radio, ’00s indie rock. Other Portland tips are John Smith 1st, Kris Barras 13th, Kulk 16th, Sean McGowan 20th and Josin 28th

Always popular in Cambridge with his agonising yet hilarious and moving take on life, John Grant returns to the Corn Exchange on the 7th. Grant laces sumptuous soft-rock ballads with an array of spacey, wistful synthesizer sounds, increasingly adding taut, fizzing sequencers, nu-synth-disco settings and icy soundscapes to the mix.