Image: Hayseed Dixie
Jordan Worland, from local music website Slate the Disco, selects his must-see gigs in Cambridge during March
The schedule for March is a busy one, with an eclectic mix of artists and an unusual number of American acts (not that we’re complaining). Here are our top picks...
Our must-see new act this month are New York art-punks Bodega, who are bringing their bolshy and sexy sounds to The Portland Arms on the 27th. Their debut record, Endless Scroll, dropped last year and is a riot of snappy and spirited lo-fi belters. Other Portland Arms-based treats this month include the dreamy psych pop of She Drew The Gun (6th), The 55 (8th) and The Bluetones (13th).
Going down as the most unique show of the month is Our Girl and their appearance at the Unitarian Church on the 9th. The trio is performing tracks from their breakout record, Stranger Today, in an intimate and stripped-back performance. The band’s wonderful Bill Ryder-Jones-produced debut album channels shoegaze, grunge and psych-rock. Their fresh textures and identity make them one of the promising new bands on the UK guitar scene.
There’s a couple of real gems at the Storey’s Field Centre this month. First, renowned for her work with college rock legends Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh brings her latest solo release along with a full band to town on the 14th. Then on the 16th, with 20 years of unhinged lunacy on their side, Dub Pistols make a welcome return to Cambridge.
The Blue Moon hosts Jeremy Tuplin on the 10th: expect a velvet voice and witty, otherworldly songs, drawing comparisons to Bill Callahan and Leonard Cohen. At the same venue, we have Camisayo bringing their beautiful vocal harmonies and sweet instrumentals on the 8th, and the melodic riffs of Bouquet of Dead Crows on the 30th.
MOBO-nominated street star AJ Tracey has spent the last couple of years cementing his place as one of the UK’s premier grime exports, and he plays the Junction on the 19th, promoting his recently-released debut album.
Other Cambridge Junction nights out that are well worth your time are KT Tunstall on the 14th, Hayseed Dixie on the 16th and Gentleman’s Dub Club on the 29th.