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NARC. #128 OUT NOW!

An action-packed May lies ahead with a massively varied roster of arts, music and culture coming up and our brand new issue will steer you towards the very best that our region has to offer this month.

Our cover stars are Jister & The Lion Ranger with exclusive photos by Nick Wesson Photography. They tell us about their new album and shine a light on the process behind its creation and discuss their place in the music scene in general.

In music news, we preview upcoming shows by Drahla at The Cumberland Arms; Gabriella Cohen’s gig in Middlesbrough; Speed metal courtesy of Finland’s Ranger; the ethereal post-punk of Drab Majesty; Blanck Mass’ triumphant return; an all day celebration of UK hip hop at The Bridge event at Sage Gateshead; dreamy indie glitch-pop from Virginia Wing; the eagerly anticipated appearance of Einsturzende Neubaten; Luke Haines at The Cluny; The Pains of Being Pure at Heart bring their emotionally charged indie to Newcastle; alongside previews of other exciting shows with The Sour Dogs, Galactic Glam Cowboys, DJ Format, Geomancer, Iron Maiden and many more.

Gabrielle Barkess-Kerr previews Tyneside’s always awesome Late Shows; our globetrotting editor Claire Dupree speaks to artist Narbi Price about his new exhibition; Emily Ingram looks at Wildflower Cafe, an interesting new eatery and venue in Newcastle, and Helen Redfern casts an approving eye over Moving Cities, a new photography exhibition at Dance City. Elsewhere in our Culture section we preview comedy from James Acaster and Stewart Lee; there’s a treasure trove of new events in the form of Middlesbrough Art Weekender, Holly Hendry’s Wrot at Baltic and Pop Music History from Jennie Brewis at Cumberland Arms. Stage-wise, we get excited about Out of This World, a new spectacular arriving at Live Theatre and thrilling new dance in the form of Stepmother/Stepfather at Dance City; plus lots more.

On the local music scene, Nad Khan speaks to Mausoleums ahead of the release of their new single; Mark Corcoran-Lettice sits in with Archipelago and learns about their vision; Catharina Joubert talks folk innovation with HAV and David Saunders goes deep into the world of alt-pop experimentation with Shamu. Another exciting Evolution Emerging festival approaches and we give you a heads up on some of the great acts appearing this year.

Elsewhere, Lee Fisher speaks to The Unthanks about their intriguing new record based on the compositions of Molly Drake; Linsey Teggart gets her teeth into Brighton’s Gnarwolves who play the region this month; Post War Glamour Girls talk to us about their new record and comparisons with Nick Cave; we get the lowdown on Gnod’s uncompromising new album ahead of their show at The Cluny, and we interview jazz giants Snarky Puppy.

There are also features on the forthcoming Algorave event and we speak to the team at The Cluny about the recent changes there and their vision for the future of one of the region’s most important venues.

This month’s Mixtape features Teesside musician and promoter Joel Clayton and, as always, we have pages of music listings that are worthy of your attention.

We have live reviews of British Sea Power, King Salami & The Cumberland Three, Holly Macve, Shobaleader One, the highlights of this year’s Stockton Calling, Wolf Eyes, Grandaddy, and lots more. We cast our critical ears over new releases from At The Drive-In, Ho99o9, Afghan Whigs, Oxbow, Jane Weaver, Mac DeMarco, Soley, Bonny Prince Billy and lot, lots more including our opinion on demos from up-and-coming local bands.

Finally, we get tips from Adam Heardman on how to Get into Poetry.

Remember, you can listen along to our new issue with our Soundcloud playlist:

https://soundcloud.com/narcmagazine/sets/narc-may-2017