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Our cover stars this month are Tyneside popsters Little Comets. In an insightful interview, Michelle Lloyd discovers a band cut free of industry shackles and making the best music of their career to date.

In our news section, we preview some excellent local gigs featuring Mariachi El Bronx, Alright The Captain, Hiss Golden Messenger, Stu Larsen, The Lucid Dream, Dressed Like Wolves and many more.

Our Culture section is chock full of goodness – featuring an interview with angry comedian Mark Thomas; details of Guy Mankowski’s new novel How I Left The National Grid; some ground-breaking contemporary dance from Fertile Ground; plus comedy galore at Gala Theatre; interesting exhibitions and installations inspired by the First World War at Tyne & Wear Museums; Sunderland Comic Con comes to town; plus there’s stage shows, comedy gigs, film screenings, foody events and much more besides!

Interview-wise, Newcastle songwriter and Lindisfarne superfan Simma chats with Dave Hull-Denholm and Ian Thompson about their forthcoming project; ahead of their Stockton gig next month, Lee Fisher talks to Interrobang? about revolution, Billingham and mood boards; Amanda Gallagher talks to energetic folk punk rocker Joe Solo about his new album and energising live gigs; Linsey Teggert talks to inventive Leeds-based rockers Hawk Eyes; Lee Fisher is pleased to be able to add Earth’s Dylan Carlson to his ‘potentially intimidating but actually really bloody lovely interviewee’ list; Eugenie Johnson talks Detroit techno, disco and remaining vital with Belle & Sebastian’s Richard Colburn; Lee Fisher spoke to Hey Colossus about bad trips, good timing and cold stone floors; Paul Brown chats with Euan Lynn about his latest release of Gameboy-powered punk plus Claire Dupree gets the low down on the massive 6 Music Festival coming to Tyneside plus Claire Dupree celebrates one of the region’s most loved promoters, Jumpin’ Hot Club.

Mixtape promoter and all-round musical maestro Henry Carden shows us his favourite tracks in our very own Mixtape; we feature demo reviews of Cuttooth, Hunting Game, Dopedemand, Samuel Thomas and No Cross; albums by The Unthanks, Public Service Broadcasting, Tigercuts and more. Singles by Horse Party, Stornoway, Withered Hand plus others; live reviews of First Aid Kit, Gogol Bordello, Mark Lanegan, Frozen By Sight, Gem Andrews and many more plus there’s more information on what’s coming up online at narcmagazine.com throughout February.

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