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The November issue of NARC. is out now, available from over 200 outlets across the North East.

This month, our cover stars are Lanterns On The Lake; David Saunders discovers the Tyneside band continue to push musical boundaries on their third album. Exclusive photos come courtesy of Ian West.

It’s a busy ol’ month music-wise, we’ve got details on live gigs from Beaty Heart, The Milk, Prides, Trust Fund, John Joseph Brill, Everything Everything, Warm Digits, Bellowhead, Lord Huron, Richard Hawley, Chvrches and Eagles of Death Metal; plus releases from Second Sun, Martha and EnterTheLexicon; plus winter festivals courtesy of Wintertide, GNAW and Byker Grave.

In the Culture pages, we talk to poetry slam champion Scott Tyrrell; Zoe Murtagh and Victoria Copeland, the duo behind new production Sacré Blue, which addresses anxiety through storytelling, poetry, punk and popcorn; and we get the lowdown on this year’s Lumiere festival of lights. There’s also previews and news featuring arty goings-on from Robert Mapplethorpe, Brian Griffiths, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, Globe Gallery, The Byker Gallery, Ouseburn Open Studios, Books On Tyne festival, Being Human festival and more; live comedy galore from Bill Bailey, Frankie Boyle, Gavin Webster, David O’Doherty and Dave Gorman; and top-notch stage productions courtesy of Brave New World, Joss Arnott Dance and Evelyn Glennie and MIRACLE! An Opera of Two Halves. 

Interview-wise, we chat with some of the biggest acts to grace our region’s stages. Joe Fowler talks shifting sounds and changing landscapes with Mercury Rev’s mountain man Jonathan Donahue; Claire Dupree talks to husband and wife duo Skylark Song about the release of their second album; Drifts’ Ross Millard and Dan Shannon talk to Eugenie Johnson about their debut EP; Lee Fisher spoke to Teeth Of The Sea’s Jimmy Martin about psychedelia, soundtracks and Throbbing Gristle; Simeon Soden talks to Eugenie Johnson about defying genres and expectations on his latest ako EP; Rob Ash talks to former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones about going it alone and finding inspiration close to home; Fran O’Hanlon, aka Ajimal, talks to Eugenie Johnson about his collaborative project and the joys of found sounds; and Stockton quartet The Purnells talk to Claire Dupree about their highly anticipated third album. Claire Dupree also discovers a haven of diverse culture at Newcastle’s newest social space Vamos! Social; Danielle Johnson talks to Middlesbrough-based label, Spooker Rekkids; and Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Dan Hammersley talks about the inspirations behind Terry Riley’s In C in Mixtape.

The Review pages feature demos by The Vellocette, The Glad Eye, Mike Lowery, Suibomserum and Dutchess; reviews of album releases from Anna Von Hausswolff, !!!, Chorusgirl, USA Nails, Warm Brains among others, plus singles by Coquin Migale, Parastatic, Huw M, Lilliput, God Damn and more. There’s a bumper crop of live reviews too, featuring O2 Academy’s 10th birthday, Tusk Festival, Royal Northern Sinfonia does Star Wars, Xiu Xiu play Twin Peaks, Asian Dub Foundation, Jane Weaver, The Tempest, Doug Stanhope, Pokey LaFarge, Soapbox Tour and more.

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