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Our bumper issue for December and January is available now from over 200 outlets across the North East. This month’s issue is packed full of music, theatre, comedy, art, film and more to take you up to the new year!

This month’s cover story is on record shop, cultural hub and coffee shop Pop Recs Ltd. Claire Dupree talks to Frankie & The Heartstrings’ Dave Harper about the rejuvenation of what’s become a Sunderland institution. We’ve also got a very special gift for our readers in the form of issue four of Cuckoo Press, our literary magazine produced in partnership with New Writing North, featuring superb journalism, short stories and poetry by young writers. Enjoy!

In the News pages, get your fill of two months’ worth of gigs and releases, featuring Ethan Johns, Minotaurs, Lone Wolf’s fourth birthday, Dutch Uncles, Lilliput, Ghost, Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band, Led Bib, Witching Waves and many more.

In the Culture section, we help you to organise your year with details about the next Wor Diary, Sunderland’s NGCA gets a literary retrospective, there’s comedy galore plus art exhibitions at BALTIC and Toffee Factory, craft markets and radgy spoken word.

It may be the festive season, but there’s still plenty of amazing acts gracing the region’s stages: Mark Grainger chats with disarmingly honest indie folk band Daughter about their new album, touring with cult heroes and the weight of expectations; Claire Dupree discovers an amalgam of sounds on People Making Noises’ debut album; Tom Hollingworth gets a glimpse of the delights that await on Ditte Elly’s forthcoming album; Ryan Gray talks to New York native Jeffrey Lewis about his Manhattan-inspired new album; Mark Corcoran-Lettice talks to Bob Stanley about Saint Etienne’s Christmas gig, side projects and working on new material; Tom Hollingworth talks to Newcastle songwriter Kate Edwards about the emergence of her new work; Eugenie Johnson talks to Profumo guitarist Benedict Hawkin about diverse influences, Final Fantasy and searching for a sense of place; Alannah Lamb talks to northern punk poets Jazz Riot about their latest album; Paul Broadhead talks to Scottish band Idlewild about their illustrious past, present and future; and Katy Blackwood gets to know Crying Lions as they gear up to release their debut EP.

Feature-wise, as another hectic year on the Tyneside underground music scene draws to a close, Lee Fisher spoke to two stalwart promoters about why the hell they do it; Mark Corcoran-Lettice talks to the brains behind the region’s latest experimental venue, The Old Police House; and the Cuckoo Young Writers take over our Mixtape pages.

In the demo section, we review tracks by Old Prides, Joseph Curwen, Savannah Betts, Tyne Dock Sound Bureau and Scott Michael Cavagan; there’s album reviews of Sunn O))), CocoRosie, Sudakistan, Tortoise, Tindersticks and more, plus singles by The Shooting Of…, E’Spaniel, Shields and Twist Helix; and in the live pages, we cover Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Richard Hawley, Drifts, The Purnells, Eagles Of Death Metal and more.

On behalf of the NARC. team, we’d like to wish everyone a lovely Christmas and happy New Year! See you in 2016!

 

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