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The February issue of NARC. is available now from over 200 outlets across the North East, free of charge!

It’s a busy ol’ month, with gigs and releases galore to get your teeth into. Our News pages feature events from Lanterns On The Lake’s collaboration with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Villagers, Mark Billingham and My Darling Clementine, The King Blues, Cattle & Cane, Northern Monkey Brass Band, The Shooting Of, The Japanese House, E’Spaniel, Keep Breathing, Tigercats, Robocobra, Ian McCulloch, Eujenics and details on the NARC. stage at this year’s Stockton Calling, plus much more!

Culture-wise, we delve head-first into the best film, theatre, comedy and art on offer in the region. Lee Fisher spoke to AV Festival director Rebecca Shatwell about this year’s explicitly political programme; Si Beckwith chats to Australian stand-up Bec Hill ahead of her show in Newcastle and Martin Sharman talks to avant-garde musician Richard Dawson about his artistic works. Plus there’s articles on Live Lab’s Elevator programme, the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at Laing Art Gallery, comedy galore including gigs from Ed Byrne and Ed Aczel, Northern Stage’s production of Get Carter, hip-hop cinema at Culture Lab and John Akomfrah at Tyneside Cinema, among others.

It’s a busy month interview-wise too! Our cover stars are alt. pop quintet Shields, Ryan Young chats with them about their debut album release, FIFA-inspired lyrics and playing surreal gigs; Glaswegian troubadour C Duncan talks to Eugenie Johnson about the joy of repetition and breaking the boundaries of the English language; Becca Fergus talks to Wearside brothers Field Music about their new release; Michael O’Neill talks to instrumental prog rockers Kylver about their powerful sound, new tour and space pirates; Sheena Revolta talks to punk rock legend Richie Ramone ahead of his Cluny show; Paul Broadhead talks to punk-loving country rockers Lucero about their new album and the stresses of touring; Mark Corcoran-Lettice talks to Newcastle-based dark synth band Transfigure about being big in Europe; Michael O’Neill discovers a rare talent in Seaham songwriter Ani Sandwith; Linsey Teggert talks to alt. DIY darling Allison Weiss about latest album New Love, touring with Lou Reed and universal themes; Alannah Lamb speak to Kentucky alt. rockers Cage The Elephant about new working practices and unusual childhood experiences; and acoustic guitarist and songwriter Jack Arthurs tells Claire Dupree about his new album.

Backdrop’s Joseph Clarke tells us about his favourite tracks in Mixtape; we review demos by Half, Harry Smith, Manhattan Manhattan, Social Room and Feint Scars; there’s album reviews of releases by Steve Mason, Yuck, Animal Collective, Brave Timbers and more, single reviews featuring Kiran Leonard, Offpeak, CTMF among others, plus live reports from Saint Etienne, Nano Kino, Roller Trio, Trev Gibb, Henry Rollins and more.

Check out some of the music we’ve covered in this issue, by heading to our Soundcloud playlist.

Enjoy! x

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