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The May issue of NARC. magazine has hit the shelves (bar/floor/wherever usually you find it)!

Our cover star this month is newly the revamped Star & Shadow Cinema, Ben Lowes-Smith talks to Leah Millar about the process of building a North East institution. Exclusive images by Idene Roozbayani.

As ever, it’s a packed month! In our News section we preview Songs from Northern Britain at Georgian Theatre; Haggard Cat at Little Buildings; Mirrored Lips at Trillians; Reali-T EP release; The Spook School at The Cumberland Arms; Partner at Westgarth Social Club; Dunes single release; Foreignfox at Westgarth Social Club and Little Buildings; Adrena Adrena at Northern Charter; Amanda Palmer at Sage Gateshead; Hibushibire at Head of Steam; BOYTOY at Cobalt; Pinkshinyultrablast at The Cluny; Radiator Hospital at Empty Shop HQ at much more.

In the Culture pages, we take a look at Sunderland Shorts Film Festival; Lizzie J Klotz at Dance City; Profiles on Catrina McHugh and Nicola Singh; Nuketown at ARC; The Write Festival at The Word; Nathalie Daoust exhibition at Abject Gallery; Brighton Rock at Northern Stage; Projections arts initiative at Tyneside Cinema; GIFT Festival in Gateshead; Testosterone at Arts Centre Washington and The Witham; Idea of North at BALTIC; The Stand fete; Rick Molland & Sully O’Sullivan at One77; Richard Herring at The Witham and The Stand; Grayson Perry at Shipley Art Gallery; reviews of Suturing the City: Sammy Baloji at Side Gallery, John Robins at ARC, Lee Kyle at The Stand and more.

Interview-wise, Ali Welford talks to musical cohorts Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert about their first collaborative release; Rebecca Gregson talks to multi-media artist Mary Ocher ahead of show at Cobalt this month; Matt Baty discusses politics, production techniques and ‘pua radge shit’ with Newcastle punks Blóm; Lee Hawthorn talks to comeback kid E-Mence, about his remarkable debut album; Becca Fergus discovers a fusion of politics and soul on Smoove & Turrell’s new album; Ben Lowes-Smith speaks to Brazilian psych rock group Os Mutantes; Sammy Sadler finds out why it’s taken Newcastle band The Winter Hill Transmission eight years to release their debut record; Nick Wesson chats to Durham fuzz popsters The Yada Yada Yadas ahead of their single release this month; Callum Costello finds out what’s in store at this year’s instalment of late night culture crawl The Late Shows; and Nad Khan delves into the smorgasbord of music on offer at this year’s multi-venue festival Hit The North. Our Mixtape curator is Phil Smith, from Shoe Cake Comedy Club.

Review-wise, the Demo page features songs by Pit Pony, Holy Braille, Little Doves, Cactusman and Fabulism. We review albums by The Baghdaddies, Courtney Barnett, La Luz, Stephen Malkmus, Jon Hopkins, Ill and more and there are track reviews of Sam Slatcher, Brother Joe, Feva, Afnan Prince among others. We report back from live shows featuring Sun Ra Arkestra, Myles Manley, Demob Happy, Queen Zee, Dylan Cartlidge, Sugar Candy Mountain, Girl Ray and many others.

Why not read it in the sunshine? You deserve it!

Enjoy!

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