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The June issue of NARC. magazine is out now, available from over 200 outlets across the region!

Our cover star is David Brewis – aka School of Language – who talks to Ben Lowes-Smith about the surprise new release of his compelling, infectious musical account of the curious and unpredictable nature of American politics. Exclusive images courtesy of Nick Wesson.

In the News section, find out more about Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts at Star & Shadow Cinema; Kitty, Daisy & Lewis at Georgian Theatre; DJazz Festival; Nani-Guru at Trillians; Imperial Wax at Think Tank? Underground; TV Face at The Cumberland Arms; Amelia Coburn at Washington Arts Centre; Mi Mye at The Green Room; Stereolab at Boiler Shop; Corbridge Festival; Jessica Moss at Head of Steam; Goosed Records takeover at Doctor Browns; Ceschi at The Green Room; Teeth of the Sea at Star & Shadow Cinema; Kathryn Williams’ anthology and much more.

In Culture, there’s features on the Northern Festival of Illustration, all-girl comedy troupe Your Aunt Fanny and writer sean burn, plus Hilarity Bites New Act Competition at Hole In The Wall; Si Beckwith at Alphabetti Theatre; Crossing the Tees literary festival; The Cheviot, The Stag And The Black, Black Oil at Live Theatre; Joby Mageean at The Stand; Fragile Earth at MIMA; Edgelandia at RSPB Saltholme; Fertile Ground’s Twilight Dances at Gosforth Civic Theatre among others; Losing the Plot film festival; Micky P Kerr at Georgian Theatre and much more, plus reviews of Equus at Northern Stage, Shine at Live Theatre, John-Luke Roberts at ARC, Jon Ronson at Tyne Theatre & Opera House and The Guilty Feminist at City Hall.

Interview-wise, Mark Corcoran-Lettice finds out more about Sunderland darkwave duo Holy Braille and their new single; ahead of his Tipping Point Live headline show, Becca Fergus talks to Bill Ryder-Jones about rekindling his passion for music, managing his ego and writing for catharsis; Damian Robinson talks to Middlesbrough alt. rock trio Whale Hill about the trials and tribulations of perfectionism; Jordon Best talks to LA punks Flat Worms about recording with Ty Segall, finding balance in their sound and the importance of a strong work ethic; Ali Welford chats to Jayne Dent, aka Me Lost Me, about finding inspiration in climate catastrophe on her new EP; Steve Spithray discovers rock and roll personified in Stockton’s Michael CG; and Damian Robinson talks to Vessel’s Sebastian Gainsborough and Rakhi Singh from Manchester Collective about blurring the lines between classical and electronic soundscapes.

Festival season’s well and truly upon us! Ali Welford dives into the live music programme, industry events and workshops on offer at the invigorated Ouseburn Valley festival, Tipping Point Live; while Claire Dupree discovers a plethora of musical delights heading to Hartlepool Live and uncovers the gems lurking inside Darlington’s fourth annual Music Box Festival. In Mixtape, Tees Music Alliance’s Paul Burns talks about some of his favourite records.

We’ve got demo reviews of Dinosaur Duvet Set, Each Peach, The Killdozer, Charlie Soul and Diablo; there’s album reviews of new releases from Hot Chip, Calexico and Iron & Wine, Titus Andronicus, Cave In and Crazy P, plus reviews of tracks by Becca James, Charlotte Grayson, Hakara, Pit Pony, Parallax Skies and more, and our reviewers report back from live shows featuring Mesadorm, PussyWillowFurryVenus, Cocaine Piss, Viagra Boys, Songs From Northern Britain, Jason Lytle, Roisin Murphy and more.

Enjoy!

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