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The May issue of NARC. is out now, featuring news, reviews, interviews and opinions from across the North East.

This month, our cover star is Du Blonde, the new project from Beth Jeans Houghton. She chats with Claire Dupree about misrepresentation, gender roles and the undercurrent of rage on her new record.

Our news section is chock full of local releases and gig highlights, including Be Quiet. Shout Loud!’s bound-to-be raucous gig; Afrobeats camping festival Harambee Pasadia; The Railway Club’s EP; all day fun at Ku Bar’s Sunday Live; Jazz North East’s continuing Women Make Music series, plus much more.

Culture-wise, Mark Corcoran-Lettice talks nonsense with 41st Best Stand-Up Ever Stewart Lee; David McDonald gets his knitting needles out to delve into the world of DIY Knitting and Alix Pickles discovers the successes of spoken word group JibbaJabba, who celebrate their fifth anniversary. Plus there’s satirical comedy, graphic novels, poetry magazines, computer game exhibitions, film screenings, ground-breaking theatre and more!

It’s a busy month for music fans, with a host of superb local and international acts gracing our region’s stages. Kobadelta talk to Eugenie Johnson about their new EP; Lee Hammond talks to Scottish duo Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat about their new album and forthcoming tour; Matthew Brown unearths Mattie Vant’s ambition to soundtrack the current social crisis with his new project, VANT; Linsey Teggert talks to enigmatic rockers Avalanche Party about their debut release; Schultz talk to Eugenie Johnson about their music, biscuits and being inspired by Storage Hunters; Sam Gunn talks remixes and re-releases with alt. pop four-piece Street Party In Soho; Connor McDonnell talks to fast-rising slacker-rockers Happyness ahead of their Newcastle gig this month; Scottish trio Young Fathers talk to Eugenie Johnson about their latest LP, race and not being overtly political and Nad Khan discovers Charlie Dancer’s brimming with confidence about the long-awaited release of his debut EP.

Plus, features abound: Claire Dupree talks with promoter and BBC Tees presenter Bob Fischer about one of the North East’s best kept secrets, The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe; Paul Brown checks out the line-up for the Ouseburn Valley’s music marathon, Evolution Emerging; Mark Corcoran-Lettice discovers what’s on offer at this year’s Late Shows and Milk The Cow’s Giovanni Spatuzzi tells us about his favourite songs in Mixtape.

We review demos by Tom Hancock, Boycott The Radio, Nothing Waits, I’m Not Superman and The Costellos, albums by Hot Chip, Holly Herndon, Blanck Mass, Death & Vanilla, God Damn, Joanna Gruesome and more, plus singles by Wide Skies, Arborist, Champs among others. We also caught Courtney Barnett, The Great Northern Slam, Davina & The Vagabonds, Matthew E White and much more live.

Enjoy!

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