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The December/January issue of NARC. magazine is available now, from over 200 outlets across the North East!

Our cover stars this month are Tyneside behemoths Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, who are finally releasing their debut album. Lee Fisher backed them into a corner to make them discuss Buck-Ra, Fast-gons and Venom.

This month you can also enjoy New Writing North’s annual supplement of journalism, poetry and short stories by young writers, Cuckoo Press!

There’s a bumper crop of musical goodness for December and January, with previews of gigs from Cattle & Cane, Living Body, C Duncan, The Burning Hell, Cate Le Bon, Happy Accidents, Mare, Meilyr Jones, Dream Wife, Hurray for The Riff Raff, Boris and many more.

Our Culture pages are chock full of art, comedy, theatre, film and much more as usual. Including Ashleigh Swain’s Flesh exhibition at Arts Centre Washington; Sunderland Museum’s Punk 76-78 exhibition; and a new heart-warming tale from local playwright Nina Berry at Live Theatre. There’s also comedy from Silly Billies, poetry from Rowan McCabe, a festive market in Middlesbrough, thought-provoking theatre courtesy of Zendeh at Northern Stage and an intriguing exhibition about Chernobyl at House of Blah Blah.

Interview-wise, Becca Fergus talks to indie rock upstarts The Pale White about their rabid live shows; Ben Glaister gets an insight into the dark mind of Teesside troubadour James Kruman; Leigh Venus speaks to Billy Bragg about his new album, Donald Trump and the great American railroad; Joe Fowler talks to songwriter Martha Hill about her new single, travel and musical melting pots; Nick Wesson speaks to Teesside MC Leddie about her debut album release; Becca Fergus talks to Glaswegian epic indie pop heroes Frightened Rabbit about songwriting and circle pits; Linsey Teggert speaks to American metalcore band Every Time I Die ahead of their Newcastle appearance; Claire Dupree celebrates fifty years of innovative jazz programming with the veteran promoters; Nad Khan talks to David Saunders about his continued efforts to get Darlington’s music scene back on track; Claire Dupree discovers an eclectic wealth of talent at Sage Gateshead’s mini-festival, New Year New Artists and Ian McLaughlin from improvised comedy troupe The Suggestibles tells us about his favourite songs.

There’s demo reviews The Old Pink House, Aidan Rowan, Sutherland, Jonny Haigh and Hedges; albums by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Julie Byrne, Flaming Lips and Michael Chapman among others; new tracks courtesy of Avalanche Party, Talk Like Tigers, Sleepwalk and more; plus live reviews of 65daysofstatic, Crystal Castles, Julia Holter, Regina Spektor and many more.

Happy holidays! x

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