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The November issue of NARC. magazine is out now, available from over 200 outlets across the North East.

Our cover stars this month are North Yorkshire rockers Avalanche Party; James F Anderson talks to the band about their debut album release, incendiary live shows and a touching tribute to musician Dale Barclay.

As always, our pages are chock full of weird and wonderful music, theatre, comedy, film, art and more, including Jon Langford at The Cumberland Arms; Playland at Hullabaloo; Sarathy Korwar at Sage Gateshead; Brix & The Extricated at Georgian Theatre; Mannequin Pussy at Westgarth Social Club; Jonny & The Baptists at ARC/The Stand; Famous Last Words’ MUNRO at Georgian Theatre/Green Room; Sian Hutchings at Tyneside Cinema; Mt. Misery at Base Camp; Celebrate Everything at Tyne Bank Brewery; Peter Robson art exhibition at Arts Centre Washington; Ticker at Alphabetti Theatre; St. Pierre Snake Invasion at Head of Steam; Byker Grave Festival at The Cluny; OSCiLLATE at various venues; VENUS at Head of Steam; Burgerz at Northern Stage; Mick Harvey at The Cluny; Deranged Poetesses at ARC; David Rovics at Middlesbrough Little Theatre; Aurora at Boiler Shop; Ouseburn Open Studios; Observe Experiment, Archive at Sunderland Museum; Fat White Family at Boiler Shop; Lumiere in Durham; From Spiceworld to Brexit at Vane Gallery; TCHOTCHKE album launch at Bobiks; Judy Chicago at BALTIC; Songs From Northern Britain at Georgian Theatre and much more.

Interview-wise, Steve Spithray discusses Whitley Bay artist Alan Hathaway’s new work due to be exhibited at Middlesbrough’s Pineapple Black gallery this month; ahead of the release of her new album Chaotica, Beccy Owen opens up to Lee Fisher about catastrophising, communicating and backing herself into a corner; Dawn Storey talks to Teesside siblings Cattle & Cane about their heart-stirring new album; multi-instrumentalist and rapper Dizraeli talks to Damian Robinson about bearing his soul and facing his challenges; Becca Fergus talks to spoken word performer and songwriter Kate Tempest about her recent album and upcoming Newcastle gig; Michelle Fox talks to North East dance company State of Grace about their vivid new production set in the American Deep South and fuelled by landscape, politics, film and disco; Linsey Teggert talks to ex-Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman about his new covers record, motivation and self-indulgence; Lee Hawthorn talks to Sunderland rapper E-Mence about working with Legitimate Anarchy records and making his ambitious plans a reality; Laura Doyle talks to political comedian and activist Mark Thomas about his season of events at Live Theatre; Linsey Teggert talks to reinvigorated alt. prog collective Cauls about their new album; Ali Welford talks to Joel Thomson, the brains behind The Cluny’s eclectic multi-day festival Brave Exhibitions; James F Anderson talks to guitarist and songwriter Steph Philips from Big Joanie about creating a space for black women in punk; with new album Nerves & Skin released this month, Lee Fisher spoke to Nathalie Stern about loops, Brexit and horror; Ali Welford talks to Tyneside trio Bad Amputee ahead of their performance at Brave Exhibitions festival; Damian Robinson delves into the intense drama of Redcar band The Shakin’ Nightmares debut EP and theatre maker and cabaret artist Rhianne Bowes talks about some of her favourite sexy songs ahead of her Northern Stage show, Mama Rhi’s Lady Garden, this month.

We review demos by Bosola, Yakka Doon, IGG, Send/ /Return and The PomPoms of Doom; there’s reviews of singles and EPs by local artists including Fat Janet, Hector Gannet, MoodBay, Charlea B, The Balcony, Benefits, Tipps and more; plus album reviews of releases from A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Weekend Sun, Sudan Archives, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Biscuithead & The Biscuit Badgers and many more; and live reports from Touché Amore and Deafheaven, Gruff Rhys, Ibibio Sound Machine, Pulled Apart By Horses, Reasons To Stay Alive, Eddie Izzard among others.

Enjoy!