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The May issue of NARC. magazine is out now, available in print from outlets across the North East, and digitally via Issuu.

Our cover stars this month are electro pop siblings Talk Like Tigers, who talk to Cameron Wright about their ambitious double EP release which showcases two very different sides of their sound. Images by Rob Irish.

Also this month, we preview live performances from Snapped Ankles, Pillow Queens, Sea Girls, Cathode, The Divine Comedy, LA Witch, The Wave Pictures, deeptan, Stick In The Wheel, Man On Man and all-day shindigs courtesy of Songs From Northern Britain and MUNRO. Culture-wise, dig into theatre shows including Gamble at Northern Stage, Whale of a Time at Alphabetti, Hold On Let Go at Arts Centre Washington and My Mate Ren at various venues; there’s stand-up comedy from Si Beckwith, David O’Doherty, Alan Partridge, Chloe Petts, Dylan Moran, Lou Sanders and more, plus arty goings on at Cobalt, Newcastle Contemporary Art and BALTIC among others.

Interview-wise, Claire Dupree finds out more about the inaugural coastal music trail, A Stone’s Throw Festival; Françoise Harvey talks to award-winning author Benjamin Myers about how the countryside around his home town of Durham inspired his latest book; Hope Lynes talks to Dream Wife’s Rakel Mjöll about finally getting to tour their second album, working with a talented female-led team and why activism is so important to their sound; Cameron Wright chats to rock heavyweights Giant Walker about the release of their debut album; Damian Robinson finds out about innovative Newcastle-based artist jjoseph brownn’s immersive audio-visual release; Jay Moussa-Mann discovers how nature informs alt. electro pop artist Madeleine Smyth’s riveting new EP; Mera Royle talks to North East songwriters and storytellers Nel Unlit about their immersive new album; Jake Anderson chats with ethereal shoegaze quintet Palma Louca about the thrills of touring and their new single; Robert Nichols finds out what’s in store on prolific Teesside songwriter Rojors seventeenth album; Cameron Wright talks to American songwriter Ryley Walker about his improvisational approach and connecting with his audience through dark humour; after two years away, the award-winning late-night culture crawl The Late Shows returns, and Tracy Hyman checks out what’s on offer; Claire Dupree hears about the out of this world festival Tour de Moon, which invites audiences to think radically about alternate futures; Sara Jane Perovic talks to Rebecca Glendenning about adapting Lukas Moodysson’s cult movie We Are The Best! for the stage; Claire Dupree chats to musician, activist and promoter Martha Hill about the inclusive feminist festival, Women Are Mint; and Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis Suriel pick a handful of their favourite tracks in Mixtape.

Review-wise, there’s reports from Thundercat, Wet Leg, Dry Cleaning, Warmduscher, Protomartyr, MXYM, Kay Greyson and more; we check out Demos from The Vessel, SMUJ, Gulliver, DeadRelations and Sophie Davis; there’s reviews of local releases including To Nowhere, Arcade Skies, Maius Mollis, Amateur Ornithologist, Maria & James, Chop5, Chris Kelly, Frankie Jobling, Cat Ryan, Nalgo Bay, The Incognitos and Kulpa; plus new album releases from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Tess Parks, Puppy, Zola Jesus, Sunflower Bean, Peaness, Otoboke Beaver, !!!, Obongjayar, Warpaint, Lykke Li and more.

Enjoy!