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Our cover stars are incomparable folk musicians Cath & Phil Tyler. Ben Lowes-Smith talks to the duo about interpreting songs for their new album, with exclusive photos by Nick Wesson.

In this month’s packed edition we have news features on Koan 7 at The Globe; Swarm all-dayer at TOPH@Workplace; Tune-Yards at Sage Gateshead; Pete Astor at The Cumberland Arms; Noisy Daughters panel event and gig at Theatre Hullabaloo; Legitimate Anarchy takeover Soapbox Sessions at Hole In The Wall; Mechanical Mouse Organ release their new EP; Mamuthones at The Cluny; Werbeniuk at Middlesbrough Little Theatre; Pilgrimage to the Islands music, nature and performance event; At The Drive In at O2 Academy; International Womens’ Day round-up and much more.

Our Culture pages are equally as packed. Find out about The Last Ship at Northern Stage; comedian John Scott’s new show at Alphabetti Theatre; profiles on artist Bobby Benjamin and author Lucy Nichol; NGCA reopens at Sunderland’s National Glass Centre; Robin Ince at The Stand; Jonathan Yeo exhibition at Bowes Museum; Stewart Lee at Darlington Hippodrome; Creative Writing Festival in Sunderland; Mark Thomas at Gala Theatre; Elevator Festival at Live Theatre; The Dream Palace at Tyneside Cinema; the inaugural Newcastle International Film Festival; the second part of AV Festival’s Meanwhile, What About Socialism comes to various venues in Newcastle and Gateshead; plus reviews of War of the Worlds, Jasmina Cibic and Serena Korda and much more.

Interview-wise, Callum Costello chats to Belle & Sebastian keyboardist Chris Geddes about the past, present and future of the indie heroes; Laura Doyle talks surviving dystopian nightmares and creating music as catharsis with electro-pop legend Gary Numan; Ali Welford talks to Hookworms frontman MJ about mental health attitudes and finding inspiration in sad circumstances; Laura Doyle discovers how emo rockers Moose Blood turned pessimism into positivity on their new record; Claire Dupree discovers the evolution of alt. rockers Hakara; Ali Welford hears how a chance meeting led to a magical musical partnership for The Clarions; Claire Dupree talks to bluegrass four-piece The Often Herd about the release of their debut EP; Joe Fowler chats with The Riviera Quartet’s Pete Tanton about the group’s debut album and Sammy Sadler finds out more about the ninth edition of Stockton Calling, which returns on Saturday 31st March. Hilarity Bites’ Neil Jolie chooses our Mixtape tracks, and we focus on the artwork of Graeme Hopper in Artwork By…

In the Reviews section, we feature demos by James A Reay, Aaron Morris, Aerial Root, NICP and Sapien Trace; album releases from The Breeders, Suuns, Gwenno, Hot Snakes, Sticky Pearls and Creep Show; there’s reviews of tracks by local acts Catalyse, Knight Knight, Sleeptape, Hivemind, Fever Days and more; plus live reviews of shows by Willy Vlautin, Field Music, BlackWaters, Rat Boy, Head of Light Entertainment, Twist Helix, The Hempolics, The Myrrors, MUGSTAR and more.


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