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This month’s cover star is Ex-Bellowhead folk musician Rachael McShane, who talks to Claire Dupree about her new band, reinvigorating old traditions and the dastardly characters that inhabit her new album. Exclusive pics courtesy of Nick Wesson.

In our News section, find out about Jumpin’ Hot Club’s Country Cantina in Acklington; Pussy Riot at Riverside; Damn Teeth at Head of Steam; Crumbs and Cowtown at The Cluny 2; Mono Club at The Studio; The Hexagon Experiment gigs; Sad Social at Skins & Needles; Hypnosister at Little Buildings; Orbital at Sage Gateshead; Mousetival at Georgian Theatre; Titus Andronicus at Head of Steam; Gig in a Week at Pop Recs Ltd.; plus festival action at Hardwick Live and Lindisfarne Festival and much more.

In the Culture pages get the lowdown on Whitley Bay Film Festival; we chat to artist Zara Worth ahead of her Vane Gallery exhibition; plus there’s Profile interviews with artists Rene McBrearty and Sophie Lisa Beresford. Read previews on League of Gentlemen at Sunderland Empire; Billingham International Festival; new exhibitions at MIMA; politically-focused film screenings at Tyneside Cinema; Club des Femmes take over the Star & Shadow Cinema; Tom Wrigglesworth at Theatre Hullabaloo; we find out who’s treading the boards during Live Theatre’s autumn season; Gogmagog at Holy Trinity Church; Stockton International Riverside Festival; Matt Reed at The Stand; Women’s Film Season at Side Cinema; plus reviews of Ella Mesma at Dance City, Hal Branson at Live Theatre, The Female Gaze at Alphabetti Theatre and much more.

Interview-wise, it’s another busy month! Ahead of his forthcoming show in Newcastle, Dawn Storey talks to outsider songwriter Ezra Furman about guardian angels and being accidentally political on his new album; with an experimental robot orchestra show imminent, Lee Fisher spoke to Haiku Salut’s Gemma and Sophie Barkerwood about brass bands, escapism and ‘loopery and laptoppery’; Ben Lowes-Smith talks to cult indie heroes The Vaselines about the challenges and delights of making music; songwriters Holly Rees and Matt Dunbar tell Damian Robinson about their unique creative partnership; Sammy Sadler talks to teenage indie rock band Save The Bees about their new EP; Damian Robinson chats to anti-establishment rabble rousers Smokin’ Coconuts about their new release; Laura Doyle talks to ‘cosmic pop’ quartet The Old Pink House about the launch of their debut EP and Claire Dupree talks to some of the musicians taking part in Sage Gateshead’s Summer Studio residencies this month. Plus Pop Recs Ltd.’s Michael McKnight waxes lyrical about some of his favourite local acts in Mixtape.

We review demos by Dan Curry, Star Cult, Reef Hill, Love Jockey and Ben McMaster, there’s album reviews of Interpol, Kathryn Joseph, Melting Hand, BC Camplight and more, plus reviews of tracks by Spacehawke, fungiFERG, Eve Simpson, Sauvage, Deep.Sleep among others. The live review section features shows from PINS, Warm Digits, Mavis Staples, Noya Rao, Party at the End of the World, SummerTyne Americana and more.

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