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The April issue of NARC. magazine is out now in glorious digital format – available at and from the Magazine section at

Our cover star this month is multi-instrumentalist and polymath, Du Blonde. Ben Lowes-Smith talks to Beth Jeans Houghton about her new self-released record, the joy of collaboration and being reinvigorated by her creative process.

This month we celebrate our 15th birthday! We’ve put together our annual NARC. Compilation album, featuring North East artists and bands that we’ve loved over the last year including Cat Ryan, Lizzie Esau, Faithful Johannes, MXYM, Pave The Jungle, Sing Again Syren, Trunky Juno, Yakka Doon, ZELA and more – download it for free via our Bandcamp site:

Also this month, we check out new releases from Pete Beat, Amplified Man, Ecota, Yes Plant, Casual Threats and Chlorine; livestream performances courtesy of Gosforth Civic Theatre, Sage Gateshead, Tracks, Ladies of Midnight Blue and The Samphires. Culture-wise, enjoy dance films from Dance City and Ellen Hathaway Dance Company, battle rap via Felt Nowt, Working Class Creatives Database exhibition at PBVArts, The Tunnel Gallery online launch and much more!

Interview-wise, it’s a busy month! Louise Henry talks to Newcastle songwriter Becca James about her exploration of perfection and how it impacts our lives; the Rezaei/Bishop collaboration was one of the highlights of last year’s TUSK Virtual, and now they’ve recorded an album in an intriguing fashion – Lee Fisher finds out more; Dawn Storey talks to Peter Brewis about Field Music’s approach to songwriting and the early influences which inspired their latest album; Claire Dupree finds out about the moments of laughter, loss, kindness and new beginnings revealed in visual artist Natasha Davis’ new work; Beverley Knight talks to the Brazilian-born, Newcastle-based artist Nadedja about the sounds that have shaped her; Cameron Wright talks to the producer-turned-songwriter Patrick Jordan about finding joy in collaboration on his new album; Ali Welford chats to Stuart Walkinshaw about the loops, field recordings and precious found sounds that go into making up his debut solo album; Claire Dupree discovers a truly international weekend of collaboration and artistic practice at The GIFT Exchange; Conor Roy talks to Newcastle blues rock trio The Pale White about the release of their debut album; Louise Henry talks to a few of the inspirational creatives at the heart of the Star And Shadow Cinema’s Microprojects initiative; Claire Dupree finds out how Lee Etherington and the TUSK team continue to embrace the limitless possibilities of online content with their new venture, TUSK TV; we find out more about Generator’s small screen debut, Big Screen TV; and Jessie and Andrew Mills from Newcastle music shop Curvy Sounds tell us about their favourite songs in the Mixtape feature.

We review demos by Ruminath, Dutch LX, Pete Bell, Anthony Pears and The Collectors; there’s coverage of singles and EPs released by North East artists including sojoetaylor, Cameron Scott, Palma Louca, Dirty Chips, Danica Dares, Tipps, Ceitidh Mac, Jenny Lascelles, Jen Dixon, Patrick Gosling, Salt House Lavish and Spider Noises; plus album reviews of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Social Simon, Low Island, CLAMM, Juan Wauters, Dinosaur Jr., Field Music, The Lucid Dream, Du Blonde, Ya Tseen, Ja Panik, The Coral, Ryley Walker, Dry Cleaning, Leon Vynehall, Conrad Clipper, Microcorps, Christine Ott, Big | Brave, Moontype and Stanley Odd.


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