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The June issue of NARC. is out now IN PRINT! We’re delighted that you can now pick up a copy of the magazine from outlets across the North East, as well as view it online via Issuu. Find your local outlet here: and view online here:

Our cover stars this month are Tyneside alt. jazz band Archipelago; Ali Welford talks to the trio about their ever-expanding soundworld and honing their gripping and audacious new release.

Live and in-person events are back on the agenda, and there’s some treats coming up in the Previews section this month, including Komparrison and Lizzie Esau at Independent; Trunky Juno at KU Bar; Kathryn Williams at The Cluny 2; GAST showcase at Base Camp; gigs at The Peacock; In Residence weekend at Sage Gateshead and loads more. Plus new releases from Razmataz Lorry Excitement, Martha Hill, Lanterns on the Lake among others. Culture-wise, check out stand-up comedy from Martin Mor, Simon Munnery and Shoe Cake Comedy; art exhibitions at 36 Gallery, Biscuit Factory, BALTIC 39 and MIMA; plus news of literary events, film screenings and more.

Interview-wise, Claire Dupree talks to music producer Lisa Murphy about the release of a mini-documentary about her inspiring project encouraging women to work in music production; Chris J Allan talks to South Shields musician Amateur Ornithologist about finding a renewed passion for music and inspiration in unlikely places; as Newcastle duo Cath & Phil Tyler release a career-spanning rarities collection, Lee Fisher chatted to Phil Tyler about not being experimental and how songs drift into nets…slowly; Ali Welford talks to secretive local musician Infinite Arcade about weaving themes of dread and anxiety into his double EP release; Claire Dupree talks to The Cumberland Arms’ Jo Hodson about their return to live events, the meaning of community and why the power of the pub is not to be underestimated; Laura Doyle talks to collaborative duo Wild Lamb and Slutmouth about their new exhibition Let Us Eat Cake which shines a light on working-class female creatives; Claire Dupree finds out what’s in store for cinephiles as Newcastle’s Star and Shadow Cinema reopens; Jason Jones finds out how Hartlepool band Mt. Misery progressed from an introspective bedroom project to lo-fi pop glory; Elodie A. Roy talks to Steven Chell about new cassette label Northern Tape which revels in the physical format; Claire Dupree discovers an accessible and engaging programme of site-specific work from Northern Stage, which encourages communities and artists to come together; and Marie Richardson from Allcalmy Festival compiles our Mixtape.

We’ve got Demo reviews of Katie Grace, Bedsit Manor, The April Bird, Sam Shields and Lizzie Singer of the Lakes; single and EP reviews of local artists including Cache-Cache, Bosola, James Leonard Hewitson, Echo Juliet, Sam French, Spell Token, Caitie, Joseph Brown, Heather Ferrier, Templo, No Time For Reason and Shakk; and reviews of new releases from The Mountain Goats, Ten Foot Tom & The Leprosy Crooks, Mt. Misery, Gary Stewart, Wolf Alice, James, Ruth B, Rostam, Haitus Kaiyote, Beartooth, L’Rain, Spellling, Zoee, Blue Orchids, Raoul Vignal, Part Chimp, Kevin Richard Martin and Kojaque.


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