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The December/January issue of NARC. magazine is out now, available in print from outlets across the North East, and digitally via our website.

Our cover stars are South Shields-based ‘weird pop’ band Amateur Ornithologist; as they prepare to release their third album, Ali Welford talks to songwriter Daniel Clifford about a coalescence of sound, reality and imagination, and realising the potency of his songwriting.

In the Previews section, we check out live shows from Benefits, Memorials, Lankum, John Francis Flynn, Matt Deighton, Sarabeth Tucek, Wolfred, Foxing, Echo Juliet, Chloe & The Brainwaves, The Front Bottoms, Bury Tomorrow, Lanterns on the Lake, The Research and more, plus new releases from Dinky Bossetti, Swannek and Butterfly Effect Records. There’s previews of contemporary dance performance LORE by James Wilton Dance at Dance City, Life of Pi comes to Theatre Royal, comedian Guz Khan performs at Middlesbrough Town Hall, comic Connor Burns is at Forum Music Centre and there’s exhibitions at Baltic and film screenings at Star & Shadow Cinema, alongside much more. Plus, we offer up some tips on alt. theatre, comedy, film and live music during the festive season that will appeal to all ages and tastes.

Interview-wise, Matt Young talks to Mary-Anne Murphy about the culmination and distillation of Cat Ryan’s art rock sound on their debut EP; Gus Ironside finds out more about one of the most exciting new live bands in the North East, Jango Flash, as they prepare to release their life-affirming debut EP; David Saunders chats with Sunderland songwriter Lottie Willis about the release of her debut EP; Kate Relton talks to Darlington’s Theatre Hullabaloo CEO Ben Dickenson about creative connections and shaping communities through culture; Ali Welford talks to Jordie Cooke about Newcastle band Yes Grasshopper’s debut album of technicolour bombardment and volatile bedlam; David Saunders discovers how Teesside songwriting duo Modern Rodeo have explored dark subjects to produce beautiful alt. country/pop soundscapes; Ali Welford talks to North Shields songwriter Maius Mollis about the fragile ruminations on grief that make up her debut EP; and creative platform and artist-focused club instigators SKIN offer up some of their favourite tracks in Mixtape.

In the review section, we report from live performances by The Umlauts, Hilary Woods, Calexico, The Streets, Teenage Fanclub, Peace, Sarah Johnsone, Ben Folds, Queens of the Stone Age, Field Music and more; there’s reviews of local singles and EPs by Will Good And The Mattes, Big Romance, Swindled, The Inklings, Taliraw, Ruled By Raptors, Succour, Michael Curran’s Deaf Fiction, Richie Harrison, Andrew Bradley, Trev Gibb and Sons of Millionaires; plus reviews of Demos by Compression Session, JenAmi, The Side Project, Pet Rock and Sophie Gordon; and album releases from Sleater-Kinney, Abbie Finn Trio, Tobias Sarra, Beans on Toast, Gruff Rhys, Marika Hackman, Loula Yorke, PACKS, Mall Girl, Ty Segall, Johanna Burnheart and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes.

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