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The February issue of NARC. Magazine is available now, from over 200 outlets across the North East.

The cover stars of our first issue of 2017 are Newcastle’s experimental indie futurists Yellow Creatures who release their new EP this month. Mark Corcoran-Lettice speaks to them about new technologies, dystopian realities and multi-coloured roses.

We see in the new year with live music previews of Courtney Marie Andrews, Band of Horses, Cellar Door, Modern Baseball, KRS-One, Shield Patterns, Anthrax, Bill Laurance, Fling, Julian Cope, Carla Dal Forno, Thought Forms, The Eager Tongue and more. We’re also delighted to announce details of the NARC. stage at this year’s Stockton Calling festival.

There’s a surfeit of cultural delights to feast on this month including art, comedy, theatre, film and much more as usual, including Queens of the North at Northern Stage which is a full programme of events that looks at femininity through the ages. We preview the moving Disappearance at Sea at Baltic, Mick Peter’s take on sculpture and illustration at Workplace Gateshead, Guy Denning’s thought-provoking Politics of Painting at Hartlepool Art Gallery and Live Lab’s week long Elevator Festival. There are comedy previews of Josh Howie at ARC, Jason Cook at Customs House and both Ruby Wax and Iain Stirling at Gala Theatre. We also take a look at the independent theatre in unlikely venues that’s coming up shortly at the Sunderland Stages event.

On the interview front, we’re bursting at the seams as Becca Fergus discusses politics, pride and DIY sensibilities with Little Comets; Mark Corcoran-Lettice speaks to Moon Rover about sci-fi and grunge as they release their debut album; Lifetime Skiver talk to Nick Wesson about longevity and keeping it real ahead of their new EP;  Waskerley Way breaks down some of the thinking behind his tunes; Nad Khan talks Tinder and self-indulgence with Manchester’s Dutch Uncles; Milky Wimpshake cast an eye back over their career; Teesside’s Tom Joshua are interviewed by Steve Spithray; Anarchic Jazz trio Taupe speak to Claire Dupree about their 2nd album; Lee Fisher chinwags with Handsome Family’s Rennie Sparks about Bruce Dickenson, leaves and bugs; we round off with the gloriously sludgy Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard who tell us about their plans for the future ahead of their Newcastle gig.

Simon Shaw from Stockton’s Ku Bar tells us about his favourite music in Mixtape and we check out the new demo releases from Zara Ruth, Paul Broadhead, You Are The Dead, Lovely Wife and Holding Out. We review new albums by Frontier Ruckus, Los Campesinos, The Sadies, Iron Reagan, Beach Heads, Moon Duo, Pissed Jeans and tons more. Our Tracks section features new music from Cellar Door, Fishery Commission, Clippah, Endeavours, Para Alta, Jister, Tyne Dock Sound Bureau and Slowdive; see what we thought of performances by Cattle & Cane, Boris, Frightened Rabbit, Avenged Sevenfold, The Pale White and Nev Clay & St. James Infirmary plus lots of others in our live Review section.

Don’t forget, you can listen along to this month’s edition on our Soundcloud playlist below.

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