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The July issue of NARC. is available now, free of charge, from over 200 outlets in the North East.

This month, our cover stars are Durham’s favourite pop punx Martha; Becca Fergus chats with them about their new album, plus there’s some lovely exclusive pics courtesy of Ian West.

Elsewhere, we preview festivals including Mouth of the Tyne, Corbridge, Summer Streets, Brass and Lost In The Woods; there’s more info on gigs featuring Hillfolk Noir, Don Broco, Workin’ Man Noise Unit, Radioactivity, Sturgill Simpson, Black Nevada and more.

Culture-wise, we take a closer look at Sunderland’s tribute to the Somme, Asunder; self-build phenomenon Protohome and we’ve got a mega round-up of the best Edinburgh Fringe Festival preview events in the region. Plus, art exhibitions, wrestling, stage shows and more!

It’s a busy month interview-wise too: Lee Fisher chats with Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya’ Mama Big Band about Bristol, New Orleans and fun-seeking missiles; Michael O’Neill talks with the genre-bending Behold A Pale Horse about their debut EP; Tom Hollingworth delves into the wonderful world of rapper, songwriter, poet and actor Saul Williams; Steve Spithray talks DIY releases and witty wordplay with Hartlepool musician James Leonard Hewitson; Steve Spithray talks subconscious themes and visual interpretations with Chris Corsano, Sir Richard Bishop and Ben Chasny, aka Rangda; Linsey Teggert talks to Basement’s Alex Henery about reuniting, their latest record and passionate fans.

Feature-wise, Claire Dupree previews our free multi-venue musical extravaganza NARC. Fest, which takes over the Ouseburn Valley in early July; Lee Fisher previews the best of this year’s SummerTyne Americana festival; David Saunders dives into the region’s hip-hop scene and unearths some gems and The Cumberland Arms’ Jo Hodson lets us into her Mixtape secrets.

There’s demo reviews of Dinosaur Duvet Set, The Whippet Beans, Fosseway, Tamala Prime and Human X; album reviews of Bat For Lashes, Metronomy, Michael Kiwanuka and more; plus singles by Massa Confusa, North Atlas, Theholyc among others; and live reports from Open Mike Eagle, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mbongwana Star, Bob Log III and more.

Plus, don’t forget to listen along with this month’s issue thanks to our Soundcloud playlist!



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