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At least once a week I'm meant to fill this column with informative and entertaining information for the good readers out there keen to keep a grasp on the local North East music scene.

At least once a week I'm meant to fill this column with informative and entertaining information for the good readers out there keen to keep a grasp on the local North East music scene.

Chuck in a few witticisms, use a few big words I steal from the Sunday broadsheets and overall pretend I've got my finger on the pulse of up-and-coming bands and live acts.

Well this week I can't bothered.

Only joking! I've had an e-mail box burgeoning beyond belief from bands and artists who are working their little artistic socks off, so here's just a spoonful of the best of what's on offer for the next couple of weeks.

Sublime rock meisters People of Santiago are busy this month not only on the gigging circuit but also with a BBC Radio 1 session.

When they played a Steve Lamacq-curated Club Fandango show at the Borderline in London recently, Lamacq was so impressed with the set that he offered the boys a session on the spot.

The session is being recorded on Monday, March 26 at Maida Vale, London. Other gigs include: Friday, March 23, FACT @ Bacchaus, Darlington, doors 8pm, free entry and Wednesday, March 28, The Cluny, Newcastle, Doors 8pm, £4 entry.

The band are also booked for the Freevolution Festival in May. Visit www.peopleofsantiago.co.uk for more information.

Something from my home town now.

Cramlington band Show Off Summer have a few gigs of note this month.

The three-piece outfit boast a unique sound. I can't quite get my head round what they sound like, but their laidback and funky tracks are pleasing to the ear and show promise.

They're playing at the Old George, Newcastle on Monday, March 12; doors 7.30, entry £2, then Ashington Football club on Wednesday, March 14, along with the Ramsays and Satellite 77.

Then, on March, 17 they're at the Carling Academy 2 with support from Freerunner and again Satellite 77, tickets £5.

Check out http://www.myspace.com/showoffsummer for more info.

After a couple of delays the Minotaurs and Blackflower will finally be launching their joint single with a gig at the Head of Steam this Sunday.

The two tracks - Partisan by the Minotaurs and Crying Shame by Blackflower - are superb and both acts put on a good set.

They'll be accompanied by Uncle Monty and doors open at 7.30pm, £3 entry, £5 with CD. Bargain gig of the month!

Visit www.myspace.com/blackflowermusic or www.myspace.com/minotaurs.

Just a reminder now of the Battle Of The Bands final being held at The Bedroom in Whitley Bay tomorrow. Bands on show are: Idols Are Higher, The 27 Club, Riggsby, Get Vegas, Suzi Won, The Briganties, My Last Try, Solway.

Doors open 6pm and entry is only £5.

Visit www.myspace.com/endofthetrailrecords.

Finally the irreproachable punk outfit DARTZ! are playing their first home town gig of the year this Sunday at the Cornerhouse, Middlesbrough.

Local support comes from The Chapman Family as well as guest DJ sets. Doors 7pm, entry £5. www.dartzisgood.co.uk.

That's it for now, keep it real!

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