Austra, Queens of the Stone Age, Maestro Fresh Wes and Matthew Herbert Fill Exclaim!'s New Issue

Austra, Queens of the Stone Age, Maestro Fresh Wes and Matthew Herbert Fill Exclaim!'s New Issue
We're almost halfway through the summer, and for thousands of Canadians, that means being one step closer to the start of the school year. But before you make your return to academia, brush up on those reading skills by picking up a copy of Exclaim!'s summer issue, which is currently hitting venues, bars, restaurants, cafes and streets across the country.

Earning Exclaim!'s cover this month are Toronto-based electro-dance outfit Austra. In this in-depth interview, the analog-inspired three-piece talks about their classically-trained background, delving into the history of house music, the band's sonically distant past and the making of their transformative new LP, Olympia.

In our Timeline feature, we follow the path of Canadian hip-hop trailblazer Maestro Fresh Wes from his early days as a Scarborough MC and opener for Public Enemy to becoming a Gemini Award-nominated actor and releasing Orchestrated Noise, the rapper's first album in over a decade.

Next, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme steps into the hot seat for this month's Questionnaire, in which he discusses listening to Chuck Berry, hammocks, his love for the Hubble Telescope and being stalked by Journey's Steve Perry. Then, in our Music School feature, we chat with members of urban art collective 88 Days of Fortune about their forward-thinking hip-hop parties.

We also spoke with high-minded UK composer Matthew Herbert about his anti-war three-song suite, The End of Silence, the political act of making music and why as a society we need to start listening more carefully. Then, BC-based indie minimalists Lightning Dust talk eschewing acoustic instrumentation in favour of twinkling synths and mechanical beats for their new album, Fantasy.
,br> Elsewhere, prolific songwriter Sonny Smith of Sonny & the Sunsets describes why speaking with a psychic and watching Blade Runner were the two biggest inspirations for his newest LP, while Vancouver-bred multi-instrumentalist Jay Arner discusses stepping into the spotlight for his debut solo LP.

To read all of our in-print interviews this month, you'll have to pick up a copy of the new issue, but until then, you can also browse our online, web-exclusive interviews with David Yow, Quadron, Tona, Femi Kuti, Tricky and more.

More content will become available online throughout the month online, but for full access now, pick up a copy of Exclaim! at one of our boxes or racks across Canada.