Winter's all gone and the summer is finally hitting Canada, coinciding perfectly with the new issue of Exclaim! Our June issue is packed with everything you've come to expect: top-notch show, album and film reviews, insightful interviews, features and more. Here's only a taste of what's inside.
This month's cover stars are Atlanta garage rockers Black Lips. We talk to the ramshackle crew about working with Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson on their sixth and most focused album of their 12-year career, Arabia Mountain.
With the release of two Dr. Dre singles in the last six months drawn from his eternally delayed new album, Detox, we felt it was appropriate to feature the rapper/producer in our June Timeline. As Dre edges ever closer to his 30th year in the music business, it seems that he's poised to be as relevant as ever. For this month's Questionnaire, we have the one and only Damian Abraham. The Fucked Up frontman discusses the band's latest album David Comes to Life, sketchy bandmates and self-esteem pop, among other things.
Also in the June issue, we spoke with Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie, who discussed the band's new Codes and Keys. Dave Konopka and Ian Williams of Battles talked to us about collaborating with members of Blonde Redhead, the Boredoms and Matias Aguayo for the recording of their sophomore full-length, Gloss Drop. And we caught up with Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) in an interview where the talented 27-year-old reveals a split between his DIY rap ethics and the reality of his newfound fame as a star on TV's Community.
Exclusive to Exclaim.ca are our interviews with the kings of internet humour, the Lonely Island, and with post-dubstep trailblazer James Blake, Emeralds guitar hero Mark McGuire and pop punk vets Face to Face, plus more.
Meanwhile, over in the Spark section, we take a look at the Diplo-approved mini-dance craze Moombahton in the Translator, and we read up on the CanRock Rensaissance with the book Have Note Been the Same.
In this month's edition of Music School, Ask Allison delves into recording a demo tape -- more specifically -- what to look for and how much your band should expect to pay. We also check out Toronto producer Muneshine in Where I Play.
And last but not least, in our monthly spotlight on videogames, we look at the innovative new Brink, which features both sides of a war narrative.
Be sure to explore Exclaim.ca, where we have even more interviews and reviews, as well as piles of free music and videos.