Published Jul 13, 2016June has given way to July and a new issue of Exclaim! is finally here to tickle your fancy with a bevy of new interviews, reviews and features.
Gracing our cover this month is pop revolutionary Blood Orange. Inside, we sat down with the London-via-New York songwriter for a poignant discussion on police brutality and racism in 2016, as well as the quiet ferocity of his stellar new album, Freetown Sound.
For this month's Timeline, we invite you to take a trip down the schlong and winding road that is the history of Blink-182. Come along for the ride as the band evolve from lovable skate-punk slackers to the seminal pop-punk band of the 2000s to the savvy (though maybe not entirely mature) industry veterans they are today. It's been a wild ride, featuring lineup changes, bruised egos, dick jokes by the barrel full, and one tragically rejected "Macarena" parody — get a teaser of the feature here.
In this month's Questionnaire, we get a glimpse inside the mind of Arkells singer Max Kerman. Find out which new rap release he's obsessed with, what TV actor kept hitting on his girlfriend and which Canadian music star's father is honoured with a track on the new Arkells record in what was definitely one of our more interesting Q&A sessions.
This month's Music School features a field trip to the basement studio lair of Sudbury, ON singer-songwriters Kate Maki and Frederick Squire. While we were there, we chatted with the pair about the struggles of balancing recording with parenthood and pregnancy and the joys of making music without the usual crowd of "inebriated musicians."
In our main interview feature, we got Toronto rockers Weaves to chime in on freaking out in concert and on record, starting a band because they were sick of being in bands and the genre-bending goodness of their self-titled debut album.
Elsewhere, L.A. luminary and Black Hippy member ScHoolboy Q prepares to change the rap game at 30 with Blank Face LP, Hannah Georgas uses old family secrets on For Evelyn and teenage metalheads Unlocking the Truth show wisdom beyond their years. Finally, we sat down with Laura Mvula for an eye-opening discussion on mental health and The Dreaming Room, Mvula's far-reaching new LP.
If you're looking for a change of pace from music, we tracked down mononymous directors DANIELS to discuss using stupidity to their advantage and find out what the hell was going on in their batshit insane (in a good way) new film Swiss Army Man. We also took a look at the turbulent recent history of Nintendo and got the inside scoop on the company's mysterious new NX console that is set to reclaim the gaming throne for Mushroom Kingdom.
All this and more is packed into your monthly helping of Exclaim!, but if your appetite for quality culture coverage isn't satisfied, head here for more interviews with BADBADNOTGOOD, Metronomy, Maxwell and many more. There's nothing like the sweet aroma of piping hot print in the morning, though, so make sure you grab a copy of this month's Exclaim! at your local coffee shop, record store, inter-dimensional wormhole or good old-fashioned street box.