Published Apr 25, 2013As May approaches, it's about time for everyone to do another collective calendar flip, but luckily, you can warm up those wrists by flipping through Exclaim!'s May issue, which is now hitting streets across Canada.
Earning Exclaim!'s cover this month are Ontario's Born Ruffians. Since their 2008 debut Red, Yellow & Blue, they've made a name for themselves with their twitchy indie-pop sound, but this time, as they approached their third album, Birthmarks, the band attempted (and succeeded) to create a record that was both big and current. Having formed in 2002, Born Ruffians also discuss their early beginnings, their big break, and hindsight on their sophomore album, Say It.
In our Timeline feature, we trace Lil Wayne's life from his birth to his early start signing to Cash Money, being shot, making the Top 50 in Billboard's Hip-Hop and R&B chart, and having a daughter by age 15. And that's just the beginning; a lot more happens in the decade leading up to Weezy's most recent album, I Am Not a Human Being II. Read his entire story in the new issue.
After a four-year hiatus, we check in with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz for this month's Questionnaire, in which he discusses what it was like being at a chaining ceremony held by Jay-Z and lets us know that if Michael Jackson came to dinner, Wentz would serve the King of Pop the "Kevin McAllister special." Also, in our Music School feature, you can read the details about where calypso collective Kobo Town were playing as they recorded new album Jumbie in the Jukebox. Hint: they bounced between Canada, Trinidad and Belize.
We also spoke with James Blake, who found his voice as a songwriter while he was looking for his own musical sweet spot. His latest release, Overgrown, makes him equally "terrified and surprised and happy." Maylee Todd discusses the literal meaning behind her new release Escapology and her writing process in which she'd "write, express herself and need to take time to escape from the place they brought her to." Plus, the Besnard Lakes explain the title of their fourth album, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, and Colin Stetson talks human progress and his new LP, New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light.
In addition to our print interviews this month, we also have a number of web exclusives, including interviews with Charles Bradley, Ghost B.C., OMD, Phoenix, Tera Melos and Willie Nelson.
More interviews and issues content will become available online throughout the month, but for full access now, you'll need to pick a copy of Exclaim! at your favourite coffee shop, concert venue, record store, or one of our boxes across Canada.