April showers bring May flowers — and the latest issue of Exclaim! magazine. Our new issue is bursting with colour, from our bright, bold cover illustration to the wide variety of music, film and culture explored between its pages. Exclaim.ca is always a good way to stay in the loop, but there's a ton of exclusive interviews and features in the issue that won't be online for weeks to come. So screw the roses — stop and smell the fresh ink of Exclaim!'s April issue.
This month's cover features a deliciously illustrated impression of Drake. Behind the 6 God's alluring gaze lies a special essay feature in which we delve deep into Aubrey Graham's complex relationship with Toronto, women and his music as we await next month's highly anticipated Views From the Six.
If all that's not tempting enough, we made Drake the subject of this month's in-depth Timeline feature, where we journey through the life and times of Drizzy. From his Degrassi high school years all the way to his crowning as "Toronto's Most Influential Person" by Toronto Life in 2015 — which he dubs his "most important magazine cover to date" (cough, until now, cough) — there are tons of interesting tidbits to uncover for fans old and new.
Of course, Drake isn't the only reason to get your hands on one of these bad boys. Our Questionnaire, for instance, hones in on the Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon who, after celebrating the release of his first solo effort, Painkillers, has plenty to say about his life in and out of the music scene, including a run-in with the murderous Dexter.
In our monthly Music School feature, we visited Venetian Snares' feline-forbidden home studio (wandering pets are, as Aaron Funk puts it, not exactly advantageous to the recording process) in Winnipeg, where we discovered the "bad juju" of a certain spot in his studio and nerded out about his synth and drum machine collection.
This bundle of printed joy is also filled with interviews galore to ensure you're hearing directly from the artists. In this issue, we've linked up with Låpsley, who explains her semi-accidental stumble into the British electronic scene, while Ethan Weiss of Into It. Over It. outlines the perks of recording with a producer whose sound doesn't necessarily "fit with the band."
Stars young and old share their two-cents, with 83-year-old country superstar Loretta Lynn offering us some wise words on the makings of a true artist, and, from the total opposite end of the spectrum, up-and-coming Dundas, ON punkers the Dirty Nil discuss the live-show aesthetic of their debut album, Higher Power. We also grilled vintage punk rockers Violent Femmes to get the details of their return and had conceptual electronic artists Matmos enlighten us on the unexpectedly wide musical vocabulary of washing machines.
Online, you can also read more interviews with the Body, Baauer, Ethan Hawke and many more, but to read all of our latest interviews, keep your eyes peeled for Drake's charming visage radiating from our bright blue street boxes, the local coffee shop, concert venue or record store to grab Exclaim!'s April issue today.