Exclaim!'s February Issue Hits the Streets with the Decemberists, Destroyer, Braids, Social Distortion and More

Exclaim!'s February Issue Hits the Streets with the Decemberists, Destroyer, Braids, Social Distortion and More
Our newest issue of Exclaim! has dropped into frosty blue magazine stands across the country. But if winter has forced you indoors, the entire February issue is online now at Exclaim.ca.

Fresh off the release of their sixth album, The King Is Dead, Exclaim! cover stars the Decemberists talked to us about their musical transformation, working with folk artist Gillian Welch and a possible vacation from music. And in case you didn't know, The King Is Dead is a homage to Waterboy's 1988 album Fisherman Blues, Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy tells us. Good to know!

For this month's Questionnaire, we chatted with punk rock luminary Mike Ness of Social Distortion. Ness talked to us about Social D's new album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes and how he finds balance in his life, as well as peanut butter banana sandwiches and Elvis. In our Timeline feature, we examine the 31-year career of French-born British DJ Gilles Peterson, who is famous for his BBC Radio show and trademark marriage of jazz and dance. Experiencing both career highs and the stings of feeling out of touch with the youth of today, Peterson explains how he makes his mark and finds happiness in the often finicky world of electronic music.

Like a good buffet, this month's Interviews have a bit of everything. Our feature articles include chats with the always surprising Young Galaxy, Mark Olson of alt-country institution Jayhawks, Dan Bejar of Destroyer, those wacky Deerhoof folks and hotly tipped Canadian weird pop crew Braids.

In Music School this month, Allison gives you the facts about the "must-haves" of touring the U.S. in Ask Allison, and if you ever wondered if you should be in a union, she will put you to school. Also, read all about Montreal producer Pheek's studio in Where I Play.

Last but not least, the results of Exclaim!'s annual readers poll are in. So check out which bands that you, the fans, think made the biggest dent on 2010.

There's tons more content on Exclaim.ca, including our feature on the possible death of PC gaming, and a heap of film, DVD and music reviews. For the full list of what's new in our February issue, check out Exclaim.ca.