Gracing the cover of this month's issue is the incomparable soul songstress Janelle Monáe. In our interview, Monáe discusses her humble origins and her excitement surrounding the release of her latest LP The Electric Lady, which recently earned a perfect 10 from us for being "gloriously sweeping and cinematic in scope."
In this month's Timeline feature, we follow the career of punk rock icon Kathleen Hanna, tracing her days with Bikini Kill, her career fronting Le Tigre and her solo project Julie Ruin that recently became new band the Julie Ruin. It won't be online for a while, so to read about her run-ins with skinheads and how she influenced the name of the biggest song of the '90s, grab a copy of the latest issue at your favourite Exclaim!-carrying haunt.
The same can be said of our Questionnaire, which this month finds Moby discussing politics with Dennis Hopper, David Bowie and Iman, his obsession with Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die," and choosing his own song to play at his funeral.
In other magazine features, we sat down with Scottish synth-pop trio Chvrches to discuss the perils of drinking beer in the studio. Then, in our Music School section, we chat with producer Pursuit Grooves (a.k.a. Vanese Smith) about her equipment, the importance of mentorship and what it's like to be female in the male-dominated world of audio production.
We've also got an interview with the bluesy Willis Earl Beal, with whom we discuss struggle and the nature of his art following the release of his second full-length, Nobody Knows. Then, we spoke to California sister-trio HAIM about their fascination with drumming and their working relationship with A$AP Rocky. Finally, British grind-core vets Carcass explain the reasons behind their 1995 breakup and subsequent return in 2007.
To read all of our in-print interviews this month, you'll need to pick up a hard copy of our recent issue, but until then, check out some of our online, web-exclusive interviews with Gorguts, Al Jourgensen, J-Zone, Katatonia, Banks and many more.
More content will become available online throughout the month, but for full access now, pick up an issue of Exclaim! at your favourite coffee shop, record store, bar or restaurant, or in one of our street boxes across Canada.