Kendrick Lamar, Ke$ha, Emeralds, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, and More Fill Exclaim!'s Winter Issue

Kendrick Lamar, Ke$ha, Emeralds, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, and More Fill Exclaim!'s Winter Issue
Exclaim!'s December/January issue has just been printed, and it sums up a great year of music. It is also chock full of new interviews, music reviews and artist features. Here are some of the highlights.

Kendrick Lamar snags the cover for releasing the most highly acclaimed rap album of the year with good kid m.A.A.d. city. In the cover story, Lamar discusses the inspirations behind the album and the fact he wasn't surprised of how successful it became.

Pop sensation Ke$ha, meanwhile, is this month's Questionnaire victim and talks about fears, spoils and running into Snoop Dogg.

As always, there are also plenty of interviews in the issue. In the magazine, recent collaborative partners Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin discuss the humour hidden in their otherwise abstract work. Also, Code Orange Kids talk about being in the punk and hardcore scene, and how they've incorporated some melody on their debut full-length, Love Is Love // Return to Dust.

Web exclusive interviews include a discussion with Oddisee on transitioning from listening to performing music, while electronic trio Emeralds talk analog versus digital, synthesizers and their musical influences.

This month's Music School section highlights Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, who discuss their Toronto headquarters called the "Glory Hole." In addition, the musical term "trap" is defined in our Translator, and Foals, Deftones, Rihanna, Atoms for Peace and Green Day make the Buzz Meter.

In videogames, Exclaim! explores Assassin's Creed III and its educational storyline based on real historical content.

Exclaim!'s December/January print issue also features loads of 2012 year-in-review coverage so pick one up now!