Published Feb 08, 2017This year marks Exclaim!'s 25th anniversary, so our March issue — the first of 2017 — lets you sink your teeth into the deep-rooted history of Exclaim! Of course, the issue also includes our usual array of in-depth interviews with artists discussing their freshly pressed new releases and the stories behind them. Additionally, our March edition includes the results of our annual Readers Poll, ranking 2016's best movies, music, comedy and more.
Made up of Quavo, Takeoff and Offset, Atlanta rap trio Migos have secured the spot on our cover, as well as the No. 1 album in America, with their C U L T U R E. Our interview with them offers insight into the "young people movement" and what 'culture' means to them as prominent names in the hip-hop scene. Once you've finished the cover story, flip to the back page to see our statistical analysis of whether Migos or fellow ATLiens Rae Sremmurd are, in fact, the "new Beatles" — then, decide for yourself.
Also featured in the issue is Pharrell Williams, whose extensive musical career as both an individual artist, collaborator and pop culture icon are profiled in our monthly Timeline feature. Hearkening back to his early days with the Neptunes to present day, you can read about Pharrell's vast history of collaborations, and how he always has a musical project on the go.
Our readers have spoken — the 2016 Readers Poll results are in, and Louis C.K. won you over as favourite comedian. Considering the buzz following Stranger Things' release, it comes as no surprise that Netflix original dominated the television category as No. 1 pick. And after a heart-wrenching past few months of farewell tour shows and holding Canada's full attention, the Tragically Hip took the title of Best Live Act. To see all the results, though, pick up the issue in its papered form.
We also sat down with Ryan Adams, who has been in the limelight lately for his spree of teaser tracks in anticipation of his upcoming album, Prisoner. In the interview for the monthly Questionnaire, we get the inside scoop on Adams as he outlines his collaboration with Jenny Lewis and Liz Phair, his ongoing journey to become his best self and his favourite Canadian weed.
There are plenty more interviews, too. UK noir-pop trio The xx return with their most boundary-pushing LP to date, I See You. Bonobo discusses his nomadic lifestyle and the ways in which his latest album, Migration, engages with the importance of cultural diaspora. Then Sampha, who's worked with Drake, Kanye, Solange and more, talks about the long wait for his debut album, Process. We also spoke with the ever-charming Jens Lekman, whose new album finds him embracing his age.
In comedy, catch our interview with Jim Gaffigan as we peel back the lazy-guy attitude and take a closer look at his jam-packed lifestyle in stand-up. Grab the issue to read up on why, in a time of fervent and changing political climate, Gaffigan embraces performing to a politically diverse crowd.
Next time you're headed to your nearest coffee shop, concert venue or record store, be sure to grab the latest issue of Exclaim!, or track down one of our many street boxes in your town. Online, you can find our web exclusive interviews with artists such as Kid Koala, Little Simz, Allison Crutchfield and Japandroids, but to get up to speed with all of our interviews, pick up a copy of our March issue now.