Miracle Fortress, Sloan, Panda Bear and Fleet Foxes Help Fill the Pages of Exclaim!'s New May Issue

Miracle Fortress, Sloan, Panda Bear and Fleet Foxes Help Fill the Pages of Exclaim!'s New May Issue
The latest issue of Exclaim! is hitting the streets across Canada, and that means a lot of new content is here at Exclaim.ca. Read on to find out what's new for the month of May.

Gracing our cover this month is Graham Van Pelt, the man behind Miracle Fortress. He talks to us about his latest release Was I the Wave? and how he's been dealing with all of the (much-deserved) attention he's getting.

Over in our Questionnaire section, Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly answers a whole slew of questions and tells us about the band's newest album, No Devolución, his obsession with paper art and how he still loves Godspeed You! Black Emperor even though they have some real beef with Thursday.

Did you know that this past February Sloan celebrated 20 years since their very first gig together? Pretty huge! So it's only fitting then that they be the subject of our May Timeline. Check out the piece to follow the band from even before that first performance to right now, when they're getting ready to release their tenth album The Double Cross later this month.

In our Interviews section, we got to talking to tUnE yArDs lady Merrill Garbus about her sophomore album whokill and what it's like going from performing at open mics and coffee shops to touring with a backup of horn players. We also talked to Will Sheff of Okkervil River, who told what it was like recording their sixth release I Am Very Far without co-producer Brian Beattie, among other things.

In more new-release talk, the man behind Panda Bear, Noah Lennox, chatted with us about his album Tomboy and dealing with the pressure of putting out new records. And while Fleet Foxes fans everywhere finally have the band's Helplessness Blues, we chatted with frontman Robin Pecknold about their unexpected catapult into fame. We also interviewed Raphael Saadiq, who had a thing or two to say to everyone who calls his style of R&B "retro."

As for Music School this month, the lovely Allison Outhit of Ask Allison hands the reins over to Matthew Barber to answer a question about going from a righty to a lefty (as a guitar player, that is). Then over in What I Play, we talk to cello player Cris Derksen, who tells us what it was like playing on stage with Kanye West. And in Need to Know, we give you some tips on insurance, musician style.

If it's videogames that you're looking for, though, we catch up with pixel artist Craig Adams to talk about his indie iPhone game Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.

Finally, we all know that spring is the time that all of those killer summer festival announcements start coming out. So we have our annual Summer Music Festival Guide up so that you can stay up to date on all upcoming fest happenings.

Be sure to explore Exclaim.ca for tons more content, including album premieres, videos, news, and a bunch of film, concert and music reviews.