Published Jun 08, 2016Summer's officially here, and with it comes a brand spanking new issue of Exclaim! that's packed to the brim with interviews, reviews and features. This month's edition also marks the annual arrival of our Summer Music Festival Guide, an essential resource heading into what looks to be a crowded festival season.
Gracing our cover this month are Toronto punk-rock golden boys PUP. Inside, the band discuss the vocal cord injury that nearly ended singer Stefan Babcock's career, the relentless ups and downs of life on the road, and the their explosive new album The Dream Is Over.
This month's Timeline charts the history of indie-pop heartthrobs Tegan and Sara, from their humble beginnings dropping acid and writing songs in '90s Calgary to the release of their eighth studio album, Love You to Death. Along the way, we gain key insights from the Quin sisters on everything from the business side of making music to the benefits of taking creative gambles.
In this month's Questionnaire, we discover all that you wanted to know — and some juicy things you didn't expect — about folk-rock space cowboys Whitehorse. Inside, band members Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland discuss celebrity encounters in the men's room, a love of Molly and the time they slept through the chance to have drinks with a music legend.
Specific to our June Issue is our annual pullout Summer Music Festival Guide, which features comprehensive listings of the summer shindigs going down across Canada in the coming months. This year, our guide is chock full of juicy details, from dates to headliners to ticket prices and beyond. Whether you're a wristband collector or a festival virgin, it's a must-read.
In this month's Music School, we took a peek into noise-dance marauders Holy Fuck's basement studio lair. While we were down there, we got a closer look at the band's junk-chic gear setup and got the inside scoop on their melodic new album, Congrats, from members Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh.
In other interviews, we have rising producer Kaytranada giving us a glimpse into the Montreal beat scene that helped birth his kaleidoscopic debut, 99%, while spellbinding protest-pop singer ANOHNI describes the feelings of anger and powerlessness that helped inspire her incendiary new full-length, HOPELESSNESS.
Meanwhile, Hamilton's own Jessy Lanza discusses using nervousness to her advantage on Oh No, Regina singer-songwriter Andy Shauf talks about setting daydreams to music on The Party and Gold Panda reveals how the advice of a Japanese taxi driver helped shape his new album, Good Luck and Do Your Best.
Finally, we talked to Alberta-raised, Toronto-based R&B songstress Tanika Charles about the making of her sizzling new LP, Soul Run, and the feeling of finally letting go and releasing an album into the world. Then, check out our Film page to see what director Whit Stillman has to say about his latest work, and see which movies are hot or not in our regular trailer critique, Trailer Park.
There are also interviews with Daniel Romano, Kristin Kontrol, Beth Orton and many more here at Exclaim.ca, but since there's really nothing that can replace that fuzzy feeling of print in your hands, make sure to head over to your local coffee shop, record store or good old-fashioned street box and grab your copy of this month's Exclaim! today.