Published Aug 27, 2014There's still time for summer reading, but with the return to school and the end of summer vacation time looming, we know it's more important than ever to establish home base — your local coffee shop, bar, record store, music venue, or wherever else. That's why our September issue, which you can find in all these places across Canada now, includes our annual Hangout Handbook. Flip through to find the hidden gems in your neighbourhood, then read our many reviews, interviews and other features on all your favourite artists.
Gracing this month's cover is Halifax native Rich Aucoin. Our cover feature will give you a glimpse into how Aucoin's extensive touring schedule has shaped his career, his role in the Halifax music scene and the inspiration he drew from Saint-Exupéry's children's fiction classic The Little Prince.
The subject of this month's Timeline is Canadian collective the New Pornographers. Our Timeline covers the group's essential releases, their past lineup changes, and the meaning behind their oft-controversial name.
As mentioned, our September issue is home to Exclaim!'s annual Hangout Handbook. We asked Canadian musicians to give us a tour of their hometowns; they showed us all the cheapest bars, the yummiest restaurants, the best record stores and more, highlighting both the tried and true spots and the best-kept secrets of Canada's cities. This year's Hangout Handbook features a tour of Victoria's outdoor highlights from Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers, a guide to Calgary record shopping from Scott Munro of Viet Cong and Rae Spoon's must-see spots in Montreal. You can also learn Factor's favourite place to order a Moscow Mule in Saskatoon, and find the best donut in Ottawa per Kalle Mattson's recommendation.
"Weird Al" Yankovic's song-parodying game has been on-point lately, and we caught up with him to give him this month's Questionnaire. He graciously detailed the highs and lows of his career, his former day job as an accordion teacher and what makes up his ideal Sunday/sundae.
This month's Music School feature explores recording engineer's Jesse Gander's home turf at Rain City Recorders. You can follow Gander from his days of recording our of his parents' home to his current residence at the famous Vancouver studio locale.
The new issue is packed with interviews from buzzed-about artists; you can read all about Alvvays singer Molly Rankin's departure from her Celtic roots and Cold Specks' challenges as a performer. We also spoke with Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler about ongoing tension of being in Death from Above 1979, and Bahamas' Afie Jurvanen about his self-identification with his new record.
You'll also find the usual goldmine of interviews with artists like Spoon, FKA twigs, Shovels & Rope, Tre Mission and many more. Hit a street box, bar or coffee shop to get your hands on Exclaim!'s September issue, across Canada now.