Published Nov 05, 2014After a relatively quiet summer, the music world has come alive heading towards the end of the year. Of course, all of the must-read musical happenings, not to mention our handy Holiday Gift Guide, can be found in the new issue of Exclaim!, which is out now all across the country. Flip through the pages to uncover a wealth of enticing reading materials including reviews, interviews and other features on your favourite artists.
Dynamic duo Run the Jewels grace our cover this month. The unlikely pair of Killer Mike and El-P first caught the attention of hip-hop heads last year, and have only continued to rise to the top of the hip-hop heap since. Our feature explores their rapidly growing fanbase, the formation of their partnership and finding common ground in working together on their sophomore effort RTJ2.
The musical accomplishments of Canadian composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend are explored in this month's Timeline feature. From the crushing brutality of Strapping Young Lad to the impressive diversity of his recent work with the Devin Townsend Project, our Timeline explores the numerous different projects the talented musician has worked on in a career spanning over 20 years.
As the holidays draw nearer, our annual Obsessives Guide returns to give you some ideas for your shopping list this year. It'ss packed full of pop culture gifts for all sorts of tastes, so be sure to take a look at our hot tips for the readers, watchers, listeners and doers in your life.
Johnny Marr has kept himself busy long since the dissolution of English legends the Smiths; read about his interest in psychogeography, how Patti Smith changed his life and which celebrities he met at Jane Fonda's house in this month's Questionnaire. This month's Music School feature explores Echo Lake, a dedicated studio space 25 minutes east of Halifax. Built by singer-songwriter Jenn Grant and her husband, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Ledwell, the studio's collection of gear is steadily growing for use by those interested in Ledwell's production techniques.
The new issue is packed with interviews from other buzzed-about artists; in our one-page feature Jessie Ware describes balancing her artistic career with her recent marriage, while At the Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg speaks on the magical realism on the group's first record in 19 years, At War With Reality. Hey Rosetta!'s Tim Baker describes the band's patient approach to their latest effort, Second Sight, while Toronto trio Absolutely Free talk about their experimental endeavours in writing music. We also spoke with Detroit native Black Milk about his lyrical growth on his seventh studio record, and Pierre Kwenders about the eclectic nature of his debut, Le Dernier Empereur Bantou.
Keep an eye on the site for web-exclusive interviews with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Fuck the Facts, Jess Reimer and many more. These and other conversations will hit the web in the weeks to come, but to read it all now, track down a street box or head to your favourite concert venue, local coffee shop or record store to get your hands on Exclaim!'s November issue now.