Published Oct 04, 2017As fall weather descends upon us, we're reminded of the change that a new season can bring. One thing that we can always count on, though, is new music. And just as the coming season is chock full of incredible live shows and new album releases from some of your favourite musicians, the latest issue of Exclaim! is brimming with artist interviews, album reviews and features on what's new and worthy of your time. To get the full scoop, you're going to want to grab a physical copy of your own, but for now, here's a look into what you'll find inside the pages of our October issue.
First, travel through Beck's pop prism as the artist discusses his infectiously upbeat new record Colors, feeling misunderstood and the kinship between him and Pharrell Williams in our latest cover story. On trying to tap into the feeling of joy through his music, Beck claims that "it's that sort of cliché that comedy's harder than drama. For something to have buoyancy and lightness, it can't be weighed down by certain things. But at the same time, sometimes that weight is what gives something substance, so you're fighting this dynamic of trying to put something very heartfelt and true into something that needs to have a lightness to it."
Our October Timeline centres on the multitalented Wyclef Jean, a rapper, producer and musician whose career has spanned over the past two decades. From his rise to fame alongside Lauryn Hill in rap group the Fugees to his current life as a solo artist and the recent release of his eighth album, The Carnival Vol. III: The Fall & Rise of a Refugee, our timeline delves deep into the life of the Haitian-born artist. While you'll have to grab a copy of our print edition to read the Timeline in full, you can check out five noteworthy facts you may not know about Wyclef Jean now.
Having just released Wonderful Wonderful, the Killers' first new album in five years, frontman Brandon Flowers chatted with Exclaim! as the subject of our monthly Questionnaire. And with the release of Weaves' long awaited sophomore record Wide Open inching ever closer, we sat down with Jasmyn Burke and Morgan Waters of the Toronto quartet to talk about their songcraft and seemingly nonstop creative energy.
Elsewhere in the October issue, Exclaim! was offered a glimpse inside the home and mixed media studio of Lido Pimienta, where she created her Polaris Prize-winning album La Papessa, Californian artist Chelsea Wolfe discussed her clangourous fifth studio record Hiss Spun, Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Mo Kenney talked about the celebratory tone of her intimate third album The Details and Chris Hannah of Winnipeg punk outfit Propagandhi divulged about the balancing act of being a middle-aged punk on seventh LP Victory Lap.
Keyboardist and composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, R&B star Kelela and Canadian indie darling Emily Haines also lent their voices to the October issue, discussing everything from self-discovery, to giving voice to complexity to the never-ending hunger to create.
Over in the film industry, directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris give us an inside look into their film Battle of the Sexes; loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (played by Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). And while another TIFF has come and gone, you can relive some of the fest's best, like Breathe and The Death of Stalin, in our pages of TIFF reviews.
This issue also features a ton more reviews and interviews — METZ, Leikeli47, Antibalas, Counterparts, Moses Sumney and Phoebe Bridgers among them — but you'll have to grab a copy to see it all. Whether you're out at a show, relaxing in a coffee shop, browsing through a record store or simply walking around your neighbourhood, be sure to pick up a fresh copy of Exclaim!'s October magazine for yourself.