Not Waving Talks About Being a Punk in a Dance World Who Is Just Trying to Make Pop Music

“I really hate dance music and the way it’s made,” Not Waving (a.k.a. Alessio Natalizia) tells Exclaim! “I wouldn’t want to consider myself a dance producer at all.”   It might seem like a strange statement from a man who regularly plays clubs and electronic festivals all over the world,… Read more“Not Waving Talks About Being a Punk in a Dance World Who Is Just Trying to Make Pop Music”

​Big K.R.I.T. Seeks Happiness on '4eva Is a Mighty Long Time'

Big K.R.I.T. will likely win over throngs curious new fans with “Keep the Devil Off,” the gospel-infused single from his latest album 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, his first in three years. Meanwhile the LP’s other recent single, “Confetti,” has enough car references and braggadocio to satiate the Mississippi… Read more“​Big K.R.I.T. Seeks Happiness on '4eva Is a Mighty Long Time'”

Wolf Eyes' John Olson Tells Exclaim! How He Became the King of Instagram Memes

In 2015, veteran Detroit noise outfit Wolf Eyes announced plans to release a new album on Jack White’s Third Man Records imprint. To celebrate the unlikely alliance, the group did a takeover Third Man’s Instagram account that ultimately ended in some chaotic shitposting. While it was a funny stunt to… Read more“Wolf Eyes' John Olson Tells Exclaim! How He Became the King of Instagram Memes”

Five Gifts to Get a Tragically Hip Fan This Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, the rush to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones looms ever closer. That’s why we’re back with our annual Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve previously given our suggestions for box sets, vinyl reissues and cassettes, and keep this page bookmarked for the rest our seasonal suggestions. Canada’s still mourning the loss Tragically… Read more“Five Gifts to Get a Tragically Hip Fan This Holiday Season”

Four Perfect Gifts for the Music Gear Aficionado in Your Life

Holiday shopping season is swooping in and Exclaim! is here to help make this year’s festive gift-giving experiences a little bit easier. To ensure that you get the entertainment-obsessed loved ones in your life a present that’s as exciting and interesting as they are, we’ve put together a list the… Read more“Four Perfect Gifts for the Music Gear Aficionado in Your Life”

​Margo Price Takes Her Country to Task on 'All American Made'

Margo Price is cruising around the west side Nashville in her pickup truck when she answers my call. Her new album, All American Made, was written on the road, from tour buses to snowed-in hotel rooms. It takes the intimate introspection her debut and flips it — reflecting on everything… Read more“​Margo Price Takes Her Country to Task on 'All American Made'”

Five Noteworthy Facts You May Not Know About Converge

Converge are in the unique position being “a high school band that never broke up,” as guitarist Kurt Ballou told Berklee College Music during a talk on the making their 2001 album, Jane Doe. As the band members grew up, so did their creative outlet, which simultaneously inspired and fostered… Read more“Five Noteworthy Facts You May Not Know About Converge”

These Box Sets Are Perfect Gifts for the Music Lover in Your Life

With the holiday season approaching, things can get a little hectic — thankfully, Exclaim! is here to help make this year’s festive gift-giving experience a little bit easier. To ensure that you get the entertainment-obsessed loved ones in your life a present that’s as exciting and interesting as they are,… Read more“These Box Sets Are Perfect Gifts for the Music Lover in Your Life”

The Dap-Kings Go Deep on the Loss of Sharon Jones and Final Album 'Soul of a Woman'

Gabriel Roth first encountered Sharon Jones about 20 years ago, when he organized a Lee Fields recording session and was expecting a trio backup singers to help him augment a track. Only one them showed up.   “She said, ‘Why pay three, when you can pay me?’” he recalls, laughing… Read more“The Dap-Kings Go Deep on the Loss of Sharon Jones and Final Album 'Soul of a Woman'”

These Vinyl Reissues Are Great Gifts for the Record Collector in Your Life

The holiday season is only a few weeks away. Before you rush f to pick up some presents, make sure to check out Exclaim!’s Holiday Gift Guide, which we will be rolling out in daily instalments this month. Earlier this week, we kicked things f by showcasing some the year’s best… Read more“These Vinyl Reissues Are Great Gifts for the Record Collector in Your Life”

Quicksand Explain How They Healed Old Wounds to Create Their First Album in 22 Years

Five years ago, NYC post-hardcore legends Quicksand reformed after acrimoniously calling it quits in the late ’90s, following the release two acclaimed albums: 1993’s Slip and 1995’s Manic Compression. There never was a guarantee that the band would release a new album, but thankfully, last year they found time to… Read more“Quicksand Explain How They Healed Old Wounds to Create Their First Album in 22 Years”

Julien Baker Turns Pain Into Spiritual Balm on 'Turn Out the Lights'

“I know I put all myself into it,” Julien Baker says on the phone from her home in Murfreesboro, TN — as if that’s not immediately apparent upon first listen her sophomore album, Turn Out the Lights.   The new songs, like those on her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle, are… Read more“Julien Baker Turns Pain Into Spiritual Balm on 'Turn Out the Lights'”

Julien Baker Turns Pain Into Spiritual Balm on 'Turn Out the Lights'

“I know I put all myself into it,” Julien Baker says on the phone from her home in Murfreesboro, TN — as if that’s not immediately apparent upon first listen her sophomore album, Turn Out the Lights.   The new songs, like those on her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle, are… Read more“Julien Baker Turns Pain Into Spiritual Balm on 'Turn Out the Lights'”

Maylee Todd Reshaped Her Vision for 'Acts of Love' After a Crisis of Faith

Maylee Todd is in a phase reinvention. In other words, it’s business as usual for the Toronto-based singer-songwriter and multi-disciplinary artist. New album Acts Love is the followup to 2013’s Escapology and leans heavily on soulful R&B grooves.   But there was a moment, a few years back, when she… Read more“Maylee Todd Reshaped Her Vision for 'Acts of Love' After a Crisis of Faith”

Julien Baker Turns Pain Into Spiritual Balm on 'Turn Out the Lights'

“I know I put all myself into it,” Julien Baker says on the phone from her home in Murfreesboro, TN — as if that’s not immediately apparent upon first listen her sophomore album, Turn Out the Lights.   The new songs, like those on her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle, are… Read more“Julien Baker Turns Pain Into Spiritual Balm on 'Turn Out the Lights'”

Converge Left the Best Songs off of 'The Dusk in Us,' and Four Other Facts About Their New Album

The latest record from metalcore pioneers Converge is a raw, merciless slab feedback-charged intensity that sees the band doing what they do best — balancing atmospheric melodies with extreme aggression. Nine records and nearly three decades into their career, the band are still creating invigorating material that inspires countless artists… Read more“Converge Left the Best Songs off of 'The Dusk in Us,' and Four Other Facts About Their New Album”