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    Welcome Adore Delano to AP 358

    Welcome Adore Delano to AP 358

    OFFICIAL AP PRIDE ISSUE

    Drag superstar Adore Delano’s punk AF attitude is changing everything—and you’re next

    After being launched into the greater consciousness via stints on American Idol and Drag Race, vocalist/performer Adore Delano has become as fierce as any mosh pit, fueled by both a massive, dedicated fanbase and the overarching need to get things done on her terms only.

    READ MORE: Adore Delano talks second coming out: Her heavy-rock album ‘Whatever’

    After making two albums of electronic-based dance music that made her a club staple, Delano said “eff it” and made Whatever, doing away with the pop and doubling down on the guitar rock that influenced her in her teens when she was devoted to Marilyn Manson and grunge gods Nirvana.

    She’s punk AF and is merrily disrupting the drag scene she came up through while carving her nails in the current veneer of rock ’n’ roll. Despite coming from a world that routinely celebrates artifice, Delano’s not afraid of speaking her truth, whether it’s about her ongoing legal battles, what the dating scene is like for a queen, the impact Trump's immigration crackdown is having on her family (“I have foster tías on my mom’s side who could be affected by everything.”) or the convoluted politics of her mentor RuPaul.

    Earlier this year, in a profile for The Guardian, RuPaul disclosed that he likely would not allow a trans contestant who’d had gender confirmation surgery or begun medically transitioning to compete on his VH1 reality television competition show, RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Adore, who competed on the show’s sixth season and narrowly missed taking the crown, tells AltPress, “…seeing that the fans are getting younger and younger, and the culture of drag is becoming a lot more accepting, it’s a really fucked-up way of thinking. Drag really starts with trans women. Those comments are very cringe-y, and every time (RuPaul) says something like that, I end up on the phone with some of my homegirls from the show and I’m like, ‘Girl… she needs to chill.’”

    Get on the ride, and don’t get left behind. Check out tons more in the issue - on sale now - click it or ticket! 

    ALSO IN THE ISSUE:

    In this LGBTQ-themed issue, we’re here to report that ROCK ’N’ ROLL HAS ALWAYS BEEN QUEER, from Little Richard in the ’50s to Bowie and Queen in the ’70s and Laura Jane Grace, Julien Baker and Limp Wrist reigning in today’s continuum of today’s pansexual performers. Celebrate and congratulate, accordingly. In addition, this month’s 10 ESSENTIAL column picks resonant songs to show your pride, while TRASH BOAT’s Tobi Duncan encourages everyone to find their true identity in IT GOT BETTER.

    This month’s 10 TOPICS finds AGAINST THE CURRENT’s Chrissy Costanza hating on tanning, arrogant people and gross microphones—but loving Bon Jovi.

    Instead of sitting all of them down for a standard interview, we asked the members of pop-punk wunderkinds STATE CHAMPS to reveal their individual mythologies in their own words. From betting on dreams to accidentally discovering the scene, these guys are living proof that good things can happen in the name of pop punk. Not to mention we’ve got some adorable personal photos you don’t want to miss out on.

    This month, we are LIGHTING THE FUSE, setting our sights on 10 new bands poised to shake things up in 2018 and beyond. Deep in our heart, we know that THE ACESBOSTON MANORI DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND METILLIEGRAYSCALE and more are ready to blow up your boredom.

    In ALBUM ANATOMY, Korn frontman JONATHAN DAVIS reveals how his debut solo album, Black Labyrinth, took him 10 years to make and what he did to himself to finish it.

    For this installment of AP ARCHIVES, MARILYN MANSON goes WestworldKURT COBAIN gets remembered and JEFFREE STAR asks, “Can you dig it?”

    Welcome The Boys of Palaye Royale to AP 357

    Welcome The Boys of Palaye Royale to AP 357

    Palaye Royale—Sebastian Danzig, Remington Leith and Emerson Barrett—spent their pre-teen years as a highly groomed boy band. But then the tight-knit trio shifted gears and got woke to the multi-faceted legacy of swaggering rock ’n’ roll to make their own rock/fashion/art convergence a reality. Building the band hasn’'t been easy—the siblings have lived through homelessness, lack of money and respect, and ignorant misconceptions—although it hasn’'t fazed the boys and their devoted fans, the Soldiers of the Royal Council. Today, the Palaye Royale movement is gaining momentum, and the brothers are spending every waking moment manifesting their dream (and executing an ambitious five-year plan) with laser-guided focus. Get on board with the band’'s modern rock ‘'n’' roll circus or hop off now. Get the full scoop in our latest issue.

    READ MORE: The time Palaye Royale didn’t look like they “belonged” at Warped Tour

    ALSO IN THE ISSUE:

    PANIC! AT THE DISCO CEO Brendon Urie reveals his plan B, ponders half of a perfect day and admits the Beatles were right all along for our 10 TOPICS feature.

    There was a time when STATE CHAMPS’ Tyler Szalkowski wasn’t the coolest guy in the room—and he wants you to know that. The guitarist opens up about his struggle with his weight throughout his life and his journey to become a healthier person in IT GOT BETTER.

    Blistering New Jersey outfit OLD WOUNDS are mixing beauty with belligerence and lighting new fires in America’s hardcore scene.

    SHARPTOOTH’s Lauren Kashan has seen enough pain, aggravation and idiocy to make her want to scream. And she’s doing it in one of the fiercest hardcore bands out there.

    For this installment of AP ARCHIVES, we’re hanging with MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, getting Kool with RANCID and feeling supersonic with OASIS.

    Life, death and shift work are the not-so-hidden ingredients in PARKWAY DRIVE’s Revereance. Read all about the making of it in ALBUM ANATOMY.

    We’ve got 10 ESSENTIAL bands who are bringing style back to music with an on-point aesthetic.

    And we know you’re too busy to find them, so we got some for you—check out the 12 BANDS we can’t stop listening to this month. Thank us later.

    Welcome Underoath to AP 356

    Welcome Underoath to AP 356

    Underoath started out nearly two decades ago as Christian boys who just wanted to play music that excited them. They built their reputation on uncompromising art and faith-based initiatives only to end up driving wedges between themselves via mental breakdowns, substance abuse and the demands of real life. Now armed with the wisdom of age and the ravenous hunger to further redefine what they started, they’re putting their love and faith into the very thing that got them this far: themselves.

    Get your copy of AP 356 to get the full story on their return and what led to their separation in the first place. Read the full story, only available in AP Issue 356.

    ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

    THE FEVER 333—formed by members of letlive., the Chariot and Night Verses—are dedicating their lives to making music as dangerous as the times we live in. The revolution needs its heroes, so don’t stay at home.

    IDOL WORSHIP - During his teens, NOTHING,NOWHERE. mastermind Joe Mulherin’s vision was significantly shaped by DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL architect Chris Carrabba’s exposed-nerve introspection. Today, both men (now labelmates) are making artistic strides, paying the inspiration forward to listeners all the while. Of course, we had to get them on the phone with each other.

    OUR LYRICS SPECIAL Because lyrics can sometimes convey your soul in ways you simply can’t, here’s to the songs that speak our truths. This month’s special pairs gorgeous images of your favorite bands with some of our favorite words from their songs. Featuring Andy Black, Palaye Royale, Grayscale, New Years Day, the Regrettes, Boston Manor and more!

    IT GOT BETTER As usual, Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive comes correct while writing about her journey toward self-acceptance.

    10 TOPICS Pop songstress LIGHTS discusses songs, poutine, comics and touring—but not Fight Club.

    ALBUM ANATOMY We ask Moose Blood about why they don’t think they can do this anymore.

    10 ESSENTIAL With the triumphant return of Underoath, we thought we’d round up some other bands we’d really, really like to see a follow-up album from. Featuring My Chemical Romance, Jawbreaker, From First To Last, D.R.U.G.S. and more.

    12 BANDS Need a new twist in your sonic sobriety? We got ’em. The 12 up-and-coming bands you need to check out this month.

    Welcome Lynn Gunn of PVRIS to AP 355

    Lynn Gunn of PVRIS

    Lynn Gunn got caught up in the whirlwind of being in a successful band, and it almost carried her far and away from her goals. Now, she’s sharing her travails and breakthroughs in the latest issue of AP.

    While recording PVRIS’ ambitious and ornate All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, Gunn found herself feeling burnt out, overthinking everything and feeling emotionally detached. “I was not happy with where I was at,” she says. “And I knew that if I stayed there, and if I continued to be in that, nothing that we would do from there on out would even matter. We could conquer the world, and if I was in that space, emotionally and mentally, none of it would have meant anything.”

    Gunn goes on to talk about how she took charge of her life and tackled her issues head on. Read the full story, only available in AP Issue 355.

    Also in this issue:

    OUR INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE SPECIAL
    We paired some crucial quotes about determination, introspection and inspiration to photos of the rockers who said them. Consider this our vastly superior version of those boring motivational posters that are really big in office buildings. Let these words from your favorite musicians inspire you when you need it most, including TWENTY ONE PILOTS, THE 1975, PARAMORE, PANIC! AT THE DISCO, HENRY ROLLINS and many more...

    SPEAK LOW IF YOU SPEAK LOVE
    The solo vehicle for State Champs’ Ryan Scott Graham has traversed the realm of music to wander into photography and creative writing. See images and short stories by Graham compiled just for this issue.

    SENSES FAIL
    Buddy Nielsen was an outspoken, shoot-from-the-hip mover and shaker in the early days of 21st century emo. Now he’s replacing bad memories and bad choices with all the light he can find.

    Plus, hardcore’s candidate for the most interesting man alive Keith Buckley of EVERY TIME I DIE ponders small talk with diner employees, the end of Warped and the most rock thing he ever witnessed. Landon Tewers of THE PLOT IN YOU chronicles his quest for bettering himself. We go behind the making of Of Mice & Men’s Defy. We tell you 10 ESSENTIAL characters from songs that you definitely don’t want to date. Trust us. And of course, 12 up-and-coming bands dominating our playlists this month.

    Get all this and more in this month’s AltPress!

    Welcome Awsten Knight of Waterparks to the cover!

    Welcome Awsten Knight of Waterparks to the cover!

    Awsten Knight gets candid about Waterparks’ not-so-overnight success...

    Awsten Knight would rather be cool than be a star. Fortunately, his band of ADD-addled pop-rock marauders have the songs and the disposition to have it both ways. The erratic but loveable frontman gets candid about Waterparks’ not-so-overnight success (despite what the haters might think), why he’s over dudes being pleasantly surprised by their music and the reason the band wasted no time releasing their sophomore album.

    Also this month: Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall has always exuded an aura of extreme positivity and confidence. Now, she’s ready to tell the truth. In her interview with AltPress, she’s frank about the health problems that have affected her life in recent years—and the eating disorder she developed because of them. She’s sharing her reality, in the hopes that knowledge might help others, as well as accelerate her own personal healing. Plus, Frank Iero of the Patience discusses roasting his fans, reflecting on tragedy and revealing his feelings on the “R” word.

    And don’t forget: This month marks the debut issue of our new format print magazine. It’s a bigger size, with nicer paper and richer photography in an effort to create the truly collectable book our community deserves. Check it out!