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TAKING BACK SUNDAY
Anyone who’s seen or heard Taking Back Sunday knows the band were destined to be players in the major-label big leagues. The thing is, no one ever actually expected TBS to make it that far.
REVOLUTIONS PER MOMENT: PUNK’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH VINYL
If there’s one thing all the various subcultures under the punk umbrella can agree on, it’s that vinyl records are way cooler than MP3s. In this special feature, we explore the wax fascination with folks behind the scenes, and troll through the record collections of NEW FOUND GLORY, THE EXPLOSION, SILVERSTEIN and SUGARCULT.
TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET: AP’S ANNUAL SUMMER PRODUCT GUIDE
If we were R. Kelly, we’d write a 53-minute R&B opera about all this amazing swag hitting stores this summer. But if we were R. Kelly, we’d also enjoy peeing on young girls, so...
THE 2006 AP SUMMER PREVIEW
Put on some sunglasses before you get to this page, because this summer is as bright as a bomb blast, with many great discs, tours, games and movies worthy of your time-and wallet.
IDOL WORSHIP: ANDY WILLIAMS & SCOTT IAN
Every Time I Die’s hairiest axe-slinger geeks out in this exclusive interview with his musical hero-who just so happens to be Anthrax’s least hairy axe-slinger.
The inside of your locker just wouldn’t look the same without these poster-style shots. This month: vintage Devo, raging Lostprophets, bloody Aiden and some pimply-faced kid with a JamCam.
ANGELS AND AIRWAVES
Tom Delonge has dreams and goals for his new music. What he doesn’t have is the time or inclination to look back or, for that matter, remain “punk.”
LESS THAN JAKE
For well over a decade, LTJ have been too busy doing their own thing to worry about hopping on trends. Although some of the guys could benefit from a little eyeliner....
PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES
During the making of their defining third album, this Seattle post-punk contingent watched everything crash and burn. Turns out that was just what they needed.
Sweden’s perfect pop practicioners talk it like they walk it. But instead of flipping them off, you might end up chillin’ with them.
New Jersey’s post-hardcore ambassadors had to go through many rings of music-industry and personal hell in the past three years. At the end of it, they came out with nothing short of the best record of their career.
INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE
Duane Peters goes parental in AP Op-Ed; and everyone from Every Time I Die to Norma Jean (and you, of course) go presidential in the AP Poll.
NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview new discs from Plain White T’s, Murder By Death and more; and In The Studio checks in with Sparta, Lamb Of God and mewithoutYou.
We give the monthly Lowdown on Damone, Ambulette and the Like Young; Ferret Music teaches us how to avoid conflict of interest in Label Profile; Chalkboard Confessional discusses music’s healing power with Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate; Sick Of It All turn 20; Lifetime dance, dance their way to a new record label; and You Can DIYgoes over the finer points of starting your own record label.
Amanda Seyfried parties it up with Justin Timberlake (yes, that Justin Timberlake) in Alpha Dog; Patrick Fugit saves the day in The Moguls; Anna Friel goes for the gold-and the super cute dude kicking the soccer ball around in Goal!; plus, Pell James gets rediscovered in The King; and Now Showing checks out what’s new in theaters and DVD players this season.
The AP Record Store gets all opinionated over new releases from Thursday, Saves The Day, Punchline, Sick Of It All, Ministry, Pretty Girls Make Graves, the Streets, Eagles Of Death Metal, the Coup and loads more. None More Black and Rye Coalition drop by for In-Store Sessions; our monthly punk- and classic-rock history lessons tackle Johnny Thunders and Cheap Trick, respectively; and we let you decide which AP staffer has the best (or worst) musical taste in Listening Station.
10 Essential INEXPLICABLE ALBUM CAMEOS
Think it’s unexpected when Gerard Way turns up to sing on an Every Time I Die album? As these discs prove, that’s one of rock history’s easier cameos to explain.