[230.2] Blaqk Audio & The Almost

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COVER STORY:
ROCK ON THE SIDE
featuring BLAQK AUDIO and THE ALMOST

As long as there have been bands, there’s always been that one dude who wants to do something outside the realm he and his bros created. This month, we hang withAFI’sJadePuget andDaveyHavok long enough to examine the circuit-laden heart behind theirBlaqk Audio project, and askUnderoathdrummerAaronGillespie how long until the Almost are famous. In addition, we compiled a list of side-projects initiated by members ofTOOL, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, MxPx, SENSES FAIL, SAY ANYTHING, THE LOCUST and many others to determine what their future holds-as well as the fate of your favorite bands...

SPECIALS
AP’S CLASS REUNION: THE CLASS OF ’97
We head back in time a decade to examine 10 classic albums that shaped the punk of today, including influential discs from Foo Fighters, Blink-182, Deftones, the Get Up Kids and more, and ask some of today’s biggest bands-including the All-American Rejects, New Found Glory, Jack’s Mannequin and Silverstein-to give props to their favorites.

IDOL WORSHIP
While attending Coachella this year, Circa Survive’s ANTHONY GREEN was too scared to introduce himself to PERRY FARRELL of Jane’s Addiction and Satellite Party. This month, we gave him the mano a mano hookup with the alt-rock icon, proving AP doesn’t suck as much as the Circa message board thinks we do...

FEATURES:
AGAINST ME!
Tom Gabel’s anarcho-punk pirate ship now might have a corporate logo on its bow, but the passion and energy he puts into his music is something that simply can’t be bought.

TEGAN AND SARA
If they were roommates they’d kill each other. But as creative foils, the Quin sisters are reaching personal artistic highs together.

JOB FOR A COWBOY
What do you call a band from out of nowhere that’s powerful enough to reanimate death metal’s corpse, but unable to legally buy alcohol? Start with “effin’ amazing” and work your way up.

CARTEL
Atlanta’s pop princes set the scene alight without even playing a note. Actually, it’s where they chose to record those notes that’s got Emo Nation on high terror-alert.

SECTIONS
INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE

OPINION
Rich Balling, “the Nightingale” vocalist for the Sound Of Animals Fighting and editor of Revolution On Canvas Vol. 1 & 2, presents a back-to-school PSA in Op-Ed; and everyone from Circa Survive to Hellogoodbye (and you, of course) tell us if schools should be able to confiscate students’ personal items in the AP Poll.

NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview albums from Aiden, Mae and more; and In The Studio checks up on Avenged Sevenfold, Chiodos and Saves The Day.

WIRETAPPING
Our AP: DIY section knows how difficult it can be to turn your arena-rocking dreams into reality. And our AP: DIY section cares. That’s why this month, it features solid advice and life lessons from people who have been where you are-including members of Modern Life Is War, Throwdown, the Fall Of Troy, Big D And The Kids Table and Eisley along with the techs and other experts who keep ’em running smoothly. AP&R introduces you to eight unsigned acts you should know; Chalkboard Confessional talks inspiration with Ryan Key of Yellowcard; Bridge 9 gets the Label Profile treatment; and Fuse VJ Steven gives a gives us a behind-the-scenes look at SURS in his AP-exclusive Untitled Rock Column.

AP RECOMMENDS
Four out of five AP editors agree not only are Envy On The Coast, You Say Party! We Say Die! and Bomb The Music Industry! good for your iPod, but they’re also good for your health. Try ’em and see!

AP STYLE
Welcome to our spankin’ new AP Style section. Here, we’d love to introduce you to some of the hottest gear burning up our closets. This month, get to know Wrath Arcane and a ton of kick-ass school supplies. Plus, we realize that looking good isn’t just about your duds; it’s also about your ’do... And your makeup... And your nails... You get the picture.

SCREENING
Please turn off all cell phones. Keep talking to a minimum, as not to disturb your fellow readers. Also, be sure to throw away all garbage in the receptacles provided. Now, sit back and enjoy our feature presentation, which includes some quality face time with Kat Von D, Jonah Hill, Dan Fogler and the rest of what’s new and hot in theaters and DVD players this month.

REVIEWS
We know you’re getting ready to move into your dorm room, so we’ve stocked The AP Record Store with the month’s hottest releases to provide the soundtrack to your relocation. Read up on new albums from Atreyu, the Starting Line, Minus The Bear, Municipal Waste, Portugal. The Man, UNKLE, Reel Big Fish, theSTART, Still Remains, Architecture In Helsinki and more; but wait-our In-Store Sessions deliver Sum 41, DevilDriver, John Vanderslice, the Honorary Title and Talib Kweli right to your student union; refresh your memory on Rush and Young Marble Giants in our classic-rock and classic-punk columns to prepare for your radio show; and if that’s not enough to distract you from your studies, we provide Playlist, Collector’s Corner and Listening Station as handy procrastination tools.

10 ESSENTIAL ALBUMS FROM 1987 THAT STILL RULE
There were some killer records that dropped in ’97, but those who don’t pay attention to history are doomed to... Um, something or another (we dunno, we fell asleep in the lecture hall). Anyway, we sent resident Breakfast Club lover Annie Zaleski back in time 20 years to unearth the year’s best records that still deliver 1.21 gigawatts of rock. Or something.