Chris Carrabba earned his reputation playing guitar in scrappy punk bands; today, he’s in rotation on MTV, baring his soul and sounding about as “punk” as Sir Elton John. Ryan J. Downey speaks with the man behind Dashboard Confessional and learns that punk’s not a chip on Carrabba’s shoulder anymore; it’s the heart at the end of his sleeve.
BOX CAR RACER
Moonlighting in post-hardcore with the dark and edgy Box Car Racer, Blink-182 members Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker shelve the poop jokes and the pop-punk and just Armageddon it.
17 YEARS AND STILL JAILBAIT
Publisher Mike Shea reflects on 17 years of A.P. and looks at what it means to be “alternative” in 2002; plus, a guide to some of the funniest and most embarrassing moments in A.P. history.