THE STATE OF THE SCENE
What do the music industry and the contemporary punk scene have in common? They're both in a constant state of flux. This month's cover story addresses the state of things, from the myths bands buy into to the realities of DIY to what the future is going to sound like. We spoke with up-and-coming acts as MIKE POSNER, STEREO SKYLINE and YOU, ME AND EVERYONE WE KNOW to learn how they're operating into the music business ever-changing world; checked in with some bands who are making their own rules, such as THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS, OK GO and ACE ENDERS; went forward cautiously and backward fondly with members of SAY ANYTHING, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK and SAVES THE DAY; and checked in with both industry pundits and fans along the way.
Equally adored and hated, the Ohio metal contingent might be the accidental progenitors of polarity rock.â
THE SECRET HANDSHAKE
Luis Dubuc traded his laptop for a stack of 60s soul records. Was it a good deal?
THE ORAL HISTORY OF AP PART TWO
Now with approximately 47 percent more despair, attitude problems and burnout, the second installment of AP's sordid past takes us through the end of alt-rock as we know it to the multi-headed hydra of nu-metal, ending up around the first week of September 2001. And you thought Matt Skiba's new solo record was depressing.
REAL GUITAR HEROES
Six strings, no waiting: It's an AP photo special dedicated to some of the scene's best axe-wielders. Tear your faves out, glue em to the inside of your guitar case and see if the greatness rubs off.