This is not your brother’s Weezer: Dave Daley traces the career trajectory of Rivers Cuomo & Co. to discover how a seemingly forgotten major-label pop band ignited a fervent underground scene.
Explore the dark side in Close-Up with Azure Skye, who plays a spider alongside Warren Beatty in Town And Country. And get a load of Blow, Along Came A Spider, Josie & The Pussycats and other cinematic delights; plus, a preview of this summer’s flock of sequels.
Meet the rising superstar from the Berlin-Toronto underground axis whose mouth you don’t want kissin’ yo’ mama.
GET YOUR AXE IN GEAR
In A.P.’s annual guitar special, we solicit advice from Fear Factory, Bratmobile, Taproot and Lloyd Cole And The Negatives while scoping the gear landscape to find new products that will make you achieve perfect sound forever.
Scotland’s post-rock ambassadors trade their soundscapes for bold new adventures in songwriting. Todd Hutlock finds out-after a few pints, mind you.
Warped Tour and Ozzfest announce line-ups; Powerman 5000 bend time and space in the studio; Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland gives Big Dumb Face; Mike Patton bungles into yet another band; ponder if Oberlin, Ohio is the next Seattle; There And Back with Greg Dulli and the Afghan Whigs; and then explain at the Top Of The Charts why music you can hold in your hand will always be cooler than an MP3.
Whaddaya mean you’ve never heard of New Found Glory, Aterciopelados, Vladislav Delay, Flybanger, Amy Correia and the New Year? Check out more new sound-slingers in The Lowdown.
Reviews this issue of new releases by Sepultura, Alpha, Creeper Lagoon, bFrederiksen & The Bastards, Aceyalone, Earth Crisis, Black Halos, Idlewild, Kristin Hersh and many more; Self-Analysis gets an earful from cock-rock revivalists Buckcherry, sampladelic surrealists Matmos and underground-rap badass MF Doom; Origins Of Cool revisits My Bloody Valentine’s landmark album, Loveless; and reviews of reissues.
SNAG THE SWAG!
Everybody likes free stuff. You’re no different.
10 ESSENTIAL BREAKUP ALBUMS
You’re hurting, so you might as well play something to drown out your blubbering.