Loved by girls, dissed by middle-aged punks and questioned by rough boys-and all Good Charlotte ever wanted to do was play the music they loved. Jonah Bayer hits the Vans Warped Tour with these Maryland punks and finds there’s more conviction behind GC’s music than in any city courtroom.
Austin, Texas’ entry in the melodic hardcore sweepstakes are taking control of their career every step of the way. Everything they do, they do for you. What are you waiting for?
Crazy time signatures, venomous snakes and child-sized genitals: It’s all in a day’s work for the members of Sweden’s mightiest metal band.
BEATS WORKING: A.P. DRUM SPECTACULAR
Just in time for National Drum Month, A.P. checks out the new drum gear; gets advice from the rhythmic engineers in System Of A Down, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Sleater-Kinney and F.o.N.; visits the world’s fastest drummer; and learns not to fear the programmers.
Since holiday decorations go up earlier every year, we’re giving props to the Pilgrims a month early. Members of Blink-182, Midtown, Flaming Lips, Queens Of The Stone Age, American hi-fi, Shellac and many others pay respect to the holiday retailers haven’t yet fully exploited.
We preview new discs from Botch, Taproot, Koufax, Add N To (X) and more; get in the studio with Team Sleep, Poison The Well and Paint It Black; and look ahead to l00-plus of the fall’s upcoming releases.
Henry Rollins and friends cover Black Flag classics to benefit the West Memphis Three; A.P. bids farewell to Drowning Pool’s Dave Williams; From Autumn To Ashes aim to be Long Island’s biggest export; pro skater Mike Vallely gets in the van with the Rats; Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huckjam pairs action sports with a live soundtrack; the outspoken Buddyhead launches a record label; and we check out new MP3 players. Plus your monthly fill of news, BS and carefully phrased conjecture.
Clare Kramer goes from Buffy’s bad side to The Rules Of Attraction; Now Showing sees Kramer’s new flick and previews three more; CKY kingpin, pro skater and professional Jackass Bam Margera falls down, goes boom, gets paid; and DVD Wrap-Up gives it up for serial killers with various degrees of invulnerability.
The Used defy deity; Time In Malta avoid brevity; and Tiger Army carry on diligently. Plus nine more reasons A&R people have jobs in the Lowdown.
Reviews this issues of new releases by Hot Water Music, downthesun, Beck, Sahara Hotnights, the Pattern, Jurassic 5, Warlocks, Guttermouth, and loads more; Self-Analysis gets an earful from articulate space cadet Tori Amos and emo heartthrobs the Juliana Theory; plus Reissue Redux, Back-Pedal and Pigeonholed.
10 ESSENTIAL BLACK-METAL PARTY STARTERS
Okay, so there ain’t much to celebrate in hell, but these discs’ll get your Halloween party started regardless-and in ways Pink never imagined. Just don’t expect to hear these bands on a Martha Stewart-sanctioned comp sold only at Kmart.