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The All-American Rejects

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The All-American Rejects
Leslie Simon gets on the bus and dodges manly girls, Hatorade drinkers and beer bottles with Oklahoma’s hit sensation to find a whole lotta life outside of the indie scene. And to think it all started with a 17-year-old high-school girl. 

Dropkick Murphys
Journalist fright, transvestites and flaming pubic hair. These are the Dropkick Murphys’ stories, and they’re sticking to ’em. The rock of the Irish starts here. 

Thrice
America’s finest emo-rock mathematicians have as much in common with Duran Duran as they do with Metallica. Jason Pettigrew sorts through the weirdness (and the time changes). 

Brand New
If you expected “Ewan McGregor And A Summer At Home” from Merrick, New York’s finest, you’re severely deluded. See, the band’s name says it all. 

A Coupla Thousand Words‘ Worth: A.P.‘S PHOTO SPECIAL
You hear about what our writers are thinking every month. This time, we show our photographers the love. Chapman Baehler, Phil Mucci, Chrissy Piper and Scott Smallin share their favorite pix, histories and advice on what to do if this kinda life looks interesting to you. Plus, check out the winning entries from our photo contest!

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INCOMING LETTERS 

New Releases 
Before you can buy ’em, we preview new discs from Jane’s Addiction, Yellowcard, Paint It Black, the Starting Line, Erase Errata and Pretty Girls Make Graves; find out what Something Corporate, Hatebreed and the Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison are doing In The Studio; and list over 100 new CDs to “swing, swing” to as this summer heats up. 

Wiretapping
The A.P. Poll asks if cover songs make smash hits; a massive new compilation proves ska’s not dead; Deftones crack us up; S.T.U.N. corrode conformity; Mest go to Disney World; Every Time I Die get hungry like the, uh, speedwolf; Bad Brains revisit their greatest riffs; and Disclothesure turns us on to 31 Corn Lane and the latest canvas couture. 

Screenings
Ben Foster takes the path less traveled in Northfork, and Angela Bettis wants to be your best friend in May; meanwhile, Now Showing scoops the latest movies heating up theaters and DVD players. 

Low Profile 
Vendetta Red strive; Motion City Soundtrack survive; the Kills come alive; plus nine more bands you need to know in the Lowdown. 

Reviews
The friendly staff at the A.P. Record Store fill you in on new releases from Poison The Well, Blur, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Metallica, Mogwai, Rufio and more; the Dandy Warhols and Year Of The Rabbit grace us with In-Store Sessions; plus, Reissues, and we give Deftones the review they deserve in Backpedal. 

10 Essential Instrumental Metal Albums
These 10 rock heavyweights prove you don’t need to sing about Satan to make an unholy racket. Heck, you don’t need to sing at all.

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