IN THE RAG
Fall Out Boy
They came from the Midwest, playing songs with hooks so ridiculously catchy, you can’t beat them out of your head with a crowbar. Today, it’s secondary schools, but tomorrow, Fall Out Boy just might rule the frickin’ earth.
Neither death nor dissention nor dishevelment could crush Jim Ward’s conviction to his art. Sparta remain firmly earthbound, other planets be damned.
They’ve been around for 25 years, but they’re far less embarrassing than the Sex Pistols. And with Dubya in the White House, rest assured these punk-rock lifers won’t be sitting on their laurels, chatting about “the good ol’ days.”
and the bastardsThe Rancid guitarist takes some time from roarin’, whorin’ and scorin’ a driver’s permit to chat with AP’s chief-editor guy about his new album, the importance of family and how, after all these years, he’ll still fuck you up if he has to.
My Chemical Romance
If “selling out” means writing songs about bizarre fetishes, violent murders and gay sex, well, we hope the men of MCR will let us polish the chrome on their Bentleys. (Literally, not metaphorically...)
Their brand of punk is like one of those baseballs Bugs Bunny pitches that comes back to him, covered with stickers from different countries. Hey, it’s better than dealing with airport security.
RK are some of the coolest musical shapeshifters currently operating in the American underground. And with that much ambition, who wouldn’t want to expand their audience past ironic indie-rockers?
This long-running Christian metalcore outfit have reconvened with a new label, a new lineup and a cheery concept album about the death of God. You will listen, Maker-damn you.ten, Maker-damn you.
Strike a pose with these boys of summer. Who knew grown men pretending to be mannequins could look so good?
We go In The Studio with Simple Plan, Green Day and Hot Water Music, and preview over 100 new CDs we hope won’t have those stupid FBI anti-piracy labels on them this summer.
The AP Poll gets some work done with the latest craze in plastic surgery; Northstar, Name Taken and Hot Cross rock Low Profiles; we learn how to sneak backstage at a New Found Glory show; Converge’s vocalist tells us how not to sound like him; Thrice, Thursday, Taking Back Sunday and others unite for a cancer benefit; Disclothesure bags it all up; and AP wraps up Coachella. All that plus games, gear, and good advice on how not to lose your shirt as a songwriter-and that’s just for starters.
Dallas Roberts has the whole World in his hands; Karl Urban was Bourne for Hollywood. Eye Candy rides the wave with Riding Giants; Now Showing takes cover in an air-conditioned igloo and chills out with the coolest cinematic ice cap crashing through theaters and DVD players.
The AP Record Store is the only place to get the scoop on new releases from Taking Back Sunday, Authority Zero, !!!, Underoath, Wilco, the X-Ecutioners and more; get behind the music via In-Store Sessions with Beastie Boys and Eighteen Visions; get your classic-rock fix in the latest edition of I Don’t Know, Ask That Guy; learn what’s up with recent reissues and rarities in Collector’s Corner; and see which eight discs our editors are rocking nonstop in Listening Station.
10 ESSENTIAL Whoever coined the term “sophomore jinx” surely never heard these 10 classic second albums-and we’re happy to rub their nose in it this month.
AP 193 featuring Fall Out Boy, Sparta, Bad Religion, My Chemical Romance, Lars Frederiksen, Rilo Kiley, and Zao
IN THE RAG