Presidents, parenthood and punk-rock operas: These are a few of the things ricocheting in the minds of Green Day. Tom Lanham learns how the combined force of world events, personal responsibility and missing master tapes resulted in the trio’s most ambitious recording yet.
While some bands take their audiences for granted, the Bombers are simply thrilled to be here. Fortunately, they rock as hard as they show humility.
They’re not new-wave revivalists, and they have no desire to ignore their friends. Which means everything you know about the Faint is wrong.
For years, this New England metalcore unit have left indelible marks on America’s underground. On their new album, they’ve raised the bar for lesser acts to smash their foreheads on, in failure.
When Irish eyes are smiling-and riling-it’s because this Irish, SoCal punk septet are rocking loud and proud.
These Chicago posi-hardcore lifers don’t want to preach, but they do expect you to think for yourself.
Aimee Echo and her band went from new wave to a new way of surviving music-business machinery. Life is sweet.
THE GOOD LIFE
Songwriter Tim Kasher is looking to expand his musical worldview, with a little help from his friends and some beverages. But what about Cursive?
HOT ROD CIRCUIT
After years of watching their buds cash in at the punk-rock sweepstakes, HRC are looking to invest the dues they’ve paid.
SEE YOU THIS TRIP: AP’S GUIDE TO FALL FINERY
Our editors can never agree on just when is the best time of the year for movies, music and games, so they’ve decided to put the info out there and let you decide. We dish the dirt on everything from Good Charlotte to Jimmy Eat World, the Explosion to THUG 2, The Life Aquatic to the Blood Brothers’ tour, and loads more.
We head into the studio with Bright Eyes, the Donnas and Reggie And The Full Effect, and get the scoop on 100-plus new discs you’ll be shelling out for this fall.
The AP Poll asks whether bands should reunite once they call it quits; AP goes front-row center for a secret Jimmy Eat World gig; Helmet strap it on again; Leftover Crack deny everything; Less Than Jake go into the monkey business; Letter Kills, Hawthorne Heights and Sleep Station rock Low Profiles; our writer goes home with Funeral For A Friend; and Juliette Lewis Licks us. All that plus gear, gossip and Gravity Games, and we’re barely getting started.
Jonathan Tucker drops a bomb on his latest Criminal activity; Eye Candy’s first-ever TV special-featuring Eliza Dushku, Sean Faris and Samaire Armstrong-tells you who’s gonna be blowing up the small screen this fall; and we preview all the cinematic depth charges going off in theaters and DVD players this month.
Step into the AP Record Store for the skinny on new releases from Hot Water Music, Swingin’ Utters, Minus The Bear, Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez, Har Mar Superstar, Walking Concert, Candiria and more; check out In-Store Sessions with Radio 4 and John Frusciante; plus Reissues, author Neal Pollack on the AP Guest List, and the sounds that get our editors through crunch time in Listening Station.
10 ESSENTIAL MATH-METAL ALBUMS
As if we needed another excuse to write about the Dillinger Escape Plan this month, we put them alongside nine more heavyweights who’ve rewritten the m-word in weird time signatures.