Furious but not frustrated; Christian but not clear-cut; fun-loving but not f’d up: Florida’s brightest post-hardcore hopefuls came to play, plain and simple, and they’re inviting you along for the ride.
BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL
Rock ’n’ roll high school! Class warfare! School of rock! Since all the bad plays-on-words have already been used, we’re giving it to you straight: AP hand-picks the gear you need to survive the end of summer, and gets some of our favorite musicians to dish about the highs and lows of their own school days-bad yearbook photos and all.
BOYS NIGHT OUT
Middling morons, miserable misogynists or metal-punk mongrels? With an ambitious new concept album and a diverse new lineup, BNO are proving the truth is definitely none of the above.
On their new album, this band of rockin’ warriors have finally chewed off the umbilical cord connecting them to SoCal metalcore. Now, they’re spitting the pieces back at the scene.
THE ACADEMY IS...
... waiting to take over the scene, with strong songs, sharp attitudes and more than a few famous fans.
The ‘wise men have been around longer than you’ve been going to Warped Tour, and they’ll still be here after you’ve discovered the Bravery.
Tales of rape, mass castration, self-immolation and female empowerment: Are concept albums the new punk rock?
Whether the topic of conversation is friends or musical gear, the members of Limbeck will tell you that old things are the best things.
Who says you can’t rock Sonic Youth and Def Leppard? Pelican make rock that engages your brain-while you’re bangin’ it.
The only thing bigger than the Murphs’ bar tab is the mile-long trail of hearts their music has touched.
After hitting the rock ’n’ roll treadmill non-stop with Something Corporate, Andrew McMahon needed to step back and re-evaluate things. Hey, he ain’t no dummy...
Rancho Cucamonga‘s finest have grown as musicians, and they hope their listeners have done the same.
MINUS THE BEAR
Forget about raising the bar for danceable indie-punk; these Seattle sound-smiths are pushing it through the proverbial roof.
The AP Poll checks with Dead Kennedys, Further Seems Forever and you to see if passing the mic is dangerous; and Simple Plan drummer Chuck Comeau gets RADD in AP Op-Ed.
NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We give you a head start on your back-to-school wish list with previews of new discs from Every Time I Die, Silverstein and more; while In The Studio peeks in on Moneen, Rx Bandits and Between The Buried And Me.
The Briefing serves it up hot and spicy (hold the sour cream, please); Label Profile pays a visit to Tooth & Nail; AP proudly sponsors Moto-X mayhem and Hellfest with the lid off; Low Profile shines the spotlight on Evergreen Terrace, JamisonParker and Bullet Train To Vegas; Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge takes your butt to school; Finch, Death Cab For Cutie, Emanuel, Bleeding Through and the Red Chord share what’s on their minds; and our rockin’ round table assures us You Can DIY.
Steve Carell cashes “it” in for The 40-Year-Old Virgin; Amy Adams deals with mama drama in Junebug; Eye Candy goes behind the lens with director Doug Spangenberg; and Now Showing eats up all the cinematic steak being refrigerated in theaters and DVD players this season.
Whether you love or hate the clerks at the AP Record Store, you can always count on our crew for the straight poop on new releases by From Autumn To Ashes, Bear Vs Shark, the Black Dahlia Murder, the Aquabats, Idlewild, Koufax, OK Go, Bob Mould, the Hurt Process, An Angle, John Vanderslice and more; exclusive In-Store Sessions with Cursive and the Suicide Machines; your monthly dose of rock history’s highs (Gang Of Four) and lows (Journey); and the AP staff’s latest faves in Listening Station.
10 ESSENTIAL CHRISTIAN HARDCORE ALBUMS
Before it became a subculture, Christian hardcore was an oxymoron-and no one knows that better than these 10 acts, who still managed to define the sound regardless.