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Fall Out Boy

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IN THE RAG >>>

COVER STORY:
FALL OUT BOY
You know them, you love them, you loathe them. And the members of Fall Out Boy would probably agree with you on every single point. Prior to the release of their next album, Leslie Simon follows their trail and wonders what the future holds.

THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS
They came out of nowhere (well, central Florida) and started kicking ass and taking names without a lot of difficulty or experience. But Tom Lanham finds that the RJA are bringing more than just neo-pop thrills-they’re bringing some baggage along, as well.

SPECIALS >>>

RE-RUNS ARE OVERRATED: AP’S MID-SEASON TV SPECIAL
Do you have a case of the winter blahs? Not gotten over the cancellation of Smith? Stop searching for Jackass reruns and point your face at the killer talent hitting the small screen this month.

IDOL WORSHIP
Underground electro-whiz Kid 606 offers to run Ministry CEO Al Jourgensen’s 2008 presidential campaign. Okay, okay; we’re kidding. Besides, do you really think giving these guys access to nukes is a good idea?

THE AP’S 2006 READERS POLL RESULTS
Who won? Who lost? Who cares? Why, you do, because you wouldn’t have participated in our online poll in the first place! Did you make up your own mind, or did you fall prey to the spamming requests on your fave band’s website? Did the Despair Faction carve up the grand marshals of the Black Parade? Wanna know what AP cover made the most readers mad? Turn the page, awlreddy!

HOMETOWN HEROES
The people have spoken, and they’ve decided that these 10 unsigned bands are worthy of your time, money and MySpace friend requests. AP readers chose the brightest hopes from their backyards in an effort to support their scenes, as well as securing future told-you-so bragging rights.

SECTIONS >>>

INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE

OPINION
D.O.A. frontman Joe “Shithead” Keithley urges musicians to instigate change in Op-Ed; and everyone from Say Anything to Big D & The Kids Table (and you, of course) tell us if the media provokes school shootings in the AP Poll.

NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview albums from Bloc Party, Rob Crow and more; In The Studio spies on Tiger Army, Bad Brains and Mae.

WIRETAPPING
Our AP: DIY section is an exclusive guide for budding musicians, complete with even more exclusive pointers from rockers who’ve been around the block. This month, we get up close and personal with members of Converge, Brazil, Dredg, Wired All Wrong, Cobra Starship and Good Charlotte, as well as the techs, personal trainers and other experts who keep ’em in shape, musically and otherwise. Elsewhere, we give the monthly Lowdown on Youth Group, Self Against City, I Killed The Prom Queen and others; AP&R introduces you to four unsigned acts you should know; Chalkboard Confessional talks inspiration with WE DON’T KNOW WHO YET; NetMusicMakers.com gets the Company Profile treatment; Disclothesure yearns for electric scissors to better serve Cut + Paste; and Fuse VJ Steven eats a little crow in place of his leftover Thanksgiving turkey in his AP-exclusive Untitled Rock Column.

SCREENING
Anton Yelchin is the alpha male in Alpha Dog, and Now Showing checks out what’s new in theaters and DVD players this month.

REVIEWS
While The AP Record Store did get cosmetically enhanced this month, we assure you we’ll still squeeze in as many reviews as ever, including new albums from the Shins, Only Crime, the New Trust, Of Montreal, Freya, The Good, The Bad And The Queen, Switchfoot, Youth Group, Unwritten Law, Young Love and more; we’ve also wedged in some In-Store Sessions with Dustin Kensrue, Piebald and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; America and The Jesus And Mary Chain get respectively crushed and championed in our classic-rock and classic-punk columns; plus, scope out Playlist, Collector’s Corner and Listening Station for the best of old and new.

10 ESSENTIAL albums of 2006
If our music editor would have his way, this list would be made up of nothing but incredibly earnest records from Midwestern emo bands. Thankfully, the other four of us were able to temporarily overpower him and get our thoughts in edgewise (although it was a tight fit). Check out just who rocked the Casbah in ’06.

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