100 BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN 2011
Pop bands? Check. Metal to the core? Affirmative. Intrinsically indie? We got ‘em. Welcome to AP’s annual guide to the sweetest sounds of the next 12 months. Our motto this year was “no genre left behind,” and we’re pretty sure we’ve compiled enough of them here to give your hard-drive some heft while curling your toes in the process. And if you don’t like any of it, feel free to throw away the magazine, let a hairbrush be your microphone and proceed to lip-synch in the mirror to “Tik Tok.”
BLACK VEIL BRIDES
Don’t tell Andy Six he can’t like Alkaline Trio and Mötley Crüe—unless you want a stiletto boot heel thrust into your eye.
Their sound may be modern, but their work ethic is as old-fashioned and honest as you can get.
DESTROY REBUILD UNTIL GOD SHOWS
Former bandmates, critics and message-board warriors thought Craig Owens was over and done with. With a new top-flight band and an even better attitude, the singer has returned to spell it all out for you.
I SEE STARS
The Michigan-based synth 'n' scream team are coming for your ears, heart and merch money--in that order.
It doesn’t matter to Sierra Kusterbeck whether she breaks your heart or your face. Her band’s electroplated pop is guaranteed to make you feel something…
COLLECT ’EM ALL!
It’s called a “set” for a reason, and you just won’t have a complete one unless you pick up all three covers for this year’s 100 Bands You Need To Know edition of AP. C’mon, what else are you gonna collect? Those tiny pencils you keep score with at the miniature golf course?
OP-ED:THE SWELLERS' Jonathan Diener
NEW RELEASES & IN THE STUDIO
Featuring advice and inside information from SENSES FAIL, PIERCE THE VEIL, DEFEATER, MSWHITE and more.
Spring has officially sprung at the AP Record Store, with new releases from YELLOWCARD, DANCE GAVIN DANCE, RIVAL SCHOOLS, EISLEY, AARON GILLESPIE, DROPKICK MURPHYS, PROTEST THE HERO, SCREECHING WEASEL, GO RADIO, THE HUMAN ABSTRACT, THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, UNWRITTEN LAW, MARITIME and more.
10 ESSENTIAL COVER STAR COLLABORATIONS
Over the course of our 273 issues, a number of cover stars have teamed up for some truly memorable tunes. Check out our favorites!