By Scott Heisel
JIMMY EAT WORLD
OUT: Sept. 28
Jimmy Eat World and Mark Trombino: Two great tastes that taste great together. While longtime JEW fans were bummed to see the band acrimoniously part ways with their longtime producer before 2004’s Futures, it appears all fences have been mended, as the former Drive Like Jehu drummer was back behind the controls for JEW’s seventh album. Invented also features guitarist Tom Linton’s return to the mic for the first time since 1999’s “Blister” (he sings lead on “Action Needs An Audience”), as well as frequent Bleed American guest vocalist Rachel Haden, who sings a duet with frontman Jim Adkins on “Stop.” So with all of these pieces lining up, should fans expect Clarity II: Electric Boogaloo? Not exactly, but those who appreciate the band’s more lush, expansive work would do best to start listening to Invented’s B-side before its A-side.
Illuminaudio (EQUAL VISION)
OUT: Oct. 5
Sure, Chiodos have a new frontman (Brandon Bolmer) and a new drummer (Tanner Wayne) making their recorded debuts, but don’t expect Illuminaudio to sound like a completely different band. “The album turned out sounding pleasantly different than our last ones, while still containing the music that identifies us as the same band,” says keyboardist Bradley Bell. “I believe that we have all stepped up to new level of musical abilities, both the old and the new members.” So how did Bolmer handle the recording session? “Our producer, Machine, and I really focused on not just singing a part well, but really feeling it and meaning it,” he explains. “From the first recorded vocal, he was like a boxing coach, inspiring me to be the best I possibly could. He always made sure I meant every word that I sang—and that’s something I will carry with me as long as I do this.” (Photo: Tim Harmon)
The Game Of Monogamy (SADDLE CREEK)
OUT: Oct. 5
While Tim Kasher’s been releasing music for more than a decade—first with Cursive, then with the Good Life—never before has he decided to go the straight-up solo album route. And while fans of his previous work will definitely find things to enjoy on Kasher’s solo debut, you should definitely expect the unexpected—like a harp, for instance. “It’s the first time I’ve ever written for the harp, which is the lone instrument for ‘The Prodigal Husband’ as well as the opening of ‘Monogamy,’” Kasher explains. The singer decamped to a house in Whitefish, Montana, for recording, with Minus The Bear’s Erin Tate contributing drum parts and Cursive touring trumpeter/keyboardist Patrick Newbery co-producing alongside Kasher. “The house I rented in Whitefish had excellent acoustics in the second-floor bedroom, so I bought a twin bed to take up less space and proceeded to record much of the album in that bedroom,” he says. “It had a wonderful view of Big Mountain, which would have been more inspiring if I were interested in anything whatsoever related to mountains.” (Photo: Jess Ewald)
PLAIN WHITE T’S
Wonders Of The Younger (HOLLYWOOD)
OUT: Oct. 19
For Plain White T’s fans wondering what the band have in store on their new album, Wonders Of The Younger, they already snuck a sample out to you back in March—all you had to do was go down the rabbit hole. “Wonders Of The Younger is a very rich, layered production,” says frontman Tom Higgenson. “If you’ve heard our track ‘Welcome To Mystery’ from the Almost Alice compilation, you’ll understand what I mean.” He goes on to mention that bassist Mike Retondo plays (among other things) horns, xylophone and oboe on Younger, and that the album features “a lot of interesting vocal arrangements and harmonies.” The 14-track disc, featuring first single “Rhythm Of Love” as well as “Welcome To Mystery,” “Last Breath” and “Cirque Dans La Rue,” very well could be the Chicago band’s most ambitious work yet. As Higgenson explains, “It has some dark moments, it’s adventurous, and it sounds like nothing you’ve heard before from the T’s. It is a roller coaster ride through your dreams and your imagination. It will excite you.” (Photo: Joseph Cultice)
ESCAPE THE FATE
Escape The Fate (INTERSCOPE)
OUT: Nov. 2
When we asked Escape The Fate frontman Craig Mabbit what to expect on his band’s third album (and major label debut), he shot back immediately with, “I hope you’re hungry cause we’re servin’ up a hot fresh plate of kick-ass with a side of fuck you on this new record!” Well, if there’s one thing Mabbit & Co. have never lacked (besides subtlety), it’s confidence. Assisted by producer Don Gilmore (Atreyu, Linkin Park), ETF have created an 11-song album featuring such tracks as “Zombie Dance,” “City Of Sin” and “Prepare Your Weapon,” all continuing in the band’s down-’n’-dirty punk-metal tradition. “All of us really stepped up and created the album we’ve always dreamed of making,” says Mabbit. “It’s something we step back and listen to and feel proud about. We know you’re going to love every song as much as we do!”
OUT: Nov. 2
Good Charlotte will probably be the first to admit they lost the plot a little with 2007’s Good Morning Revival. But following a few years slogging it out on the road and an aborted recording session with Howard Benson, GC got back to basics with producer Don Gilmore, the same guy they teamed with for their self-titled debut a decade prior. The result? Well, we’ll let Benji Madden tell you. “Our favorite elements of every GC record can be heard on [Cardiology]—even a couple songs that sound familiar to GC’s self-titled album,” says the guitarist. “[Frontman] Joel [Madden] and I love singing together, and on this one we did some vocal parts reminiscent of the Beach Boys—check out ‘Silver Screen Romance’ and the title track. It was a lot of fun; we hope the true GC fans new and old will feel the connection we feel.” But the band’s fifth album isn’t all fun-and-sun, either: According to Benji, “Cardiology is full of the most personal lyrics we have written since The Young And The Hopeless, and fans will get to know us better then ever through this record.” (Photo: Ville Akseli Juurikkala)
Ø (disambiguation) (TOOTH & NAIL/SOLID STATE)
After recovering from their near-breakup in 2006, Christian metalcore monolith Underoath seemed invincible. So when word suddenly broke earlier this year that drummer/vocalist—and last original member—Aaron Gillespie was leaving the band, shockwaves were felt throughout the scene. How would they recover from the loss of the charismatic firebrand responsible for some of Underoath’s most memorable musical moments? First, they recruited former Norma Jean stickman Daniel Davison, truly one hell of a drummer (forgive the pun). Then they recorded their new album, Ø (disambiguation), with the production team of Matt Goldman (who also had a hand in producing the band’s last two records) and Jeremy SH Griffith (who produced Norma Jean’s Meridional). It’s currently being kept under extremely tight lock and key, so we can’t tell you exactly what it sounds like, but if the new material the band road-tested on this summer’s Cool Tour is any indication, expect brutality.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
To describe Ocala, Florida, popcore unit A Day To Remember as “blowing up” severely overestimates the power of dynamite—ADTR are huge, and there’s no way around it. In between appearances on Pawn Stars, frontman Jeremy McKinnon and his band holed up in Ocala with New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert for pre-production before heading north to Massachusetts to record the follow-up to 2009’s smash hit Homesick with Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. Initially scheduled for an Oct. 26 release, the still-untitled album has been pushed back a few weeks into November to allow the band ample time to complete this highly anticipated album—and to allow their fans to get their favorite pair of mesh shorts laundered for release day.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
OUT: Late November
A lot has changed on Planet MyChem since we slapped them on the cover of our Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 issue last December. Since then, the band have scrapped at least one album’s worth of material (maybe more) and parted ways with drummer Bob Bryar, who had been with the group since mid-2004. Factor in Gerard Way’s rumored throat issues (which supposedly kept the band out of Australia’s Soundwave festival this past February) and a complete lack of any concrete album information, really, and it’s a wonder the MCRmy hasn’t completely revolted and jumped ship to an inferior band’s fan club. But if there’s one thing we learned by watching Gerard & Co. throughout The Black Parade’s album cycle, it’s that My Chemical Romance are all about perseverance. Have faith—we do.
FESTS AND TOURS
By Tim Karan
ENTER SHIKARI, HASTE THE DAY
WHEN: Oct. 2 to Nov. 10
WITH: Sleeping With Sirens, MSWhite, LightsGoBlue
After years of crossing the pond to support the likes of A Day To Remember and August Burns Red, U.K. ravecore quartet ENTER SHIKARI are ready to headline clubs in the U.S. “We’re eager to see if our hard work has paid off,” says bassist/vocalist CHRIS BATTEN. “We’re especially excited to be able to play for more than a half-hour.” Joining them will be HASTE THE DAY, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, MSWHITE and U.K. duo LIGHTSGOBLUE. “One thing we can guarantee is that if the audience are up for it, then it’s gonna go fucking off,” says Batten. “No messing about here. It’s gonna be dingy, sweaty and pure ecstasy.”
TONIGHT WE FEEL ALIVE! TOUR
WHEN: Oct. 3 to Nov. 6
WITH: Four Year Strong, Comeback Kid, the Wonder Years, American Fangs
Last we heard from FOUR YEAR STRONG, they were playing under the wide-open summer skies of Warped Tour. Now they’re ready to spend their fall indoors with COMEBACK KID, THE WONDER YEARS and more. “I’m very stoked,” says keyboardist/vocalist JOSH LYFORD. “I think the potential for fun and recklessness is pretty high and I look forward to seeing what kind of nonsense can go down.” While the bands are looking forward to enjoying beverages and “maybe riding some bikes,” Lyford says there’s ample reason for fans to be equally excited. “Every band on this tour bring something different to the table,” he says. “Bringing back mixed genre tours in 2010!”
WHERE: Chicago, IL
WHEN: Oct. 6 to 10
WITH: Bad Religion, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Naked Raygun, Articles Of Faith, Cap’n Jazz, Snapcase and more than 60 others
“It’s like South By Southwest for punk, metal, hardcore, ska and indie fans,” says MICHAEL “RIOT MIKE” PETRYSHYN, founder of Chicago-based Riot Fest. Launched in 2005, the concert has grown to include 21 shows in five days, becoming the premiere punk fest in the Midwest. This year’s event features an abundance of reunion gigs and rare performances from icons as ARTICLES OF FAITH, NAKED RAYGUN, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, CRO-MAGS, NEGATIVE APPROACH and more. Also, just because a show doesn’t appear on the schedule, it doesn’t mean it ain’t happening. “We spent a lot more time this year planning the secret shows,” says Petryshyn. “They’re the strongest we’ve had yet.”
THE ROCKET SUMMER: BRYCE AVARY, HIS INSTRUMENTS AND YOUR VOICES
WHEN: Oct. 12 to 25 with more dates TBA
If you’ve ever seen THE ROCKET SUMMER, you know that BRYCE AVARY is capable of a full-on rock spectacular. But for this fall run, he’s keeping things intimate with just himself, a stage full of instruments and a close connection with the crowd. “There’s something powerful about a raw voice with a raw guitar and nothing else,” he says. “Although I know me and I know I’m going to still try and do some things that have some kind of wow factor, it’s going to be mostly me and a guitar or me and a piano. But there will be moments that feel like full-band dance parties.” If you’re a fan of TRS, you can’t afford to miss this. “It’s going to be special,” says Avary. “I’ve never done a tour like this in my career, and who knows if I’ll do it again.”
THE AP TOUR FALL
WHEN: Oct. 13 to Nov. 28
WITH: Bring Me The Horizon, August Burns Red [pictured], Emarosa, Polar Bear Club, This Is Hell
For the second annual installment of the AP Tour Fall, we brought in the heavy hitters. Think you’re stoked? “In the past, AP Tours have been on the softer side,” says vocalist JAKE LUHRS of co-headliners AUGUST BURNS RED. “Everyone likes a ‘my girlfriend broke up with me and I’m sad’ song, but I’m stoked for AP to let some of the heavier players come up to bat.” With BRING ME THE HORIZON, EMAROSA, POLAR BEAR CLUB and THIS IS HELL along for the ride, Luhrs says there’ll be something for you no matter your particular brand of metal. “It’s not just a package full of the same ol’ generic metalcore or hardcore bands,” he says. “Everyone brings something different to the table, so no one should lose interest in the show at all. Metal! Thrash! Hardcore! Oh, my!”
WHEN: Oct. 13 to Nov. 28
WITH: Mayday Parade, Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue [pictured], Artist Vs Poet, Go Radio
Although the name “Fearless Friends” is in honor of Fearless Records—home to all of the bands on the tour—EVERY AVENUE frontman DAVE STRAUCHMAN says the name could mean something else. “I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re all just excited to hang with our friends in the other bands,” he says. “We’ve toured a lot with MAYDAY PARADE and BREATHE CAROLINA in the past, and they’re some of our best friends. I’m excited to see how crazy we can all get.” Although there won’t be many awkward icebreakers backstage, Strauchman is eager to make new fans in every town. “Expect to see one of the best shows you’ve ever been to,” he says. “If you don’t get a ticket, you’re missing out on the chance of a lifetime. Yup. I said it.”
THE TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL
WHERE: San Francisco, CA
WHEN: Oct. 16 to 17
WITH: Belle & Sebastian, LCD Soundsystem, the National, Broken Social Scene, She & Him, Deadmau5, Superchunk and 19 others
More of a dancer than a mosher? There’s a fest for you, too. The fourth annual Treasure Island Music Festival—an outdoor offshoot of the city’s Noise Pop festival—features indie rock on Saturday and dance-oriented artists on Sunday. But that’s not the main appeal according to co-owner/producer JORDAN KURLAND. “[It’s] location, location, location,” he says of the event’s home on an island in San Francisco Bay. “It’s stunning. You have unobstructed views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and both the Golden Gate and Bay bridges.” Still not enough for you? “We also provide space for local clothing designers, artists and artisans,” says Kurland. “We want it to feel like a celebration of independent culture as much as independent music.” (Photo: Josh Withers)
MY SMALL PACKAGE TOUR
WHEN: Oct. 18 to Nov. 17
WITH: All Time Low, A Rocket To The Moon, City (Comma) State
It’s been a very long time since you could have caught ALL TIME LOW in a tiny venue. They’ve been on a steady course through arenas and amphitheatres ever since headlining the 2008 AP Tour. But this fall, they’re going back to tiny venues for dates that will undoubtedly be cramped, crazy and filled with curse words. Luckily, the nice guys in A ROCKET TO THE MOON will also be along. But prepare to be closer to JACK BARAKAT’s potentially bare butt than ever before.
THE FEST 9
WHERE: Gainesville, FL
WHEN: Oct. 29 to 31 (thefestfl.com)
WITH: The Suicide Machines, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Frank Turner, Torche, Paul Baribeau, Smoke Or Fire, the Swellers and more than 200 others
The granddaddy of underground punk festivals enters its ninth year with a massive lineup and a medieval theme. “It’s our annual punk rock family reunion,” says founder TONY WEINBENDER. “It’s the one time a year when people from all over the world who are passionate about our independent music scene come together to explore our little town of Gainesville, see old friends, find out about new bands and enjoy what we spend all year to build, nurture and love.” Closing out on Halloween night, Weinbender is hoping for an influx of costumed fans. “We get some, but not as many as I’d like to see,” he says. “Unfortunately, I don’t get to dress up because no one can take you seriously when you’re trying to get shit done in some crazy costume. (Photo: Angela Owens)
By Rachel Lux
EASY A (Screen Gems)
WHEN: Sept. 17
STARS: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Cam Gigandet
WHAT’S WHAT? Loosely based on The Scarlet Letter, Olive (Stone, the take-no-BS chica from Superbad and Zombieland) decides to manipulate the high school rumor mill by (allegedly) cashing in the V-cards of the “socially unfortunate.”
SO WHAT? Stone finally gets the leading-lady role she deserves, and if the bits of the script that have leaked are any indication, she’s got tons of sarcastic one-liners to deliver. Plus, the supporting cast is top notch, particularly Stone’s first “conquest,” Brandon (Byrd, who plays Travis in ABC’s criminally underrated Cougar Town). All in all, Easy A should be a fun high school romp, perfect for the start of another school year.
THE TOWN (Warner Bros.)
WHEN: Sept. 17
STARS: John Hamm, Ben Affleck, Blake Lively, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Chris Cooper
WHAT’S WHAT? The latest from actor/director Affleck has it all. Gritty streets of South Boston? Check. Bad guys who wanna do good? Check. Pretty girls who love roughnecks? Check. Crime, bank robberies, lots of action and nun masks? Check, check and check. A few gut-turning twists? We sure hope so!
SO WHAT? Say what you will about Affleck and some of the questionable roles he’s taken, but his previous directing effort, Gone Baby Gone, fucking ruled. We can only expect better this time around. Consider us stoked. (PS: Don Draper—aka John Hamm—as an FBI agent. Drool.)
WHEN: Sept. 24 [limited]; Oct 8 [everywhere]
STARS: Ryan Reynolds, Robert Paterson
WHAT’S WHAT?Claustrophobics, beware: As far as we can tell, most of this film is shot with Paul Conroy (Reynolds) in a box, six feet under, but still very much alive—with just a cell phone and a lighter to keep him company. We’re getting the creeps just thinking about it.
SO WHAT? This may be a war thriller (Conroy is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq, who was ambushed, only to wake up buried), but we’re going to be rooting for Reynolds’ rescue based purely on his cuteness, not for any patriotic reasons (dude’s Canadian, after all).
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Columbia)
WHEN: Oct. 1
STARS: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara, Andrew Garfield
WHAT’S WHAT? Who knew the computer-nerd kings of social networking sites had such sordid pasts? (We hear there’s a coke scene, and we ain’t talking about the cola.)
SO WHAT? Yes, it’s a movie about Facebook. But it’s a movie about Facebook written by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, Sports Night) and directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club). On paper, it’s totally badass; we’ll see how it computes on the screen (pun intended).
LET ME IN (Overture)
WHEN: Oct. 1
STARS: Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins
WHAT’S WHAT? This American remake of the Swedish original sees a young, bullied boy befriend a lonely girl, who becomes his protector. Oh, yeah. The girl happens to be a creature of the night.
SO WHAT? We’re so over vampires. (Seriously, when will it be the Blob’s turn to be back in fashion?) However, the Swedish version, Let The Right One In, which dropped in 2008 was fan-fucking-tastic— subtle and sad and scary as hell. Let’s hope the Americans (and Matt Reeves, the dude who directed Cloverfield) don’t screw this one up.
IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY (Focus Features)
WHEN: Oct. 8
STARS: Zach Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Zoe Kravitz
WHAT’S WHAT? It’s totally normal for a teenage kid to get depressed. But what happens when the psych ward is renovating the children’s floor, and Craig (Gilchrist) has to hang in the adult ward? Well, he gets to make friends with Zach Galifianakis, for starters.
SO WHAT? Who doesn’t need a little more Galifianakis in their lives? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Also, Gilchrist, probably best known for his role on Showtime’s United States Of Tara, makes a great debut in his first lead role in a film. Keep him on your radar.
NOWHERE BOY (The Weinstein Co.)
WHEN: Oct. 8 [limited]
STARS: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Thomas Sangster
WHAT’S WHAT? The tagline is “The extraordinary untold story of John Lennon.” By “untold,” they mean his rough childhood and his budding friendship with another musician named Paul McCartney.
SO WHAT? The film came out in the U.K. last December, and it’s getting a very limited opening in the States this fall. Still, to reminisce about the childhood of one of the world’s most beloved musicians is worth the wait. Hopefully, it’ll see a wider release in time for the holidays.
JACKASS 3D (Paramount/MTV)
WHEN: Oct. 15
STARS: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason Acuna
WHAT’S WHAT? All of your favorite masochists—Knoxville, Margera, Steve-O, et al—torture each other and themselves, all with the benefit of 3-D glasses.
SO WHAT? Not only will this push the nostalgia button for all the late-20s/early-30s dudes who watched this MTV show in high school, but it’s sure to ignite a whole new legion of teenage-dude fans. We’re predicting projectile vomiting and lots of other bodily excrements will get the fancy-pants 3-D treatment. Might wanna bring a barf bag, bro.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (Paramount)
WHEN: Oct. 22
STARS: Katie Featherston
WHAT’S WHAT? Hailed as the Blair Witch Project of the new millennium, Paranormal Activity was more than creepy and gave a whole new meaning to in-home surveillance. The trailer for the follow-up is cryptic, but it seems our “heroine” has found a new life for herself—possibly with a baby and a dog. Wonder if she brought along an unwanted guest to her new dream home?
SO WHAT? This is a big-studio sequel with a new director and writer (original writer/director Oren Peli gets a “character writer” credit on PA2, whatever that means). However, it is bringing back Katie Featherston, the possessed/tormented girl from the first one (though, depending on which “cut” you saw the first time around, this makes more sense to some than others). We’ll spare you the Blair Witch 2 comparisons. For now.
SAW 3D (Lionsgate)
WHEN: Oct. 29
STARS:Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery
WHAT’S WHAT? Please. You know the drill. This time, it’s just coming attcha all three-dimensional and whatnot.
SO WHAT? Supposedly this is the last. Saw. Ever. Fingers crossed!
127 HOURS (Fox Searchlight)
WHEN: Nov. 5
STARS: James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Amber Tamblyn
WHAT’S WHAT? Based on Aron Ralston’s autobiography and directed by uber-cool Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later), 127 Hours recounts Ralston’s hiking adventures—and terrifying mishap—in Utah.
SO WHAT? Well, since this is a true story, we kinda already know what happens. Still, who doesn’t wanna watch Franco saw off his own arm?
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PT 1 (Warner Bros.)
WHEN: Nov 19
STARS:Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright
WHAT’S WHAT? Part 1 depicts the first half of year seven for Harry and the Hogwarts crew, leading up to the epic battle between The Boy Who Lived and He Who Must Not Be Named.
SO WHAT? Well, we have no words if you don’t know about HP. (It’s, like, uh, bigger than Twilight and stuff.) We’re only irritated because the badass trailer definitely shows scenes that will be in the second installment, and that’s not coming out until next July!
BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight)
WHEN: Dec. 1
STARS: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel
WHAT’S WHAT? It’s a classic story: Older, more experienced ballet dancer (Portman) starts to lose some ground to the younger, more energetic newbie (Kunis). In this dark and twisted tale (with possibly some supernatural elements?), Portman may by losing more than just her place as prima ballerina—like, say, her mind.
SO WHAT? It’s director Darren Aronofsky’s new joint, that’s what. You may know him as the director of The Wrestler and Requiem For A Dream. While he’s known for some pretty straightforward people profiles (Mikey Rourke’s performance in The Wrestler, for example), it appears Aronofsky’s possibly pushing the boundaries between fact and fiction in this dance-off. We can’t wait for the finished product.