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#208 – February 2010

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COHEED AND CAMBRIA
Once upon a time, prog and classic rock were the mortal enemies of all things punk. But a lot’s changed since those days, and the time is right for a band like Coheed And Cambria to boldly go where no band has gone before: back and forth musically, at the same time.

SPECIALS

BUILDING THE CHURCH ON THE PUNK ROCK: AP’S CHRISTIAN PUNK SPECIAL
Now, more than ever, a new generation of underground bands-from pop-punk to post-hardcore to full-on metal-has openly embraced Christianity. This trend has been both welcomed and hated in a scene whose basic ideals demand that you think for yourself. We asked members of Underoath, Good Charlotte, Relient K, As I Lay Dying, Copeland and more, as well as many others active in the community, to see if the phrase “Christian punk” was seemingly a contradiction after all.

THE PROMISE RING: AN ORAL HISTORY
Odds are, your favorite emo band couldn’t have existed without the blueprint this Milwaukee, Wisconsin, outfit drafted over a decade ago. Kyle Ryan talks to the members of the Promise Ring, as well as their associates, about the highs and lows of the band’s time in the limelight.

FEATURES

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE
How did this fan-worshiped band celebrate their jump to the majors? By being as unassuming as possible.

HORRORPOPS
’ Pops star Patricia Day loves high heels, make up, ABBA and candy bars, but she hates horror movies. What gives?

GYM CLASS HEROES
With fans like Fall Out Boy and the Academy Is… in their corner, how can these Heroes ever fail?

VAUX
“ If you can’t be beaten, join ’em.” That’s not exactly how the old saying goes, but in Vaux’ case, it’s appropriate.

CAVE IN
These Boston-based space-metalers are once again setting their controls for the heart of the underground.

MEST
Tom Lanham listened to Mest frontman Tony Lovato’s ruminations on back pain, stubbornness and “intelligent design” and still didn’t hang up on him.

ATMOSPHERE
Forget the “emo-rap” tag: Slug and Ant only traffic in the truth.

HIM
Good looks, good manners, good songs: Finland’s Ville Valo could be America’s Great Rock Hope.

THE BLED
These metalcore mavericks didn’t want to repeat themselves for album No. 2. So they had some drinks, read some books and lived some life. Then they brought the new noise.

SILVERSTEIN
Their health-care system is great; their dollar is stronger; and now Canada is going after the U.S.’ share of the post-hardcore market with these new princes.

THE (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY
On your Marx, get set… pop! Sweden’s most political post-punks are changing things up the best way they know how.

THRICE
Remember the band who made The Artist In The Ambulance? Well, will you still love them, even if they no longer shred?

PLAIN WHITE T’S
Neither gear theft nor the carping of jaded critics will stop these pop songsmiths from making their rounds.

ARMOR FOR SLEEP
Ben Jorgensen was once called “Little Ben” by some of New Jersey’s most respected bands. Now, his band are poised to overshadow them completely.

GOGOL BORDELLO
Ukraine-born Eugene Hütz is intent on tearing down the borders that surround punk’s many factions.

SECTIONS

INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE

OPINION
Mike Park speaks out in AP Op-Ed; and we let you, alongside members of bands from Number One Gun to Napalm Death, sound off on MySpace’s sale to Rupert Murdoch & Co. in the AP Poll.

NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview upcoming discs from Story Of The Year, Allister and more; and In The Studio checks in with Anti-Flag, Mates Of State and Bleeding Through.

WIRETAPPING
Eulogy Recordings braves the hurricane for its Label Profile; Paul Frank goes bananas for Julius’ 10th birthday; Bayside, Nightmare Of You and I Am The Avalanche rock Low Profiles; Neon Blonde, the Briefs, the Tossers and Khanate bring us up to speed on their latest; AP’s monthly school of rock with Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge; Linda Perry trades radio hits for a stint in punk rock; Throwdown and the Blackout Pact take us inside their heads-and jail cells; and we give it up for the best unsigned bands of tomorrow.

SCREENING
Anna Paquin sinks her nails into The Squid And The Whale; Beverley Mitchell hopes her nails don’t get broken off in Saw II; Elizabeth Reaser bites her nails, anxiously, in Stay; Eye Candy settles the score with composer Craig Wedren; Now Showing serves you cinematic quesa-dilluhs grilling in theaters and DVD players this season.

REVIEWS
Okay, you may not find your Hellfest refund at the AP Record Store, but you can get reviews of new releases from Franz Ferdinand, Portastatic, Atmosphere, Gang Of Four, Death Cab For Cutie and more; In-Store Sessions with Stretch Arm Strong and Make Believe; plus essential reissues and rarities in Collector’s Corner; and find out which AP editor rocks out to avant-garde French jazz in Listening Station.

10 ESSENTIAL 1970‘S POWER TRIOS
What does the band on this month’s cover have in common with the 10 artists featured on this month’s back page? All 11 of them were born in the wrong decade.