100 Bands You Need To Know In 2006

#213.1 – February 2010

COVER STORY:

100 BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN 2006
Often imitated, never equaled, our sixth annual “100 Bands You Need To Know” special is the ultimate guide to the planet’s best new music-even if the rest of the world hasn’t woken up to it yet. And because we’re pulling out all the stops for this one, we’ve given you two collectable “100 Bands” covers to choose from: From First To Last (AP 213.2) and Panic! At The Disco (AP 213.1). Not to worry, though-that’s the only difference between these two mega-issues.

FROM FIRST TO LAST
Once the underground’s odd men out, FFTL have spent the past three years kicking ass and taking names every time they set foot onstage. Can world domination be far away?

PANIC! AT THE DISCO
These Las Vegas dance-pop denizens are on the fast track to success. But don’t kid yourself; they’ve had to swerve around plenty of obstacles along the way.

SECTIONS

INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE

OPINION
Bear Vs. Shark’s John Gaviglio breaks down the breakup in AP Op-Ed; and we ask everyone from Emery to the Blood Brothers (and you, of course) if you can really trust TV news in the AP Poll.

NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview new releases from the Flaming Lips, Streetlight Manifesto and more, and In The Studio checks up on Underoath, Head Automatica and Zao.

WIRETAPPING
The front end of AP just got a whole lot bigger and better looking, with a new set of columns, Q&As and gear discussions featuring some of your favorite bands and ours: From Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge to a backstage pass with Yellowcard; Underoath’s Xbox rig to the Early November’s road cases, we have a blast getting close and personal. Plus, Mark Hoppus dishes on Plus 44, podcasts and production, just for the ‘f’ of it; Flogging Molly’s Dave King stars in the second installment of Chalkboard Confessional; Fueled By Ramen shares the secret of its success in Label Profile; and Disclothesure proves you can never have too much Fred Flare.

SCREENING
Milo Ventimiglia and Samaire Armstrong try their best to Stay Alive; Eye Candy pimps the wild style of Jonathan Sadowski; and Now Showing checks out what’s new in theaters and DVD players this season.

REVIEWS
The AP Record Store is open for business, and besides an advance spin of the new Atreyu full-length, it’s got reviews of new discs from Boy Sets Fire, Bullet For My Valentine, Neko Case, Editors, Men, Women & Children, Mudhoney, the Slackers, the Sounds, and many more; In-Store Sessions with the Lawrence Arms and Himsa; our staff’s current picks in Listening Station; essential reissues and rarities in Collector’s Corner; and respective punk- (Buzzcocks) and boogie-rock (ZZ Top) history lessons in our monthly Ask That Guy columns.

10 Essential COMEDY ALBUMS
Stand-up comics are a lot like rock musicians: The best performers can riff forever. And while you may not have these 10 standup classics in heavy rotation just yet, we promise they’ve got a longer shelf life than many of the musical discs currently topping charts.