[Photo by: Giselle Dias]

Awsten Knight would rather be cool than be a star. Fortunately, his band of ADD-addled pop-rock marauders have the songs and the disposition to have it both ways. The erratic but loveable frontman gets candid about Waterparks’ not-so-overnight success (despite what the haters might think), why he’s over dudes being pleasantly surprised by their music and the reason the band wasted no time releasing their sophomore album.

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Read more: Waterparks’ Awsten Knight talks new album: “It feels like a winning combination”

Also this month: Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall has always exuded an aura of extreme positivity and confidence. Now, she’s ready to tell the truth. In her interview with AP, she’s frank about the health problems that have affected her life in recent years—and the eating disorder she developed because of them. She’s sharing her reality, in the hopes that knowledge might help others, as well as accelerate her own personal healing. Plus, Frank Iero of the Patience discusses roasting his fans, reflecting on tragedy and revealing his feelings on the “R” word.

For 10 Essential, we address the albums that might have missed your radar in 2017; and as always, we’ve got 12 up-and-coming bands that are sure to set your speakers on fire and in an all-new feature, Jeff Hill of My Enemies & I reminds us that being a good person is admirable, but being a doormat is completely unacceptable. And if all that isn’t enough for you, feel free to start your new year redesigning your personal spaces with pages from our annual end-of-year photo special.

And don’t forget: This month marks the debut issue of our new format print magazine. It’s a bigger size, with nicer paper and richer photography in an effort to create the truly collectable book our community deserves. Check it out!

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