Disturbed Slipknot Sparta Saves The Day Underworld Liars Nine Inch Nails Snapcase Juliette Lewis

#171 – March 2010

DISTURBED

Disturbed frontman Dave Draiman wants to conquer the rock world. And with the band’s new album, Believe, sounding like a brick in the face of nü metal posturing, all the evidence lies in their favor. Phil Freeman experiences the Chicago-based rockers’ Midwest work ethic, traces their roots and learns that smart guys rock way harder than opportunists. 



SPARTA

It isn’t just business as usual for these former members of At The Drive-In-it’s way better than they’d ever imagined.

SPECIALS





DEPECHE WHO? A.P.’S SYNTH & SAMPLER SPECIAL 

If you’re an industrial-rock rivethead or a laptop-techno nerd, you already know synthesizers are way cool. This month, we’re taking a look at the gear that, whether you’re just beginning or dabbling, will give you more wub-wub-wub-wub for your wallet. We also shook down well-respected artists like Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Kid606 and I Am Spoonbender for tips, advice and free stuff. Two outta three ain’t bad. 



FALL IN LINE, PEEPS: IT’S A.P.’S FALL PREVIEW GUIDE 

We run down the discs, movies, games and events that’ll make this fall much more memorable than last year’s. Hell yeah, we’re serious!

SECTIONS





INCOMING LETTERS 



NEW RELEASES

We defied copy protection to preview the latest from Common Rider, Shadows Fall, In Flames, Ladytron, the Agenda and Hot Hot Heat. And even though your kid brother’s message board reported that Powerman 5000, Anti-Flag and the Ataris were gonna be in the studio this month, we got each band to talk about their next releases. All that and our usual listing of 100-plus new discs makes for mandatory potty reading this fall. 



WIRETAPPING NEWS

Saves The Day change lineups again and then some; Morrissey’s tour goes fop en Español; Superchunk’s 13-year legacy meets Get Up Kids fans’ middle fingers; and the Prodigy return-but where’s electronica? Plus, Alaskan snowboarder Jason Borgstede says the weather’s great up there; death metalers Nile ignore Satan for King Tut; music DVDs deliver equal parts eye candy and ear ecstasy; and we work overtime to collect your monthly dosage of rumors and half-truths. 



SCREENINGS 

Juliette Lewis tells us she’s not the crazy one-it’s her characters. Meanwhile, Now Showing hangs in a City By The Sea and wonders what the hell Tom Green’s doing over there; and after a 10-year wait, DVD Wrap-Up gets a new look at the ear-cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs. 



LOW PROFILES 

The Forgotten take control; Liars take charge; 3rd Strike take a stand. Plus nine more reasons A&R people have jobs in the Lowdown. 



REVIEWS 

Reviews this issue of new releases by Snapcase, Coldplay, Sleater-Kinney, Sasha, Bright Eyes, OK Go, Thievery Corporation, Pixies, Manifesto Jukebox, Sparta and many more; Self-Analysis gets an earful from Underworld, those Brit techno blokes best known for shouting “Lager, lager, lager!” and Viva Death, Face To Face singer Trever Keith’s morbid new project; plus Reissue Redux. 



10 ESSENTIAL AIR-DRUM ALBUMS 

For anyone who’s ever pulled an Alex Van Halen solo on pie plates and cardboard boxes, we present the stupidest concept to hit our back page in some time.