New Found Glory Thursday Pearl Jam Audioslave Foo Fighters Avail Sigur Ros Queens Of The Stone Age Jets To Brazil Transplants The Strokes

#173 – March 2010

NEW FOUND GLORY 

New Found Glory may seem to be in the high life on MTV and the Billboard charts, but when it comes to living like rock stars, this bunch would rather have one night with Grand Theft Auto than 100 Girls Gone Wild. As Jason Bracelin discovers, NFG are the punk band even mothers can love-well, almost. 



JETS TO BRAZIL

Jets To Brazil founder Blake Schwarzenbach quits smoking, turns 35 and writes the group’s strongest album to date. Apparently, some things really do get better with age. 



TAPROOT

Michigan art metalers Taproot have always aspired to a higher creative plane than their peers. So it doesn’t seem impossible that frontman Stephen Richards may be operating on a higher spiritual plane than the rest of us down here on Earth. 



QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

Forget about their previous bands and what’s-his-name who plays drums on their latest album. QOTSA’s Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri want us to know that the Almighty Rock is the only thing that matters. 



GET STUFFED: A.P.’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Greed’s the reason for the season as A.P. tears the wrapping paper off dozens of the latest toys and gives you a chance to win one of the Osbournes’ heads in a box. 



%&#* THE STROKES!

In the spirit of what’s now, we present all the bands middle-aged rock critics will be creaming over four years from now. The Rapture, Enon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Dice, the Walkmen, Gogol Bordello and Mink Lungs bring you the real sound of NYC.

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INCOMING LETTERS 



NEW RELEASES

We preview upcoming CDs from Sum 41, Liars, Rainer Maria, Ikara Colt, Saliva and Radio Vago; get in the studio with Dillinger Escape Plan, Lagwagon and man-of-1000-projects Mike Patton; and look ahead to more than 100 new releases that’ll be eating up your holiday cash. 



WIRETAPPING

Deep inside the underground studio that produced Nirvana’s new single; way outside good taste with Andrew W.K. and Jackass; on the good sides of comedian David Cross and fashioncore mavens Eighteen Visions; and side-by-side with Bright Eyes’ Christmas single, Deftones’ continually delayed new album, the Ramones’ loudest, fastest hits, and Candiria’s recovery from a near-death experience. All that plus rumors, stretched truths and the latest on major labels’ underground feeding frenzy. 



SCREENINGS

We walk 8 Miles in Taryn Manning’s shoes; take a ride on Harry Potter’s broomstick; hope we never end up in Bob Crane’s boots; and sip martinis with Pierce Brosnan’s 007. Meanwhile, DVD Wrap-Up spins a web from Spider-Man to Jackass to the Damned, and just winds up ON (Video, that is) the Pavement. 



LOW PROFIILES

Places To Park play punk you can think to; the All-American Rejects kick out jams you can party to; and Koufax just tickle your ivories. Plus nine more reasons you’re still ignoring corporate radio in the Lowdown. 



REVIEWS

Reviews this issue of new releases by Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Pearl Jam, Sigur RÓs, Add N To (X), Hot Hot Heat, Thursday, Cave In, Rilo Kiley, Bad Wizard, Shadows Fall, the Vandals and loads more; plus, Self-Analysis gets intimate and introspective with Avail and Isis. 



10 Essential Self-Help Albums

Because Dr. Phil’s lame and Paxil makes us feel funny, we turn to music when depression’s got a hold on us. This month: the 10 quickest pick-me-ups known to rock.