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#174 – March 2010


Sure, we could go on forever about how rad 2002 was for new music, but we’re too psyched about next year to care. Check out what’s in store in ’03 from AFI, Saves The Day, Thursday, Dashboard Confessional, the White Stripes, Thrice, the Mars Volta, Alkaline Trio, Godsmack, Andrew W.K., Cave In, the Dillinger Escape Plan, Poison The Well, the Locust and many, many more. Plus, we sneak-peek 2003’s most anticipated movies, dishing out exclusive dirt on T3, X-Men 2, Daredevil, The Hulk, two new Matrix movies, and others you’re waiting for some pirate with a camcorder to upload so you can see them early.



We preview upcoming CDs from (International) Noise Conspiracy, Bombshell Rocks, DJ Krush, Glass Candy And The Shattered Theatre, the Sea And Cake and Northern State; get in the studio with MxPx, the Shins and Garbage; and look ahead to 100-plus new releases for December and January. 


A.P. asks readers if they’ve God a problem with rockers who preach, and the answers may surprise you. Meanwhile, Rocket From The Crypt continue to preach the gospel of St. Rock; Radio Vago recall a visit with an unfriendly ghost; Gallaz celebrates girl skaters with a new DVD and apparel line; smart folks get Mad At Gravity; Jade Tree Records won’t let the Man bust its music; and we rile Senate subcommittees with a recap of 2002’s most violent video games. All that plus dirt on the musicians who promised us new albums in 2002 but never delivered-damn right we’re naming names. 


Ian Somerhalder and Eva Amurri are two Hollywood up-and-comers you’ll need to know in 2003; meanwhile, we visit Tinseltown to review The Quiet American and get an advance look at The Two Towers, Adaptation and Catch Me If You Can; and retreat to the DVD player, where Austin Powers, Scrat, the Smashing Pumpkins and more find us in good company. 


Reviews this issue of new releases by System Of A Down, The Donnas, The Hope Conspiracy, Ikara Colt, Primal Scream, The Reunion Show, Dead Meadow and plenty more; Self-Analysis finds out why kinky Casonova Har Mar Superstar and DC post-punkers Q And Not U just want to make us dance; plus revisionist history in Back-Pedal and musical stereotyping in Pigeonholed. 


“Live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse.” Anyone still buying into that should get on with it and do the gene pool a favor. It’s doubtful any of these 10 artists pulled the plug for a rock ’n’ roll cliché, but whatever their reasons, these were some of their final musical statements to the world.

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