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#205 – February 2010

TRANSPLANTS
"A punk rocker, a celebrity drummer and a hip-hop lifer walk into a room…" sounds like the beginning of a stupid joke. But that's the essence of how Transplants came into being. Tim Armstrong, Travis Barker and Rob Aston make the music they want to hear, and if you don't want to come along for the ride, well, nobody weeps in Cali, g….

Specials

IDOL WORSHIP
In his first-ever experience with interviewing anybody, Alkaline Trio's MATT SKIBA shoots the breeze with underground-rock avatar BOB MOULD, resulting in a mutual-appreciation society.

PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

HISTORY IS WHAT'S HAPPENING: AP'S 2K5 PUNK SPECIAL
In this special feature, AP presents the other story of punk in the present tense, spotlighting 10 albums-from NOFX, OPERATION IVY, SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE, REFUSED and more-whose aftershock is still being felt, even if their creators don't have Grammys to show for it.

Features

MXPX
When these pop-punk mainstays lost the spark that ignited them, frontman Mike Herrera went to look for it-and found it right there in front of him.

DEATH BY STEREO
The aftermath of a horrible gig tragedy threatens to destroy them, but these SoCal metalcore vets remain strong in the face of serious adversity.

DARKEST HOUR
Sure, Swedish metal rocks hard on anybody's watch, but with this band's new album, the fury takes the Hour.

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK
If AP were an episode of Jeopardy!, the answer would be, "Aided and abetted by drunken merch guys, classic-rock drummers and pop-punk bassists."

THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS
Two years ago, the AARmy were kicking ass and taking names planetwide. They've finally returned to avenge the rock crusades.

DREDG
This Bay Area quartet might not have wine-and-cheese parties at their merch table during gigs, but they are looking to elevate the level of artistry in today's rock 'n' roll climate .

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
The screamo delegation from Wales has returned to take back the colonies. Now if only they can stop fighting with their past.

MELT-BANANA
For 11 years, Japan's premier avant-punk-thrash ensemble have been gaining converts to their blink-and-you'll-miss-it aesthetic. Get on the train, already

Sections

INCOMING

OPINION
The AP Poll tackles the growing problem of cutting with Senses Fail and the Black Maria, while Cinder Block rediscovers her hardcore roots in Ap Op-Ed.

NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We give you the scoop on hot slabs of rock from Boys Night Out, Rufio and more, and reveal just what Against Me!, the Early November and Every Time I Die are cooking up In The Studio.

WIRETAPPING
The Briefing dishes; Nitro Records burns up Label Profile; Disclothesure gets all krafty on your ass with Lucky Kat Krafts and Tramp Lamps; From First To Last, As I Lay Dying, Underoath and The Academy Is… take us backstage; Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge fields your music-geek questions; Billy Idol snarls through Cold Call; AP parties hard on both coasts; Planes Mistaken For Stars go metal-sort of; Eisley, Haste The Day and Lovedrug rock Low Profiles-and much, much more.

SCREENING
Chris Evans burns down the house in Fantastic Four; Ebon Moss-Bachrach saves the house from burning in Stealth; Matthew McGrory is a tower of power in The Devil's Rejects. Eye Candy shows off its Punk: Attitude; and Now Showing swings at cinematic piñatas that look like real people dangling in front of theaters and DVD players this season. What can we say? We grew up in Mexico.

REVIEWS
Whether you love or hate the clerks at the AP Record Store, you can always count on our crew for the straight poop on new releases by Avenged Sevenfold, Funeral For A Friend, the White Stripes, Darkest Hour, CKY, Pajo and more; exclusive In-Store Sessions with Billy Corgan and No Use For A Name; get your monthly dose of rock history in I Don't Know, Ask That Guy and No, Seriously, Ask That Guy; and find out what our staff rocks out to after closing time in Listening Station.

10 Essential CLASSIC ROCK ALBUMS (OF THE PAST 10 YEARS OR SO)
Quick-name one straight-up classic-rock band from the past 10 years whose music hasn't been played to death on big radio. Nothing? Okay, how about 10 of them?