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#212 – February 2010



COVER STORY:
TASTE OF CHAOS
Some call it “Winter Warped Tour,” but we prefer to call it the most fun you can have in the winter without wearing a coat. DEFTONES, ATREYU, THRICE, STORY OF THE YEAR and many others are hitting the road for Taste Of Chaos’ second voyage.

SPECIALS
V IS FOR VALENTINE: AP’S V-DAY GIFT GUIDE
We know you forgot; that’s why AP’s editors handpicked this selection of last-minute V-Day gifts for you. It’s cool; you can thank us later.

WHO YOU CALLIN’ “ROADIE?” AP’S (LITERAL) TECH GUIDE
In this special feature, we get the techs behind some of your favorite bands to step out from beneath those towers of road cases and show us who’s really behind the music.

FEATURES

MATCHBOOK ROMANCE
The Matchbook men have a new album, a new logo, new experiences and new points of view. Perhaps there’s a new audience in the mix, as well…

HALIFAX
It’s a long way from Drive-Thru Records’ message boards to The Real World; but now, even Nikki Sixx knows who Halifax are.

SMOKING POPES
It was nearly a decade ago that a question of faith halted the career of these Chicago pop-punk mavericks. But after a successful reunion show, the Smoking Popes are making a second attempt to cozy up to America’s punk-rock consciousness.
SECTIONS

INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE

OPINION
The Blackout Pact’s Wisam Alshaibi relays his Iraqi-American identity crisis in AP Op-Ed; and the voices of everyone from Bayside to Throwdown (and you, of course) are heard in this month’s AP Poll about music being better before you were born.

NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview new releases from Mogwai, the Slackers and more; and we go In The Studio with Sugarcult, Eighteen Visions and Mission Of Burma.

WIRETAPPING
Label Profile has a RevelationRecords, that is; Say Anything ’s Max Bemis gets a clean bill of mental health; we get the Lowdown on Men, Women & Children and 10 other bands you should be checking out; Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge gives us a workout we can live with; and The Early November’s Ace Enders talks about the songs that shaped his life in our newest feature, Chalkboard Confessional. All that plus lyrical life lessons, new games and gear, and a romp through your favorite musicians’ gig bags.

SCREENING
We get Close Up with Paul Walker, January Jones and Ryan Merriman; Eye Candy checks in with Katie Cassidy and Vince Vieluf; and Now Showing checks out what’s new in theaters and DVD players this season.

REVIEWS
The AP Record Store may have a new manager, but don’t worry, it’s still got exclusive reviews from Hawthorne Heights, Matchbook Romance, In Flames, Belle And Sebastian, Beck, Action Action and more; plus, In-Store Sessions with The Loved Ones and Some Girls; your monthly rock-history lessons in I Don’t Know, Ask That Guy and No, Seriously, Ask That Guy; and the discs our staff is rocking out to in Listening Station.

10 Essential HEARTBREAK ALBUMS
If you somehow find yourself falling out of love this Valentine’s Day, never fear: We’ve got 10 classic records that feel your pain and then some.

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