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#214 – February 2010



IN THE RAG


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HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS
In a climate where chart-topping emo bands pay lip service to change with words like "progress" and "maturity," there's one emo sensation who are comfortable enough with themselves to let us know they aren't here to change their sound-or the world.

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THE ORAL HISTORY OF SAVES THE DAY
It may seem odd to present the oral history of a band who are still very much active, but Saves The Day's history doesn't end here; rather, it's still being written.

DOES A BODY GOOD: AP'S LONG-AWAITED HEALTH AND FITNESS SPECIAL!
Flabbiness is so 2005-especially when you're onstage under a spotlight. So, we've put together an expert panel of buff musicians, vocal acrobats and other exercise enthusiasts to tell you the best way to lose body mass without sacrificing any of the rock!

FEATURES >>>

ANTI-FLAG
With their RCA Records debut, these Pittsburgh-based political punks haven't sold out to the major-label system. Rather, they're just buying into a new way of getting things done.

ATREYU
At least one of the members of this melodic-metalcore unit is a Satanist, a kitten killer or a terrorist sympathizer. Actually, none of that is true-but when you're a band as outspoken as Atreyu, you tend to expect that sort of rumor-mongering.

THE DRESDEN DOLLS
This Weill-style Boston goth-rock duo have a great new album in stores and a mounting fanbase that borders on cultish. So why are they so uneasy?

LACUNA COIL
You know what happens when you have a lush atmospheric metal band open up for a way gnarly headliner? Extreme worship. We don't get it, either…

NOFX
Don't tell Underoath, but America's finest pop-punk outfit would prefer you spend your Sundays at home nursing a hangover instead of going to church.

RAINER MARIA
Five years ago, Rainer Maria were the talk of the NYC indie scene; then, they seemingly dropped off the planet. Now, they're back-surprisingly, without an agenda or a sense of vengeance…

SECTIONS >>>

INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE

OPINION
Roy's Brian Cook addresses the influx of Christianity in AP Op-Ed; and we ask everyone from Thursday to the Loved Ones (and you, of course) if it's fair to download a band's new demos in the AP Poll.

NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview new discs from Sick Of It All, Moneen and more; and In The Studio checks in with Rise Against, Unearth and Jeremy Enigk.

WIRETAPPING
Punchline, If Hope Dies and MC Lars dominate Low Profiles; SideOneDummy celebrates the big 1-0 in Label Profile; we tell you who to watch at the Bamboozle and what to expect on the Virgin College Mega Tour; Chalkboard Confessional sits down with Dan Yemin of Lifetime and Paint It Black fame; Jonah Matranga goes solo under his own name-again; Devo 2.0 does it for-and with-the kids; Disclothesure takes a big belly flop at the Pool Trade Show in Las Vegas.

SCREENING
Agnes Bruckner finds safety in Haven; Eye Candy dazzles with the literary floor exercises of Stick It's Missy Peregrym and Vanessa Lengies; Plus, Ethan Suplee reveals the secrets behind Art School Confidential; and Now Showing checks out what's new in theaters and DVD players this season.

REVIEWS
The AP Record Store gives you the rundown on new releases from Taking Back Sunday, From First To Last, Anti-Flag, Morrissey, Mates Of State, Liars and many others. The Flaming Lips and Streetlight Manifesto drop by for In-Store Sessions; our monthly punk- and classic-rock history lessons tackle Blight and Sparks, respectively; and we let you decide which AP editor needs to be irreparably scarred with a meat hook in Listening Station.

10 Essential Scene Compilations
Before label samplers became the order of the day, we were sampling regional flavors of punk rock via that old standby, the scene compilation.