#217.2 – April 2010
TWELVES BELLS! VANS WARPED TOUR TURNS 12
Members of AFI, Motion City Soundtrack, Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Armor For Sleep, The Academy Is…, Against Me! and From First To Last share their past and future Warped Tour experiences with us, as well as their Top 12 things to get them through the summer.
LE TIGRE/BIKINI KILL founder Kathleen Hanna holds court with rock icon Joan Jett on punk, personal struggle and patriotism.
TASTE OF CHAOS PHOTO SPECIAL
Months after the fact, we still dont know what chaos actually tastes like, but, by the looks of these photos our readers sent in, it looks pretty effin sweet.
AND SEW ON… APS INDIE FASHION SPECIAL
If labels like Jessica Louise, Johnny Cupcakes and Bleeding Star Clothing already grace the insides of your T-shirts, hoodies and skirts, then you deserve 1,000 more cool points. However, if youre still trapped in the closet (with R. Kelly) about what to wear, start taking notes-and saving your pennies for the hottest new brands you need to know in 06.
(NO) FUTURE DAYS: THE 100 CLUB PUNK FESTIVAL
In this exclusive excerpt from his book Punk Rock: An Oral History, author John Robb interviewed members of Siouxsie And The Banshees, the Damned, Subway Sect, the Adverts, Adam And The Ants and many others about the crucial 1977 event that thrust the British punk movement out of the underground.
EARTH CRISIS: ROCKING WITH BIODIESEL!
If you think CDs, show tickets and hoodies are expensive, imagine being in a band and having to use your payment to fill up your vans gas tank every night. Thats why mewithoutYou, Warped Tour, Piebald and many others are powering themselves-and making earth cleaner-with biodiesel fuel.
THE EARLY NOVEMBER
During the making of their three-disc masterpiece, Ace Enders & Co. weathered defections, welcomed returns and finally walked away from the studio with something theyre proud of.
While most bands go in search for a major-label deal, these pop tunesmiths spent years trying to run away from them.
The bands plan for complete domination is as follows: Yesterday, Canada. Today, America. Tomorrow… um, Bryan Adams British mansion?
GYM CLASS HEROES
Millionaire friends, professional producers, horrible van accidents, nervous breakdowns; its merely a year in the life of the Heroes. So wheres your record?
A psychic bitchslap from a respected producer and a few near-death experiences later, Pontypridd, Wales most rockingest made their best record yet.
After spending a few years standing in the Shadows, these O.C.-based metalcore progenitors are louder, prouder and now more than ever, ready for their closeup.
Are the Bronx a key precept in the metaphysical consciousness of the world as we know it? Or are they merely the meat in a sidewalk sandwich? Discuss.
Muses fans swear the trios music holds the key to the mysteries of the world. But would you prefer to read The Da Vinci Code, or ride a bike?
Having navigated past recruiters and reviewers, Cartel are looking forward to the days where U2 open for them.
INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE
Ignites Zoli Teglas gives us the bird–literally–in Op-Ed; and everyone from Emery to Strike Anywhere (to you, of course) weigh in on the recent reissue craze in the AP Poll.
NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview new discs from Cursive, the Velvet Teen and more; and In The Studio checks up on Senses Fail, the Blood Brothers and Saosin.
Our newly expanded You Can DIY section makes its debut with an exclusive guide for budding musicians-and exclusive pointers from rockers whove been around the block. This month, we get up close and personal with members of Underoath, Taking Back Sunday, the Pink Spiders, Between The Buried And Me, Stretch Arm Strong, Guster, and the techs, personal trainers and other experts who keep em in shape, musically and otherwise. Elsewhere, we give the monthly Lowdown on the Hush Sound, This Is Hell, Butch Walker And The Lets Go Out Tonites and others; Chalkboard Confessional talks inspiration with Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe; we give you a history lesson on Ernie Ball; and Fuse VJ Steven files his AP-exclusive Untitled Rock Column from both coasts at once.
Paul Dano resembles a ray of Little Miss Sunshine; Freddy RodrÃguez tries not to drown with Lady In The Water; Brittany Snow tells us why John Tucker Must Die; plus, Beer: The Movie taps into your affinity for drunken debauchery; and Now Showing checks out whats new in theaters and DVD players this month.
The AP Record Store is open for business, and our crusty clerks have the scoop on new releases from Dashboard Confessional, the Early November, Eighteen Visions, the Bronx, Sonic Youth, Frank Black, the Paper Chase, Dr. Octagon and others; exclusive In-Store Sessions with Shadows Fall, Roses Are Red and Greg Graffin; and respective punk- and classic-rock history lessons on New York Dolls and Def Leppard. All that plus reissues, rarities, and the recent discs our staffers are raving about in Listening Station.
10 ESSENTIAL MUSTACHE-ROCK ALBUMS
You dont have to rock a mustache-or even be a dude-to play mustache rock, but as these 10 hirsute heavyweights prove, at least one of those two qualities sure helps.