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 » The Top 30 Albums of 2010 - Fashionably, fabulously late, our favorite music (and believe me, there was a LOT) of 2010, the year that some have called the best year for music ever. And only some of those fools work here. Plenty of usual suspects, lots of ties and a few surprises that I won't spoil, including our unexpected #1.
[12.24.2010 by The LAS Staff]

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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
[11.04.2010 by Cory Tendering]

Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Cadillac Blindside
The Allegory of Death & Fame
Fueled by Ramen

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Despite being a largely un-original band, At the Drive-In has managed to cause a small swell of repercussions in their wake. Seemingly the biggest buzz band since Weezer only a year ago, the Texas quartet is now gone, for all intents and purposes dead, and largely forgotten. The one thing that remains of them, however, is the fashionableness of the Cracker-Afro, or the CA as I like to call it. Sure, the afro has been around for ages, but it hadn't been a hip accessory for a skinny, non-black punk rocker since the MC5 had their heyday. Now it seems as if the CA might be here to stay, the torch carried on by bands like Cadillac Blindside, from Minnesota of all places.

With catchy vocals and down-tuned guitars riding atop a driving rhythm section, the six song Allegory of Death and Fame shows Cadillac's Blindside to cover both sides of the fast/slow fence. More melodic than their image or overall sound would suggest, I can't imagine huge things not happening for this band, and I can specifically see them signing up for the Vagrant Records camp. With an energetic pace, earnest vocals and a penchant for sounding like a revved up Get Up Kids (the lead vocals sound remarkably like the KC bands' earlier work) Cadillac Blindside have the punch of Rocket from the Crypt and the hooks of Hey Mercedes. Bonus points for having a competent female percussionist, rather than some bass-toting tart propped up on the album cover for eye candy. Rebecca Hanten knows the ins and outs of drumming and it shows over the course of these six songs, her kick drum setting the meter and her constant pummeling of the toms pushing the guitars to new heights in an effort to keep up.

Reviewed by Cassie Glanney
An occasional contributor to LAS magazine who loves life, liberty and libation. As of the last report, she was living in Houston, Texas with her dog, Ponch.

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