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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]

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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
m.i.j.
The Radio Goodnight
Caulfield Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
On first hearing this album you are struck with a soft groove that is reminiscent of your next-door neighbors garage band, a repetitive toneless rhythm. But it soon swarms into a crash of steady, relentless rhythm that balances the here and there lyrics. The album has the necessary grab that the general public is looking for. It is not heavy laden like the Korn's and Limp Bizkit's of today's generation, but it has the energy any prepubescent looks for. There isn't much experimentation with sound, just the constant rhythm guitar and the driving drums, so look for some of the songs to have the same feel as the others. But the package they put together is worth a look at. Mike Kennedy has a Jimmy Chamberlain feel for his kit, lots of energy coming off his snare and cymbal work; and Jeff Hanson will dazzle you with his falsetto voice. (What happens to these guys when he grows out his short and curlies?) Check out the first cut off the album "Say It In Words" and I guarantee that you'll think about jumping up and down. "Sometimes In Sleep" has that Mazzy Star dream like state that makes you comfortable wherever you are. And "Again Today" is a great little ditty that will have you whistling all day long.

Overall a good prospect that can make it in today's music scene if they can experiment and branch out into a more unique and diverse sound.

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