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 » Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[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
Recover
Rodeo & Picasso
Fueled By Ramen

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
The youth of the world will always need punk rock to be the counterbalancing agent between teen angst and a positive epistemology. And with all the varying factions in music today, its good to see that punk rock has continued to survive, unlike our Seattle grunge predecessors once assumed. Recover hails from Austin, TX, and they offer a heavy set of insurgent semantics crossed by a smooth voice of reason that hopefully will one day shape the minds of disconcerted kids looking for big answers. According to their Bio, this band has flirted with "bubble gum pop", and then whined as a "more emotive rock quintet" prior to their current collaboration. Thankfully, they have evolved.

This band is very good at what they do, and if you're drooling for thick guitars and pissed-off vocals combined with a little sense of clarity, then Rodeo & Picasso is for you. These guys are willing to explore their instruments and stray from the less traditional methods of song writing (i.e. verse, chorus, verse, chorus) and it's honestly quite refreshing. Between each track there is a cool-down time where one instrument will ring out a reverberated melody from the back of the room to pacify every last scream. Jimmy Vela rocks out exceptionally well, but I found his drum interludes to be much more interesting and hopefully his off-timed rhythms are foreshadowing experiments to come from Recover. Dan Keyes and Robert Manns write good punk songs together and the most obvious standout from this album is "Betting All I Have". The clarity of the vocalist on this track reminds me of Greg Gaffin of Bad Religion; Meanwhile, the intensity of the vocals on "Dialogue from a Film" is overbearingly reminiscent to that of Jay Navarro from earlier Suicide Machines records. Sounds also like they enjoy other modern hard-hitters like Snapcase, Shiner, and At the Drive-In; despite all of these connections, I wouldn't doubt their originality for a second. Recover are supporting the Impossibles and River City High on tour this September.

Reviewed by June Woons


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