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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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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
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Neat Stripes
The End of That
Tell Me Later Records

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October 1, 2004
If you're at a picnic with Budweiser and old friends, you play The Neat Stripes. It's just what you do, the mood is asking for it. Their newest release, The End of That, has an invitingly wholesome sound. The record is playful and each song is a peek-a-boo game of personality with jazz, blues and even Latin influences. The band formed after bassist/songwriter Paul Walker and drummer Andy Pope left their former band One Trick Mule to focus on Walker's material. After picking up guitarist T. Dustman Kent they formed The Neat Stripes and promptly set about winning the approval of audiences across Athens and Atlanta and beyond.

The Neat Stripes stray from typical college-rock music but still attract the typical college-rock kid. I sat and listened to the The End of That at least five times before it grew on me. It's the type of music that, with a little publicity, would probably catch the attention of most Hootie and the Blowfish or Dave Mathews Band fans. That is to say that the Neat Stripes are not a band that will have a picture taken of them in leather pants and anarchy T-shirts.

The Neat Stripes are true hopeless romantics to music. Their eclectic tastes give them a sound strangely familiar to everything else you've ever listened to, yet they are able to mix each genre with a little southern hospitality. The lyrical subject matter ranges from feet ("One long Toe") to relationships-as-mountainsides ("The Middle of That."). A little bit country, a little bit rock-and-roll and- I think it works. I can appreciate a new band like the Neat Stripes. It's simple music about simple issues with a lot of heart; feel good music. Grab a cold one, lay on the grass, and stretch in the sun with this one.

Reviewed by Taryn Harrington
A former contributor to LAS magazine, Taryn Harrington lives in Somis, California.

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