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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
Biffy Clyro
Blackened Sky
Beggars Banquet

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I am very rarely embarrassed of the music I play in my room at school. Of course, I'll get the occasional drunk frat-rock kid coming into my room with his, "What is this shit?" But more often than not any mention of my record collection is positive. Until Biffy Clyro found its way into my stereo, that is.

It wouldn't be so bad if I actually liked Blackened Sky. I'm not the type of person to dislike a band just to dislike them. But when I am using all my willpower to listen to an album all the way through and my friends come into my room and start laughing, it kind of gets me red in the face.

According to the Beggars Group, "they are not a 'nu-metal' band. Nor are they a 'grunge' band. But they can rock as hard as anyone you could care to mention." Pardon, but I beg to differ. If you've heard any of the bands on the radio lately- anyone like Creed, Nickelback, or Default- then you've heard variations on this album in some shape or another. Though they site bands like Fugazi, Far, Mineral and the Red House Painters as influences, their more telling references are those to bands like Guns N' Roses and, yes, Korn.

If you are into bands like Nickelback, then, by all means, go out and buy this album. Love it. Please. They have everything you're into. The have those slower (but still tough) songs for cold nights on your girlfriend's porch, replete with bad song titles like "joy.discovery.invention" and "27". But they also have those heavy, guitar-driven songs for those nights she makes you so fucking angry you just want to get drunk and slap her around ("kill the old, torture their young"). But just don't expect me to play it in my room anymore.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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