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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]

MUSIC

 » 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]

MUSIC

 » 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
Explosion
Flash Flash Flash
Jade Tree Records

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October 1, 2004
To me the dumbest thing about punk rock is that it seems to revel in itself, caught up in the connected self awareness and naiveté that brought it out of the warehouses and into the streets years ago. But that arrogance and self glorification is the same thing that makes it great and makes it timeless. It is the music of youth, even when it is a bunch of college guys or even Iggy Pop playing it. It is music by people who will never grow up, for people who will never grow up. It is the anthem and the battle cry of those who are always wronged and always right, those who manage to be oppressed by society while living in New York City where it costs more to house a band practice space than it does to house a family of six in Harlem. Punk rock is the riotous call of an army of identical individuals. Studded belts. Dirty hair. Cuffed pants. Punk Rock. In the words of Explosion frontman Matt Hock - "If you don't know, you weren't meant to."

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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