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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
Darci Cash
In the Company of Strangers
Caffeine Teen Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


March 18, 2005
Music is a little like humor, in a way - there's a fine line between "stop me if you've heard this one before" and "good every time you hear it." Darci Cash may sound like vintage Jimmy Eat World, but their music still strikes a chord.

Oceanic rising and crashing dynamics, swells of emotion and a relatable voice… you'll recognize it all immediately, and if you clung to Clarity, you'll likely show Darci Cash your favor as well.

The group does manage to vary its influences as it goes, too: "Goodbye" is Pavementesque and sprightly in places, "June" sounds like a newly distorted Low track for a very brief moment and "Honey" is a little reminiscent of a Built to Spill pop song.

Through and through, the songs avoid an overly emo trap, dodging the usual woeful bullet to instead be thoroughly affirming - these numbers manage to make you feel pretty good. The songs stand on their own, as does the band, even with its evident ancestry, and you're left with a feeling of pleasantness and sheer likeability. And really, that's never a bad first impression to make.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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