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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]

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
Gaza Strippers
1000 Watt Confessions
Lookout! Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This is loud, messy, good-old fashioned rock. It's garage-rock with a twist, the twist being that these guys can actually play their guitars. A little too well, perhaps, as the music occasionally suffers from a few too many thousand-note guitar solos laid haphazardly over the actual meat of the songs.

Though these songs are played with youthful vigor, these guys ain't no spring chickens. Frontman Rick Sims was a founding member of Chicago punk legends the Didjits, and also did time in the Supersuckers. Fans of those bands certainly won't be disappointed by Sims's latest offering, as it is essentially more of the same.

Then again, I doubt that fans of Sims's earlier bands would expect anything of a departure from him, nor would they appreciate one. Sims is hardly looking to cover any new ground with the Gaza Strippers, and with that in mind, he is quite good at repeating himself- quite frequently on the same album, nonetheless.

Reviewed by Don Stevens
Don Stevens was killed by Dheeru Pennepalli in a bar fight. He obviously no longer writes for LAS.

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