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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
Metropolitan
The Lines They Get Broken
Crank Automotive

Rating: 8.5/10 ?


April 19, 2005
Welcome to the museum of 90s indie rock. My name is Sarah; I'll be your tour guide for today. Throughout our tour, you will see the major works of Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Guided by Voices and Superchunk - all great masters within their respective fields.

Also, to the rear of the museum, you will see our special exhibits from the Dismemberment Plan and Velocity Girl, and as a special treat, the artists are in attendance today - you will be able to meet Jason Caddell and Archie Moore in person and speak with them about their ventures in production. Very exciting.

Each of these exhibits is brought to you by our sponsor, Metropolitan, who brought these seminal artists together for your listening pleasure. Can we have a big round of applause, please, for Metropolitan?

Thank you… very deserving, thank you… and now for the tour!


The DC three-piece Metropolitan brings together everything we've ever loved and embraced in tried-and-true indie rock and does so without pretense. So much so, in fact, that Caddell and Moore are by the band's side, producing the whole affair. The Lines They Get Broken embodies every reason we can never let standard albums like Copacetic or No Pocky for Kitty leave our players - we should never tire of hearing something so good.

This takes rock out of the garage and sticks it back in the basement, where it belongs. And, since I left my lighter down here anyway, it's that much easier to crack it out and wave it in solidarity. It's effortless to love this album because we love all the standards that preceded it.

The opener, "Here or There" meshes the elasticity and buzz of Sonic Youth with the charm of Superchunk, and we know we're in for something great. By now you should be able to envision me, terribly excited at the thought of what's to come, and you'd be right. As an indie twerp, this is my bread and butter.

"Homeroom" is next, trapping Television with Robert Pollard, followed by "Letterbox," which shows Velocity Girl with extra swagger, then "Downstream," which brings visions of Yo La Tengo and the Jesus and Mary Chain - and it just keeps going, sounding better and better as the tour progresses. The album stands as a symbol, encompassing almost every prominent sound along the way. The Lines They Get Broken may not have the pioneer spirit or generational timing of the originals, but it conveniently and very satisfyingly draws all of their sounds into one place.

To Metropolitan's greater credit, the love is fully translatable. It seems an impossible dare to admire all of these icons, then go out and grab this album and not embrace it in turn. Like a beloved friend you haven't seen in a long time, you'll be happy to see The Lines They Get Broken, and the visit will be all you can talk about for weeks.

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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