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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
Baroness
Red Album
Relapse

Rating: 8/10 ?


March 6, 2008
A slender trail of smoke rises gently, dissipating amidst a background of lushly forested mountains. The slithering wisp emanates from a cracked chimney sitting precariously atop a roof whose shingles are broken and worn where not completely missing. The whole thing threatens to give in on a house that looks as if it can barely stand up itself. Peeling paint flakes off the weatherbeaten boards to accumulate on a sagging porch that hasn't been swept in years. Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and shattered Jack Daniels bottles vie for space on the weed choked front lawn.

This hardly seems like the ideal setting for one of the pre-eminent metal bands today, yet Baroness has risen out of the backwoods of the Smoky Mountains like a bare-foot prodigal son in a Slayer t-shirt. More axe than banjo, the band nevertheless manages to mix a little down-home feel into their heavy and progressive sound. Unable to draw comparisons, Baroness have crafted something wholly unique and infinitely interesting. Driven and relentless, melodic and thundering, Red Album couldn't be sweeter if it was brewed in the cleanest bathtub using only the finest ingredients.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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