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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!
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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
Heavenly States
Heavenly States
Future Farmer Recordings

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October 1, 2004
Originally from Minnesota and known as Fluke Starbucker (easily one of the worst band names I have ever heard), Ted Nesseth, Jeremy Gagon, and his sister Genevieve Gagon have all relocated to the west coast and started to create some of the most surprisingly beautiful music I've heard in a long time. In all honesty, If this music had been made by a band called Fluke Starbucker I more than likely would have never given it a second chance, so thumbs up to positive change!

It is hard for me to believe that some of the music on this self-titled debut was made by only three people. Where Mr. Nesseth strums his sometimes twangy, occasionally metal guitar and Jeremy Gagon sits behind a drum kit and makes all the perfect percussive sounds needed for every tune, Genevieve plays a keyboard and a violin and wraps their sound up in a warm blanket. We even get to hear her poppy voice on the country tinged new wave tune "Gin and Tonic". I can certainly see radio taking a liking to this band, and I mean that in the good way. The music they make can and should be enjoyed by everyone, and why not? It's enjoyable.

The Heavenly States have a familiar, Midwestern indie band sound that at times sounds similar to the Foo Fighters covering Jawbox if they were playing in a backwoods bar with members of Mayday all getting drunk on moonshine to Neko Case songs.

14 daydreamy tunes about lost love, pop-rock tunes about relationships and influences, and atypical pop love songs make this album work on so many levels.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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