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[02.21.2011 by Bridget Doyle]


 » 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]


 » 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
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

October 17, 2007
At one point during Rilo Kiley's recent rousing Rialto Theatre concert, Jenny Lewis gushed to the adoring Tucson crowd about how good it was to be playing to a larger-than-typical Tucson audience. "It's so good to be back in town, playing in such a large venue, I guess we've upgraded from across the street (Club Congress) and Solar Culture." It was one of those offhand statements that perfectly captured the essence of these indie mainstays: still humble after all these years. Moreover, it's these gratifying interactions that uphold the worth of live shows, even in this age of instant digital satisfaction.

Jenny Lewis has always sounded fantastic on record, whether with Rilo Kiley, The Watson Twins, or lending her vocals to fellow indie acts such as Cursive and Postal Service. But it is on stage where Lewis really shines. Literally, at this performance, sporting a full-sequined blouse that my friend noted had "the energy of a rotating disco ball." Lewis radiated a sizzling and sultry vibe that permeated the Rialto, and her dapper bandmates only added to the swanky factor. All dressed to the nines, they were happy to oblige Jenny's sartorial lead, as well as contribute excellent backing vocals, rhythm, keys and horns.

Playing through a variety of their back catalogue, including most of their instantly recognizable pop gems, Rilo Kiley struck the perfect balance of rollicking fun and intimacy. Often, I had the image of them as the most perfect lounge act one could possibly construe. They talk to the audience, poke fun at each other, and play with such a level of comfort that can only be attained by cutting their teeth for many years. Perhaps it's best to let the excellent accompanying photos tell the rest of the story, deftly taken by my fellow attendee and old chum David Ziegler-Voll.

SEE ALSO: www.rilokiley.com
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Ari Shapiro
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