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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.
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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
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

February 4, 2008
Recalling the Foo Fighters' last visit to Memphis, a show four years earlier at the Beale Street Music Festival, Dave Grohl joked that it had been a memorable tour stop for two reasons: the freezing-cold rain that pelted band and fans alike, and the sound of 15,000 people singing "Her placenta falls to the floor" in unison during the Live set that preceded their performance. When Grohl and his Fighters of Foo returned to the River City at the close of January, however, there was to be no freezing rain (well, there was, but thankfully this show was indoors) and no songs mentioning placentas (thankfully as well).

Taylor Hawkins continually proves why he is one of the few musicians who can carry his weight as the drummer in Dave Grohl's band.

Backed at times by as many as four additional touring musicians, including former Nirvana/Foo member Pat Smear, Foo Fighters hammered through a two-hour plus set that included a generous helping of hits like "All My Life" and "My Hero" drawn from the band's back catalog, as well as material from their latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Even with his penchant for punctuating thick slabs of guitar rock with all-out screams, Grohl's voice showed little wear after dozens of songs, even during more subdued numbers.

Foo Fighters' live show rocked a packed house of (thankfully) dry fans in Memphis.

Most of those subdued moments came during the band's "acoustic" set, which they performed from a stage in the middle of the arena that had been lowered from the roof of the 250 million dollar Fed Ex Forum. Foo Fighters' performance of the stripped-down fare was impeccable, the band having dusted off a handful of more obscure album cuts like the Nirvana B-side "Marigold," and "See You." The set's casual tempo also afforded Grohl a forum to introduce his bandmates and prod percussionist Drew Hester into a triangle solo. "I can see the headline of the review," he laughed. "Foo Fighters Have an Awesome Triangle Player."

Afterward the band regrouped on the main stage for the frenetic "Monkey Wrench," and after a humorous interlude backstage with a video camera, they returned for a three-song encore that culminated in a thundering performance of "Best of You."

The Foo were preceded by Jimmy Eat World, a band long known in indie circles (despite having released all of their full-length albums with major labels, the Arizonans routinely toured with bands on independent labels, almost exclusively so) and somewhat denoted in the wider world by the footnote of having re-titled their fourth album, the 2001 breakthrough Bleed American, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Tuning up for headlining tours of Europe and Japan, which kicked off this week, last week the Mesa-based quartet played a tight, ebullient set weighted heavily toward songs from their new album, Chase This Light. They also played quite a few songs from Bleed American (which fans never seriously considered calling Jimmy Eat World), blasting through hits like "Sweetness," and the ubiquitous "The Middle," as well as the lesser known "Get It Faster."

Jimmy Eat World provided an energetic primer for Grohl and company.

Having spent nearly an hour waiting in line for a pat-down by security guards only to be sent back outside and directed to walk a few blocks to the entrance for employees and media, I missed all but three minutes of opening act Against Me!'s set. But the little that I heard (and felt) of the Gainesville, Florida-based band's innards-shaking punkish bashing was convincing enough to warrant an easy medical recommendation - listening to Against Me! for thirty minutes would be a sure bet to cure constipation. And, to their credit, they did not mention placenta.

SEE ALSO: www.foofighters.com
SEE ALSO: www.jimmyeatworld.com
SEE ALSO: www.againstme.net

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