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LITERATURE

 » 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

BOUND + PRINT REVIEW

» LAS Bound + Print Reviews

33 1/3: Illmatic - Matthew Gasteier's entry into the mostly excellent and informative 33 1/3 book series tackles the Holy Grail of hip-hop, Nas's 1994 debut, Illmatic. [05.28.2010 by Jonah Flicker]

33 1/3: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Whereas Geeta Dayal's well-intentioned Another Green World book started to shore up my impatience for an album where I was usually able to ignore Phil Collins' playing credits, Christopher R. Weingarten performs a minor miracle and brings me around to an album I always found slightly overrated for its massive impact. [05.26.2010 by Dan Weiss]

White Queen, The - Best known for her Tudor Family-inspired novels, like the best-selling The Other Boleyn Girl, here Phillipa Gregory revisits England during the War of the Roses, a time and place where cousins and brothers destroy each other for a chance at the throne. [05.25.2010 by Bridget Doyle]

Geek Love - While her book at first seems a subtly crafted story anchored firmly in the themes of family and uniqueness, events in Katherine Dunn's novel about freaks build up until they reach a pitch on par with a soap opera. There is nothing subtle about the characters, the plot, or the book itself. [04.29.2010 by Julia Rose Roberts]

33 1/3: Another Green World - Despite Geeta Dayal's frustrated-sounding efforts to wring an interesting story from Brian Eno's monumental album, her book strains to justify its own existence. It's incredibly padded and quickly grows repetitive. [04.27.2010 by Dan Weiss]

33 1/3: Facing Future - In his off-template analysis of Iz's album for Continuum Books' revered 33-1/3 series, film executive, literary agent and The Believer contributor Dan Kois renders an exotic backdrop to Kamakawiwo'ole's extraordinary life and enlightens readers on the album's surprising current controversies, the writing becomes a nuisance halfway through. [04.15.2010 by Bridget Doyle]

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