» Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King's new novella questions mankind's ability to trust others.
[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!
[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
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
For ratings that lie between those listed here (ie: 3.5), please use your brain and interpolate.
10 - A Masterpiece - A release of this caliber is extremely rare, occurring maybe a few times a decade. Anyone who truly cares about quality in their art should own this.

09 - Near Perfect - Artistic statements such as this won't come along often. Take heed.

08 - Above average - Displays a great deal of thought and obvious talent. An overall success, although we wouldn't necessarily consider it a requirement.

07 - Generally Good - Negative qualities have crept in, but the positive come out on top. Gets a high-five from us.

06 - A Face in the Crowd - This release has its positive, as well as negative characteristics, neither of which outweighs the other. In a word: blah.

05 - Below Average - While promising, this piece has a number of overwhelming negative qualities which hinder the listener's enjoyment.

04 - A Disappointment - Showing almost zero amount of promise, this needs improvement in a variety of ways.

03 - Trite - This piece sinks like a stone. Not even putting up a fight for your attention from beginning to end.

02 - A Failure - As a whole, this composition fails to keep its head above the surface. Dominated by inadequacy, the piece reveals a lack of talent and/or creativity at every turn.

01 - Ghastly - Compositions such as this leave you with but one question - WHY? - Why would a group of people so obviously devoid of any talent or insight even bother? Something of such a low caliber is difficult to even fathom.

00 - Sickening - Addressing the mere existence of this piece causes undesirable physical responses. It's a ZERO, okay? It doesn't get any lower than this.

NR - Not rated - We plead the fifth, for any number of various reasons which are not specified.



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