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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
Two Gallants
Two Gallants
Saddle Creek

Rating: 8/10 ?


November 8, 2007
The mental image always conjured in conjunction with Two Gallants' music is that of the worn out traveler, long suffering and forced to hit the road, turning his back on the past and taking exhausted steps towards an uncertain, but certainly weary, future. In less capable hands, this bleak motif would drag the listener down with it, but the San Francisco duo of Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel avoids such a murky fate by inserting moments of beauty and redemption into their otherwise despondent songs. Experts at crafting stories steeped in melancholy, but lightened by hope, Two Gallants occupy a unique hollow in the musical landscape.

On their third and eponymous full-length, Two Gallants don't exactly explore new territory, choosing instead to fine-tune their brand of despairingly alt-country emo rock. Jumping from near hootenannies to majestic ballads, Two Gallants follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, while making its own indelible mark. Songs such as "The Hand That Held You Down" and "Reflections Of The Marionette" are beautiful in their scope and heartbreaking in their subject matter, and fold neatly into the band's body of work. For

When it comes to detailing stories about loss, longing, and redemption, Two Gallants are amazingly consistent. Perhaps more so than any other band out there today, the pair channel the spirit of the wandering troubadour in all of his dusty, down and out glory.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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