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Music: Mischief Brew and the case for punk rock

I’ve been going to punk shows for well over a decade. That statement may seem like bragging, but it’s not. Most people in my day ... read more

Regular Columns: Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Die en route

Chaos, contradictions, and confrontations are a rite of passage. Charles Dickens said that we begin to forgive a place as soon as it is left ... read more

Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2015)

That's right: this year is already half empty. Or half full. Something like that? Metaphors aside, we at SPB have distilled the best music of ... read more

Interviews: Anti-Flag

Anti-Flag have never shied away from exploring the complex political and social issues that affect their native United States while also maintaining a dogged awareness ... read more

Regular Columns: BJ (Ancient Shores) on sound

As young as 14, Jeff King was drumming in bands and in years after would continue writing music and touring. He was the final drummer ... read more

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SPB premiere: "Bye House" from Elder Abuse

SPB premiere: "Bye House" from Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse-Anchorless split

SPB is pumped to bring a new song from Winnipeg's Elder Abuse. The song, "Bye House," comes off their soon to be released split with Anchorless.

Elder Abuse includes former members of Daggermouth. Visit State of Mind Recordings to pre-order and for more info.

Check out the song below.

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Tours Original Lineup of L7 Tours This Fall

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 2:12 p.m.

After announcing the successful Kickstarter funding of the documentary Pretend We're Dead earlier this year, all-female grunge punk group L7 took to the stage for the first time in 18 years this past May.  Now, they've revealed plans for a North American tour which will take place this fall, including stops at Austin, Texas's Fun Fun Fun Fest and San Diego's Music Thing Festival.

Check out the dates along with a 2015 performance of the song "Shit List" below.

Labels Knockout Kid join Bullet Tooth

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 12:21 p.m.

Bullet Tooth Recors has signed Chicago's Knockout Kid to the label.

The "aggressive pop punk hardcore" band released their debut ICWTJD last year and toured extensively. Thei first record with Bullet Tooth will be called Manic and will be released in early 2016 and will include 12 songs.

Tours Whenskiesaregray to tour US

Posted Sept. 2, 2015, 10:53 a.m.

Whenskiesaregray to tour US

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Starting tomorrow Whenskiesaregray will kick off a US tour, starting in Hammonton, NJ. The Baltimore band released a self-titled LP earlier this year (streamed by SPB!) on Mayfly Records.

Check out the dates below.

Records Debut EP from Aneurysm

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 9:22 p.m.

Debut EP from Aneurysm

Aneurysm, set to release their debut EP on Friday Sept. 4 have debuted the 4-song affair, Stop This Ride, at BrooklynVegan.

The band, featuring an ex-member of The Network, will follow this EP with another short player, Veronica, later this fall. As for this one, it will be on their own Puritan Candy Records and it also includes a cover of Hole's "Violet."

MP3s "Can't Hear" from The Slackers

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 8:53 p.m.

The Slackers are streaming a song from their flexi 7" to be released by Rare Breed in their ongoing series that has also featured Obi Fernandez (label co-owner/Westbound Train) and Anthony Raneri (Bayside).

The new song is titled "Can't Hide." Check it out here.

Bands 1QI: Pears, Boilerman, Loud Boyz, Stern

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 1:01 p.m.

1QI: Pears, Boilerman, Loud Boyz, Stern
Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook & twitter and we'll post an interview four days each week, typically every Monday-Thursday.
After our social media followers get the first word, we post a wrap-up here at the site and archive them here. This week check out Q&As with Pears, Boilerman, Loud Boyz, and Stern.

Labels Seven Sisters of Sleep join Relapse

Posted Sept. 1, 2015, 12:37 p.m.

Seven Sisters of Sleep join Relapse

Relapse Records has announced the signing of southern California's Seven Sisters of Sleep.

The band, who has released previously with A389 and Southern Lord, will release their label deblut (and third full-length) likely in early 2016. They recently wrapped up recording with production work still to come.

Records Pentimento announce I, No Longer

Posted Aug. 31, 2015, 9:45 p.m.

Pentimento announce I, No Longer

Pentimento will release a new albu, their second full-lenth, on Oct. 23.

Released on Bad Timing Records the album is to be named I, No Longer, supported by a fall US tour.

Records Nervous - Duration and Delusion EP

Posted Aug. 29, 2015, 11:32 a.m.

Nervous - Duration and Delusion EP

On Oct. 23 Nervous will release a new EP, Duration and Delusion. The EP from the Oakland band has six new songs and will be a joint release between Twelve Gauge and their own Turbulent Records.

Check out  new song "The Break" now over at Decibel.

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Bad Magic

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It's been 40 years since the world was first introduced to the name of Motörhead. In that 40 years, they have become seemingly invincible. Impervious to the likes of addiction, lineup changes, musical trends and anything else that would have decimated a lesser band. But it would seem that the Motörhead juggernaut may finally be showing signs of slowing. Frontman Lemmy Kilminster's health in the last couple of years has led to shows cut short and numerous gig cancellations - ...

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I incorrectly said this band was from North Carolina when I talked about their last record, when in fact they’re from Chicago. So I’d like to take a moment to ...



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Upon hearing that legendary northwest garage rockers The Sonics were releasing a new album – their first in (gulp!) nearly fifty years – in 2015, I didn’t know if I ...


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Titus Andronicus (+@, as they shorten it) is a punk outfit led by Patrick Stickles, an obvious obsessive who has spent the last three +@ albums cramming barrages of references ...


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I came across Infera Bruo a couple of years back when they were releasing their debut album, Desolate Unknown. The perspective of the band on the black metal genre was ...


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Covering much of the same ground as a group like Perturbator, Philadelphia’s neon shudder makes dark electronic music inspired by the world of cyberpunk – a genre of sci-fi that’s ...



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Fat Wrecked 25 @ The Myth

Posted by Loren
Sept. 2, 2015, 9:32 p.m.

NOFX, Lagwagon, Dillinger Four, Strung Out, Swingin' Utters, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, toyGuitar, Bad Cop/Bad Cop The Myth Maplewood, MN August 28, 2015     No review, see photo gallery ... read more

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Manning Bar

Posted by T
Aug. 9, 2015, 2:54 p.m.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Manning Bar Sydney August 7, 2015   As Karl Marx said, the relationship between a band and the context it is playing in is metabolic. Both ... read more

Counting Sheep and The Need to Make Art

Posted by Graham Isador
Aug. 8, 2015, 1:19 p.m.

“We were standing in the middle of the square. There were snipers on the roof. Riot cops all around. People had already been killed. And she turned to me and ... read more

So So Glos and Desaparecidos @ Paradise Rock Club

Posted by Zach Branson
Aug. 5, 2015, 4:04 p.m.

The So So Glos, Desaparecidos Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA August 4, 2015 I went for Desaparecidos - Conor Oberst’s (of Bright Eyes fame) hardcore band - who put out ... read more

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