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Today we lost Erik Peterson, the frontman and mastermind behind anarcho-punk act Mischief Brew. I had met Erik on a handful of occasions. I covered ... read more

Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2016)

It hasn't been the most promising start to a year: with both David Bowie and Prince departing the Earth (presumably to take their music to ... read more

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For this edition of Beyond Casual Observation, Ashley Lynch, owner of Burnaby, BC-based Gingerbreadgirl Post—a versatile post-production studio that specializes in genre film-editing, colour grading ... read more

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SPB exclusive: Bent Life's "Never Asked for Heaven"

SPB exclusive: Bent Life's "Never Asked for Heaven"

Bent Life - Never Asked for Heaven

Scene Point Blank is pleased to debut the new Never Asked for Heaven from Bent Life, a week before its debut on August 5.

The new album is the group's first full-length and first release on Bridge Nine Records, though they formed back in 2010 and have several EPs under their belt. The record was produced by Nick Jett (Terror) and showcases a blend of clear and precise hardcore that alternates between big riffs and big hooks.

Check out below and catch the band on a short run of tour dates this weekend. Pre-orders are available from Bridge Nine.

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Records New from Animal Lover

Posted Aug. 25, 2016, 8:51 a.m.

New from Animal Lover

Animal Lover - Stay Alive

Minneapolis' Animal Lover are streaming new video "Dreamhouse" from their forthcoming Stay Alive album, set for release on Sept. 9 (Forward Records). The band has also booked a US tour with Phantom Head.

Records Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire) back with solo LP

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 9:51 a.m.

Joe McMahon (Smoke or Fire) back with solo LP

Joe McMahon, also of Smoke or Fire (Fat Wreck Chords) has announced the release of Another Life next month on Sept 2. The new album is his first solo full-length, though he previously released a split LP with The Lawrence Arms' Brendan Kelly.

In 2013, McMahon moved to Germany and begam playing solo shows. The new LP is on Smartpunk/Gunner Records.

Smoke Or Fire released their last album, The Speakeasy, in 2010.

Records Ion Dissonance returns

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 9:22 p.m.

On Nov. 18, Good Fight will release Cast the First Stone from Montral's Ion Dissonance.

The band, active 2003-2010, has four previous releases.

A new song, "Treading on Thin Ice" is online now:

Tours The Falcon touring with Kyle Kinane

Posted Aug. 22, 2016, 5:17 p.m.

The Falcon touring with Kyle Kinane

photo by Loren Green

Already touring the US this summer-fall in support of Gather Up the Chaps, The Falcon will pick up comedian Kyle Kinane for several dates beginning in November. Wisconsin's Arms Aloft will also be playing at these stops.

Labels 6131 signs Suburban Living

Posted Aug. 20, 2016, 4:48 p.m.

6131 signs Suburban Living

photo by Emily Dubin

6131 Records has signed Philadelphia's Suburban Living and will release a new album, Almost Paradise, on Oct. 7. It's the band's second full-length.

A new track, "Come True," is streaming below off the soon to come album.

Records John K. Samson working with Weakerthans members on new solo album

Posted Aug. 20, 2016, 10:24 a.m.

John K. Samson working with Weakerthans members on new solo album

photo by Loren Green

The AV Club is streaming "Postdoc Blues," a song from the forthcoming John K. Samson solo effort Winter Wheat, due on Oct. 21 (Anti- Records). The new album sees Samspon reunited with The Weakerthans' rhythm section.

Samson released Provincial in 2012 and The Weakerthans last released Reunion Tour in 2007.

Tours Baroness announces 2016 Australian tour

Posted Aug. 19, 2016, 12:34 p.m.

Baroness announces 2016 Australian tour

photo by Jimmy Hubbard

US heavy weights Baroness have announced that they are returning to Australia for a national tour in December, on top of their appearance at the legendary Meredith Festival. It has  been two years since the four-piece were last in Australia — they played Soundwave Festival back in 2014, and before that supported Metallica on their 2010 tour.

This time around, the band will play five headline shows across Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, as well as their Meredith Festival set. Word around the campfire has that the Baroness will treat punters down under with a best of mélange of songs spanning their four albums and thirteen year career.

Details for Baroness’ Australian tour in December 2016 can be found under the following links.

Tours Cattle Decapitation in the USA

Posted Aug. 18, 2016, 9:50 p.m.

Cattle Decapitation in the USA

attle Decapitation has announced a North American tour as well as a run of dates alongside Brujeria later this year in September and October.

The band's latest release was The Anthropocene Extinction.

Records Cheap Girls rarities rec

Posted Aug. 17, 2016, 11 p.m.

Cheap Girls rarities rec

Cheap Girls will soon release a rarities and B-sides collection titled God's Ex-Wife, with a release date set for Sept. 16 on Asian Man Records.

The band released Famous Graves in 2014.

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