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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

Music: Refused (are fucking alive)

Refused are fucking alive, but they’re still fucking mysterious. I’ll never forget that late Sunday night in winter 1999 when I saw the premiere of ... read more

Music: Levitation 2015 / Austin Psych Fest

Providing a welcome alternative to not only the blast of insanity that South by Southwest brings but also the increasingly-crowded shitstorm that is the Austin ... read more

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SPB exclusive stream: Crown of Thornz

SPB exclusive stream: Crown of Thornz

Crown of Thornz - Nothing but Tragedy

This month Scene Point Blank is excited to stream a new EP from NYHC influencers Crown of Thornz. The new 2-song EP, Nothing but Tragedy, is their first recorded material in 17 years (since the 1998 split with Aggressive Dogs).

Originally formed by Lord Ezec, the band’s first incarnation ran from 1994-1998 and was revived for occassional one-off shows since reuniting for 2009’s Black N Blue Bowl. Check out the two new songs below.

Nothing but Tragedy will release on August 14 via Bridge Nine Records.

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Bands 1QI: Rebuilder, Lee M. Bartow, Cusses, Wolfnote

Posted Aug. 2, 2015, 4:52 a.m.

1QI: Rebuilder, Lee M. Bartow, Cusses, Wolfnote
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 Rebuilder, Lee M. Bartow, Cusses and Wolfnote.

Records Revolution Girl Style Now (with 3 new songs)

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 3:32 p.m.

Revolution Girl Style Now (with 3 new songs)

photo by Allison Wolfe

Bikini Kill demo Revolution Girl Style Now will be released on CD, vinyl, and digitally on Sept. 22 via Bikini Kill Records. The demo include 3 prevoiusly unreleased songs and was remastered by Fuagzi's Guy Picciotto for the reissue. The demo was originally released on cassette in 1991.

The band, who were active from 1990-1997, featured Kathleen Hanna, Tobi Vail, Billy Karren, and Kathi Wilcox. Bikini Kill Records was started  to document and reissue the group's back catalog and is distributed via Dischord Direct. 

Hanna, who is battling Lyme Disease, currently plays in The Julie Ruin.

Bands Ex-Latterman band Tender Defender debuts song

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 10:47 a.m.

New band Tender Defender has shared teh song "Hello Dirt," recorded last December on off their yet to be titled 12" coming on Dead Broke Rekerds. The band features 3 ex-members of Latterman: Phil Douglas (Iron Chic), Mattie Jo Canino (RVIVR), and Pat Schramm (Bridge & Tunnel/Young Ladies).

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Records New LP from Theologian to come

Posted Aug. 1, 2015, 10:43 a.m.

New LP from Theologian to come

Theologian - A Means By Which To Break The Surface Of The Real

New York's Theologian has announced their new LP, A Means By Which To Break The Surface Of The Real. On August 28 the record will be released on Nothing Under The Sun, the new imprint of Redscroll Records.

Theologiean, who has also released on Crucial Blast, Handmade Birds, Malignant Records, Annihilvs Power Electronix, will also be touring this year around the time of the release.

Obituaries Razorcake writer Chris Pepus passes away

Posted July 31, 2015, 11:08 a.m.

Razorcake writer Chris Pepus tragically passed away in early June after taking his own life. Pepus was best known for advocating for social and economic justice through his writing, and more recently left his job as an film archivist when he discovered that the university he was working for was "complicit in class bias for rich legacy students while cooking the books to outwardly appear more diverse", according to Razorcake. 

Chris wrote extensively about the social issues that he saw as being widespread, both through his articles on Razorcake and on his own blog Against Class Bigotry. Razorcake have published an in memoriam collection of Chris's contributions to the site here. Chris was previously an interviewee for SPB's 1QI.

Records New Night Birds out soon

Posted July 29, 2015, 2:43 p.m.

New Night Birds out soon

Fat Wreck Chords has announced a new LP from Night Birds out Oct. 2. The new record, titled Mutiny at Muscle Beach, is their third full-length and first for Fat Wreck. It also features new drummer Darick Sater for the first time on record.

Night Birds previous LP, Born to Die in Suburbia, released in 2013 on Grave Mistake.

MP3s Listen to new Deep Pockets song

Posted July 28, 2015, 10:15 p.m.

New York's Deep Pockets have posted a new song, "Nice Life," from their upcoming 7" EP on Dead Broke Rekerds.

Listen to the song here:

Records Puscifer's Money Shot

Posted July 28, 2015, 9:58 p.m.

Puscifer's Money Shot

Puscifer, featuring Tool's Maynard James Keenan, has announced their third full-length, Money Shot, which drops on Oct 30 on their own Puscifer Entertainment. The record is 10 songs in total.

The band's previous LP was 2011's Conditions of My Parole.

Records New Kylesa this October

Posted July 28, 2015, 12:31 p.m.

New Kylesa this October

Kylesa has announced Exhausting Fire, their seventh album, will release on Oct. 2 on Season of Mist.

The Savannah, GA band will embark on a US tour starting in late August and running into November.

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Though his own catalog has been hit-or-miss since 1996’s classic Endtroducing, I’d place DJ Shadow among the relatively few who have managed to stay ahead of the curve in the rapidly changing world of electronic music. Shadow’s own label, Liquid Amber, was formed in 2014 to provide an outlet for unique sounds, and a year later, they’ve already put out something wild.A collaboration between Shadow himself and fellow west-coast producer G. Jones, Night School Klik makes sounds similar to yet ...

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Radioactivity @ Triple Rock

Posted by Loren
July 29, 2015, 8:55 p.m.

Radioactivity, Birthday Suits, Butcher’s Union Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN July 22, 2015   It’s nice to live in a city where some great out of town bands have ... read more

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Tex Perkins @ Oxford Art Factory

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