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Music: Fest 13

Like its 12 predecessors, Fest 13 offered something new. The growing festival has made a mark in the DIY punk community in its layout, booking, ... read more

Music: Red Scare 10th Anniversary Show Review

Most of you are still recovering from Fest, but let’s not forget that Red Scare had a little fest of their own for their 10th ... read more

Interviews: Signals Midwest / Captain, We’re Sinking

We chatted to Maxwell Stern of Signals Midwest and Leo Vergnetti of Captain, We’re Sinking: Scene Point Blank: At what point, post Fest, do you ... read more

Interviews: Caves

Cayetana interviews Caves Cayetana: If you guys were action figures what would come with you? Caves: Lou would come with an imaginary German Shepherd (dog) ... read more

Interviews: Cayetana

Caves interviews Cayetana Caves: Cayetana, that's a cool name! Where does it come from? Cayetana: We named our band after a good friend of ours, ... read more

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Punk/hardcore writers wanted

Are you an avid SPB reader and an aspiring reviewer? SPB is seeking punk-leaning reviewers at this time. SPB is big on covering a variety of styles, but we’d like to branch a little more in this direction to stay true to our roots. Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the criteria here and hit us up. While limiting our application pool to a specific genre typically isn’t our bag, please strongly consider if 50%+ of your list falls within the punk realm before submitting.

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Records Live Ty Segall Band record

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:31 a.m.

Live Ty Segall Band record

The Ty Segall Band will release their first live album on Jan. 26 as a part of Castle Face Records' "Live in San Francisco" series.

The album was recorded ovr two nights at The Rickshaw Stop. A full track listing is included below.

Labels Edhochuli joins A-F Records

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:08 a.m.

Edhochuli joins A-F Records

Pittsburgh's Edhochuli has signed to A-F Records and will record a new record early next year with producer Chris#2 (Anti-Flag).

The band is on tour through the end of the year.

Bands Keith Morris autobiography

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:04 a.m.

Keith Morris autobiography

Keith Morris of Off! (formerly of Black Flack and Circle Jerks) is working on an autobiography to be released in the fall of 2016. The book, written with Jim Ruland, will be available from De Capo Press and will be titled My Damage: 40 Years on the Front Lines of Punk.

Bands Yo La Tengo anniversary

Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 8:58 a.m.

Yo La Tengo have announced news of their upcoming 30th anniversary shows, along with a Dec. reissue of their Extra Painful album.

Extra Painful was first released in 1993 and the deluxe reissue will be a 2CD/2LP set with 12 bonus tracks (and more available via download code enclosed).

TV Billie Joe Armstrong, actor

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:54 p.m.

Billie Joe Armstrong, actor

Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong has reportedly agreed to be in an upcoming musical drama called Geezer, also featuring Judy Greer, Fred Armisen, and Selma Blair. Variety reports that "Geezer centers on the mid-life crisis of a husband and father who, on his 40th birthday, decides to revisit his punk-rock past by throwing an extravagant party in the presidential suite of the Drake Hotel" where he encounters his beautiful ex-girlfriend and former bandmates who have since moved on to bigger and better things."

Records Screaming Females will release Rose Mountain

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:26 p.m.

Screaming Females will release Rose Mountain

Screaming Females - Rose Mountain

On Feb. 24, New Jersey's Screaming Females will release a new LP, their sixth studio effort, titled Rose Mountain.

The new LP will be issued on Feb. 24 and contains 10 new songs. Don Giovanni will handle the release.

 

Music News Book combines 1940s-1950s prisons and music

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:22 p.m.

Book combines 1940s-1950s prisons and music

A new book/CD package titled Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings was released earlier this month on Dust-to-Digital. The project includes a 124-page hardcover book along with 77 photographs and 2 CDs of music and images compiled in 1947, 1948, and 1959 by folklorist Alan Lomax in behind the scenes documentation at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. The music includes a combination of spirituals and work songs.

The set also includes essays by  Lomax, Anna Lomax Wood, and Bruce Jackson.

Bands Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake

John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) is pairing with Minneapolis 3-piece The Blind Shake for an upcoming album called Modern Surf Classics, set for release on Jan. 27. The project plays instrumental surf rock.

The collaboration is formally named Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake and will release the album on Reis' Swami Records before hitting the road in Feb.

Shows Rock the Gate to feature 60+ bands and raise funds

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 7:36 a.m.

Sydney, Australia will host Rock the Gate, a 7-venue, 64-band program centered in The Enmore Theatreaon Nov. 23. The festival is to raise awareness of the anti-fracking movement and will feature artists such as Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses, Natalie Pa’apa’a, and many more.

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Schammasch

Contradiction

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Existence is a series of challenges – ones that force you to adapt, to change and to create sides of yourself that you show to the world, ones that are more appealing and accepted, ones that help you feel more at ease and able to cope with the journey we call life. Those ideas are at the heart of Contradiction, the second full length from Swiss band Schammasch, which takes the split of the self to new dimensions in a ...

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Dream Police

Hypnotized

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The Men has been one of the great acts of the past decade (at least.) The Brooklyn based group has been able to put together indie rock, punk, noise and ...

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Noises We Make When No One Is Around

the black box contained nothing but our deaths

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Recorded under the name of the noises we make when no one is around (a name that aside from being wordy, seems quite appropriate), the music of Briton Craig Taylor-Broad ...

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The Copyrights

Report

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I like most of my music to have a pop bent. Yes, I like it rough around the edges and only mildly repetitive, which often rules out some of the ...

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Nothing

Guilty Of Everything

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it would be perfectly simple to couple Nothing into the wave of modern shoegaze and close the book. They carry certain trademarks that point towards them owing their guitar sound ...

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Anatomy Of Habit

Ciphers + Axioms

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Put together great musicians from diverse backgrounds and you are bound to get something special. That is what happens with Anatomy of Habit and their debut album. With an impressing ...

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Terrence Hunnam

Via Negativa

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Via Negativa marks the first solo album for Terrence Hunnam, visual artist and member of the incredible Locrian. The connection that Locrian have with ambient music is quite apparent in ...

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Light Bearer

Silver Tongue

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The hyper literate lads of Light Bearer have always kept a level of consistency within their records. whether through the content lyrically , or musically the band have always been ...

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Neighborhood Brats

Recovery

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Reading Scene Point Blank can pay off. A year or so ago we streamed No Sun No Tan, which was the first I’d heard of LA’s Neighborhood Brats.And I dug ...

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Svarta Stugan

Aspects of Our Future Selves

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With their 2014 album Aspects of Our Future Selves, Swedish three piece Svarta Stugan (translated as “Black Cottage”) has come up with their third EP release in as many years. ...

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Shallow Cuts

Storm Watch

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Shallow Cuts are a group of friends. Oh, they’re a group of musicians too. Some people call that a band. They’re a three piece, with members of Dan Padilla, Madison ...

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Gaslight Anthem & Against Me! @ First Avenue

Posted by Loren
Oct. 22, 2014, 5:50 p.m.

The Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Cory Brannan First Avenue Minneapolis, MN October 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Against Me! and I hadn’t seen Gaslight ... read more

Pixes @ State Theatre

Posted by Loren
Oct. 14, 2014, 6:02 p.m.

The Pixies, Royal Blood State Theatre Minneapolis, MN October 11, 2014   There’s a lot that can be said about The Pixies and their 2014 tour—well, about any tour of ... read more

Concert Review: Alice in chains Live 8/13/2014

Posted by Jon E.
Aug. 21, 2014, 8:53 p.m.

Lethbridge is a suburb of sorts to Calgary to give you, the reader an idea of the towns size. Usually the Enmax (where this show took place) is host to ... read more

Arcade Fire @ The Forum (Night 1)

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 21, 2014, 6:21 p.m.

 Unless you've been living under a rock, you know Arcade Fire are currently shaking up North America with an enchanting spectacle of a tour. I caught the tour in Los ... read more

Competitions

Pray For Sound prize pack!

Posted Nov. 8, 2014, 2:46 p.m.

Scene Point Blank is hosting a prize pack giveaway in support of Dreamer, the new album from Boston's post-rock band Pray For Sound. On Nov. 24 we'll select one lucky winner at random who will receive a band t-shirt, a copy of the new Dreamer cd, their 2012 cd Monophonic, and stickers for ... more information

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