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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: Wonk Unit

Posted July 6, 2015, 6:16 p.m.
SPB exclusive stream: Wonk Unit

photo by Mark Richards

Scene Point Blank is please to present a new monthly stream, the soon to release Feel the Wonkness from the UK's Wonk Unit.

The record, which releases on July 17, is the first vinyl release from the band and compiles material from throughout their career. Curated by Alex Wonk, Drunken Sailor Records, and Johanns Face Records (releasing the album digitally), it picks songs from across their catalog.

Wonk previously played in The Flying Medallions and the band hosts their own annual festival, Wonk Fest, held this July 25 at Tufnell Park in London. Later this year, the band is planning their first US tour, including at The Fest in Gainesville, FL.

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MP3s Take This to Heart and Mayflower Collective summer sampler

Posted July 6, 2015, 3:37 p.m.

Take This to Heart and Mayflower Collective summer sampler

Take This To Heart Records // Mayflower Collective Summer 2015 Compilation

Take This To Heart Records and Mayflower Collect have paried up for a 16 song sampler of 2015 music including tracks from Traditions, No Tide, Head North, Sundressed, and more.

The record can be streamed or downloaded here.

Labels Axis join Good Fight

Posted July 3, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Axis join Good Fight

Florida's Axis has signed with Good Fight Music for the release of their debut on Sept. 4.

The DIY hardcore band's debut will be titled Show Your Greed. The band has also scheduled a summer tour before the release, joined by Old Wounds and Of Feather and Bone on various dates.

 

Records Foxfires full-length in fall

Posted July 3, 2015, 9:06 a.m.

Foxfires full-length in fall

Foxfires have finished recording their debut LP and will release it on 12" and digitally this October via Escapist Records. The album, Pinetum, will be their first full-length and follows a 2013 EP, The Golden Age.

New song "Wanderlust Curse" is now streaming.

Bands IIVII makes debut

Posted July 3, 2015, 8:59 a.m.

IIVII makes debut

On Sept. 4, Josh Graham (Red Sparowes, Battle of Mice, A Storm of Light) will release a new solo effort titled IIVII.

WIth an ambient/sci-fi bent, the new album, Colony, will be released on Consouling Sounds. Hear the first track to debut over at Cvlt Nation.

Labels Big|Brave sign to Southern Lord

Posted July 2, 2015, 4:39 p.m.

Big|Brave sign to Southern Lord

Montreal three-pice Big|Brave have signed with Southern Lord Recordingsand will release a new record this summer.

Recorded with Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra) at Hotel2Tango, the new record follows their 2014's Feral Verdure album, which was self-released in Sept. 

Labels Safe to Say SideOneDummy

Posted July 2, 2015, 3:09 p.m.

Safe to Say SideOneDummy

Safe to Say, a Toronto based emotive post-hardcore group, have signed with SideOneDummy for the release of their upcoming Hiding Games EP.

The new EP releases on the label on July 31 and the band is touring in support this month alongside Young and Heartless before playing Riot Fest Toronto later this year.

MP3s "Slow Train Coming" from Power

Posted July 2, 2015, 11:31 a.m.

"Slow Train Coming" from Power

Power have released a new song, "Slow Train Coming," from their soon to release EP Heavy Muscle.

The Bremerton, WA band will drop a new EP on July 10 via Twelve Gauge Records.

Bands D4 gets Surly

Posted July 1, 2015, 8:25 p.m.

D4 gets Surly

Surly brewing of Minneapolis will brew a special one-off beer for this year's annual D4th of July party at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. The one day festival includes a stacked line-up headlined by Dillinger Four and Against Me! with the bill also featuring Tim Barry, Off With Their Heads, Toys That Kill, Scared of Chaka, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, Pink Mink, The Slow Death, United Teachers of Music, and perhaps a special guest.

The beer will be a pre-Prohibition American lager dubbed #Merica!

Dillinger Four last released Civil War in 2008.

Labels Bloodshot signs The Yawpers

Posted July 1, 2015, 7:09 p.m.

Bloodshot signs The Yawpers

photo by Paul Beaty

The Yawpers have inked to Bloodshot Records for a release in late 2015.As described by the label, the Denver band "might recall edges of the mid-1900s Delta blues, but only if those lived-in riffs were played by the MC5, broadcast through booming stadium speakers and drenched with pounds of fuzzy distortion and full-throttled punk rock energy."

The new record should release this fall.

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Friend Roulette

I See You. Your Eyes Are Red.

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As far as indie-rock goes, Friend Roulette’s sophomore album I See You. Your Eyes Are Red. is pretty gothic. I don’t mean “gothic” as in Bauhaus and bats, but more in the sense of classic literature imbued with feelings of terror and longing. This six-piece band from Brooklyn is both bold and bizarre, featuring violin, clarinet and two percussionists along with guitar and bass, and vocals by Julia Tepper and Matthew Meade. The resulting sound is eerie and orchestral, with ...

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Steve Von Till

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Lagwagon

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Algiers

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Menace Beach

Ratworld

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Though many people – even those who weren’t around when the system was - could probably rattle off several of the more popular NES titles of the 8-bit era, there ...

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Warhorse

As Heaven Turns To Ash...

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As much as I like the “what if?” scenarios, at the same time I hate them. It is always nice to theorize about what could have happened if x has ...

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Rei Rea

Food For The Worms

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Christian Dubé’s project has certainly blossomed over the years. Originating back in 2000, Rei Rea started off as a software-based musical outlet based in Dubé’s basement (that must be one ...

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Mishka Shubaly

Coward’s Path

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If Nic Cage from Leaving Las Vegas had cut an album, it might sound something like Mishka Shubaly’s Coward’s Path. Dealing with such upbeat subjects as alcoholism, death, alcohol, loneliness, ...

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Underground Railroad To Candyland

The People Are Home

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I wasn’t sure what to make of Underground Railroad to Candyland when I first saw them. They were a very new band, but the style was off-kilter and different than ...

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Prurient

Frozen Niagara Falls

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Red Dons & TV Smith

A Vote For the Unknown

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Babes in Toyland @ Rock the Garden

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 24, 2015, 12:13 p.m.

Babes in Toyland Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 21, 2015 It’s difficult for me to write about Babes in Toyland without sounding at least a little bit gushy. Like ... read more

Belle and Sebastian @ Rock the Garden

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 22, 2015, 11:03 p.m.

Belle and Sebastian Rock the Garden Minneapolis, MN June 20th, 2015   As a hot and humid day began its turn towards much needed cooler temperatures, Scotland’s baroque pop sweethearts ... read more

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Posted by Loren
June 14, 2015, 6:28 p.m.

Shonen Knife, CJ Ramone, L’Assassins Amsterdam Bar & Hall St. Paul, MN June 10, 2015   Amsterdam is a venue that’s not new by any means, but still feels to ... read more

White Lung @ 7th St. Entry

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 12, 2015, 1:26 p.m.

White Lung 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN June 11, 2015 Abandoning my beloved NBA Finals, I bounced somewhere during the third quarter and rushed downtown to catch White Lung. Upon ... read more

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Bloom Offering's Death Bed cassette giveaway

Posted June 11, 2015, 1 p.m.

Scene Point Blank has teamed up with Bloom Offering to give one lucky winner a copy of Death Bed, set for release later this month. Want a chance to win the cassette (value $7USD)? Just enter below. One winner will be selected. Only valid US mailing addresses will be awarded the prize. Competition ... more information

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