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Music: GSET: Nahko and Medicine for the People

Nahko Bear is a multi-instrumental, multi-talented, musician born in Portland, Oregon. Nahko’s songs are categorized as world fusion, and while those words are generally a ... read more

Interviews: Inter Arma

There was something distinct about Inter Arma and their sound from the very start, with their first release Sundown, but since then these guys have ... read more

Regular Columns: Guest Column: Justin Pearson - The Right Answers To The Wrong Questions

When I was growing up, I nihilistically spat in one eye of the universe. At some point, I figured I might as well spit in ... read more

Interviews: Alex Hughes (Holy Money)

I would like to start by saying, if you haven't heard Deconstruct by Hatred Surge, stop. Open a new tab and go listen to it ... read more

Interviews: Amenra

Amenra’s 2016 release, Alive, from Consouling Sounds is a compilation of live acoustic performances from 2014. Comprising that track list is material from Amenra’s 2009 ... read more

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Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 1

Scene Point Blank Podcast: Episode 1

After over thirteen years publishing on the web (and one book in print), Scene Point Blank has taken to the airwaves and released a podcast! It's hosted by our friend and contributor BJ Rochinich and available right now.

You can preview it below, and subscribe to it on iTunes and other podcast tools by simply searching "Scene Point Blank". Be sure to let us know what you think! Show notes are below.

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Records SPB exclusive: Wang Wen's Sweet Home, Go!

SPB exclusive: Wang Wen's Sweet Home, Go!

Wang Wen - Sweet Home, Go!

Wang Wen is set to release their ninth studio album and Scene Point Blank is excited to be hosting an exclusive stream of Sweet Home, Go!, officially out on October 7 (Pelagic Records, Europe) and Oct. 28 in the US.

Written over the last three years, the new record was finished this January with producers Wouter and Lode Vlaminck and features a wide range of instruments delivering sweeping textures over seven post-rock tunes.

Check it out below.

Labels Rhino: Record Store Day Black Friday

Posted Oct. 26, 2016, 7:32 p.m.

Rhino: Record Store Day Black Friday

Rhino Records has announced the line-up for their limited edition vinyl specials on Nov. 25, 2016, also known as Record Store Day Black Friday. Leading the charge will be releases from the Ramones, The Cars, and Sugar Hill Gang.

Check out further details after the jump.

Tours The Cult is coming down under

Posted Oct. 26, 2016, 8:14 a.m.

The Cult is coming down under

photo by Loren Green

Currently touring the USA, The Cult return to Australia in November for headline shows down the East Coast, with a trio of dates locked in for Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, in support of their latest album, Hidden City. The Cult is one of music’s most influential bands with an arsenal of hits including: "She Sells Sanctuary," "Love Removal Machine" and "Fire Woman."

The Cult – founding singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy along with drummer John Tempesta, bassist Grant Fitzpatrick and keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Damon Fox – is on the road now in Oceania in support of their latest full-length release, Hidden City.
Hidden City is The Cult’s 10th studio album and the final chapter of the band’s trilogy of releases which began with 2007’s Born Into This then 2012’s Choice of Weapon. The Bob Rock-produced album has already produced several singles: “Dark Energy,” “Deeply Ordered Chaos,” “Hinterland” and “G O A T.”

“Hidden City is a metaphor for our spiritual lives, our intimate interior lives,” explains Astbury. “There is no higher authority than the heart.”

MP3s Sleep news: The Clarity reissue

Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 10:11 p.m.

Sleep news: The Clarity reissue

Sleep has announced the upcoming physical release of The Clarity, the band's only released new material since 1998. The song first surfaced as a digital only release via the Adult Swim Singles Program in 2014 and will be put out on 12" one-sided vinyl by Southern Lord next February.

The b-side is to contain a specially etched artwork.

MP3s Paper + Plastick Fest sampler

Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 8:33 p.m.

Paper + Plastick Fest sampler

In the name of all that is Fest, Paper + Plastick Records has unleashed a 15 song compilation named Road to Fest 15 available for free at their webstore.

The compilation includes songs from A Wilhelm Scream, The Slackers, Blacklist Royals, Red City Radio, Aspiga, and more.

The label, based in Gainesville, will be at Fest Flea Market as well.

Shows MONA Mofo to return in January

Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 8:35 a.m.

MONA Mofo to return in January

Curated again by Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes, the Museum of Old and New Art will host the ninth installation of Mofo, an avant-garde festival of music and art, from January 18 to 22 in Hobart, and 20 to 22 at MONA itself. 

More than 200 artists, both local and international, will feature over the five days. 

Highlights include an exclusive Australian show of Puscifer, the Australian premiere of Peaches Christ Superstar, mash-up pioneer DJ Z-Trip and the world exclusive premiere of tētēma, the latest project from Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and experimental composer Anthony Pateras. 

MOFO 2017 will continue the series of unlikely collaborations: Regurgitator will reinterpret a classic Velvet Underground album alongside a guest synth player and Chinese-zither and a German theremin virtuoso will team up with Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil and a guest pianist.

MONA will host the new "The origin of art" exhibition and for the festival its catacombs will host Australian artist Guy Ben-Ary who created a “wet analogue” synthesiser called cellF, made from his own body cells in MONA’s Organ Room. American artist Ruth West invites you to put on 3D virtual-reality goggles and trigger deep-ocean survey sounds. And M.E.S.S. (Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio) will bring over a collection of vintage synths.

Faux Mo, Mofo’s fantastic late-night art party, will also return. 

Records Coliseum/Doomriders Danzig trib will be reborn

Posted Oct. 20, 2016, 7:35 a.m.

Coliseum/Doomriders Danzig trib will be reborn

The long out of print 2005 2-song cover split from Coliseum and Doomrider, originally on Auxiliary/Level Plane will be reissued on vinyl this Nov. 18 by Magic Bullet Records.

Featuring artwork from Florian Bertmerm Not of this Wolrd will be issue and black, white and clear vinyl next month.

MP3s SPB premiere: "Steel Toe Tap" from Thought Vomit

Posted Oct. 19, 2016, 7:17 a.m.

SPB premiere: "Steel Toe Tap" from Thought Vomit

Thought Vomit - Punks Brutal Retaliation/Sync the Skies

Sonoma County thrash punks Thought Vomit are back with another new song from their upcoming Punks Brutal Retaliation/Sync the Skies album, out fully on Oct. 28.

The 2:26 “Steel Toe Tap” combines nihilistic hardcore with metallic guitar that’s repeated across the new record, their fourth full-length as a unit. The new album is described a combining their growing chemistry as musicians with a stripped down sensibility that harkens their earlier work.

Hear the song below.

Records Hatred Surge "The KVRX Sessions" Released via Rescued From Life Records

Posted Oct. 17, 2016, 5:29 p.m.

Hatred Surge "The KVRX Sessions" Released via Rescued From Life Records

What comes as an apt surprise from beyond the grave to fans of grindcore this month, The KVRX Sessions by Hatred Surge is currently being distributed via Rescued From Life Records. Prior to disbanding in 2013, Hatred Surge recorded a live performance on KVRX's For The Dead radio show in Austin, TX. The collection of tracks, spanning the bands discography, is currently available through Rescued From Life Records webstore. The LP also includes a flexi 7" comprised of previously unreleased material that was originally recorded for a split to be released after Human Overdose (2012).

These records are essential for any grindcore collection and are available for purchase at

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Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival @ Olympic Park

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Oct. 18, 2016, 9:59 p.m.

Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival Olympic Park Sydney, AUS October 14-16, 2016 Traditionally, a rite of passage is a celebration of the passage, which occurs when an individual leaves one ... read more

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza @ Entertainment Quarter

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Oct. 11, 2016, 9:07 p.m.

Kooza, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Quarter Sydney, AUS October 6, 2016 Kooza first premiered in 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where circus conglomerate Cirque du Soleil, the largest theatrical producer on ... read more

Totally Unicorn @ Newtown Social Club

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Oct. 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m.

Totally Unicorn Newtown Social Club Sydney, AUS September 29, 2016 Do not let the name deter you: You want to see Totally Unicorn in all of their unbridled beauty before ... read more

Sounds of the Suburbs Festival @ Wilbar Lane

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Sept. 28, 2016, 9:45 p.m.

Sounds of the Suburbs Festival Wilbar Lane Cronulla, Sydney September 25, 2016 Cronulla, the “place of the pink seashells," is a beachside suburb, about 30 kilometers south of the Sydney ... read more

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