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Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival @ Olympic Park

Posted Oct. 18, 2016, 9:59 p.m. by T

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 group or sphere to enter another. It is based on the assumption that civilizations are arranged on a scale, implying that the lower levels represent the simplest level of development and that social groups in such a society likewise have magico-religious foundations.

Many groups in modern industrial society practice customs that can be traced to an earlier sacred phase. Passage between these groups requires a ceremony, or ritual hence rite of passage.

In the first phase, people usually withdraw from their current status and prepare to move from one place or status to another. During this phase of separation there is often a detachment or "cutting away" from the former self, which is signified in symbolic actions and rituals, e.g. the cutting of the hair for a person who has just joined the army.

Or a tattoo.

He or she is "cutting away" the former self: the civilian.

While it is questionable if getting a tattoo these days is based on such a spiritual superstructure, as was once was considered taboo and scrutinized has become recognized and mainstream, especially with the realm of tattooing having become the most active arena in the world for the commissioning or original artworks, Australia’s biggest tattoo festival celebrates exactly that: The Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival, which has been running in Melbourne for the last 5 years, aims to bring back what the meaning of tattooing and other forms of body modification, e.g. piercing and branding, means for the individual.

The festival prides itself on the celebration of creativity and connecting different individuals through body art to be a diverse and an all-inclusive event, built on a core value of ‘family’.

Over the course of 3 days, Rites of Passage featured more than 250 tattoo artists from around the globe including Nikko Hurtado of Anchor Collective fame, who specialized in human portrature, Aniela Frudum from Sweden, and a range of Australian artists (Khan, Mystik Tattoos, Jake Danielson, Khail Aitken, Andrew Smith among others) showcasing their work and the professionalism of the industry.

Rites of Passage also featured live entertainment, Moto X Freestyle action featuring Australia’s most prominent motocross team Freestyle Kings, Battle of the Bands, local food trucks, competitions for upcoming talent, industry tattoo skill seminars for budding and professional artists and art exhibitions curated by Rhys Gordon, who is heralded for his knowledge of Japanese tattoo culture and its mythology that is reflected in his work and who hosted a seminar on Australian tattoo history.

Rites of Passage Fest is the embodiment of the fact that attitudes towards and tattooing in itself have evolved significantly over the years, with artists from a variety of backgrounds, most prominently from the realm of fine art, enriching and pushing the envelope of what was thought to be possible with their ideas and consequently expanding the range of people who are now looking to get ink done or who are just intrigued to find out more about the process and the artists.

The team behind Rites of Passage has succeeded in designing an eclectic experience with an inclusive atmosphere, making it enjoyable event for all ages and something to save the date for in 2017.


Photos by KAVV

Cirque du Soleil's Kooza @ Entertainment Quarter

Posted Oct. 11, 2016, 9:07 p.m. by T

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 this earthround, was founded in 1983 as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations of Jacques Cariter’s voyage to Canada.

Defining “nouveau cirque” by combining circus styles from around the globe, animal free thrills, continuous live music, death defying stunts and its theatrical, character driven approach, Cirque du Soleil expanded rapidly through the 1990s and 2000s, going from one show to 19 shows in over 271 cities on about every continent except Antarctica.

Accessible, earnest, yet undeniably artful – these were Cirque’s trademark qualities.

It became a brand.

A brand with a myriad of incarnations. 

As brands become bigger, financially successful and multi-faceted, extending its offerings whilst retaining vitality and relevance without compromising its artistic integrity can be a challenge.

Your humble narrator has had the pleasure of seeing Cirque du Soleil productions in different locations. Especially recent ones were hit and miss, especially when the shows derived from the realm of traditional circus traditions: it got bigger, flashier and at times over-poised and acrobatically underwhelming.

“When in doubt, go back to the basics” might be a worn out, clichéd phrase, but it certainly holds true for Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, which sees a return to the trademark blue-and-yellow Big Top.

Kooza reflects Cirque du Soleil's return to more traditional circus arts with clowning and acrobatics: Inspired by the Sanskrit word “koza” – which means box, chest or treasure, the name KOOZA was chosen because one of the underlying concepts of the production is the idea of a “circus in a box” – only fitting that Kooza kicks off with the Trickster being unleashed like a jack-in-the-box to kick off the proceedings.

The return to the Grand Chapiteau creates an intimacy that is vital to foundation of the Cirque du Soleil experience: Kooza's stage is designed to evoke a public square that changes into a circus ring.

The sight lines offer views of up to 280 degrees which serves as the platform for an international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors presenting heart-stopping feats and clowneries to a seamless live soundtrack fusion of jazz, 1970s funk and Bollywood beats emanating from a dominating traveling tower dubbed the "bataclan."

The structure of the Grand Chapiteau is always in full view and all aspects of the performance are transparent - the fact that there is no effort made to disguise or conceal the performances helps to focus the attention on the artists and thus creates an environment where the danger of the acts is palpable.

The comic-book aesthetic of the more than 175 custom-made, intricate costumes complements the scenographic set design with its focus on archetypes and universal characters, drawing on a wide variety of sources of inspiration: Paintings of Gustav Klimt, Indian and Eastern European touches, Mad Max and timetravel movies laced with winks towards the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.

Kooza delivers on every level with its ten acrobatic acts, which are supplemented by minor burlesque acts that develop the storyline:

Be it the house troupe creating human towers Nutcracker-style inspired by the Inuit game of “Blanket Toss,” jaw dropping feats of contortion creating a tableaux of sculptural beauty, an aerial hoop act, a pas de deux waltzing on a unicycle, fencing and other stunts on the high wire that most of us would have trouble with performing on the ground, the artist powered wheel of death or the teeterboard catapulting artists into lofty heights where they perform quintuple twisted summersaults with stilts strapped to their legs– with each act Kooza combines thrilling acrobatic performance with infectious fun and genuinely warm and funny undertones.

Kooza is engaging, charming and gradually upping the ante throughout the show.

A true return to form focusing on human performance in its rawest, most frail yet glamorous and awe-inspiring state.

If Cirque du Soleil’s mission was to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of the spectators, Kooza as a colourful mélange and tribute to the core values of the golden days of the circus - accomplishes it.

Kooza does not only have the “wow factor” but firmly establishes Cirque du Soleil as the “wow factory”: This is Cirque at its best - an immersive, thrilling and entertaining night out.


Photos courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil will conclude its Sydney season on November 13. Following Sydney, the tour moves to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.


Totally Unicorn @ Newtown Social Club

Posted Oct. 1, 2016, 11:12 a.m. by T

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 they blow up and no longer grace the confines of small clubs with their sweaty, nude, booze-soaked presence.

It has been a while since I’ve been to a fun hardcore punk show that left everyone with a smile on their faces, singing along to Toto’s “Africa.”

Totally Unicorn’s recently released full-length album Dream Life draws influences from the likes of Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Cave In and the likes.

What reads on paper like a diligent mathcore band, is an entirely different beast in a live scenario -- a beast with a spiraling, large, pointed horn projecting from its forehead at that.

Some say there is a difference between grotesque and antic.

It might be a fine line but Totally Unicorn not only walks but inhabits it when it comes to their live performance: Take the best parts of early Fucked Up’s crowd engagement, i.e. front man buried in the pit -- clothes optional -- add ample measures of alcohol and medication generated oomph and hilarity, garnish with balloons, sprinkle with the trademark Australian pisstaking and stir with the barrel of a confetti canon.

Voilà! A fascinating, seriously fun and uncontrived live show that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Totally Unicorn is an example par excellence for the fact that being technically gifted and musically spot on, the ability to effortlessly bring the party and defying stereotypes do not have to be mutually exclusive.


Photos by T


Sounds of the Suburbs Festival @ Wilbar Lane

Posted Sept. 28, 2016, 9:45 p.m. by T

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 central business district in the Sutherland Shire, an area serving as the backdrop for the classic 1981 coming of age movie Puberty Blues, for which a big part of today’s laid-back, beachy crowd would have been the perfect cast – given that Sounds of the Suburbs festival is aimed at Sydney’s beautiful young things, people aged 18 to 24.

Squeezed into the Wilbar laneway behind the Space 44 gallery, which quintessentially turned a house into a live music and arts venue, and the Mexican restaurant/bar El Sol, the fourth installment of the boutique-y yet burgeoning Sounds of the Suburbs festival was held.

Sounds of the Suburbs is a laneway festival packed with Sydney’s newest and brightest of the indie variety, the odd touring band, Mexican food and culture located deep in the southern suburbs of Sydney. Summa summarum: All the key ingredients for a great DIY festival.

The 2016 all-day indie bill incarnated on multiple stages, one of which open for anyone bringing a device and plug whatever they wanted in, were supplemented by an art room displaying works from local creatively inclined folks, as well as Mexican food from El Sol and Italian wood-fired pizza.

Unfortunately only Budweiser was served on the beer front and while one was salivating at the prime selection of tequilas at display in the back of El Sol’s bar, only sangria and rum was served. Sacre bleu!

With DZ Deathrays (fresh off from an immensely successful Australian tour with Violent Soho), surf-inspired Guantanamo Baywatch, Peter Bibby, Alex Lahey, Verge Collection, Big White, Wild Honey, James Crooks, Tees, Pist Idiots, Baxter, Wash, Amyl And The Sniffers, Heads Of Charm, Red Wine Roses, The Cloacas, The Moving Stills, MVRKS, Mini Skirt, Uplifting Bell Ends and Stay At Home Mum this year’s incarnation of the festival lineup was not only eclectic, but even if you’re unaware of the protagonists, the names alone made you want to check them out.

For the most part, the bands gracing the main stage played fast paced, condensed sets, the lion’s share with an electric combination of lo-fi riffs coupled with energetic, offbeat stage presence, which did not fail to elicit boisterous and at time reckless responses from the willing, sold-out crowd.

Inside Space 44, in a more intimate environment bands like Wild Honey channeled their alchemy

Sounds of the Suburbs is a unique festival that has not merely found but created its very own and unique niche.
Having progressively gotten bigger and better with each year, one would not be surprised if it would evolve to a mainstream fest.


Photos by KAVV

Apocalyptica @ Metro Theatre

Posted Sept. 27, 2016, 10:24 p.m. by T

Apocalyptica, We Lost the Sea

Metro Theatre

Australia, AUS

September 24,2016

Rumor has it that Ritchie Blackmore tried to get into mastering the cello, the attention-getter among instruments – try to ignore a woman lugging one around, at some point of his career.

He came to the conclusion that one has to dedicate one’s whole life to it, after which he went back to playing guitar and turning it up a bit louder.

In classical music the bowed string instrument is often considered to be one of the less interesting instruments, eclipsed by the piano and the violin, because it tends to be used for drawn-out notes to give a melancholic tone.

Apocalyptica are a classically trained cello metal band and have mastered the art of exploring the range of the cello, showcasing how diverse and powerful it can be – playing it as low as the double bass and a high as the violin, along with making it sound like the human voice.

Apocalyptica started 20 years ago with an album solely consisting of Metallica covers played on cellos. Twenty years on, eight studio albums with compositions of their own along with collaboration with the likes to Ville Valo of HIM, Corey Taylor of Slipknot fame and Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil later, they descended upon Sydney as part of their “Shadowmaker” tour.

The set list consisted of a mix of originals and crowd pleasing cover songs, including heavy hitters by Metallica and Sepultura, interspersed by a segment with their current touring singer, Frankie Perez, which was the most conventional part of their performance.

Bringing together fans from heavy and more traditional musical spheres, the multi-faceted range Apocalyptica draws from makes them a very powerful and fun live act to see, keeping the audience on its toes as they seamlessly slide from Wagnerian tributes via somber moments to their various collaborations/covers, which elicit reactions and participation from the audience that you normally would only expect from hard rock acts with more traditional instrumentation. A great evening for anyone into heavy and classical music.

The evening was opened by We Lost the Sea, a great post-metal instrumental band from Sydney. 

For some, music is nothing but a mundane distraction of background noise.

For others music can serve as a tool of survival and bring hope to otherwise hopeless situations.

Life is complex. The emotions it evokes even more so. Music can provide solace.

We Lost the Sea gives consolation by wonderfully executing lengthy, hefty instrumental songs with towering guitar arrangements that create an active, immersive and cathartic listening experience.

A band to look out for.


Photos by KAVV


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Posted by T
March 31, 2015, 4:16 p.m.

Mastodon Big Top Luna Park Sydney, AUS March 28, 2015   The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region of the city of Tequila is particularly well suited to the ... read more

Steel Panther & Slash @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted by T
March 18, 2015, 10:13 a.m.

Steel Panther, Slash (feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) Hordern Pavilion Sydney, AUS February 24, 2015   Satire is a lesson, parody is a game: Steel Panther are seasoned performers ... read more

Blind Idiot God: A Retrospective

Posted by Spyros Stasis
March 4, 2015, 4:15 p.m.

Now that was a band that I did not really think I would hear from again. Named after the description of the Elder God, Azathoth, in H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmos, this ... read more

Swami John & The Blind Shake @ Turf Club

Posted by Loren
March 2, 2015, 12:48 p.m.

Bombay Sweets, Pink Mink, Swami John & The Blind Shake Turf Club St. Paul, MN February 19, 2015   No review, see photo gallery below. read more

Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 25, 2015, 5:32 p.m.

Shonen Knife @ The Factory Theatre Sydney, AUS January 24, 2015   Grin-inducing Japanese energetic, upbeat and catchy all-girl pop punk entertainment with the ingredients of a classic rock show: Shonen Knife ... read more

Napalm Death & Voivod @ The Republik

Posted by Jon E.
Feb. 23, 2015, 7:19 p.m.

How does one go to a show of a band that has been around consistently for longer that you have been alive and not have expectations? This along with possible ... read more

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
Feb. 20, 2015, 3:13 p.m.

Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses @ The Enmore Theatre Sydney, AUS November 23, 2014   The Newtown area was part of the land of the Cadigal band of the Eora people, who ranged across ... read more

The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel

Posted by T
Feb. 17, 2015, 7:41 p.m.

The Dwarves @ The Bald Faced Stag Hotel Sydney, AUS October 8, 2015   Parramatta Road is the east-west artery of metropolitan Sydney. On its 23 kilometers long strip, the road is ... read more

Mayhem & Watain @ Black Metal Warfare

Posted by Jon E.
Jan. 26, 2015, 11:53 p.m.

While it may be a bit grandiose to title a tour "Black Metal Warfare" or really any kind of warfare after witnessing a show on the tour in question it ... read more

Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets, Cactus Blossoms

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
Dec. 29, 2014, 7:55 a.m.

 It seems as though we are in a period of time where we read of a famous musician dying almost daily, this tour was supposed to have Ian McLagan in ... read more

Nick Cave @ State Theatre

Posted by T
Dec. 15, 2014, 5:26 p.m.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds State Theatre Sydney, AUS December 11, 2014   "All that has dark sounds has duende, that mysterious power that everyone feels but no philosopher ... read more

Run The Jewels & Ratking @ The Fine Line

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Nov. 22, 2014, 11:31 a.m.

Run The Jewels, Ratking The Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis, MN November 20, 2014 Earlier this week I attended an artist’s talk/writer’s workshop-type thing here in Minneapolis. Kevin Bowe, who’s ... read more

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

Alice In Chains @ The Enmax

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

Too Many Rappers: July 2014

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
July 18, 2014, 3:34 p.m.

Too Many Rappers: July 2014 7/18/14 - Minneapolis, MN Commuting earlier than usual this morning means it’s nice and cool. I ride by a kid who’s wearing an old 3rd ... read more

Guided By Voices @ Irving Plaza

Posted by Eli Zeger
July 13, 2014, 12:35 p.m.

Guided By Voices, Crystal Stilts   Irving Plaza New York, NY July 11, 2014     Photo courtesy of Gerald McBoing-Boing     See Guided By Voices before you die. ... read more

Agalloch @ Irving Plaza

Posted by Eli Zeger
July 7, 2014, 10:11 a.m.

Agalloch, Jex Thoth   Irving Plaza New York, NY June 30, 2014     Agalloch were one of the first metal bands to combine black/doom’s monsoon of carnage with ambient, ... read more

Eyehategod @ Club Europa

Posted by Eli Zeger
June 11, 2014, 2:55 p.m.

Eyehategod, Ringworm, Enabler, Shitkill   Club Europa Brooklyn, New York June 7, 2014       This past weekend, the mega-festival Governors Ball hit hard in NYC.  People from all ... read more

Boston Calling Music Festival

Posted by Eli Zeger
May 29, 2014, 5:20 p.m.

Boston Calling Music Festival 2014 City Hall Plaza in Boston, MA May 23-25 2014   (All concert photos courtesy of Mike Diskin)   Over Memorial Day weekend, I experienced the ... read more

Mogwai @ Terminal 5

Posted by Eli Zeger
May 10, 2014, 11:44 a.m.

  As my friend David and I were being hurled around the mosh pit at the Terminal 5 show of legendary post-rock ensemble Mogwai, I thought back to how earlier ... read more

Chuck Ragan @ Triple Rock

Posted by Loren
April 19, 2014, 9:03 a.m.

Chuck Ragan, White Buffalo, Jonny Two BagsTriple Rock Social ClubMinneapolis, MNApril 15, 2014 It had been many a year since I’d seen Chuck Ragan perform, and that was with his ... read more

From Indian Lakes @ Studio at Webster Hall

Posted by Eli Zeger
March 28, 2014, 1:59 p.m.

Written by Eli ZegerPhotos by Hadar Sagi From Indian Lakes     From Indian Lakes is a group of five pretty boys who make poppy emo music, but with post-rock riffs ... read more

Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Inter Arma

Posted by Chris Brown
Feb. 24, 2014, 8:17 a.m.

Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Inter Arma at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, 2/19/14 Last week, Chicago's Russian Circles touched down in Philadelphia as a part of their current tour with Ontario's KEN ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Fall Roundup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Nov. 14, 2013, 7:45 p.m.

Too Many Rappers: Fall Roundup The Minnehaha Creek is just one of the many places I do my thinking. I mean, as a human being with a fully functional brain, ... read more

HIM @ Southampton Guildhall

Posted by David Rutherford
Nov. 10, 2013, 1:02 p.m.

HIM, Caspian Southampton GuildhallSouthampton, Hampshire, UKOctober 28, 2013 It has been three years since HIM last played on the shores of the UK, with a lot of uncertainty whether they ... read more

Beacons Festival 2013

Posted by Fin TJM
Nov. 9, 2013, 7:53 p.m.

Beacons Festival 2013 North Yorkshire August 16-18, 2013 Beacons Festival is a pretty novel addition to the British concert scene. Taking place in Skipton (Lancs > Yorks) away from the ... read more

Elliott Smith: a personal remembrance

Posted by Matt
Oct. 24, 2013, 4:34 p.m.

Elliott Smith at his last-ever NYC show, January 29th 2003. He killed himself that October.Photo: Alexis I have this friend, let's call her L. We "met" on a music messageboard ... read more

Terror, Counterparts & Guests @ Golden Age Club

Posted by Jon E.
Oct. 15, 2013, 6:33 p.m.

October 12, 2013 Calgary, Alberta @ THE GOLDEN AGE CLUB   After a few hiccups in the booking process (venue issues, etc.) the day finally came for Terror to come back ... read more

What Inspires You? A (Sort of) Tour Diary Part 2

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 14, 2013, 9:44 p.m.

 A couple weeks ago, I went on a trip to the middle of the country to see my favorite band, AFI, play shows up and down the midwest. Some of ... read more

What Inspires You? A (Sort of) Tour Diary

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 10, 2013, 1:03 p.m.

  A couple weeks ago, I went on a trip to the middle of the country to see my favorite band, AFI, play shows up and down the midwest. Some ... read more

FLAG, T.S.O.L. @ First Avenue

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Sept. 17, 2013, 12:17 p.m.

FLAG, T.S.O.L., Cerbral Ballzy, Off WithTheir Heads First Avenue Minneapolis, MN September 13, 2013 After spending a few hours in a sports bar down the street, where my compadres and ... read more

Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted by Cheryl
Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m.

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ... read more

The Progressive Music Awards II: Futile Sequence

Posted by Sarah
Sept. 2, 2013, 4:11 p.m.

It's that time once again! The fabled Progressive Music Awards are tomorrow night, and I've spent the last few weeks getting myself familiar with the best of the best in ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Summer Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Aug. 28, 2013, 6:27 p.m.

Holy crap, has this summer been hot or what? Like, hot as in temperature hot.  Like, literally hot.  Which might be confusing now that Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries as well ... read more

The Nines Festival - Devens MA August 2013

Posted by Scott Wilkinson
Aug. 26, 2013, 8:52 a.m.

The NINES Festival Devens, MA   I must admit I was anxious to attend this festival when I heard the lineup featured none other than Shuggie Otis. I have had ... read more

Blur 21: The Exhibition @ IMMA, Dublin

Posted by Aideen
Aug. 2, 2013, 12:20 p.m.

  It's a tray in a hotel room, fairly unremarkable when put back to basics. The tray is littered with cigarettes, beer bottles, a can of coke, a crumpled McDonald's ... read more

Melvins, Negative Approach, Mudhoney @ Grumpys

Posted by Loren
July 29, 2013, 8:27 p.m.

Die Kruezen, Hepa/Titus, Mudhoney, Gay Witch Abortion, Negative Approach, Honky, Melvins Grumpys Downtown Minneapolis, MN July 20, 2013   It’s a shame that Amphetamine Reptile Records quit putting out new ... read more

Postal Service @ The Greek Theater

Posted by Aaron H
July 26, 2013, 3:17 a.m.

The Postal Service are making their rounds again in support in the Deluxe Edition re-release of their 2003 album, Give Up. Scene Point Blank had a chance to check'em out ... read more

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza

Posted by Loren
July 10, 2013, 5:05 p.m.

Dave Hause @ Cabooze Plaza Social Distortion, Cheap Time, Dave HauseCabooze PlazaMinneapolis, MNJuly 2, 2013 Dave Hause is a busy guy. I swear I get an email a week here ... read more

Too Many Rappers: Spring

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 6, 2013, 6:32 p.m.

Well here we are into the first part of May, and I'm wondering where the fuck March and April went.  I apologize for dropping the F bomb on you in ... read more

Record Store Day 2013 Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 22, 2013, 10:56 p.m.

Minneapolis, MN, 4/20/13 Despite being fairly worn out from the previous evening—one which had me visiting three different venues, seeing six different bands, and imbibing at least twice as many ... read more

The Men @ 7th St Entry, Mpls, MN

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 14, 2013, 2:38 p.m.

The Men 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN June 12, 2013 On just the third night of their North American tour, Brooklyn-based band The Men landed in Minneapolis for a packed-in ... read more

Book Review: Davey Havok - Pop Kids

Posted by Matt
April 7, 2013, 3:02 p.m.

(This review contains copious spoilers: if you intend to read the novel yourself, proceed with caution. We're posting it as a blog since it's not strictly music-related, despite being written by ... read more

Tegan and Sara @ Upstate Concert Hall

Posted by Stephanie Preston
April 7, 2013, 12:27 p.m.

Tegan and Sara were appreciated by Albany, NY last month when they came to the Upstate Concert Hall, the first time they've visited since the duo released So Jealous, which ... read more

Anthrax, Exodus @ First Avenue, MN

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
April 6, 2013, 1:16 p.m.

Anthrax, Exodus, High On Fire, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail First Avenue Minneapolis, MN April 4th, 2013 Continuing their recent-ish trend of performing classic albums in their entirety, Anthrax rolled into ... read more

This Beastie Boys Footage Needs to be Addressed

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
March 20, 2013, 1:40 a.m.

In the days following Adam Yauch’s passing in May of last year, many of us nostalgia-stricken fans were searching for words to express how deeply saddened we were by not ... read more

Too Many Rappers: February Wrapup

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
March 6, 2013, 8:31 p.m.

February 28th, 2013 As I write this, I am overlooking the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula from the balcony of my room at a vacation resort outside of ... read more

Too Many Rappers: February

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Feb. 15, 2013, 6:02 p.m.

This hip-hop train just keeps on rolling.  And although I would like to think I’m fully on board, it feels more like I’m running beside it, trying to keep up, ... read more

New Column: Too Many Rappers

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
Feb. 5, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

Well, here we are, a whole month into the New Year, and as usual January was spent catching up on all the music I slept on last year.  Normally the ... read more

Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted by Cheryl
Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m.

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ... read more

Show Review: The Great Old Ones w/Terzij de Horde and Oblivionized @ The Unicorn, London (January 5th 2013)

Posted by Cheryl
Jan. 9, 2013, 12:17 a.m.

The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ... read more

Show Review: Neurosis and Godflesh @ Kentish Town Forum, London (December 2nd 2012)

Posted by Cheryl
Dec. 8, 2012, 8:39 p.m.

The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ... read more

Show Review: Minus the Bear/Cursive @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
Nov. 13, 2012, 4:20 p.m.

Minus the Bear and Cursive have been on tour for the past few months in support of their 2012 releases. Minus the Bear put out Infinity Overhead in August, while ... read more

Show Review: Murder by Death @ House of Blues Anaheim

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 8, 2012, 4:34 p.m.

Murder by Death have just begun to tour for their new album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, by supporting pop-punk troop, Say Anything. It's an interesting combo and Murder by Death ... read more

Show review: At The Drive-In @ Brixton Academy, London (08/28/12)

Posted by Matt
Aug. 29, 2012, 2:43 a.m.

It's rare that you attend a show that feels like it has the weight of history riding on it, but seeing At The Drive-In play what is likely to be ... read more

Show Review: fun. @ The Wiltern

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 19, 2012, 4:58 p.m.

Fun. are back on the road selling out shows again. This time however, they didn't just sell out one show, but 3 nights at the illustrious Wiltern Theater in Los ... read more

Show Review: Murder by Death @ The El Rey Theater

Posted by Aaron H
Aug. 9, 2012, 2:25 p.m.

Murder by Death are preparing the release of their 6th studio album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, while celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their first LP, Like The Exorcist, but More ... read more

Sarah Deconstructs the Progressive Music Awards Nominees

Posted by Sarah
July 4, 2012, 9:39 a.m.

Well, it's high time that progressive music got a good, high-ish-profile awards show, and now, thanks to Prog Magazine, we have one. The bad news is that it stlil shows ... read more

Japandroids @ 7th St. Entry

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
July 3, 2012, 5:07 p.m.

Japandroids 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN July 7, 2012 When a touring band starts their set by saying, “It feels like we’re back home, Minneapolis”, the natural instinct is to go ... read more

LeBron James - Stay Hatin'

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 22, 2012, 1:56 a.m.

LeBron James is Four Titles and a Rape Allegation Away From Becoming Kobe Bryant: How the Miami Heat Winning is Bad for Basketball Now I know that we here at ... read more

Royal Headache @ Triple Rock Social Club

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 10, 2012, 4:50 a.m.

  Royal Headache, The Arrivals, Condominium Triple Rock Social Club Minneapolis, MN June 9, 2012 It was with some intrigue and, admittedly, mostly trepidation that I made my way to ... read more

Show Review: Hot Water Music @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
May 28, 2012, 5:28 p.m.

Hot Water Music just released their new album, Exister, and recently spent a couple nights in So-Cal to warm up the new songs before they head out to Europe this ... read more

Rock on the Cowbell Slowly

Posted by Sarah
April 14, 2012, 12:27 p.m.

There are a few cultural constants we all come to understand depending on where we come from, and growing up in Vermont is no exception. Amongst other things, many develop ... read more

Show Review: fun.

Posted by Aaron H
March 29, 2012, 3:08 p.m.

Once again, fun. are on the road and Scene Point Blank was there to catch another great show. The band's playing the clubs in support of their sophomore record, Some ... read more

Musink Fest: A Review

Posted by Aaron H
March 6, 2012, 3:44 p.m.

I had the pleasure of attending the 5th annual Musink Fest in Costa Mesa, CA--a festival blending live music and an appreciation for tattoo art--hosted by LA Ink star, Kat ... read more

Show Review: Cursive @ The Glasshouse 02/25/12

Posted by Aaron H
Feb. 27, 2012, 3:43 p.m.

Cursive recently began touring in support of their 7th studio album, I Am Gemini. I had the privilege of catching their show in Pomona, CA where they played a great ... read more

Catholic Dating Sites

Posted by Sarah
Feb. 17, 2012, 10:45 a.m.

I know we don't usually review websites here at Scene Point Blank, but we just couldn't help ourselves after our editor in chief Loren received the following request: Hi,I'm Pheiné, ... read more

Vermont Counterpoint(s)

Posted by Sarah
Nov. 18, 2011, 12:51 p.m.

The piece ended rather suddenly, almost completely without warning. The conductor held his position for a moment, then slowly brought his arms down. The theater erupted with applause as the ... read more

Show Review: Bayside/Saves the Day @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 28, 2011, 1:35 a.m.

  Saves the Day and Bayside decided to team up this Fall to deliver a thrilling show fans of either could appreciate. Joining them on the tour are I Am ... read more

Show Review: The World/Inferno Friendship Society @ The Key Club

Posted by Aaron H
Oct. 8, 2011, 2:05 p.m.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society recently started their US tour supporting their new album, The Anarchy and The Ecstasy, with sci-fi-psychobilly (psy-fi?) band, The Phenomenauts. You could not ask for a ... read more

Cannabis Corpse - A Live Review

Posted by Cheryl
Sept. 12, 2011, 7:36 a.m.

Last Thursday, The Purple Turtle in London's infamous Camden held what is likely to be the most fun headlining show I've seen this year. Cannabis Corpse, fresh off the back ... read more

Motley Crue and Poison - A Live Review

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
June 29, 2011, 6:33 a.m.

Motley Crue and Poison live, Target Center, Mpls, MN, 6/24/11 The New York Dolls opened the show but I couldn’t tell you damn thing about them. The girlfriend and I  literally ... read more

Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 2

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 31, 2011, 12:51 p.m.

Read Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 1 here. Despite intermittent sleep, I wake up feeling fairly well rested.  If memory serves correctly, I’m somewhere deep within the confines of enemy territory—Wisconsin.  ... read more

Midwest Hell Fest Wrapup-Day 1

Posted by Nathan G. O'Brien
May 17, 2011, 7:02 a.m.

After losing a year of my life behind the wheel, I finally arrive at my destination: Kimberly, Wisconsin. Upon walking into the hotel—and I use this term loosely—lobby, I am ... read more

Show Review: Fun. @ The Glasshouse

Posted by Aaron H
May 2, 2011, 8:31 a.m.

After a long wait and two opening acts—the clock struck 9:30 and Fun took the stage, while the boys and girls cheered. Suddenly, the beautiful overture to “Be Calm” opens ... read more

Fest 8 Wrapup

Posted by Loren
Dec. 16, 2009, 6:53 a.m.

200 bands, seemingly as many beers, and only three nights. Where do I begin my recap? My stomach is still shrunken from not eating right, and I continue to drink ... read more

Converge/Mastodon/Dethklok - A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Oct. 31, 2009, 6:11 p.m.

Let me start off by saying that I love all three of these bands, and I have been looking forward to this show since I got confirmed to photograph it. ... read more

Portugal. the Man - A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Oct. 24, 2009, 3:41 p.m.

Portugal. the Man is a Portland, Oregon based experimental indie-rock band, fronted by native Alaskan John Gourley. If you haven’t heard the story about this up and coming group, Gourley’s ... read more

Moving Mountains: A Live Review

Posted by Edson
Sept. 23, 2009, 3:17 p.m.

I don't know how many of you have heard of Moving Mountains. A band from Westchester, NY, they are fresh off a tour with Thursday, about to embark on a ... read more

500+ Reviews

Posted by Michael
May 31, 2009, 11:36 p.m.

I hit the 500 review mark last week with my Narrows review. That's a lot of reviews. Sometimes I get burnt out with all the stuff coming through, especially when ... read more


Posted by Michael
May 6, 2009, 3:41 p.m.

So I just got done watching the season finale of Scrubs. It was Zach Braff's final episode. His character is saying goodbye, but I think they gave it a nice ... read more

Remember Those Browns?

Posted by Michael
Nov. 13, 2008, 11:16 a.m.

Two months ago I had high hopes for the Cleveland Browns. Now I am left with a fairly mediocre season.  We shall see how the remainder plays out. I'm looking ... read more


Posted by Graham Isador
Sept. 22, 2008, 8:27 a.m.

Might as well has this here too, it's been three years since I wrote it. I think it still holds true. Space for rent. Your ad here. My name is ... read more

Go Browns!

Posted by Michael
Sept. 14, 2008, 3:26 a.m.

I forgot to post this prior to week one, but given the outcome of that game, maybe it was for the best. Anyway, the Browns season is underway and that ... read more

End Of An Era: Life Long Tragedy

Posted by Michael
July 2, 2008, 7:23 a.m.

Over the weekend a band that was very dear to my heart announced their sudden breakup and played their final show. I first became acquainted with Life Long Tragedy over ... read more

The return of the blog

Posted by Cory
April 23, 2008, 12:45 p.m.

I was yelled at again for writing this, and since I am applying for a job at a local newspaper, I don't really want this hanging over my head.  Sorry ... read more

It's been a long time

Posted by Bob
March 16, 2008, 2:56 a.m.

Last night my band played with Souvenir's Young America, City of Ships, and Monolith at Siren Records in Doylestown, PA; it was a fun time all the bands played real ... read more

We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Posted by Michael
Feb. 12, 2008, 9:09 a.m.

If you didn't hear the news, Roy Scheider died this week at the age of 75. Jaws is one of my all-time favorite films. I am extremely sad.  I fully ... read more

I'm deleting my blogs because

Posted by Cory
Feb. 2, 2008, 6:48 a.m.

They could make me look not so good to certain people.  Nobody read them anyways. read more

In Remembrance of Kid Kilowatt

Posted by Bob
Jan. 29, 2008, 11:04 a.m.

So, back when Cave In's Until Your Heart Stops dropped on the hardcore masses several years back, I had the chance of catching the band at Middlesex County Community College. ... read more

Oh you make me smile

Posted by Bob
Jan. 8, 2008, 11:45 a.m.

I broke out my CD for the Gehenna- The War of the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness and saw something that always made me smile. Allow me ... read more

Issue 2 of my print zine "I'm A Pretender" - available now!

Posted by Matt
Dec. 7, 2007, 2:29 a.m.

Hello. Some of you might remember (or have participated in) my experiment over the summer collecting people's wishes on this page. I got over 160 entries and published them all ... read more

Most Awkward Interview Ever?

Posted by Michael
Nov. 7, 2007, 11:22 a.m.

Imagine being in this kid's place... Interview w/ Henry Rollins read more

Colbert '08

Posted by Michael
Oct. 17, 2007, 11:27 a.m.

Even though it is just a joke, I'd still vote for Stephen Colbert for president before I'd vote for anyone else for running, outside of the longshots that have no ... read more

Dear Atreyu

Posted by Michael
Sept. 4, 2007, 2:32 p.m.

 Dear Atreyu, Please stop. No seriously, please - File has been removed. It was up for a month. It was the band's cover of Faith No More's "Epic." - ... read more

Nut Pain And Stereotyping Seattle

Posted by Jason
Aug. 18, 2007, 11:41 p.m.

I woke up today at 5:30am to get my ass to the store to open it for what I figured would be another boring Sunday at work. Work has been ... read more

Tony Wilson R.I.P.

Posted by Peanut
Aug. 10, 2007, 8:23 a.m.

So the man that founded Factory Records and helped Joy Division become as huge as they did through hype died today. Not alot of people repect what Wilson did for ... read more

Today Is For The Living

Posted by Jason
Aug. 2, 2007, 9:56 a.m.

Yesterday during rush hour traffic on 35W the bridge than spans the mighty Mississippi fell. There was no earthquake. There was no terrorist attack. The bridge just buckled and toppled ... read more

Be Afraid Vol.1

Posted by Bob
July 19, 2007, 8:36 a.m.

Part 1: Mission Statement, Introduction, and first terribly nostalgic musing A number of years ago, a few friends of mine, myself, and people who would quickly become my friends used ... read more

Bands I Like: Shook Ones

Posted by Josh F.
July 15, 2007, 12:24 p.m.

Shook Ones, for the uninitiated, are a melodic hardcore band from Seattle, Washington. Their debut LP, Sixteen, had some serious Kid Dynamite aping going on, without a doubt, but it ... read more

Friday The 13th

Posted by Michael
July 13, 2007, 2:19 p.m.

Remember when the idea of Friday the 13th used to be scary? Maybe its because I am a grown adult, but there just does not seem to be any horror ... read more

Scene Point Blank: July Relaunch

Posted by Matt
July 7, 2007, 11:02 p.m.

You have no idea how wonderful it is to be finally typing these words. Not that my work is done: a SPB staffer's work is never done! But seriously: typing ... read more

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