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Le Butcherettes Paint The Town Red In Denver

Posted May 31, 2016, 3:14 p.m. by Kevin Fitzpatrick

When Melvins rolled into town in July of 2015, they of course put on a great show. It seemed after that night, however, all anyone could talk about was the opening band and Ipecac labelmates Le Butcherettes.  So we find ourselves less than a year later at the Lost Lake Lounge eagerly awaiting the first headlining set by Le Butcherettes in Denver.

Opening act Sugar Candy Mountain from Oakland, CA was experiencing mechanical difficulties getting to the show, but they managed to make it in time for an admirable, albeit abbreviated set before Le Butcherettes hit the stage. Frontwoman Teri Gender-Bender (née Suárez) stomped onto the stage, with an almost primal chant before launching into Burn The Scab.

Approximately 75 minutes later, everyone in attendance would be on the same plane of understanding that what was just witnessed was something very special. Suárez, who is a true force of nature, grabs the audience by their collective throats and refuses to loosen her grip for a second. It's rare to see a live act with this much passion for their art.

Le Butcherettes are an exhilatating live act and one that should be seen by as many, as soon, and as often as possible.

An Evening with Edward Snowden

Posted May 30, 2016, 9:45 p.m. by T

An evening with Edward Snowden

Big Top, Luna Park

Sydney, Australia

May 28, 2016

 

Moral ambiguity.

 

Conflicting values.

 

The need to keep people safe versus concerns about privacy.

 

The boundaries of law.

 

The transparent citizen.

 

What constitutes a “good citizen”?

 

Edward Snowden.

Did his act of civil disobedience do his nation a service or is he a traitor?

Does a good justification for what is considered a crime make it just?

What constitutes a crime?

Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States said that there are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy: prayer and fishing.

 

Snowden’s act of whistleblowing revealed that ordinary citizens, not just Americans, are being snooped on through the collection of metadata from telecommunication companies in an Orwellian fashion.

 

Are you aware of how much information you willingly share by simply using your mobile phone and the internet?

Does it surprise you that the information you divulge by using these service is being collected and retained?

Privacy, individualism, and national security.

We are being watched.

After serving as a high-level technology and cyber security specialist across US government agencies, rising through the ranks and gaining clearance levels and AAA access, Snowden became a hero to all who value governmental transparency and a traitor in the eyes of others as he revealed to the world that the National Security Agency (NSA) was seizing private records from billions of everyday civilians.

He was made a public enemy, his passport was revoked and he was forced to seek political asylum. Edward Snowden has been living in exile for the last three years. From his exile in Russia, Snowden appeared live via a video link to be interviewed by Julian Morrow, best known for being a member of the Australia satirical comedy group The Chaser, and given opportunity to explain why and how he did what he did.

Advocating intellectual discussion and striving to challenge the status quo, the organizer of “An evening with Edward Snowden” Think Inc. is a young, Australia-based initiative dedicated to “reinvigorating the excitement of rational discourse in daily conversation.” Think Inc sees their mission in amplifying the dialogue between inquisitive members of the public and those making significant strides in their academic and professional scientific fields through a series of lectures and Q&A sessions.

Snowden is first and foremost a gifted techie.

A personable techie with the ability to communicate complex ideas with ease to a broad audience. In conversation he proves to be an eloquent individual with a composed and self-assured manner who uses rational, factual arguments that are well thought out.

He has become a seasoned professional when it comes to dealing with media, answering curveball questions with poise and not unlike during previous public appearances, he was well prepared and used the evidence of his accusers to diffuse their bullets and make his points.

While not contesting that his actions constitute a breach of the law, one of Snowden’s main objections is that the charges against him are based on the Espionage Act, the 1917 statute enacted to criminalize dissent against World War I, which finds anyone guilty who provides any information to the public, regardless of what the motivations and the why behind his actions are: The why is not considered relevant before court.

According to the Espionage Act there is no such thing as a “noble, patriotic whistleblower.” Snowden made his choice based on basic theories of civil disobedience: That those who control the law have become corrupt and that he felt compelled to act in violation of law in order to expose these unlawful acts and enable debate and reform.

Snowden is fairly skeptical of the argument used by governments around the world that mass surveillance programs are necessary to prevent terrorist attacks, which is used by the NSA as a justification of their practices. While that might be considered a noble cause, Snowden makes the case that the information gathered on individuals and groups by spying on journalists, governments, etc., is mostly used for political and diplomatic advantages and that there is no hard evidence that mass surveillance has lead to the prevention of terrorist attacks.

Snowden put emphasis on the fact that privacy is essentially the right to self and how surveillance programs affect the individual. He has a problem with a quote that is often attributed to Joseph Goebbels (“You have nothing to hide if you have nothing to fear”) because of the underlying assumption that privacy is about hiding bad things.

By accepting this assumption, privacy is myopically viewed as a form of secrecy and following this logic, Snowden finds that it would equate someone not caring about free speech because one has nothing to say.

Over the last three years Snowden has accomplished half his mission:

His deeds and event sparked debate and discussions on a global scale and with attendants of the event carrying on long after Snowden had signed off – specifically regarding the point that Snowden made regarding Australia: In his view intelligence services down under are much more unrestrained than the ones in the new world.

If Snowden’s action will eventually lead to reforms remains to be seen.

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Photo by KAVV

 

This Is Hop Hop Festival @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted May 30, 2016, 7:39 a.m. by T

This is Hip Hop Festival

Hordern Pavilion

Sydney, Australia

May 27, 2016

 

Hot tub hip-hop time machine:

Featuring a nostalgic ‘90s focused line-up with all protagonists having had a substantial impact on all facets of American hip-hop culture throughout the years, the Australian mini-festival “This is Hip Hop” offered the opportunity to witness Queensbridge’s infamous Mobb Deep, West Coast stalwart DJ Quik, and Cleveland’s Bone, Thugs & Harmony, the latter of which were to perform their seminal album E. 1999 Eternal in its entirety.

DJ Quik set the tone of the evening, which turned out to be more of a celebratory, intimate bloc-party one than what the sterile environment of the airport hangar like Hordern Pavilion usually provides. Originally constructed to meet the increasing demands for exhibition space at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, the Hordern is basically a big hall.

Quik’s Greatest Hits: Live at the House of Blues album is testament to the qualities of his live performances and his ability to fill even the most soulless of venues with a soulful vibe: West Coast shows with his well-oiled backing band have become a fixture in recent years and it is not uncommon for his shows to culminate in funk and soul jam sessions featuring celebrity guests.

Halfway across the world he was backed by his DJ in a more stripped down incarnation, which still proved to be enough of a funkafied backup. With soulful hooks aplenty and at times jazz-fusion grooves, DJ Quik’s songwriting skills manage to make one momentarily forget the formula most rap songs are structured in.

While DJ Quik and comrades sampled P-Funk tunes in the 90ies and pioneered G-Funk on the West Coast by incorporating multi-layered slow hypnotic grooves, deep bass, background female vocals, and high-pitched portamento saw wave synthesizer leads, the infamous Mobb Deep rose to become one of the most critically acclaimed hardcore East Coast hip-hop groups with their darker, fatalistic, battled hardened straightforward narration of street life.

Australian hip-hop festivals with US acts have a history of cancellations, downgrades and immigration issues, with this one not being an exception: Lady of Rage dropping off the bill last minute and only 50% of the infamous Mobb Deep materialized on terra australis: With Prodigy not having made it Down Under due to doctor’s orders and his well publicized illness, his partner is crime Havoc had to hold the fort and shoulder all vocal performance duties.

Needless to say that with Prodigy’s absence and the fact that much of the appeal lies in the back and forth and the natural chemistry between the two protagonists from Queens’ concrete jungle, the performance left a bit to be desired. Havoc rose to the occasion thought and soldiered through the classics, proving that it is nearly impossible to deliver a bad show when one can cherry pick from a treasured back catalogue like that of Mobb Deep.

Transcending hip-hop generations, especially cuts from their classic The Infamous album upped the nod factor amongst the crowd across a raw, short and brutally to the point set.

Same coast, bit inland, Buckeye State, southern shore of Lake Eerie, different vibe:

Enter Cleveland’s own Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony.

E. 1999 Eternal, the title an homage both the street corner frequented by BT-n-H as well as their mentor Easy E, is a milestone in the G-Funk meet East Coast genre, dominated by a consistent menacing and somber tone due to its lyricism being firmly rooted in gloomy territory, the sense of tunefulness was never lost as it was framed by smoked-out, groovy and melodic synth ornaments.

The album set a benchmark in terms of mixing the rhyme-style, cadence and familiar themes of the gangster genre with seemingly incongruent singjay harmonizing, goth-style melodic flows and street corner crooning.

While the record presented itself in a laid-back and ethereal manner,

Bone, Thugs-N-Harmony’s live rendition is more of an upbeat affair with their trademark soulful delivery style of intertwining, engaging rapid-fire rhymes teamwork, with each member contributing his unique style to a coherent whole with an exceptional tonal range.

While some might prefer the mystic clouds of nostalgia contained within recordings to the real thing, an enjoyable evening was concluded with Bones’ charismatic and vocally impressive performance that showed that both their album as well as their ability to command a crowd stood the test of time.

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Photos by KAVV

Royal Headache @ Bald Face Stag Hotel

Posted May 17, 2016, 8:51 p.m. by T

Royal Headache at Reverse Charges festival

Bald Face Stag Hotel

Sydney, Australia

May 13, 2016

 

The monolithic water tower among the mainly Portuguese commercial offerings and vis-à-vis from the Masonic Temple in Petersham, one of Sydney’s inner west suburbs 6km south of its CBD, that graces the cover of Royal Headache’s High full-length is not a thing of beauty.

While useful in nature, the ole standpipe is the embodiment of a soulless brutalist structure.

The diametric opposite of Royal Headache’s passionate mélange of gritty, reverb soaked lo-fi punk and soul.

Very realist and at times bleak in nature, the soundtrack Royal Headache provides is fodder for escapism, fueled by alienation, hopes and anxiety in equal measures.

There is sincerity in their emissions and it shines through in a live environment.

Creating a calculated chaos with their intense, catchy and soulful songs and Shogun’s impassioned RnB-tinged vocal delivery, they make an instant connection with the audience.

Make sure to catch them during their upcoming European / UK and US shows before they blow up or implode, both of which are very realistic, possible future scenarios for Royal Headache.

Kadavar @ Manning Bar

Posted May 4, 2016, 12:06 p.m. by T

Kadavar

Manning Bar

Sydney, Australia

April 29, 2016

Kadavar are a Teutonic Teestubenrock band from the Grandfatherland, Berlin.

Accomplished retro in sound, appearance, and vintage equipment – Kadavar looks like they were trapped in amber in 1972.

The trio combines the filet pieces of the ‘70ies groovy, pompous hard rock, tinges of psychedelic and progressive rock and classic proto-metal era into a catchy, sexy mélange.

In a live environment, it is a powerful, quintessential rock experience that sonically connects with the audience and is presented in a serious manner devoid of irony.

With Kadavar nostalgia is omnipresent.

Cynism is not.

A dose of detachment and dissatisfaction with present times is.

The production channeling technique of their studio albums is reproduced on stage in a loud, engaging manner, showcasing Kadavar’s knack for writing memorable hooks.

A whirlwind of hair and beards with “Tiger’s” mesmerizing, dervish-esque drumming in the centre flanked by “Lupus’” on guitar and vocals on the left and the other half of the rhythm section with “Dragon’s” lava bass lines meandering on the right.

An earthy wall of sound produced by gentlemen with middle-earthy monikers.

The evening before Walpurgisnacht ended on the grounds of the University of Sydney with the faith in genuine rock restored.

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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

Braffed!

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

Intro

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 Gehenna...how 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 stop...now. - 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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